Feb. 21, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s basketball player Jessica Davenport was named Big Ten Player of the Week, the Big Ten Conference announced Monday. Davenport tallied the first triple-double in Ohio State women’s basketball history against No. 9/9 Michigan State Sunday and recorded her ninth double-double of the season in the victory vs. No. 14/14 Minnesota Thursday.
Davenport, who played her second and third-consecutive 40-minute games vs. Minnesota and Michigan State last week, has been named the league’s player of the week four times this season and during her career. Four honors is the most by a Big Ten women’s basketball player this year, followed by Minnesota’s Janel McCarville, who has been the league’s weekly top performer three times.
Against Minnesota and Michigan State, Davenport was a combined 23-of-33 from the field, 8-of-10 from the free-throw line and averaged 12 rebounds and 8.5 blocks per outing. She is the only player this season to compete all 40 minutes for OSU head coach Jim Foster.
Against Minnesota Feb. 17, Davenport faced 2004 All-American and the Big Ten’s preseason player of the year McCarville. In the 65-53 Buckeye win, Davenport set a Value City Arena record with 35 points and added 11 boards for her ninth double-double of the season and the 13th of her career. Davenport dished three helpers and blocked five shots, while McCarville scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
In the 66-64 loss at Michigan State, Davenport’s triple-double consisted of 19 points, a game-best 13 rebounds and 12 blocked shots. Twelve blocked shots ties the Ohio State single-game record, set by June Brewer vs. Michigan State during a Big Ten Tournament win Feb. 7, 1976. Twelve swatted shots also ties a Big Ten record held by Wisconsin’s Janetta Johnson. Johnson blocked 12 shots in three games during the 1988-89 season.
Ohio State will travel to take on Purdue at 8 p.m. Thursday in Mackey Arena. The game will be televised in some regions on Fox Sports Net. The Buckeyes’ final regular-season game is at 6 p.m. Sunday vs. Penn State in Value City Arena.