Dec. 29, 2002

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Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s basketball team (8-2, 0-0) beat Austin Peay State University (5-3, 0-0), 76-60, today in front of a season-high 2,793 people in Value City Arena. Four Buckeyes scored in double digits against the Lady Govs. Sophomore Caity Matter, senior D’wan Shackleford, sophomore Ashley Allen, and junior LaToya Turner tallied 18, 15, 11 and 10 points, respectively.

“”We took care of the ball well in the second half,” Ohio State head coach Jim Foster said. “That always helps when you want to win a game. We are starting to understand our offensive cuts better, which is leading us to take higher-percentage shots.”

Ohio State jumped out to a 5-0 lead to begin the game, but Austin Peay came back to lead by four (11-7) at the 16:36 mark off a Brooke Armistead free-throw. That would prove to be the Lady Govs’ highest lead of the game. Allen tied the contest at 11 off a layup and sent her Buckeye squad up by two the next possession. Ohio State never trailed again the remainder of the afternoon. However, Austin Peay stayed within striking distance most of the first half as they kept the Ohio State lead to under eight points and went to the locker room down four (34-30) to the Buckeyes.

Ohio State took control of the ball game in the second half. The Lady Govs pulled to within one point twice in the first minute-and-a-half, but the Buckeyes came alive and ended up winning the game with an even scoring effort from Matter, Shackleford, Allen and Turner, seven points from senior DiDi Reynolds and six points a piece from senior Courtney Coleman and freshman Kim Wilburn. OSU was 13-for-15 (.867) from the free-throw line, shot .625 (5-8) from behind the three-point arc, and was .518 from the field (29-56). As they have done in every game this season, Foster’s squad beat Austin Peay on the boards, 30-28.

Austin Peay’s Armistead was the game’s leading scorer with 20 points. Teammate Gerlonda Hardin added 16 points for the Lady Govs.

The Buckeyes open their regular-season Big Ten conference play against Northwestern at 2 p.m. Dec. 31 in Value City Arena.