Dec. 2, 2001

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior DiDi Reynolds (Portage, Ohio/Hopewell Loudon) led three other teammates in double-figure scoring with a game-high 17 points as Ohio State defeated visiting Duquesne Sunday afternoon in Value City Arena. With the victory, the Buckeyes erase a three-game slide and improve to 2-3 on the year.

Reynolds paced all scorers at halftime with 12 points off 4-of-6 (.667) shooting from the three-point arc. Courtney Coleman (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Hughes) posted her first double-double of the season, the seventh of her career, with 16 points and 11 rebounds. D’wan Shackleford (Jr., Newark, Ohio/Newark) and Tomeka Brown (Sr., Columbus, Ohio/Marion Franklin) finished with 15 points each. Guard Candace Futrell led Duquesne with 16 points.

The Buckeyes led through much of the game, fighting back Duke runs in both the first and second halves. Duquesne, with a 9-1 rally, pulled within two points in the first half, 23-21, with 3:07 remaining and erased an early 14-point lead in the second half to six with five minutes left on the clock. Duquesne trailed 39-25 at halftime.

Ohio State, which shot a dismal 32 percent from the floor Thursday night vs. UC-Santa Barbara, recovered with a 45.6 mark of success against Duquesne. The Buckeyes were even more damaging on the boards beating the Dukes by a 41-25 margin, 20-6 on the offensive glass.

The Buckeyes will now take a five-day break away from competition to concentrate on finals. They return to action Saturday playing at Seton Hall at 1 p.m.