Feb. 10, 2003

Ohio State women’s basketball player Courtney Coleman was named the Big Ten Player of the Week today. Coleman, a senior forward form Cincinnati, Ohio, was a major force behind the Buckeye’s two victories last week over No. 15/16 Minnesota (66-58) and Wisconsin (63-40) in Value City Arena. Ohio State advanced to 17-5 overall, 8-3 in the Big Ten and 12-0 at home for the first time since the 1992-93 season, when the team successfully defended their home court all season and accrued a 16-0 record.

Coleman, who has lead the country all year in the category of field goal percentage for both men and women, averaged 17.0 points off a combined 14-of-22 effort from the field. Coleman was 7-of-8 vs. the Gophers, played 35 minutes in each game and averaged 8.5 boards an outing. Her nine-rebound effort against a much taller Wisconsin team, who started three players standing at 6-7, 6-5 and 6-3, led the game and her eight boards vs. the Gophers was a Buckeye high mark. Additionally, Coleman was a combined 6-of-8 from the line over the two games.

This is the first such honor for Coleman, who had found her way into the Buckeye record books throughout her four-year tenure at Ohio State. She is currently the best shooter in Buckeye history with a .608 (550-904) average, ranks eighth with 701 rebounds and 11th with 1,419 total points.

The Buckeyes begin a three-game road swing against Michigan State at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the Jack Breslin Students Event Center. After games at Minnesota and Illinois, the next home game for Ohio State will be against Purdue Feb. 23.