January 5, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior forward Michaela Moua scored a season-high 19 points and freshman guard Lauren Shenk tied her career scoring high with 17 points as No. 23 Ohio State knocked off Wisconsin, 70-55, in the first-ever Big Ten Conference women’s game in Value City Arena tonight.
Ohio State, improving to 10-3 overall, tops the league standings at 3-0, its best start since the 1992-93 season, a year in which the Buckeyes finished national runners-up.
Shenk scored nine points in an 11-2 Buckeye run early in the second half, breaking open a tie game (32 all) to allow Ohio State a 43-34 lead with 16:48 remaining. Moua was solid in the second stanza as well, where she registered 14 of her 19 points.
Freshmen Kyle Black and Jessie Stomski each scored 13 points to pace the Badgers (7-6, 2-2), who closed to within seven, 57-50, with 7:30 remaining in the contest. Shenk drilled a trey to answer the run, keying a 9-0 run to give the Buckeyes their biggest lead, 66-50, with 5:53 left on the clock. Wisconsin never threatened again.
Marrita Porter added 12 points and six rebounds for Ohio State. LaTonya Sims added 11 points for Wisconsin.
The game was close throughout a first half that featured 13 lead changes and four ties. Ohio State grabbed the lead back on a three-pointer by senior forward Larecha Jones with four seconds to play, giving the Buckeyes a 30-29 lead at intermission.
Ohio State returns to action on Friday, hosting Illinois (9-5, 3-1) at 7:30 p.m. in Value City Arena.