Feb. 20, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The No. 2/3 Ohio State women’s basketball team (25-3; 12-2 Big Ten) lost 66-64 at No. 9/9 Michigan State (24-3; 13-2 Ten) Sunday in front of a record-high 14,066 people at the Breslin Center.
The Buckeyes were lead by Jessica Davenport who recorded her first-career triple-double with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocked shots. Caity Matter added a game-high 20 points and Brandie Hoskins netted 17.
Ohio State trailed by as many as 12 in the first half and nine in the second, but with 3:32 to play, Buckeye rookie Tamarah Riley hit a layup to give Ohio State a 61-60 advantage. Michigan State’s Liz Shimek answered with a bucket on the other end to put MSU up 62-61 at 2:35. Spartan Lindsay Bowen gave her team a 64-61 advantage when she sank two free throws, but Hoskins converted a 3-point play to knot the game at 64 with 31 ticks left on the clock.
Michigan State’s Kristin Haynie was fouled on the way to the bucket and went 2-for-2 with six second left. A last-second shot by the Buckeyes would not fall and the Spartans held on for the conference win.
In the first 20 minutes, the Buckeyes were down 38-28 with 1:26 until halftime, but closed the half on an 8-0 scoring run to make it 38-36. The 8-0 scoring run was comprised of a trey and a layup by Hoskins, followed by a Matter make from downtown.
Ohio State found itself down, 47-38, with 16:31 remaining in the game, but put together a 9-0 scoring run and tied the contest at 47 at 10:38. The game ended in a back-and-forth battle, including four ties and four lead changes. Davenport played in her third-consecutive 40-minute contest. Hoskins and Matter each tallied five assists and one steal, while Riley scored six, pulled down three boards and had two helpers with zero turnovers.
Michigan State was led by Haynie, Bowen and Kelli Roehrig, who scored 19, 16 and 14 points, respectively. Roehrig and Shimek each collected nine caroms.
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.