Buckeyes Starter To Miss Rest Of Season Over Academic Problems

Junior forward Star Allen will miss the rest of the season

Jan. 4, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -No. 21 Ohio State will not have junior forward Star Allen for the rest of the season after she was declared academically ineligible on Friday.

Allen, a starting forward for the three-time defending Big Ten champion Buckeyes, was a preseason All-Big Ten selection and a second-team all-conference choice a year ago. She started 10 of 12 games this season while averaging 8.6 points and 7.1 rebounds.

"In this case Star didn't take care of her business," Buckeyes coach Jim Foster said. "She's a very bright and a very intelligent kid, but she should not be in this situation."

Allen led the Buckeyes in field-goal percentage last year while setting a record in Big Ten games by hitting 84 of 121 shots (.694).

She did not play in Thursday night's 66-42 victory over Michigan, with Tamarah Riley starting in her place. The Buckeyes (10-3, 1-1 Big Ten) play at Iowa on Sunday.

"We sort of run our program on the basis that someone's misfortune is someone else's opportunity," Foster said. "Last night Tam Riley had the first double-double of her college career and Andrea Walker got her most significant minutes of the season. Their reaction was that this is their opportunity."