Feb. 21, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s basketball player Jessica Davenport was named one of 30 mid-season candidates for the Naismith Trophy presented by Cingular Wireless, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Monday. The list of 30 was assembled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which consists of basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. The Naismith Trophy is a national honor, presented annually to the men’s and women’s players of the year.
The Top 30 players will be eligible for the final ballot in March when four finalists for the Naismith Trophy are announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors. Other players who distinguish themselves through the end of the season will be eligible for one of the four finalist spots.
Davenport, who has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week four times this season, is a sophomore center from Columbus, Ohio. A Top 20 midseason candidate for the Wooden Award, she is leading the Big Ten with a 60.5 shooting percentage and 3.3 blocked shots per outing.
In Big Ten games, Davenport’s 21.2 points and 61.3 average from the field both are ranked No. 1 among league leaders. Her 10.3 rebounds per league game is No. 2. In all games, Davenport is leading the Buckeyes with 19.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, which ranks No. 2 and No. 3 on the Big Ten leaders’ list, respectively.
Davenport has had nine season double-doubles and tallied the first triple-double in Ohio State women’s basketball history against No. 9/9 Michigan State Sunday in East Lansing, Mich. Davenport, who has played three-consecutive 40-minute games, is the only player this season to play a complete game for OSU head coach Jim Foster.
Davenport became the third player in Buckeye history to notch back-to-back 30-point games when she scored 36 at Wisconsin Jan. 27 and 32 at Illinois Jan. 30. Ohio State’s leading scorer in 17 games this year, Davenport has scored double figures in 27-of-28 games and has recorded seven 20-point games and three 30-point contests. Davenport was named to the Sportsview.tv 2004 Preseason WNIT All-Tournament Team and was dubbed the 2004 Buckeye Classic Most Valuable Player. A 2004-05 Preseason All-Big Ten pick by the coaches and the media, Davenport was a preseason honorable mention Top 5 center in the country by ESPN.com.
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.