Dec. 31, 2002

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Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s basketball team (9-2, 1-0) opened Big Ten conference play today by beating Northwestern (5-6, 0-1), 82-49, at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes, who tied their season-low mark of 12 turnovers, are on a six-game winning streak and have defended their home court this year by compiling a 6-0 home record. Senior Courtney Coleman and sophomores Caity Matter and Ashley Allen scored 20, 18 and 10 points, respectively, against Northwestern. Coleman also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds.

“I though we took good shots today,” Ohio State head coach Jim Foster said. “We spend a lot of time talking to our players about taking shots that play to their individual strengths and they did that for the most part today.”

Initially, Northwestern was able to tie the game at two points and Suzanne Morris hit two shots to go up by one point, 7-6, with 15:13 left in the first half and tie the game once again at nine points with 14:06 left in the first period. However, the Buckeyes proceeded to pound away at the Wildcats, led mainly by Matter and Coleman, who each scored ten points for the Buckeyes in the first 20 minutes. Ohio State led by a season-high 25 points over the Wildcats midway through the contest.

Foster’s team, which scored 41 points off turnovers compared to Northwestern’s eight points off turnovers, dominated the second half and never let NU get within less than 20 points in the final period. Coleman led her team against the Wildcats underneath the bucket and Ohio State ended up outscoring NU 44 to 16 in the paint. Junior LaToya Turner and senior DiDi Reynolds contributed nine points and four rebounds apiece against the Wildcats.

Northwestern’s Kristin Ambrose and Sarah Kwasinski added 15 and 12 points, respectively, to the NU effort. Kwasinski entered the game averaging a team-leading 14.7 points a game and was held to just four points in the first half against the Buckeyes.

Ohio State takes on No. 15/17 Texas in the Big Ten/Big XII Challenge game at 5 p.m. Jan. 5 in St. John Arena.