Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007 – 7 p.m. ET
Value City Arena (19,099) – Columbus, Ohio
No. 16/16 Ohio State (1-0) vs. Tennessee State (0-0)

Radio/Internet – WOSU 820-AM/

Play-by-Play: Marty Bannister, Analyst: Toni Roesch

After its season-opening win Sunday against Marist, No. 16 Ohio State (1-0) welcomes Tennessee State (0-0) Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. tip at Value City Arena.

Ohio State defeated Marist 63-57 Sunday behind 26 points from senior Marscilla Packer and 13 points and 14 rebounds from freshman Jantel Lavender, playing in her first collegiate game.

The Buckeyes, who have now won their last 13 regular-season openers, led by as much as 18 points in the first half. But Marist fought back after halftime, shooting 60 percent from the field and cut the lead to two points, 56-54, with 1:46 remaining. But a big basket by Lavender and five-straight points by Packer sealed the win in the final minutes.

Marist scored the opening basket 14 seconds into the game. But Ohio State used its defense and precise shooting to open a 10-point lead over the next four minutes. The Buckeyes forced four turnovers in the first five minutes of the game and didn’t allow Marist’s second field goal until the 13:52 mark of the first half. The Buckeyes then extended their lead to 34-16 late in the second half when Lavender’s two free throws capped off a 12-2 run over a five-minute span.

The second half was a different story, as the Red Foxes heated up. After hitting zero from long range in the first half, Marist hit 5-of-5 from 3-point range in the final 20 minutes to help cut into Ohio State’s lead. But 14 second half points from Packer and key defensive stops by sophomore Shavelle Little and Lavender helped keep the Red Foxes at bay. Little, who received her first career start, helped force 13 Marist turnovers while recording four assists and only two turnovers.

Tennessee State, located in Nashville, Tenn., is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference. The Lady Tigers were 7-22 last season, but return all five starters in addition to four other letterwinners.

The Tigers will be opening their regular-season Wednesday night after winning both exhibition contests, most recently over LeMoyne-Owen, 89-48, Friday night at home.Returning starter Oby Okafor led all scorers and recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds Friday night. Jheri Booker added 12 points while Kendra Appling, Tiffany Jackson and Nikki Rumph each tallied 10 points.

Head coach Tracee Jones is in her third season as head coach. She rejoined TSU as an assistant coach prior to the 2002-03 season and served as interim head coach for brief stint in the summer of 2003 and for a second time in the summer of 2004 before officially being named head coach.

Ohio State travels to Boston University this Saturday. Game time is 4 p.m.

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