Merrill eligible for 2005-06 season

Updated: July 16, 2004, 1:23 AM ET
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Debbie Merrill, who averaged 15.2 points as a junior lsat season at Cincinnati, has transferred to Ohio State, Buckeyes coach Jim Foster has announced.

Merrill, a senior center/forward from Cumberland City, Tenn., was a 2003 Honorable Mention All-American, a two-time All-Conference USA player and C-USA's 2002 Freshman of the Year at Cincinnati. Merrill will sit out the 2004-05 season per NCAA transfer requirements and will have one year of collegiate eligibility remaining for 2005-06.

Merrill left Cincinnati with a 16.0 points-per-game average in three seasons with the Bearcats. Merrill tallied 7.5 rebounds per game last year and swatted 33 shots, while shooting 46.3 percent (155-for-335) from the field. The Bearcats' co-captain as a sophomore, Merrill was Conference USA's leading scorer (18.0 ppg) and ranked sixth among league leaders with 8.5 rebounds per outing.

Merrill, who earned spots on C-USA's all-tournament teams during her first two seasons at Cincinnati, notched 14.7 points and 7.8 boards per game as a rookie on her way to earning C-USA's rookie of the year accolades.