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Feb. 4, 2005

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THE TIP
The No. 2/3 Ohio State women’s basketball team (21-2; 8-1 Big Ten) plays host to Indiana (9-11; 2-8 Big Ten) at 2 p.m. Sunday in Value City Arena.

ABOUT INDIANA
Indiana is 9-11 overall and 2-8 in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 61-66 victory vs. Wisconsin in Bloomington Thursday night.

Cyndi Valentin is the team’s leading scorer with 15.9 points per game and Angela Hawkins leads IU with 7.4 rebounds per game. LeeAnn Stephenson is second in scoring with 6.7 points per outing, followed by Hawkins, who nets 6.0 scores per game.

Indiana suffered a loss when senior All-Big Ten selection Jenny DeMuth was hurt prior to the season. DeMuth will sit out this year, but will return to the hardwood next season.

Head coach Kathi Bennett is in her fifth season at Indiana and is 71-68 overall. Bennett has been a collegiate head coach for 17 years and is 295-171 overall.

OHIO STATE-INDIANA SERIES
Ohio State leads the all-time record with Indiana 36-19. Indiana and Ohio State have only met once in each of the last two seasons, but meet twice this season. A Jim Foster-coached Buckeye squad had never won in Bloomington until Ohio State beat Indiana 52-30 in Bloomington Jan. 20. This is the final regular-season match-up for IU and Ohio State. Last season, the Buckeyes snapped a five-game losing streak to the Hoosiers last season with a 71-65 win in Columbus Feb. 1, 2004.

LAST TIME VS. INDIANA
The then-No. 3/4 Ohio State women’s basketball team downed Indiana 52-30 Jan. 20 at Assembly Hall. The Buckeyes held Indiana scoreless for 15 minutes in the first half and continued to play tough defense in the second for the first OSU victory in Bloomington since 1999.

Jessica Davenport scored 12 points and brought down 10 rebounds for her fifth-season and ninth-career double-double. Michelle Muñoz tied her season-high mark of 12 points for the third time this year.

Indiana’s Cyndi Valentin hit a jumper to put her team up 6-4 with 15:39 to play in the first, but the Buckeyes went on a 22-0 run over the next 15 minutes to take a 24-6 lead. Hoosier Jamie Gathing broke IU’s scoring drought with 16 seconds until halftime to make it 26-8 in favor of Ohio State at the break.

In the first, Ohio State held Indiana to 12.9 percent shooting from the field off a 4-of-31 performance. The Buckeyes were 10-of-23 and shot 43.5 percent.

Ohio State continued hot shooting in the second half. Muñoz netted nine of the first 11 second-half scores for Ohio State. The Buckeyes led by as many as 27 several times in the last half of play.

OSU outrebounded Indiana 48-28 and tallied 17 assists vs. the Hoosiers’ five helpers.

Caity Matter, Tamarah Riley and Kim Wilburn each added seven points for Ohio State. Wilburn brought down seven rebounds and Muñoz and Ashley Allen each collected five boards. Davenport added a career-best five assists, two blocked shots and one steal to her double-double.

Indiana was led by Valentin and Gathing, who scored 15 and 10 points, respectively.

LAST TIME OUT AT ILLINOIS
The then-No. 3/3 Ohio State women’s basketball team (21-2; 8-1 Big Ten) topped Illinois (12-7; 4-5 Big Ten) 69-55 Jan. 30 at Assembly Hall. Jessica Davenport, who notched her second-consecutive 30-point game, netted 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. It was Davenport’s sixth-season and 10th-career double-double.

The win at Illinois was the first for a Buckeye squad in Champaign since an 88-72 Ohio State victory Jan. 28, 1995.

Caity Matter drained a 3-pointer to make it 14-7 with 14 minutes left until halftime. Illinois used a 6-0 scoring run to bring the game to 14-13 at 12:10, but Davenport hit back-to-back buckets to make it 22-15.

The Fighting Illini hit two baskets and Brandie Hoskins went 1-for-2 form the line to make it a four-point contest. Ohio State’s Stephanie Blanton and Matter sandwiched a Tiffanie Guthrie shot to send OSU up 29-21 with 2:25 left in the first. Illinois’ Guthrie hit another shot and Angelina Williams sank a free throw, however Davenport connected on six straight points in the final 1:37 of the first to give the Buckeyes its first double-figure lead of the game, 35-24, at the midway mark.

Ohio State shot 60 percent and never trailed by less than 10 points in the final 20 minutes. The largest Buckeye lead was a 23-point advantage, 65-42, off a Hoskins basket with 5:48 to play. Illinois responded by outscoring the Buckeyes 12-0 during a four-minute stretch, but Ohio State tallied its eighth conference victory and its 10th-consecutive win.

The Buckeyes were 30-of-51 from the field for 58.8 percent and shot 45.5 percent (5-of-11) from beyond the 3-point arc. Ohio State tallied 21 assists vs. Illinois’ nine helpers and scored 40 points inside vs. the Fighting Illini’s 26 points in the paint.

Davenport was 15-of-20 from the field and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe. Matter added 14 points and Hoskins netted 12. Hoskins added seven assists and three steals to the Buckeye effort and Matter dished three helpers, had only one turnover and one steal. Blanton scored six points along with three steals, one rebound, a personal-high five assists and only one turnover.

Illinois was led by Guthrie, Erin Wigley and Williams, who scored 18, 14 and 13 points, respectively.

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, the Big Ten Conference announced Monday. It is 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.

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.

NO. 2 TOPS
The Ohio State women’s basketball team is ranked No. 2 in the latest Associated Press poll, released Monday. The Buckeyes are 21-2 overall, 8-1 in Big Ten play and have won 10-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 in the previous two weeks, 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.

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 record 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.

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.

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.

WILBURN STEALS THE SHOW IN MADISON
Kim Wilburn tied her season-high mark with seven steals vs. the Badgers Jan. 27. Her seven swipes tied a Kohl center opponent record. Wilburn’s 2.5 steals per outing is No. 5 in the league and No. 1 for the OSU squad. As a team, Ohio State is No. 4 in the league with 9.6 steals per game.

MATTER MAKES CAREER-BEST STEALS
Caity Matter aided Wilburn’s record-tying performance at Wisconsin Jan. 27 with a career-best five steals vs. the Badgers. Matter’s previous personal-high was three steals in seven other games.

ALLEN TOP HEAVY WITH ASSISTS
Ashley Allen had eight assists and only two turnovers at Wisconsin Jan. 27. Allen, who is the Big Ten’s leader with a 2.31 assist-to-turnover ratio, has notched top-heavy assists vs. turnovers in many games this season, including recent performances of seven assists and two turnovers vs. Northwestern Jan. 23 and a 9:1 mark vs. Iowa Jan. 13.

In 15 games this year, Allen has tallied more assists than turnovers compared to only two games during which Allen had more turnovers than helpers.

OTHERS ASSISTING ALLEN
The Buckeyes are not only relying on Ashley Allen, who is No. 1 for assist-to-turnover ratio in the Big Ten, to maintain the team’s top ranking for turnover margin (+3.66) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.34). Ohio State, which is one of only four teams in the conference to have a positive turnover margin, can thank Kim Wilburn and Brandie Hoskins for taking care of the rock as well. Wilburn is No. 3 with a 1.88 ratio and Hoskins is No. 8 with a ratio of 1.43.

10 STRAIGHT W’S
Ohio State has won the previous 10-consecutive games, which is the most wins in a row since the 2000-01 season, when the Buckeyes opened the year with 10 straight victories.

Prior to the current Buckeye win streak this season, Ohio State won eight in a row beginning with an 80-43 win vs. Yale Nov. 27 and ending with a 69-62 loss at Penn State Dec. 30.

THREE IN A ROW 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 21-2, 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 8-2 on the road this season. The Buckeyes’ 8-2 record away from Columbus is the best under head coach Jim Foster, who is in his third season at OSU.

`80’S STYLE
It has been two decades since Ohio State was 21-2. The 1984-85 Buckeyes were 21-2 in the first 23 games and won the next seven consecutive outings before ending the season with a 72-68 loss vs. Old Dominion March 23, 1985 in the NCAA east regional final game.

ABUNDANT ASSISTS
The Buckeyes are ranked first in the Big Ten with 18.8 assists per game, but no individual is ranked higher than No. 11 on the league leaders list. Ashley Allen is No. 11 with 3.52 helpers per game and Brandie Hoskins is No. 12 with a 3.50 average, while Kim Wilburn is No. 14 with 3.26 assists per outing.

Additionally, Caity Matter is averaging 2.7 helpers and center Jessica Davenport has a 1.6 assists average. Stephanie Blanton is also contributing 1.2 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 9.8 dishes per outing vs. Ohio State’s 18.8.

POWER INSIDE EQUALS WIN
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 19.3 points per game (798-444).

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.

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 568-247 overall in 27 years of collegiate coaching and 64-22 in three seasons at Ohio State. In Columbus, Foster is 41-4 overall with a 32-3 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.

UP AFTER 20 A GOOD SIGN
Ohio State is 19-0 when leading at halftime this season. The Buckeyes are 1-1 when they trail at half and 1-1 when tied at half.

OVER 70 BEST FOR THESE BUCKS
Ohio State is 15-0 when scoring 70 points or more. The Buckeyes’ only two losses have come when the squad scored between 60-69 points.

BLANTON BRINGING THE OFFENSE
Sophomore Stephanie Blanton 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 17-of-22 games played, including the last 14-of-16. In her first six contests, Hoskins averaged nine points per outing. She is currently averaging 12.5 points per game and in Big Ten games, she is second on the team with 13.8 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 LIKING DOWNTOWN
The Ohio State team averages 6.1 shots made from downtown vs. team’s 3.7 treys per outing.

MATTER SETTING STANDARDS 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. 2 shooter from outside the arc with a .456 (47-of-103) average. Matter’s 2.0 treys per game ranks No. 4 among Big Ten leaders.

As a team in overall rankings, the Buckeyes are No. 1 with 6.1 treys made per game.

MATTER CLIMBING THE SCORING LADDER
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 1,375 points. The No. 12 spot was held by Larecha Jones’ 1,275 points. Jones played at OSU from 1996-99. In order to move to No. 11, Matter needs 72 points.

WINNING MARGIN LEADS THE BIG TEN
The Buckeyes are leading the Big Ten with a +23.0 scoring margin. That mark is 7.8 points higher than the second-ranked squad Minnesota, who is winning games by a margin of 15.2 points. Only three Big Ten teams are winning games by a double-figure average – Ohio State, Minnesota and Michigan State.

TIME SHARED WITH THIS SQUAD
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 28.7 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 596 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 244 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 .409 (244-of-596) career 3-point percentage.

BUCKEYES ON WITH OFFENSE
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 (+23.0), field-goal percentage (.518; 649-1254), 3-point field-goal percentage (.421; 141-335). OSU is No. 2 with a .769 (279-363) mark from the charity stripe.

Individually, Brandie Hoskins is ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten with a .603 (114-189) field-goal percentage, followed by Jessica Davenport, who is shooting .597 (166-278) and ranked No. 3 in the Big Ten, and Caity Matter, who averages 52.2 percent (109-209) and is No. 8 among league leaders.

In Big Ten games, Hoskins is No. 1 with a .634 (52-82) mark from the field and Davenport is ranked No. 2 with a 60.2 average (77-128).

MATTER SHOOTING BIG IN BIG TEN GAMES
Caity Matter is shooting 50 percent from 3-point land in Big Ten games this year. She has made 20-of-40 treys attempted and is 39-of-79 from the field for a .494 shooting average in conference contests.

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.

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 21.2 points per game (487 total) vs. opponents’ 11.7 points per contest (268 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.

DAVENPORT SWATS TO THIRD PLACE
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 143 blocked shots. Davenport needs 23 to take over No. 2 and 99 to become the school’s career leader for swatted shots in Buckeye history. Mary Sivak tallied 241 blocks during her tenure at Ohio State from 1979-82.

Davenport is leading the Big Ten with 2.74 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.

BUCKEYE DEFENSE DOING WELL
Ohio State – the Big Ten’s best shooting squad – is doing its part on defense as well. The squad is No. 1 and No. 4 in scoring defense (51.7 ppg) and field-goal percentage defense (.373; 446-1195), respectively.

While the Buckeyes have shot better than .500 14 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.

ALL THAT MATTERS AT THE STRIPE
Ohio State is No. 2 in the Big Ten with a .769 (279-363) mark from the free-throw line.

The Buckeyes are led by Caity Matter, who is No. 1 in the league with an .897 (52-58) mark. Jessica Davenport, who has made 97-of-121 free throws this season and is No. 12 in the conference with an .802 average.

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

SCORING BURDEN SHARED
Jessica Davenport, Caity Matter and Brandie Hoskins are leading the team with 18.7, 13.8 and 12.5 points per game, respectively. Davenport has scored double figures in 22-of-23 games this season, Matter has scored double digits in 17-of-23 games and Hoskins has tallied double digits in 17-of-22 games played.

Davenport’s 18.7 points is No. 3 in the league, while Matter and Hoskins come in at No. 16 and No. 21 in the Big Ten, respectively.

In conference games, Davenport is averaging 21.1 scores per outing and is No. 1 among league leaders.

BLANTON’S NEW ROLE
As a rookie, sophomore Stephanie Blanton made only four treys last season. She is now 15-for-38 (.395) on the year.

DAVENPORT BIG ON THE BOARDS
Jessica Davenport is leading her team and ranked No. 4 in the Big Ten with 8.3 rebounds per outing. In conference games, the sophomore center is averaging 9.4 rebounds per game and is No. 2 among league leaders.

AN EVEN 10 FOR DAVENPORT’S DOUBLE’S
Sophomore center Jessica Davenport recorded her sixth double-double of the season at Illinois Jan. 27 with 32 points and 14 boards. It marked the 10th career double-double for Davenport.

At Indiana Jan. 20, she notched her fifth double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Her 24 points and 12 rebounds against Purdue Jan. 2 was double-double No. 4 of the season. Davenport scored 20 points and collected 12 boards for her third double-double vs. then-No. 20/23 UCLA Dec. 21. Davenport had 12 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season in the victory at Oregon Dec. 18. Davenport’s first double-double of the season was a 16-point and 13-rebound performance at Dayton Dec. 4.

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.

DAVENPORT FROM DOWNTOWN?
Against Rutgers Jan. 16, sophomore Jessica Davenport hit her first-career 3-pointer. Davenport was 1-for-1 from downtown in the Rutgers game and is 1-for-3 on the season. She did not attempt a trey during her rookie campaign.

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.

SEASON HIGH SEATS FILLED
There were 8,145 people on hand to watch the Ohio State vs. Rutgers game Jan. 16 in Value City Arena. That is a season-high mark for a Buckeye game – home or away.

TOP 25 OPPONENTS
In the previous 13 games, 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.

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.

+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.

FOSTER IN ST. JOHN ARENA
The Buckeyes beat Saint Joseph’s, 76-29, Nov. 14 in St. John Arena. Under Foster, the 47-point differential is the largest Buckeye margin of victory in St. John Arena. The next closest for a Foster-coach squad was a 43-point victory over Wright State, 88-45, Dec. 18, 2003. Foster’s Buckeye squads are 8-1 in St. John Arena, with the lone loss coming in the NCAA tournament last year in second-round action vs. Boston College.

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.