Feb. 25, 2003

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Ohio State (18-8; 9-6 Big Ten) tips off against Michigan (12-13; 3-11 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 27, in St. John Arena. This is the final regular-season game and marks the second time the Buckeyes have played in St. John Arena this year. Ohio State earned a 70-66 victory over then-No. 17/18 Texas Jan. 5 in St. John.

The Buckeye-Wolverine matchup will honor seniors Courtney Coleman, DiDi Reynolds and D’wan Shackleford and will also commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the 1993 Final Four team.

Ohio State leads the all-time series with Michigan 35-6. The Wolverines beat Ohio State Jan. 21, 2000, 76-63, at home, but the Buckeyes have earned victories the past two meetings.

The Ohio State Buckeyes, playing in front of their largest home crowd of the season (8,294), snapped a three-game losing streak Feb. 10, 2002, with an 88-75 win against Michigan in Value City Arena. The victory was the first against the Wolverines at home since February 1998.

The Buckeyes got off to a fast and furious start, shooting 53.1 percent from the floor in first half action. They were equally successful outside the 3-point arc, threading 5-of-9 attempts (.556). Ohio State forced 15 Michigan turnovers, and earned a 42-24 lead at halftime.

Tomeka Brown and Courtney Coleman paced the Buckeyes with 21 points apiece. Brown, who marked her first start since returning to the playing roster Jan. 31 (vs. Indiana), scored a career-high 18 points and Lauren Shenk recorded a career-high 10 assists.

Opening second half action, Ohio State extended its lead to as many as 20 points, 59-39, with 13:32 remaining, however, Michigan would not back down. The Wolverines executed an 11-3 rally to cut their deficit to 12, 62-50, with 10 minutes left to play, but that was as close as things would get.

Ohio State posted a solid all-around effort, shooting 53.4 percent from the floor, 83 percent at the stripe and 46.2 percent from 3-point land. Michigan surrendered 30 points off 25 turnovers.

Michigan is 12-13 and 3-11 in the Big Ten. In conference play, they have beaten Indiana twice and Northwestern once.

Michigan opened their season with five straight wins, including a 70-64 victory over then-No. 24 Santa Barbara. The Wolverines also notched wins over St. Louis, Massachusetts, Seton Hall and Colorado State, but the Big Ten has not proven friendly with three loses to open up conference competition and then an eight-game losing streak, which was cut off when the Wolverines beat Indiana, 75-64, Feb. 23

Three players average double digits for Michigan. Jennifer Smith, Tabitha Pool and LeeAnn Bies earn 14.5, 11.3 and 10.0 points an outing, respectively. Pool is the leading rebounder with seven boards a game, Stephanie Gandy has 35 steals on the season and Bies has rejected 29 shots this year.

Guevara became Michigan’s sixth women’s basketball head coach in July 1996 and has compiled a 110-66 (.625) overall record and is 54-42 (.563) all-time in conference contests. Prior to joining the ranks of the Wolverine staff, Guevara was an assistant coach for nine years at Michigan State, serving as an assistant with the Spartans from 1987-95 and as the associate head coach in 1995-96.

A Saginaw, Mich., native, Guevara began her coaching career at her alma mater, Saginaw Valley State College. She was an assistant coach with the basketball team from 1980-84 and also served as softball coach (1981-84) and Intramural Director (1983-84). Guevara moved on to the Ohio State University (1984-85) where she served as a graduate assistant with a Buckeye team that went on to win its fourth consecutive Big Ten championship and were NCAA Regional runner-ups. Guevara also spent one season as an assistant coach at Ball State University (1985-86) before moving on to Michigan State.

Guevara earned her Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Saginaw Valley State College in 1982. She holds a master’s degree in physical education with an emphasis on athletic administration from Ohio State (1985).

Tonight will mark the last regular-season game for three seniors: Courtney Coleman, DiDi Reynolds and D’wan Shackleford. Each of these Buckeyes has made an impact on the Ohio State program and will be greatly missed.

Coleman, who has led the country all season in the area of field-goal percentage, entered the 1,000-point club Feb. 13, 2002, at Illinois. As of Feb. 24, the two-time second team all-Big Ten selection had registered 14 career double-doubles and currently holds the top spot for career field-goal percentage with a .604 (566-937) mark. Coleman is currently ranked sixth in rebounds, sixth in free throws made, 10th in field goals made and 15th in the steals category of the Ohio State career record books.

Reynolds has been a threat from behind the arc for the Buckeyes and as of Feb. 24 is ranked sixth in 3-pointers made, fifth in 3-pointers attempted and holds a seventh-place 3-point percentage mark.

“Shack” earned a fourth-place single-game Buckeye record with nine steals at Minnesota Feb. 7, 2002, and as of Feb. 24, she is tied for seventh in the steals category and ranks 15th with 561 total rebounds.

Tonight will commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the 1993 Final Four team. Considering that two years prior Ohio State had posted a program-worst 11-17 record, Ohio State’s head coach at the time, Nancy Darsch, did the unthinkable during the 1992-93 season. Darsch took a squad with three returning starters (guards Audrey Burcy, Averrill Roberts and forward Nikki Keyton, who is now the team’s director of operations) and combined it with the No.1-ranked freshman class to make a run to the national title game.

The Buckeyes tied the Ohio State mark for most wins with a 28-4 record, defended their home court with a perfect 16-0 mark, claimed a share of the Big Ten title for the first time in four years, earned the first-ever No. 1 seed for a Buckeye squad in the NCAA tournament and made the program’s first trip to the Final Four. Despite falling two points shy to Texas Tech (84-82) in the title game, the team captured the eyes of the nation and put Buckeye basketball on the map.

The 1992-93 Ohio State squad was honored with many awards for its performances on the court and in the classroom, including two first-team conference picks (Keyton and Roberts), two NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team members (Keyton and Katie Smith) a Big Ten Freshman of the Year Award (Smith), an honorable mention all-Big Ten selection (Burcy), two Academic All-Big Ten picks (Alysiah Bond and Erin Ingwersen), a Kodak All-American (Smith).

February 22, 1998, capped a curtain call for the Buckeyes in St. John Arena, and an era, in which over the past 23 years, eight Big Ten championships were claimed, four All-Americans graced the court and another seven alumni gained all-conference honors.

Built in 1956 to honor the late men’s basketball coach and athletics director, L.W. St. John, its unique construction created an environment where 78 percent of the 278 games hosted resulted in victories for the Buckeyes.

Sophomore Caity Matter hit three 3-pointers vs. Purdue Feb. 23 to bring her season total to 86, which tied the record for shots drained from beyond the arc by a Buckeye in a season. The record was held by Marcie Alberts, who sank 86 shots from behind the 3-point line during the 1996-97 season. Additionally, Matter shattered the sophomore record for 3-pointers in one season, which was 51, earlier this year.

Sophomore Caity Matter has made her way into Ohio State history in only 43 games wearing Scarlet and Gray. During the 2000-01 season, Matter was a starter until an injury caused her to miss a stretch of 16 games. She averaged 6.4 points per game while shooting 44 percent from the field, 37 percent from 3-point range and 88 percent from the free-throw line.

After fracturing her third metatarsal in her left foot during practice Nov. 11, 2001, Matter was granted a medical redshirt for the 2001-02 season.

Junior LaToya Turner returned to the court Feb. 23 vs. Purdue after breaking her left arm during the Feb. 6 Minnesota game in Value City Arena. The 6-3 center was a presence in the lane and aided the Buckeyes on the defensive end to earn a huge win (56-51) over a then-No. 10/11-ranked Purdue squad.

If Ohio State beats Michigan tonight, the team will have successfully defended their home court all season for the first time since the 1992-93 team went 16-0 at home. After a 56-51 victory over then-No. 10/11 Purdue Feb. 23 in Value City Arena, Ohio State moved to a 13-0 overall mark in Columbus.

So, how have they done it? First year head coach Jim Foster and his coaching staff have been perfect in Columbus by beating: Wayne State (100-57), then-No. 19/24 Arizona (84-65), Virginia (73-60), Youngstown State (76-45), Austin Peay (76-60), Northwestern (82-49), then-No. 17/18 Texas (70-66), Michigan State (70-65), Illinois (82-74), Iowa (74-59), then-No. 15/16 Minnesota (66-58), Wisconsin (63-40) and then-No. 10/11 Purdue (56-51).

Rookie Kim Wilburn made it into the NCAA national rankings this week with a 3.1 steals per game average, which ranks her 27th in the country. Wilburn leads the Big Ten with her average and in conference outings, the Southfield, Mich., native is averaging over one more steal than the second-ranked player.

Ohio State’s attendance of 7,003 Sunday, Feb. 23, vs. then-No. 10/11 Purdue was a season-high mark for the Buckeyes. First-year head coach Jim Foster’s squad is averaging 3,473 at home games, 3,932 on the road and 3,539 overall.

WILBURN NOTCHES DOUBLE-DIGITS FOR THIRD TIME Freshman Kim Wilburn scored 12 points vs. then-No. 10/11 Purdue Feb. 23. Her performance marked the third time this season the rookie from Southfield, Mich., has scored double-digits. Wilburn went 8-for 10 and upped her career-high mark for points with 18 against then-No. 15/16 Minnesota Feb. 6. Her previous best offensive performance was 15 points against Illinois Jan. 23 off a 7-for-11 night from the field. The frosh Buckeye point guard is averaging 6.4 points per game.

Senior DiDi Reynolds calmly nailed two free throws to help seal the 56-51 victory over then-No. 10/11 Purdue Feb. 23 in Value City Arena. The senior guard is an impressive 32-33 from the free-throw line this season.

Reynolds, a Bascom, Ohio, native has steadily improved over her four years. As a freshman, the shooting guard shot .688 (11-16), her second season she was .765 (26-34) from the charity stripe and last year she was .841 (37-44) from the line.

Some notes about the Buckeye’s 18-8 (9-6 Big Ten) record:

The Buckeyes’ 18-8 mark is the best since the 1992-93 season,when Ohio State was 23-3 in the first 26 games of the season. Sincethe NCAA began keeping statistics during the 1981-82 season, JimFoster’s 18-8 record is the best start for a first-year head coachsince Nancy Darsch went 20-6 in 1985-86 through her first 26 gamesat the helm of the Buckeye program. The Buckeyes’ 9-6 Big Tenrecord is the best conference mark for an Ohio State team since the1998-99 season when the team was also 9-6 15 games into the Big Tenportion of their schedule. o The last time an Ohio State team was13-0 at home was during the 1992-93 season, when the team went 16-0all season.

Freshman Kim Wilburn has accumulated 80 steals this season, including two at Minnesota Feb. 16, which earned her the record for steals by an Ohio State freshman. Martha Baker previously owned the mark for most steals by a rookie Buckeye with 71, which was set during the 1975-76 season.

Wilburn ranks first in the Big Ten with 3.1 steals per game and also holds the top spot in conference contests with a 3.67 swipe per outing average. The next closest player (Penn State’s Tanisha Wright) in Big Ten games is earning 2.60 steals per game, over one fewer than Wilburn.

The Ohio State Buckeyes beat then-No. 17/18 Texas, 70-66, Jan. 5 in front of a then-season-high 2,996 people at St. John Arena. After a decisive first half of play in favor of the Buckeyes, Texas came back to pull the game to within two points three times in the final 2:10 of the game. But steady play by Buckeye freshman point guard Kim Wilburn and sophomores Caity Matter and Ashley Allen in the final two minutes gave Ohio State its second win in as many outing against ranked squads at that point in the season.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are 4-3 vs. ranked teams this season. Ohio State beat, then-No. 10/11 Purdue (56-51) Feb. 23, then-No. 15/16 Minnesota, 66-58, (Feb. 6), captured a win over then-No. 17/18 Texas, 70-66, Jan. 5 in St. John Arena, and was victorious over then-No. 19/24 Arizona (84-65) Dec. 15 in Value City Arena. The squad fell at No. 14/15 Penn State Jan. 30 (68-53), at No. 9/10 Purdue (67-62) Feb. 2 and at No. 17/18 Minnesota (73-50) Feb. 16.

Ohio State women’s basketball player Ashley Allen suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear in her left knee during the first half of play at Illinois Feb. 19. The sophomore guard from Indianapolis, Ind., is projected to miss the remainder of the season.

Allen had started in all 25 games for first-year head coach Jim Foster and was averaging 8.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per outing. She also was ranked second in Big Ten conference games with a 1.59 assist-to-turnover ratio. Allen had accumulated 91 assists this season compared to her rookie campaign, when she distributed 53 assists in 29 contests.

Behind a pesky defense and a rookie point guard who is leading the Big Ten in steals per game, Ohio State is holding opponents to a league-best 57.0 point per game.

Freshman Kim Wilburn scored 12 points vs. Purdue Feb. 23. Her performance marked the third time this season the rookie from Southfield, Mich., has scored double-digits. Wilburn went 8-for 10 and upped her career-high mark for points with 18 against then-No. 15/16 Minnesota Feb. 6. Her previous best offensive performance was 15 points against Illinois Jan. 23 off a 7-for-11 night from the field. The frosh Buckeye point guard is averaging 6.4 points per game.

Ohio State is ranked fifth in the country with a .485 (681-1404) shooting mark. The Buckeyes’ field-goal percentage is ranked second in the Big Ten behind Minnesota, whose .521 (714-1378) shooting percentage is the best in the nation.

Ohio State women’s basketball player Courtney Coleman was named the Big Ten Player of the Week Feb. 10. Coleman, a senior forward form Cincinnati, Ohio, was a major force behind the Buckeye’s two victories over then-No. 15/16 Minnesota (66-58) and Wisconsin (63-40) in Value City Arena.

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. Additionally, this is the first time since the 1994-95 season that two Buckeyes have been honored with the Big Ten Player of the Week award in one season (Caity Matter won earlier this season).

For the first time this year, senior Courtney Coleman is not leading the country with her shooting percentages. Coleman’s .678 mark is ranked second in the nation behind Minnesota’s Janel McCarville.

Not only are sophomore Caity Matter and senior Courtney Coleman the leading scorers for Ohio State – Matter averages 15.5 and Coleman averages 14.4 – but these two women also hold the top spots in Ohio State history. Coleman’s .604 (566-937) career percentage ranks her as the best field-goal shooter in Buckeye history and Matter’s .448 (104-232) is the best among OSU record holders from 3-point land.

Ohio State is ranked first in the Big Ten with 10.73 swipes per conference outing. The Buckeyes are led by frosh Kim Wilburn, who averages a league-leading 3.67steals per Big Ten game, over one better than the second-ranked player.

In the last four games, the Buckeyes have picked off 48 steals compared to Wisconsin, Michigan State, Minnesota, Illinois and Purdue’s combination of 25 swipes.

Senior Courtney Coleman is ranked second in conference games and third in overall games with a 3.4 and 3.3 offensive boards average, respectively. The 6-1 forward is ranked eighth with 6.6 boards per game and moved to sixth overall on the Buckeye career records list with 729 total boards. Coleman needs 18 boards to move to 5th on the Ohio State career records list.

Ohio State is shooting .380 (134-353) from behind the 3-point line this season. The percentage ranks second among Big Ten schools.

Sophomore Caity Matter, who is ranked seventh with 15.5 points per game, is largely responsible for the Buckeyes’ hot hand from downtown. She leads the league in treys made per game (3.31) and is the second-best shooter from behind the arc (.470; 86-183).

Matter’s contributions are not too surprising considering she currently holds the top spot in 3-point percentage among the Buckeye career record books with an overall .448 (104-232) stroke.

In the 82-74 victory over Illinois Jan. 23, Ohio State relied on the even scoring force of five Buckeyes notching double-figures for the first time this season. Senior Courtney Coleman, sophomore Caity Matter, freshman Kim Wilburn, sophomore Ashley Allen and junior LaToya Turner scored 18, 16, 15, 10 and 10 points, respectively.

Two times this season the Buckeyes have accomplished something that no member of the team had ever experienced before. The team’s road win at Wisconsin (57-42) Jan. 16 and the 82-74 victory over Illinois Jan. 23 was a first for this set of Buckeyes. No member of the current Ohio State team had previously earned a victory in Madison or a victory over Illinois – home or away.

Ohio State, who began with a bit of a struggle in the turnover category, has traded in their turnover woes for a second-place turnover margin ranking in all games with a +3.31 mark. The Buckeye are averaging 16.6 turnovers an outing and forcing Big Ten squads to give up the ball 19.9 times per contest.

In addition to DiDi Reynolds, sophomore Caity Matter is also a nearly flawless 37-40 on the year from the charity stripe. Her freshman year (2000-01), the Bluffton, Ohio, native was 22-for-25 from the line and ended the year with eight consecutive makes from the line, which extended her total consecutive free-throws made to 31 until she missed the last free throw she took against Michigan State Jan. 9.

Matter missed a stretch of 16 games her freshman campaign due to injury and came back to help the Buckeyes capture the 2001 WNIT Championship. She redshirted last season after she fractured her third metatarsal during a Nov. 11 practice.

While junior LaToya Turner averages 1.57 rejected shots an outing, which ranks third in the Big Ten, and senior D’wan Shackleford has 14 blocked shots on the season, the smaller Buckeyes are stepping up to swat stuff as well.

Freshman Kim Wilburn has eight blocked shots to her name as a Buckeye, including two against Minnesota Feb. 19. Sophomore Ashley Allen, who stands at five-feet-nine-inches tall, had recorded a blocked shots in six games this season before tearing her ACL vs. Illinois Feb. 19.

Freshman Kim Wilburn has proven she belongs at the point of the Ohio State offense with a 1.51 assist-to-turnover ratio in 26 games, including 21 starts, for the Buckeyes. Her ratio is ranked fourth among league leaders. Wilburn is also ranked fourth in the league with an average of 4.9 assists per outing.

Sophomore Caity Matter earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors for her performances at Wisconsin (Jan. 16) and at Northwestern (Jan. 19). Matter was a combined 12-for-21 (.571) from behind the 3-point line, averaged 25.0 points, 5.5 boards and had only one turnover in a total 63 minutes of play. Matter’s award marked the first time since Nov. 20, 2000, that an Ohio State player was named Big Ten Player of the Week when teammate LaToya Turner earned the honor as a freshman.

In two consecutive games at Northwestern (Jan. 16) and vs. Illinois (Jan. 23), senior forward Courtney Coleman did not miss a field goal. She was 5-for-5 in Evanston and 7-for-7 against the Illini.

Three of freshman Kim Wilburn’s career-best 18 points against then-No. 15/16 Minnesota Feb. 6 came at the buzzer before the half when she nailed her first 3-pointer while wearing the Scarlet and Gray. Her trey brought the Buckeyes to within four points at the midway mark and Ohio State eventually captured the victory over the Gophers 66-58.

Besides tying the record for most shots drained from behind the 3-point line in a season, sophomore Caity Matter, who has a total of 86 3-pointers 26 games into her sophomore season, has earned the record for the most 3-pointers drained by a sophomore in Ohio State history. Former teammate Lauren Shenk held the previous record with 51 shots hit beyond the arc during her sophomore campaign in 1999-00.

Sophomore Caity Matter was unstoppable behind the 3-point line at Wisconsin. She scored 27 points and nailed seven treys. Seven makes from downtown ties the school single-game record, which is held by former All-American Katie Smith.

Lauren Shenk, a former women’s basketball player at Ohio State, has been named the 2003 Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete Award recipient by The University & Northwest Sertoma Club of Columbus. The Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete Award is given to the outstanding man and woman in each of the three collegiate divisions for demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics and community service. Shenk, a standout on the Ohio State squad from 1999-02, is the first women from Ohio State to win the award. Previous Buckeye award winners are football players Robert Hoying (1996) and Greg Smith (1993).

Shenk became the 20th member of the Ohio State 1,000-point scoring club with a 16-point effort against the University of Michigan Jan. 10, 2002. Shenk, who began studies last autumn at the OSU College of Medicine, was a 2002 Big Ten Medal of Honor Finalist, a two-time Verizon/CoSIDA Women’s Basketball District IV Academic All-American, a GTE/CoSIDA Women’s Basketball District IV Academic All-American, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a four-time OSU Scholar Athlete.

The Buckeyes were 5-0 against French and Swiss opponents during their 12-day tour through Europe. While abroad, the Buckeyes held a 28-point scoring margin of victory, averaged 74.4 points per game and held opponents to 45.8 points per contest on their way to an undefeated record overseas.

Courtney Coleman and LaToya Turner paced the Buckeyes abroad with an average of 15.6 and 14.6 points an outing, respectively. Sophomore Ashley Allen showed her versatility by running the point, dishing out assists and averaging 8.6 points per game, including a 16-point effort against Martigny (Switzerland). Allen also earned five assists, four steals and two rebounds in the Martigny victory.

Senior Courtney Coleman was named the captain for the Ohio State women’s basketball team this season. The senior forward has made her mark on the Ohio State record books and is leading the nation in field-goal percentage.

Senior Courtney Coleman was named to the Coors Classic all-tournament team. Coleman was solid offensively for Jim Foster’s Buckeyes by scoring 17 and 18 points against Villanova (Nov. 29) and Hartford (Nov. 30), respectively. The two-time second team all-Big Ten selection shot 16-for-18 from the field, was 3-for-4 from the free-throw line and collected 10 rebounds over the two nights. This was Coleman’s fourth time in as many events to be named to the all-tournament team. Coleman was a member of the Great Alaska Shootout, WNIT and Women’s Sports Foundation Classic all-tournament teams.

Junior Emily Haynam became a two-sport athlete when she joined the OSU soccer team as a goalkeeper last spring. Haynam was successful on the soccer field and garnered Big Ten Player of the Week honors for her shutout performances at Wisconsin (Oct. 18) and at Minnesota (Oct. 20). The Buckeye soccer team was defeated by Notre Dame, 3-1, in the first round of the program’s inaugural trip to the NCAA Tournament and went 10-11-1 for the season. Ohio State was 6-3 with Haynam in goal.

Unfortunately, the European trip came at a cost as sophomore Charisse Crews suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in her right knee while competing abroad with the Buckeyes during their trip through Europe. Crews went down Aug. 30 in Montreux, Switzerland, against Martigny (OSU’s third game of the trip) during the third quarter after scoring seven points that night. Crews underwent surgery in September and is out indefinitely.

Three Buckeye players return to the hardwood after being granted medical redshirts for the 2001-02 season – junior LaToya Turner, sophomore Caity Matter and freshman Brandee Gibbs. Additionally, junior Tanya McClure was granted a medical redshirt for the 2000-01 season and was injured the majority of the 2001-02 season.

The Ohio State women’s basketball team (18-8; 9-6 Big Ten) beat No. 10/11 Purdue (21-5; 10-4 Big Ten), 56-51, Feb. 23 in front of a season-high 7,003 people at Value City Arena.

After leading by as many as ten points in the second half, Ohio State depended on senior DiDi Reynolds to knock down two free throws with 18 second left to help seal the victory. Sophomore Caity Matter, who also hit a pair of shots from the free-throw line with two ticks left, led the Buckeye with 19 points, including three shots from behind the 3-point line, which brought her season total to 86 and tied the record for most treys in a season by a Buckeye.

The Buckeyes were up 34-24, the biggest lead for either squad this afternoon, with 13:54 remaining, but the Boilermakers went on a 6-0 scoring run to pull the game to within four points (34-40) after a Shereka Wright layup with 10:48 to go. Matter hit a 3-pointer on the next possession and Wright answered once again, before senior D’wan Shackleford made a shot in the paint to stretch the Ohio State lead to seven points (39-32) with just under nine minutes left in the game. Purdue held Ohio State to two Courtney Coleman free throws over the next three-minutes-and-three-second and pulled to within one point (41-40) at the 6:20 mark off an Emily Heikes’ shot from downtown.

A Matter jumper ended the Buckeyes’ field-goal drought and put Ohio State up 43-40 with 5:53 to play. Over the next five minutes, the Buckeyes maintained a modest lead by hitting free throws (7-11), yet once again remained without a field goal during that time. Purdue’s Wright hit as shot with 1:01 left to tie the game for the fourth time at 50. However, freshman Kim Wilburn came off a screen to nail a baseline jumper and the Buckeyes took a 52-50 lead with 35 seconds left. Wright went 1-for-2 from the charity stripe, which left Ohio State ahead, 52-51, with 20 second remaining. Reynolds was then sent to the line and drained two shots to give the Buckeyes a three-point cushion (54-51) with 18 seconds left. Purdue could not convert on the offensive end and sent Matter to the line to secure a 56-51 Buckeye victory.

The first half was a back-and-forth battle with three ties and five lead changes, however Ohio State went on an 8-2 run off two consecutive Wilburn shots and two back-to-back Matter jumpers to close the half and take a 24-20 halftime lead.

Ohio State turned the ball over a season-low 11 times, but forced 20 Purdue turnovers and ultimately scored 21 points compared to Purdue’s four points off turnovers.

Besides Matter’s 19 points, Wilburn, Shackelford and Coleman rounded out the Buckeyes’ offensive force by netting 12,10 and nine points, respectively. Coleman collected eight caroms and Reynolds pulled down six rebounds (four offensive) to control the boards for Ohio State. Wilburn also earned six steals, three assists and four rebounds today. Junior LaToya Turner played 20 minutes vs. Purdue after suffering a broken arm during the Feb. 6 Minnesota matchup.