Ohio State (2-0) 88, Tennessee State (0-1) 41
Value City Arena
Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 14, 2007
Attendance: 2,710

Postgame Quotes

Jim Foster, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“Jantel (Lavender) established the run early in the game. We got a few quick baskets. We got a little casual for a few minutes, but we recovered. When all 13 players score in a game, it shows how unselfish you are as a team. That’s a good sign.”

On the freshman players
“The freshman made mistakes that they can learn from. This game was a good teaching opportunity. But we played hard and shared the ball.”

On Maria Moeller
“She has been consciously working on her shot. She worked on it all summer. She can put the ball in the basket. The spent time working on her mechanics, which made her a better shooter.”

Jantel Lavender, freshman forward
On her high scoring game
“I recognized early in the game that their post players were not spreading out. I’m a post player who can run. I posted up well and they were able to get me the ball.”

Marscilla Packer, senior guard
On staying focused
“It can be tough to stay focused (in a game like this one). Certain players stay focused on certain things. As a team, we focus on keeping the intensity up. We came to play for 40 minutes.”

Tracee Wells, Tennessee State head coach
On turnovers
“We really came prepared and knew what to expect. What happened was a lot of nervousness for the first game. I thought my seniors would do better handling the pressure. We did expect the pressure; we just didn’t handle it well.”

On Jantel Lavender
“We wanted to keep a body on her at all times. Our game plan was for that. We knew we didn’t have the size to match her, but we were going to use our quickness. She certainly is a good player and will do a good job here.”

On tonight’s game
“At halftime I was disappointed on how long it took to get together. This game was about us executing and being strong mentally and physically. We weren’t in this to score, just execute well.”