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Ohio State knocks off No. 17 Purdue, 89-78 (The Associated Press)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Martina Ellerbe drilled four straight free throws to start the second half to give Ohio State the lead for good and sparked an 89-78 win over No. 17 Purdue Thursday night in a Big 10 Conference opener.The Buckeyes led by as many as 16 points with four minutes left on …

No. 24 Gonzaga hangs on to beat Ohio State 59-58 (The Associated Press)

No. 8 Maryland women beat Ohio State 67-55 (The Associated Press)

No. 1 UConn women beat Ohio State (The Associated Press)

UConn, Cal headline eighth Maggie Dixon Classic (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) — The last time UConn played in the Maggie Dixon Classic, the Huskies tied UCLA for the longest winning streak in NCAA college basketball history. Defending national champion Connecticut will make its return to Madison Square Garden to play California on Dec. 22 in the eighth annual women’s basketball doubleheader, which honors the late Army women’s basketball coach. Dixon died in April 2006 of arrhythmia, probably caused by an enlarged heart. Her death came three weeks after her first season as a head coach, when she led Army to its first NCAA berth. Texas A&M will face St. John’s in the first game. UConn met Ohio State in the 2010 Classic and beat the Buckeyes for the Huskies’ 88th straight victory to match the Bruins’ vaunted streak. Connecticut went on to win a record 90 consecutive games before losing at Stanford. The Huskies are coming off their eighth national championship in April and return most of the team, including the most outstanding player of the NCAA tournament, …

Foster, Blair take similar paths to Hall of Fame (The Associated Press)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Texas A&M coach Gary Blair and Chattanooga coach Jim Foster already have plenty in common. Both have military backgrounds, Blair in the Marines and Foster in the Army. Both have won at three different schools. Each began his head coaching career outside the six major conferences. Now they’re about to share one more bond. Both are entering the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday as part of an induction class that also includes former Mississippi player Peggie Gillom-Granderson, former Connecticut guard Jennifer Rizzotti, former Texas player Annette Smith-Knight and former Rutgers star Sue Wicks. ”I’ve been one of the grinders,” Blair said. ”I’m not a Geno (Auriemma). I’m not a Leon Barmore. I’m not a Pat Summitt. I’m just a Gary Blair, the same type of career that Jim Foster has had. Our backgrounds are very similar, from the military on to starting at a small school to going to the BCS schools. We have plenty to still give back.” …

Klein, Cheek on McGuff’s Ohio State women’s staff (The Associated Press)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — New Ohio State women’s basketball head coach Kevin McGuff has announced the hiring of Patrick Klein and Joy Cheek as assistant coaches. Klein begins his third year as an assistant after working under the fired Jim Foster. He also served as an assistant at Illinois 2007-09. Cheek comes to Ohio State after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Duke. She was one of two recruiting coordinators for the Blue Devils, in addition to also overseeing the perimeter players. The hiring of Klein and Cheek leaves one more assistant position open on McGuff’s staff.

Foster eager to begin work at Chattanooga (The Associated Press)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Chattanooga athletic director David Blackburn was initially surprised to discover he might have a chance to hire Jim Foster as his women’s basketball coach. It isn’t very often a Hall of Fame coach with Final Four experience pursues a job at a mid-major program, even one that has reached nine NCAA tournaments over the last 13 seasons. ”I was (thinking), ‘This can’t be right,’ ” Blackburn said. It turned out Foster’s interest was legitimate. Foster was introduced Friday as the successor to Wes Moore, who left last month to take over North Carolina State’s program. Foster brings a 783-307 record and 35 years of head coaching experience to Chattanooga. The 64-year-old Foster will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on June 8 at Knoxville, Tenn. The former St. Joseph’s, Vanderbilt and Ohio State coach believes he’s found the ideal place to cap his illustrious career. ”Chattanooga has always been a place we’ve been very fond of,”…

Chattanooga hires Foster as its women’s coach (The Associated Press)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Chattanooga has hired a future hall of famer as its next women’s basketball head coach. The university announced Thursday the hiring of Jim Foster, who will be inducted in less than a month into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. The former St. Joseph’s, Vanderbilt and Ohio State coach has a 783-307 record and ranks 11th in NCAA history in career wins. Foster and Rutgers women’s coach C. Vivian Stringer are the only men’s or women’s college basketball coaches at any level to win at least 200 games at three different schools. Foster, 64, was fired by Ohio State after going 18-13 this season, the only time in his 11-year tenure with the Buckeyes that they won fewer than 20 games and failed to reach the NCAA tournament. Foster is replacing Wes Moore, who took over North Carolina State’s program last month after making nine NCAA tournament appearances in 15 years at Chattanooga. ”Chattanooga has always been one of our favorite…

New coach wants OSU women to compete with elite (The Associated Press)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kevin McGuff stepped onto center court of Ohio State’s arena and called it an amazing day. The 43-year-old McGuff made his first official appearance as the new coach of the Buckeyes on Wednesday. After spending nine years as the head coach at Xavier and the past two at Washington, he said it was good to be back home and to take over a job that he had always wanted. Ohio State is paying McGuff $850,000 a year, not counting performance and academic bonuses, along with $500,000 in retention payments if he remains on the job through the 2020-21 season. McGuff, a father of six including a newborn, is on the hook for a $1.75 million buyout at Washington, where he signed a contract extension just three weeks ago.

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