January 24, 1999


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%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s basketball team bounced back to the win column, defeating Minnesota 68-42, before a season-high crowd of 9,117 at Value City Arena Sunday afternoon.%^$

%^$Senior Larecha Jones paced the Buckeye offensive attack with 15 points, while Jamie Lewis added a dozen points. Freshman Laura Ingham chipped in a career-high nine.%^$

%^$The Buckeye defense was once again stellar, holding the Golden Gophers to 33 percent shooting while forcing 30 Minnesota turnovers. OSU held the Gophers to a season low 42 points, 21 in each half, en route to the win.%^$

%^$”We played with more energy and we started out well,” said Ohio State head coach Beth Burns. “We’ll take this win. We really needed it.”%^$

%^$Minnesota (7-12, 2-7 Big Ten) got to within six, 32-26, early in the second half, but the Buckeyes (13-4, 6-1) responded with a key 13-2 run. The Gophers got no closer than 14 the rest of the way.%^$

%^$”They’re at the top of the conference,” Minnesota head coach Cheryl Littlejohn said of Ohio State. “Coach Burns is a hard worker and her team epitomizes her effort.”%^$

%^$The Golden Gophers were led by Sonja Robinson, who tallied 10 points, and freshman Kim Bell who notched six points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots.%^$

%^$The Buckeye win sets up a pivotal matchup Tuesday at Value City Arena with Purdue, the third-ranked team in the nation and current leader in the Big Ten. Game time is 7:30 p.m.%^$