Feb 16, 2003
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 22/24 Ohio State women’s basketball team (17-7; 8-5 Big Ten) lost to No. 17/18 Minnesota (19-4; 8-4 Big Ten), 73-50, this afternoon at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. Seniors D’wan Shackleford and Courtney Coleman scored 14 and 12 points and pulled down seven and five boards, respectively. Shackleford also earned five steals in a season-high 39 minutes of action vs. the Gophers.
The game opened up with Ohio State and Minnesota trading leads five times in the first four-and-a-half minutes. The fifth lead change was in favor of the Gophers after Janel McCarville nailed two of her 20 total points to send her squad up 8-7 with 15:24 left in the half. Minnesota’s Tanisha Gilbert and Lindsay Whalen hit two consecutive buckets to take a five-point advantage, but Ohio State’s DiDi Reynolds and sophomore Caity Matter hit back-to-back 3-pointers to earn the final Buckeye lead of the game (13-12) with 11:51 left until the midway mark. Minnesota outscored Ohio State 18-7 over the next eight minutes and 14 seconds to earn a 10-point edge (30-20), the largest of the stanza, and eventually went into the locker room up nine after OSU’s Shackleford made two layups in the final 1:03.
The second half was all Minnesota, as they did not trail by less than 10 in the closing 20 minutes. The Gophers shot 57.1 percent (28-49) compared to the Buckeyes’ 40.4 mark (21-51) from downtown, Minnesota made 58 percent of the shots they took, while Ohio State could only connect on 33 percent of their pulls from beyond the arc. Additionally, Minnesota went 10-for-16 from the free-throw line, while the Buckeyes were just 5-of-14, including an 0-for-5 stroke in the second half.
Reynolds added seven points to the Ohio State scoring effort and freshman Kim Wilburn tallied five points, five assists, two blocked shots and two steals. Junior Tanya McClure added four points, three steals, two assists and no turnovers in 11 minutes. Sophomore Caity Matter distributed a season-best five assists.
In addition to McCarville’s 20 points, the 6-2 sophomore grabbed 17 boards. Minnesota was also paced by Corrin Von Wald, who tallied 20 points and went 5-for-5 from 3-point land, and Lindsay Whalen, who notched 14 points.
Ohio State wraps up the road portion of their regular-season schedule with a visit to Illinois Wednesday, Feb. 19. Tip off is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST in Assembly Hall. Ohio State edged the Fighting Illini, 82-74, in Columbus earlier this season.