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Dec. 11, 2004

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By RUSTY MILLER
AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Jessica Davenport scored 26 points, including 17 in the first half to almost match Nebraska’s total, and No. 10 Ohio State shot 65 percent from the field in an 86-61 win over the Cornhuskers on Saturday.

Davenport hit 8 of 9 shots from the field and the Buckeyes (8-1) held the Cornhuskers to 25 percent shooting in the opening half to build a 36-19 lead.

Nebraska (6-3) cut the lead to nine points with less than 7 minutes remaining, but Ohio State went inside to Davenport, its 6-foot-4 post player, for bank shots on the next two possessions to pull away for its fifth win in a row.

The Buckeyes shot 78 percent from the field in the second half (18-of-23), making all five of their 3-point attempts.

Davenport hit 10 of 12 shots from the field and added nine rebounds and four blocked shots. Caity Matter overcame a slow start to score 25 points, hitting 8-of-11 from the field and 5-of-6 from behind the arc. Brandie Hoskins chipped in with 15 points and seven assists.

Davenport’s 26 points were one below her career best, set last year against Purdue.

Kiera Hardy scored 22 points to lead Nebraska, which had a three-game winning streak end.

Ohio State led 23-15 before closing the half on a 13-4 run. Davenport had seven points, Hoskins had four and Michelle Munoz started it with a driving layup for the Buckeyes.

In the second half, Chelsea Aubry scored inside to pull Nebraska within 63-54 with 6:49 left, but Davenport hit back-to-back shots in the paint to end the threat.