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Feb. 16, 2005

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THE TIP
The No. 2/3 Ohio State women’s basketball team (24-2; 11-1 Big Ten) plays host to No. 14/14 Minnesota (19-5; 9-3 Big Ten) at 8 p.m. EST Thursday at Value City Arena.

ABOUT MINNESOTA
No. 14/14 Minnesota is 19-5 overall and 9-3 in Big Ten competition. Minnesota has won three of its last four outings. The Gophers recently tallied a 71-49 win vs. Purdue Sunday, but dropped the previous game vs. Michigan State, 79-48, Feb. 10.

The Gophers are led by Janel McCarville, the preseason pick for Big Ten Player of the Year. McCarville averages 15.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.1 blocked shots per game. Jamie Broback and Shannon Schonrock are adding 13.3 and 10.3 points per outing, respectively. April Calhoun is the team’s leader for assists and steals. She dishes 3.6 helpers and tallies 2.2 steals per outing.

Pam Borton is in her third year at the helm of the Minnesota program. She is a combined 69-21 overall in Minneapolis and 138-66 in seven years as a collegiate head coach. Borton led last year’s Golden Gopher program to the Final Four.

OHIO STATE-MINNESOTA SERIES
Ohio State leads the all-time series vs. Minnesota, 41-7. Last season, the Buckeyes went 3-0 vs. the Gophers, who eventually made an appearance in the 2004 Final Four. The Buckeyes are 20-0 vs. Minnesota in Columbus.

This is the only regular-season meeting between the Buckeyes and the Gophers.

LAST TIME VS. MINNESOTA
The No. 3-seed Ohio State women’s basketball team beat No. 6-seed Minnesota, 58-50, March 5, 2004 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Caity Matter led the Buckeyes with a game-high 24 points and Jessica Davenport added 10 points, five blocked shots and a team-high five rebounds.

Ohio State led 54-50 with 54 seconds left after Minnesota’s Janel McCarville put back an offensive board. Matter, who scored 10 consecutive points in the final minutes of the game, hit two free throws with 35 seconds remaining and Kim Wilburn forced a steal at midcourt that resulted in a Brandie Hoskins fast-break layup to seal the seventh consecutive victory for the Buckeyes.

After seven lead changes and three ties to open the game, Minnesota’s McCarville hit a shot to send the Golden Gophers up 16-14 with 8:27 left in the first half. Matter sank two 3-pointers in a row and Beth Howe made a free throw to quickly give the Buckeyes a five-point lead, 21-16, at 5:33. McCarville and Matter traded baskets before UM’s Kadidja Andersson sank a shot to bring her team to within three points, 23-20, with just under four minutes until halftime. Matter and Davenport each hit shots to close the half on a 4-0 scoring run and take a 27-20 advantage into the locker room.

Minnesota pulled within three points several times in the second half, but Ohio State shot .537 (22-of-41) for the game and forced seven second-half steals to maintain a lead the entire final 20 minutes. The most the Buckeyes led by was nine points, 39-30, when Wilburn hit a fast-break layup at 14:17.

LaToya Turner and Wilburn each scored seven, Howe finished with six and Hoskins added four points. Hoskins dished six assists, tallied two steals and one block and Wilburn handed out five assists, was credited with four steals and two blocked shots. Turner swatted three shots and tallied three steals in her first 40-minute game of the season.

Minnesota was led by McCarville, who had a triple-double with 23 points, 11 boards and 10 steals, in addition to six assists and two blocked shots. Andersson added 10 points.

LAST TIME OUT AT IOWA
The No. 2/3 Ohio State women’s basketball team (24-2; 11-1 Big Ten) held on for a 67-60 win over Iowa (16-7, 5-7 Big Ten) Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Buckeyes battled back from a 12-point deficit in the first half and trailed by as many as six in the second half. Sophomore Jessica Davenport led Ohio State with 21 points off a 10-of-15 night from the field. Teammates Caity Matter and Brandie Hoskins added 18 and 14 points, respectively.

The Buckeyes trailed by as many as six points (53-47) in the second half with 11:24 to play. A bucket by Beth Howe and back-to-back scores by Davenport tied the game 53-53 with 6:12 remaining in the game. The two squads swapped baskets but a 3-pointer by Matter with just under five minutes left gave the Buckeyes a 58-55 lead. That would be the closest Iowa would come as Ohio State held on for the seven-point win in a game that saw 13 lead changes and nine ties.

Iowa came out strong with an early 8-4 lead at 17:22 but buckets by Davenport and Matter tied the game at eight with 16:30 left on the clock. The squads traded baskets for the next eight minutes but the Hawkeyes took a 26-20 advantage off back-to-back 3-pointers with 8:03 left until halftime. After a score by Howe, Iowa went on a 7-0 run and led by 12, 34-22, with six minutes left until the break. The Buckeyes answered with a 16-0 run and took a 38-34 lead at halftime. Matter tallied eight points, including two treys, during the run.

Davenport, who clocked 40 minutes against the Hawkeyes, added nine boards and four blocks. Junior Kim Wilburn led the team with a career-high eight steals and six assists. The Buckeyes shot .571 (28-49) in the game, marking the 16th time the squad has done so this year. Ohio State is undefeated on the season when shooting over 50 percent from the field.

Iowa was led by Jamie Cavey, who netted a game-best 22 points and added 10 rebounds. Crystal Smith added 12 points and Jenna Armstrong pitched in 11.

The win marks the second-consecutive victory in Iowa City after the Buckeyes won for the first time since 1985 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last season. The last time an Ohio State squad recorded wins in back-to-back trips to Iowa was a 64-56 victory Jan. 27, 1984 that was followed with a 56-47 win Feb. 3, 1985.

WILBURN STEALS THE SHOW
Kim Wilburn tallied a personal-best eight steals at Iowa Feb. 13. Wilburn’s previous career-high was seven steals, which she recorded several times. Wilburn’s 2.7 steals per outing is No. 3 in the league and No. 1 for the OSU squad. As a team, Ohio State is No. 3 in the league with 9.85 steals per game.

FIRST FORTY ALL SEASON
Jessica Davenport tallied her first 40 minutes game of the season at Iowa Feb. 13. Davenport has played 40 minutes in five games during her two-year career, but she is the first student-athlete to play an entire game this season for head coach Jim Foster.

UNDEFEATED OVER 50
Ohio State shot .571 form the field (28-of-49) at Iowa Feb. 13. The Buckeyes have shot 50 percent or better 16 times this season and are undefeated when shooting better than half from the field.

DOWN 12 A RECORD
Against Iowa Feb. 13, Ohio State matched its largest deficit of the season after trailing the Hawkeyes by 12 points in the first half. The Buckeyes also trailed by 12 at Penn State Dec. 30, and eventually fell 69-62 to the Lady Lions. In the Buckeyes’ only other loss of the season, a 66-62 loss at Notre Dame, Ohio State trailed by as many as nine.

BACK-TO-BACK IN IOWA CITY
Ohio State beat Iowa, 67-60, in Iowa City Feb. 13. It was the first time since the 1985 that a Buckeye team has tallied back-to-back victories in Iowa City. Ohio State won at Iowa last season for the first time since 1985.

JAMEN ADDS MINUTES, BOARDS AT IOWA
Alice Jamen matched her personal-best mark of four rebounds at Iowa Feb. 13 and played in her second game during which she has totaled double-digit minutes. She played 18 minutes at Oregon Dec. 18 and 11 minutes at Iowa Feb. 13.

MORE AIR TIME
Two more Ohio State games will be televised. The Buckeyes at Michigan State contest Feb. 20 will be shown live on ESPN2. The game is slated to take place at 2 p.m. EST in the Breslin Center. The Ohio State vs. Penn State game, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 27 in Value City Arena, has been chosen as the FSN Wildcard game. The Buckeyes vs. Lady Lions contest will air tape-delay at 9 p.m. CST on FSN Chicago and at 10 p.m. EST on FSN Ohio.The contest will also be replayed at noon locally on FSN Chicago, Detroit and North.

LESS THAN 20 IN THE FIRST
Ohio State held Michigan to 16 first-half points Feb. 10. The Buckeyes have held eight opponents (Saint Joseph’s 13, Ohio 16, Nebraska 19, Penn 20, Purdue 17, Indiana twice – 8 and 18, and Michigan 16) to 20 points or less in the first half.

ONE-TWO PUNCH
Brandie Hoskins and Jessica Davenport are a one-two punch for Ohio State, with spots at No. 1 and No. 2 among league shooting leaders. Hoskins is the Big Ten’s best shooter with a .599 (127-212) field-goal percentage and Jessica Davenport is close behind in the No. 2 spot with a .595 (188-316) mark. Caity Matter averages 52.1 percent (122-234), which is No. 5 among league leaders.

In Big Ten games, Hoskins and Davenport also hold the first two spots, with marks of .619 (65-105) and .596 (99-166) from the field, respectively.

BUCKEYE DEFENSE IN TIP-TOP SHAPE
Ohio State is No. 1 and No. 3 in scoring defense (51.3 ppg) and field-goal percentage defense (.370; 501-1354), respectively. While the Buckeyes have shot better than .500 16 times and greater than .600 twice this season, only one Ohio State opponent has shot better than .500 from the field. Then-No. 21/T22 Iowa sank 50 percent of its shots from the floor Jan. 13 in Value City Arena.

11 SWATS FOR SECOND
Jessica Davenport had four blocked shots vs. Michigan State Jan. 6 and moved into third place on Ohio State’s career leaders list. Davenport, who replaced Francine Lewis’ 124 swatted shots, currently has 155 blocked shots after a four-block afternoon at Iowa Feb. 13. Davenport needs 11 to take over No. 2 and 87 to become the school’s career leader for swatted shots. Mary Sivak tallied 241 blocks during her tenure at Ohio State from 1979-82.

Davenport is No. 1 in the Big Ten with 2.88 blocked shots per outing. Of note, Davenport added eight blocked shots to her first double-double of the season (16 points, 13 rebounds) at Dayton Dec. 4. Eight blocks is a career-best mark for the sophomore center from Columbus.

DAVENPORT PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Ohio State women’s basketball player Jessica Davenport was named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) National Player of the Month for January, the WBCA announced Feb. 8.

Davenport averaged 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as the No. 2/3 Buckeyes amassed a 10-0 record in January. Four of the 10 Buckeye victories were vs. Top 25 teams, including wins vs. then-No. 6/6 Michigan State and vs. then-No. 4/7 Rutgers. The Buckeyes beat teams by an average of 16.2 points per game in January.

Davenport shot 57.9 percent (77-of-133) from the field, made her first-career 3-pointer and averaged 2.1 blocked shots, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Davenport tallied three double-doubles during the month, and had back-to-back 30-point games with 36 points at Wisconsin Jan. 27 and 32 points at Illinois Jan. 30.

The Big Ten’s Player of the Week three times in January, Davenport averaged 30.4 minutes per game and shot 76.8 percent (43-of-56) from the free-throw line.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME
This season, Ohio State is 15-0 in Columbus. The last time an Ohio State team was 15-0 in Columbus was the 1987-88 season. The Buckeyes were 15-0, which included a second round NCAA tournament win in Columbus.

A Jim Foster-coached team has tallied one undefeated season in his three years. In 2002-03, then-first year head coach Jim Foster’s OSU team defended its home court with a flawless 14-0 mark for the first time since 1992-93.

In total, eight Buckeye teams have gone undefeated all season in Columbus throughout the 40-year history of the program.

WILBURN JOINS 400 CLUB
Against Indiana Feb. 6, junior Kim Wilburn dished two helpers, which upped her career assist total to 401. She became only the fifth player in Ohio State history to tally at least 400 assists. Wilburn’s current total of 410 is ranked No. 5 on the Buckeye all-time leaders list. She needs 35 to take over the No. 4 spot, held by Katie Smith’s 444 helpers.

OFFENSE ON FIRE
The Buckeyes are leading the Big Ten in every major offensive category except free-throw percentage. Ohio State ranks first among league leaders for scoring offense (74.7 ppg), scoring margin (+23.1), field-goal percentage (.515; 731-1415) and 3-point field-goal percentage (.414; 155-374). OSU is No. 2 with a .772 (318-412) mark from the charity stripe.

HOPING FOR NO. 25
The Buckeyes are 24-2 this season and are looking for win No. 25. Twenty-four victories is the most under a Jim Foster-coached Ohio State squad and 24 wins is also the most for any Buckeye squad since the 1992-93 team was 28-4.

LUCKY 13
The Buckeyes have won 13 games in a row, beginning with a 63-50 win vs. Purdue Jan. 2. The last time a Buckeye team won 13 in a row was the 1992-93 season, when Ohio State put together 14 victories en route to the national championship contest.

DOUBLE TIME FOR DAV IN BIG TEN GAMES
Jessica Davenport is averaging a double-double in Big Ten games with 20.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.

HIGH MARKS FOR ATTENDANCE
The attendance of 10,434 for the Feb. 6 Indiana game marked the largest crowd to watch a women’s basketball game under head coach Jim Foster. It ranks No. 3 on the all-time Value City Arena attendance list.

NO. 2, FOR THIRD TIME
The Ohio State women’s basketball team is ranked No. 2 in the latest Associated Press poll for the third consecutive week. The Buckeyes are 24-2 overall, 11-1 in Big Ten play and have won 13-consecutive games. No. 2 is the highest ranking for any Ohio State squad in program history.

The 2004-05 Buckeyes were ranked No. 3 twice earlier this season, which tied the previous best ranking for any Buckeye squad. The 1992-93 Ohio State team was ranked No. 3 twice in March of 1993 before OSU went to the Final Four that season and fell to Texas Tech, 84-82.

20 WINS OLD HABIT FOR FOSTER
Ohio State’s 86-67 win at Wisconsin Jan. 27 was victory No. 20 for the 2004-05 Buckeyes. Ohio State, who is now 24-2, has won at least 20 games under head coach Jim Foster in his first three seasons in Columbus. As a program, the Buckeyes have notched 20-win seasons 17 times, including four of the last five years.

In Foster’s 27 years as a collegiate coach, his teams have won 20 or more games 18 times, including the last seven consecutive seasons – three at Ohio State and four at Vanderbilt.

8-2 ON ROAD THE BEST UNDER FOSTER
Ohio State is 9-2 on the road this season. The Buckeyes’ 9-2 record away from Columbus is the best under head coach Jim Foster, who is in his third season at OSU.

GOING BACK IN TIME
It has been two decades since Ohio State was 24-2. The 1984-85 Buckeyes were 24-2 in the first 26 games and won the next four consecutive outings before ending the season with a 72-68 loss vs. Old Dominion March 23, 1985 in the NCAA east regional final game.

DAVENPORT ON WOODEN WATCH
Jessica Davenport was selected as one of the Top 20 midseason candidates for the 2004-05 Wooden Award Player of the Year and All-America Team. In late March, five players will be named to the Women’s Wooden Award All-American team. From those five, one will be the recipient of the John R. Wooden Award Trophy, presented annually to the most outstanding female collegiate basketball player. For more info, please log onto WoodenAward.com.

OVERALL UNDER FOSTER
Foster is 571-247 overall in 27 years of collegiate coaching and 67-22 in three seasons at Ohio State. In Columbus, Foster is 43-4 overall with a 34-3 mark in Value City Arena and an 9-1 record in St. John Arena.

Ohio State’s win over then-No. 21/24 Arizona Nov. 17 in Columbus gave head coach Jim Foster win No. 550 and the victory at Dayton Dec. 4 gave him win No. 50 while at Ohio State.

BUCKEYES BEATING TEAMS BIG
The Buckeyes are leading the Big Ten with a +23.1 scoring margin. That mark is 8.5 points higher than the second-ranked squad Michigan State, who is winning games by a margin of 14.6 points. Only three Big Ten teams are winning games by a double-figure average – Ohio State, Michigan State and Minnesota.

MATTER CONTINUES TO IMPRESS FROM DOWNTOWN
The Big Ten’s best 3-point shooting team can thank Caity Matter for holding her own from downtown. Matter is the league’s No. 1 shooter from outside the arc with a .471 (56-of-119) average. Matter’s 2.15 treys per game ranks No. 4 among Big Ten leaders.

As a team in overall rankings, the Buckeyes are No. 1 with 5.96 treys made per game.

ASSESSING THE ASSISTS STARTS WITH ALLEN
Ashley Allen is No. 2 in the Big Ten with a 2.15 assist-to-turnover ratio and has notched top-heavy assists vs. turnovers in many games this season, including recent performances of eight assists and two turnovers vs. Wisconsin Jan. 27, seven assists and two turnovers vs. Northwestern Jan. 23 and a 9:1 mark vs. Iowa Jan. 13.

In 16 games this year, Allen has tallied more assists than turnovers compared to only three games during which Allen had more turnovers than helpers.

WILBURN AND HOSKINS HOLDING THEIR OWN
Ashley Allen, who is No. 2 for assist-to-turnover ratio in the Big Ten, is not the only one responsible for maintaining the team’s top ranking for turnover margin (+3.77) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.33). Ohio State, which is one of only four teams in the conference to have a positive turnover margin, also relies on Kim Wilburn and Brandie Hoskins for taking care of the rock as well. Wilburn is No. 3 with a 1.87 ratio and Hoskins is No. 6 with a ratio of 1.49.

ALL THAT MATTERS AT THE STRIPE
Ohio State is No. 2 in the Big Ten with a .772 (318-412) mark from the free-throw line.

The Buckeyes are led by Caity Matter, who is No. 1 in the league with an .906 (58-64) mark. Jessica Davenport, who has made 106-of-136 free throws this season, is No. 12 in the conference with an .779 average.

Last season, the Buckeyes shot .654 from the charity stripe on the season and were ranked last in the league.

BUCKEYES AN UNSELFISH BUNCH
The Buckeyes are ranked first in the Big Ten with 18.58 assists per game, but no individual is ranked higher than No. 8 on the league leaders list. Brandie Hoskins is No. 8 with 3.52 helpers, Ashley Allen and Kim Wilburn are tied at No. 12 with 3.31 assists per game averages.

Additionally, Caity Matter is averaging 2.6 helpers and center Jessica Davenport has a 1.5 assists average. Stephanie Blanton is also contributing 1.3 helpers per game.

Of note, Matter averaged 1.97 dishes last year and entered the season with a 1.67 career assists average. Additionally, Buckeye opponents are averaging only 10.1 dishes per outing vs. Ohio State’s 18.6.

TOP 25 OPPONENTS
Ohio State has faced six Top 25 teams and has tallied victories over all six opponents. This season, Ohio State is 7-1 overall vs. Top 25 teams and 6-0 against ranked opponents at home.

Under head coach Jim Foster, Ohio State is 10-3 all-time and 5-0 this season against ranked opponents in Value City Arena, with a 1-0 record this year vs. Top 25 teams in St. John Arena.

The Jan. 16 matchup with then-No. 4/7 Rutgers was the highest-ranked opponent for Ohio State. The Buckeyes won, 52-50. The then-No. 6/6 Michigan State fell to the Buckeyes, 68-54, Jan. 6 in Value City Arena. The Fighting Irish were No. 10/11 when OSU lost 66-62 in South Bend, Ind., Nov. 20.

The Buckeyes also beat then-No. 20/20 Purdue 63-50 Jan. 2 in Value City Arena (VCA), then-No. 20/23 UCLA 83-60 Dec. 21 in VCA, then-No. 24 Oregon 73-58 Dec. 18 in Eugene, Ore., and then-No. 21/24 Arizona 78-45 Nov. 17 in VCA.

The only OSU loss vs. a Top 25 squad this year was a 66-62 loss at then-No. 10/11 Notre Dame in the final game of the 2004 Sportsview.tv Preseason WNIT Nov. 20 in South Bend, Ind.

WIN THE LANE, WIN THE GAME
If the Buckeyes outscore opponents inside the lane, the squad is likely to win the game. There have been only three teams this season to outscore Ohio State in the paint, but the Buckeyes beat all three opponents. Northwestern scored 32 points inside vs. OSU’s 20 Jan. 23. On Jan. 9, Liberty outscored Ohio State 28-18 and on Jan. 16, Rutgers scored 28 points vs. OSU’s 26 in the paint.

Ohio State is outscoring opponents inside by an average of 34.7 to 19.2 points per game (902-500).

While the only two teams to beat Ohio State this season – Notre Dame and Penn State – did contend in the lane vs. the Buckeyes, they fell short of outscoring OSU inside. On Nov. 20, Notre Dame scored 28 points inside vs. Ohio State’s 30 in the lane and Dec. 30, the Lady Lions tallied 30 points vs. the Buckeyes’ 32 points inside.

BLANTON BRINGING THE OFFENSE
Sophomore Stephanie Blanton, who has started the previous three games, averaged 3.2 points per game last season. This year, she is netting 5.3 points per contest, which ranks fourth behind Jessica Davenport, Caity Matter and Brandie Hoskins, who all average double figures.

HOSKINS HOT FROM THE FIELD
Sophomore guard Brandie Hoskins has scored double digits in 18-of-25 games played, including the last 15-of-19. In her first six contests, Hoskins averaged nine points per outing. She is currently averaging 12.3 points per game and in Big Ten games, she is second on the team with 13.0 points per outing.

RPI RATINGS
In the latest WBCA/Summerville RPI rankings, Ohio State is No. 5 and the Big Ten Conference is No. 5. According to Collegerpi.com, the Buckeyes are No. 5, while the Big Ten sits at No. 3 on the conference list.

BUCKEYES USING 3’S
The Ohio State team averages 6.0 shots made from downtown vs. team’s 3.8 treys per outing.

MATTER NEEDS 31 TO MOVE TO NO. 11
Caity Matter started her senior season ranked No. 21 among Ohio State’s career points leaders. This season, she has jumped nine spots and is currently No. 12 on the all-time scoring list with 1,416 points. The No. 12 spot was held by Larecha Jones’ 1,275 points. Jones played at OSU from 1996-99. In order to take over No. 11, Matter needs 49 points.

MINUTES SHARED WITH OSU
Eight of 13 Buckeyes are averaging more than 10.0 minutes per game and only five players – Jessica Davenport, Caity Matter, Brandie Hoskins, Kim Wilburn and Ashley Allen – are clocking more than 20.0 minutes per outing. The most PT for any Ohio State player is 29.2 minutes an outing (Davenport).

MATTER SITTING PRETTY ON 3 LISTS
Senior Caity Matter is at the top of every 3-point career list in the Ohio State records book.

Matter went 2-for-7 vs. Liberty Jan. 9. Matter’s seven attempts gave the senior guard from Bluffton, Ohio, the record for career attempts. She is now at 612 total attempts. Katie Smith previously held the No. 1 spot with 564 attempts from 1993-96.

Matter also broke Smith’s record earlier this season for career treys made and currently has 253 career 3-pointers drained. Smith made 218 3-pointers during her career and held the No. 1 spot for eight years. She sank one 3-pointer at then-No. 24 Oregon Dec. 18 and tied the record for career treys made by an Ohio State player. Three days later vs. then-No. 20/23 UCLA Dec. 21, Matter hit her 219th career 3-point field goal at 14:02 to break the school record for treys in a career. Matter is only the third Buckeye to make at least 200 career 3-pointers. Marcie Albert is ranked No. 3 with 203 treys.

Matter is currently No. 1 with a .413 (253-of-612) career 3-point percentage.

MATTER SHOOTING BIG IN BIG TEN GAMES
Caity Matter is shooting 51.8 percent from 3-point land in Big Ten games this year. She has made 29-of-56 treys attempted and is 52-of-104 from the field for a 50 percent shooting average in conference contests.

SCORING FROM THE SIDELINES
The Buckeyes’ bench is getting utilized this year and the help is proving its worth. Ohio State players coming off the bench are averaging 21.3 points per game (554 total) vs. opponents’ 11.6 points per contest (301 total) from the reserves.

Purdue, Notre Dame and Rutgers are the only three schools to outscore the Buckeye bench this season. The Fighting Irish, who beat the Buckeyes 66-62 Nov. 20, had eight points vs. Ohio State’s seven points from non-starters. Purdue’s bench tallied 25 points vs. Ohio State’s 10 scores in a 63-50 Buckeye victory Jan. 2. On Jan. 16, Rutgers’ reserves scored 25 points vs. OSU’s 13 scores.

SCORING BURDEN SHARED
Jessica Davenport, Caity Matter and Brandie Hoskins are leading the team with 18.6, 13.8 and 12.3 points per game, respectively. Davenport has scored double figures in 25-of-26 games this season, Matter has scored double digits in 19-of-26 games and Hoskins has tallied double digits in 18-of-25 games played.

Davenport’s 18.6 points is No. 3 in the league, while Matter and Hoskins come in at No. 15 and No. 19 in the Big Ten, respectively.

In conference games, Davenport is averaging 20.2 scores per outing and is No. 2 among league leaders.

BLANTON’S NEW ROLE
As a rookie, sophomore Stephanie Blanton made only four treys last season. She is now 17-for-47 (.362) on the year.

DAVENPORT BIG ON THE BOARDS
Jessica Davenport is leading her team and ranked No. 4 in the Big Ten with 8.7 rebounds per outing. In conference games, the sophomore center is averaging 10.0 rebounds per game and is No. 2 among league leaders.

KNOCKING OFF NO. 4 – SECOND-HIGHEST OPPONENT IN VCA
Ranked No. 4 at the time, Rutgers was the second-highest opponent to play in Value City Arena when the Scarlet Knights and the Buckeyes played Jan. 16. Ohio State won 52-50 vs. Rutgers. Second-ranked Purdue is the highest team to ever play in VCA and the Boilermakers knocked off Ohio State 64-56 on Jan. 26, 1999. Purdue went on to win the national championship that year.

HIGHEST-RANKED WIN FOR FOSTER’S BUCKEYES
Ohio State beat then-No. 4/7 Rutgers 52-50 Jan. 16 in Value City Arena. The Scarlet Knights were the highest-ranked opponent the Buckeyes have beaten under head coach Jim Foster. Earlier this season, Ohio State beat then-No. 6/6 Michigan State 68-54 Jan. 6, which at the time was the highest-ranked win for the Buckeyes under Foster.

During the 2002-03 season, Ohio State defeated No. 10/11 Purdue 56-51 in Value City Arena. Last year, the Buckeyes defeated No. 10/10 Minnesota 75-57 at home.

FIRST “W” WHEN TRAILING AFTER 20
Ohio State trailed 21-16 at halftime vs. Rutgers Jan. 16 and went on to win, 52-50. It was the first victory for a Buckeye team when the team trailed after the first 20 minutes.

The only other game the Buckeyes have trailed at half was vs. Notre Dame Nov. 20. The Buckeyes were losing 29-25 in South Bend, Ind., and eventually fell 66-62 to the Fighting Irish.

70 IN THE SECOND
Against Rutgers Jan. 16, Ohio State shot .765 percent (13-of-17) from the field in the second half. The Buckeyes have shot 70 percent or better in the second 20 minutes in three games this season. In the first half vs. the Scarlet Knights, the Buckeyes’ 16 points and .261 (6-of-23) field goal percentage in the first stanza were season-low marks for OSU.

NEW YEAR BEING GOOD TO THE BUCKEYES
The Buckeyes were 10-0 in January. A 10-0 record in the year’s first month is the best for a Jim Foster-coached Buckeye squad.

Foster has only had one other undefeated January in his 27-year career. Foster’s 1989-90 Saint Joseph’s squad was a perfect went 11-0 in January. The Hawks won a game Dec. 29 and added two-consecutive victories in February that season to complete a 14-run win streak.

The last time a Buckeye squad was undefeated in January was during the 1986-87 season when the Buckeyes went 9-0 in the midst of a 15-game win streak.

FIRST WIN IN 10
The Buckeye’s 69-55 win at Illinois Jan. 31 was the first for a Buckeye squad in Champaign since an 88-72 Ohio State victory Jan. 28, 1995.

Ohio State also broke a streak when the team played at Indiana Jan. 20. The Buckeyes’ 52-30 victory in Bloomington was the first victory for any Buckeye team in Bloomington since Jan. 15, 1999 when OSU won 78-60.

Of note, last season the Buckeyes had another significant win when they beat Iowa 93-82 Feb. 5, 2004 in Iowa City. It was the first win for an Ohio State squad at Iowa since a 56-47 victory Feb. 3, 1985.

DAVENPORT’S 36 A KOHL CENTER RECORD
Jessica Davenport scored a career-high 36 points off a 15-of-21 night from the field at Wisconsin Jan. 27. Her 36 scores and 15 field goals made are Kohl Center records and 21 attempts tied a Kohl Center opponent mark.

Davenport’s 36 scores, which was her first-career 30-point contest, are tied for fourth on the Ohio State all-time single-game scoring list. Additionally, she has tallied six 20-point performances this season.

BACK-TO-BACK 30’S
Davenport’s back-to-back 30-point games at Illinois Jan. 27 and Wisconsin Jan. 30 marked the third such performance for any Buckeye player. The last person to tally consecutive 30-point games was Lisa Cline, who scored 35 and 32 points in victories vs. Marshall and at Colorado in December of 1988. Frani Washington, Ohio State’s first All-American, netted 30 points in back-to-back wins at Eastern Kentucky and vs. Dayton in February of 1979.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Davenport became the first Big Ten player to record back-to-back 30-point games since Minnesota’s Lindsay Whalen scored 31 at Virginia Dec. 29, 2003 and 32 at home vs. Michigan Jan. 1, 2004. Davenport is also the first to record 30 points in consecutive Big Ten games since Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante scored 33 vs. Iowa Jan. 9, 2003 and 31 at Northwestern Jan. 12, 2003.

DAVENPORT DUBBED PLAYER OF WEEK FOR THIRD TIME
Ohio State women’s basketball player Jessica Davenport was named the Big Ten Player of the Week Jan. 31. It was Davenport’s third honor of the season and her third overall. Davenport is the first Ohio State player to earn three player of the week honors in the same year since two-time All-American Katie Smith tallied three conference player of the week awards during the 1992-93 season.

The sophomore center averaged 34.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and shot 73.2 percent (30-of-41) from the field in wins at Wisconsin and at Illinois last week. Davenport also tallied four blocked shots, one steal and three assists in the two contests.

At Wisconsin, Davenport scored a career-best and Kohl Center record 36 points off a 15-of-21 night from the field. Her point total is tied for fourth on the Ohio State all-time single-game scoring list. Davenport’s 36 points vs. the Badgers marked the most points scored by a Big Ten student-athlete since Michigan’s Jennifer Smith had 37 vs. Charlotte Dec. 3, 2003.

Against Illinois, Davenport tallied her sixth-season and 10th-career double-double at Illinois with 32 points and 14 rebounds. Davenport was 15-of-20 from the field and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe. The win at Illinois was the first for a Buckeye squad in Champaign since an 88-72 Ohio State victory Jan. 28, 1995.

DAVENPORT NAMED PLAYER OF WEEK FOR SECOND TIME
Ohio State women’s basketball player Jessica Davenport was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week, the Big Ten Conference announced Jan. 17. Davenport averaged 20 points and 7.3 rebounds in the Buckeyes’ victories over Michigan Jan. 11, then-No. 21/T22 Iowa Jan. 13 and then-No. 4/7 Rutgers Jan. 16.

Davenport, who is sharing the honor with Penn State’s Tanisha Wright, has now won conference player of the week accolades twice this season. She was first honored Jan. 3.

Davenport scored 19 at Michigan and vs. Iowa and netted a game-best 22 points vs. Rutgers. For the week, Davenport was a combined 24-of-41 from the field for a .585 average and shot 92 percent from free-throw line, including a 7-of-8 performance vs. Rutgers.

The sophomore center from Columbus averaged 7.3 boards and tallied four assists, five blocked shots and one steal in the three contests. Davenport hit her first-career 3-pointer in the first half of the Rutgers game and played 31.3 minutes per outing.

DAVENPORT’S FIRST PLAYER OF WEEK HONOR
On Jan. 3, Jessica Davenport was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Davenport’s honor was the first for a Buckeye player since teammate Caity Matter was honored Feb. 16, 2004. Davenport averaged 22 points and 10.5 rebounds vs. Penn State Dec. 30 and then-No. 20/20 Purdue Jan. 2. In the two game combined, Davenport shot .519 (14-of-27) from the field and .800 (16-of-20) from the free-throw line. A sophomore center from Columbus, Ohio, she also notched three assists, two blocked shots and two steals in the two conference contests. The Buckeyes dropped a 69-62 decision at Penn State, but bounced back to beat the Boilermakers, 63-50, in Value City Arena. Davenport’s 24 points and 12 rebounds vs. Purdue was her fourth double-double of the season and her eighth career double-double.

MATTER SETS SINGLE GAME RECORD … AGAIN
Senior shooting guard Caity Matter sank eight 3-pointers at Michigan Jan. 11. The eight treys tied the Ohio State single-game record she set Dec. 1, 2003 vs. IUPUI. Matter was 8-of-11 from 3-point land, 10-of-13 from the floor and tied her career-high mark of 28 points vs. the Wolverines.

+70 A RECORD
The Buckeyes beat Ohio, 107-37, Dec. 1 in Athens, Ohio. Ohio State’s 70-point win tied the school record for the largest margin of victory. Ohio State beat Akron 105-35 on Feb. 22, 1977. The win was the Bobcats’ worst lost in program history. Ohio’s previous worst lost was 52 points at Iowa in 1991.

The previous biggest margin of victory for a Buckeye team under head coach Jim Foster was a 48-point win. Foster’s Ohio State teams had beaten two squads by 48 points: 96-48 vs. IUPUI Dec. 1, 2003 in Value City Arena and 89-41 vs. Bowling Green Nov. 12 in Value City Arena.

107 THE HIGHEST UNDER FOSTER
Ohio State’s 107 points vs. Ohio Dec. 1 was the highest points total this season and the most for any Buckeye team coached by Jim Foster. The Buckeyes’ previous season-high was 89 points against Bowling Green (Nov. 12) in the season opener. Ohio State’s 46 points in the first 20 minutes of play vs. Ohio Dec. 1 was the most in the first half this year.

The last time a Buckeye team scored at least 100 points, was vs. Wayne State Nov. 26, 2002 in Foster’s second-ever game at the helm of the Buckeyes.

The most points ever scored by a Buckeye team was a 119-point performance vs. Idaho State Dec. 11, 1994. The Buckeyes won, 119-63.

SEVEN REACH DOUBLES
The Buckeyes had seven players reach double figures in scoring vs. Ohio Dec. 1. Tamarah Riley had 18, Caity Matter scored 14 points, Stephanie Blanton, Jessica Davenport, Beth Howe and Michelle Muñoz all netted 12 and Candace Dark tallied 11 scores. Seven players in double digits is the most this season. Ohio State had five players reach double figures against St. Joseph’s (Nov. 14).

MATTER A CLASS ACT
Ohio State women’s basketball player Caity Matter was named a finalist for the 2004-05 Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS Award by the organizing committee of the award. The Senior CLASS Award is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School. The award is given to the outstanding male and female senior NCAA Division I basketball player annually and originated from the award’s honorary chairman, CBS sportscaster Dick Enberg.

A national media committee will select 10 finalists for the award in February of 2005. In March, a nationwide fan ballot will be paired with results from a vote of coaches and media to determine the winners. The winner will be announced by Enberg during the CBS telecast of the 2005 NCAA Men’s Final Four.

Courtney Coleman, a former Ohio State regional Kodak/WBCA All-American honorable mention pick and four-year Buckeye letterwinner, was named a second team Senior CLASS Award winner in 2003.

THE BUCKEYE BASKETBALL SHOW WITH Jim Foster
“The Buckeye Basketball with Jim Foster Show” began its 10-week run Jan. 9. The half-hour show, which is hosted by WBNS’ Ryan Miller, will be aired on WBNS statewide at 11 a.m. Sunday mornings. It will be replayed on Ohio News Network Sunday nights. Please check local listings for the ONN air times.

BUCKEYE CLASSIC NOTES
The Ohio State vs. Bradley game Nov. 28 was the 12th time Ohio State has made it to the title game in 13 years of the Buckeye Classic. In 1983 – during the first year of the Buckeye Classic – Georgia and Clemson met and Georgia won the title, 78-64. The Buckeyes have won the Buckeye Classic seven times, including the previous four events in a row. The last two MVP’s of the Buckeye Classic are underclassmen on the Ohio State team. Sophomore center Jessica Davenport earned the honor this season and classmate Brandie Hoskins was tabbed the Buckeye Classic’s MVP last season when she was a rookie.

BUCKEYE CLASSIC ALL-TOURNEY TEAM MEMBERS
Jessica Davenport and Caity Matter were named to the 2004 Buckeye Classic All-Tournament Team. Davenport, the most valuable player, was 16-of-27 from the field and tallied a total of 37 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, four steals, five blocked shots and only two turnovers. Matter was 7-of-13 form the field, scored 22 points and had seven assists, six rebounds and four steals. Davenport and Matter were also named to the Sportsview.tv 2004 Preseason WNIT All-Tournament Team.

PRESEASON WNIT WRAP-UP
Ohio State beat Bowling Green, 89-41, Nov. 12 and blew by Saint Joseph’s, 76-29, Nov. 14 in rounds one and two of the 2004 Sportsview.tv Preseason WNIT. In the semifinals vs. No. 21/24 Arizona, the Buckeyes won, 78-45, and earned the program’s first trip to the finals of the preseason WNIT. The first three games were in Columbus, Ohio (with round one and the semifinal game being held at Value City Arena and round two taking place in St. John Arena), but the Buckeyes had to travel to South Bend, Ind., to face then-No. 10/11 Notre Dame in the final game Nov. 20.

Notre Dame tallied victories at home over Illinois State (92-73), Nebraska (73-57) and No. 6/6 Duke (76-65) on its path to the final game of the preseason WNIT event, fought for the title in a close game vs. the Buckeyes. In a back-and-forth battle with seven lead changes and nine ties, Ohio State led, 62-54, with 5:18 to play, but Notre Dame went on a 12-0 run to close the final five minutes of the game and earn the championship.

It was the second preseason WNIT run for Ohio State. The Buckeyes were also in the 1995 event and faced Pittsburgh Nov. 15, 1995. The Buckeyes beat Pitt, 85-50. In the second round of that year’s preseason WNIT, the Buckeyes beat Maine in the second round, 93-64, before falling to Arkansas, 86-80. Then-senior Katie Smith, who is currently a student assistant for the Buckeyes, was named to the 1995 Preseason WNIT All-Tournament team.

PRESEASON WNIT ALL-TOURNEY SELECTIONS
Ohio State’s Jessica Davenport and Caity Matter were named to the Sportsview.tv 2004 Preseason WNIT All-Tournament Team. For the tournament, Davenport averaged 17.8 points, 6.3 boards and 2.5 rebounds per game, while shooting .581 from the field (25-of-43) and making all 21 free throws she attempted. Matter averaged 14.3 points, 3.8 assists and shot .467 (21-of-45) from the field and 7-for-7 from the charity stripe in the four games.

BUCKEYES BREAK WNIT TREY RECORDS
The Buckeyes have set two preseason WNIT team records: 3-pointers in a game and 3-pointers in a tournament.

Ohio State made 13 3-pointers (of 20 attempted) vs. Bowling Green Nov. 12. The previous mark was held by Connecticut, who drained 12 treys vs. Fairfield Nov. 9, 2001. Ohio State was .650 from beyond the arc vs. the Falcons, due primarily to Ashley Allen, who was 5-of-6 from downtown, Caity Matter, who hit 2-of-4, and Michelle Muñoz, who hit both 3-pointers attempted.

The Buckeyes’ 27 3-pointers accumulated during the four preseason WNIT contests beat the previous mark of 23 treys in a tournament set by the University of Arkansas in 1995.

DEFENDING VS. THE HAWKS
Besides impressive offensive performances by the Buckeyes, Ohio State’s defense deserves some credit as well. OSU held Saint Joseph’s to 29 points, which is one more than the lowest output by any Buckeye opponent – 28 points by Purdue Feb., 6, 1976. The Buckeyes beat the Boilermakers, 61-28.

THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM
The Nov. 12 game vs. BGSU was the earliest start in Buckeye history since dates for games were recorded beginning in the 1974-75 season. The next earliest start was a Nov. 15, 1995 game in the preseason WNIT vs. Pittsburgh.

PRESEASON KUDOS
The Ohio State women’s basketball team opened the season tied for ninth place in the preseason USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches’ Poll and No. 10 in the Associated Press poll. Both polls were released the week off Nov. 15. In other preseason rankings, the Buckeyes are No. 6 according to Women’s Basketball News Service, No. 8 in Athlon and No. 13 among Lindy’s rankings.

COACHES’ FAVORITE
Ohio State was picked to finish first in the coaches’ Big Ten preseason poll, in front of Michigan State and Minnesota. The media chose Purdue No. 1, the Buckeyes No. 2, and Penn State No. 3. Ohio State was the only squad named in both polls.