Feb. 25, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4/6 Ohio State women’s basketball team (26-3; 13-2 Big Ten) vs. No. 22/24 Penn State (18-8; 13-2 Big Ten) game at 6 p.m. Sunday in Value City Arena is sold out, Ohio State Associate Athletics Director Richelle Simonson announced Friday.

Ohio State and Penn State, who are tied at 13-2 in league play, are vying for a share of the 2005 Big Ten Championship. A Buckeye win would give Ohio State its first Big Ten title since the 1992-93 season. Michigan State clinched a share of the conference title with a victory Wednesday against Michigan.

This is the first women’s basketball sell out in Value City Arena, which became the home for women’s basketball in 1998-99. In 40 years of Buckeye women’s basketball, there have been four sell outs prior to Sunday’s game. All four games were held at St. John Arena. The contest Sunday marks the first sell out since 1994.

In St. John Arena, 13,320 people were on hand for the Iowa game Feb. 26, 1988. Twice more against Iowa, St. John Arena sold out with a capacity crowd of 13,276. The first was March 7, 1993 and the second was Feb. 4, 1994. On March 21, 1993, a matchup vs. Rutgers was a sellout based on the number of tickets allotted (12,000).

Fans should note that the Ohio State men’s basketball team will play host to Wisconsin at 2 p.m. Sunday in Value City Arena prior to the women’s contest. Fans are encouraged to allow plenty of time for parking.