Jan. 20, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 3/4 Ohio State women’s basketball team (18-2; 5-1 Big Ten) downed Indiana (8-8; 1-5 Big Ten) 52-30 Thursday 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.
The Buckeyes play host to Northwestern at 2 p.m. Sunday in Value City Arena.