Feb. 6, 2007
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The No. 4/5 Buckeyes (21-1, 10-0 Big Ten) play their third road game in their last four at Minnesota (13-11, 5-6 Big Ten) at 8 p.m. Thursday in Williams Arena.
NO. 4/5 Ohio state (21-1, 10-0 Big Ten)
MINNESOTA (13-11, 5-6 Big Ten)
8 p.m. EST
Thursday, Feb. 8
Williams Arena (14,625)
Play-by-Play: Marty Bannister, Analyst: Toni Roesch
Series Record: OSU leads 44-8
Ohio State has won its last 14 games overall and 37 of its last 38 contests played in the regular season. The 14-game win streak is tied for the seventh-longest in school history. Three previous Buckeye teams have won 14 in a row during a season in 1992-93, 1972-73 and 2004-05. The 2005-06 Buckeyes tied the program’s longest win streak at 20. Ohio State also won 20 in a row in 1984-85.
OHIO STATE OFF TO BEST START ALL-TIME
Ohio State’s 21-1 start to the 2006-07 season is the program’s best. The Buckeyes claimed victory in 17 of their first 18 in 1973-74 before finishing 18-2.
BUCKEYES EXTEND WIN STREAK VS. BIG TEN
With the victory Sunday over Iowa, Ohio State’s win streak vs. Big Ten teams now stands at 27 games. Ohio State is 10-0 in league play this season. After losing to Purdue Jan. 1, 2006, the Buckeyes won 14 consecutive games to close the 2006 regular season and added three wins en route to the 2006 Big Ten Tournament title. The 27-game win streak against Big Ten teams is the longest by Ohio State since the Buckeyes reeled off 36-consecutive league victories from the 1983-84 season through the 1985-86 campaign. DAVENPORT FIRST IN BIG TEN TO 2,000 POINTS, 1,000 REBOUNDS AND 300 BLOCKED SHOTS
Jessica Davenport finished with five rebounds vs. Iowa Sunday to put her at 1,000 for her career. She posted rebound No. 1,000 at the 9:59 mark of the second half. Davenport became just the second player in Big Ten history to collect 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. She joins Laura Coenen, who had 2,044 points and 1,029 rebounds at Minnesota from 1981-85.
Davenport is the first player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 blocks in a career. After swatting four shots vs. Iowa, Davenport has 361 rejections for her career and now is just six swats from the Big Ten record held by Trish Andrew of Michigan, who blocked 367 shots from 1989-93.
OHIO STATE NATIONAL LEADER IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
This season, Ohio State again stands atop the national FG percentage rankings. As of Feb. 4, Ohio State rated No. 1 nationally at 51.1 percent (626-1,225). In 2004-05, Ohio State successfully defended its title as best-shooting team in the land. In 2003-04, the Buckeyes converted 51 percent (800-1570) of their FG to rank No. 1 nationally. Ohio State finished the 2005-06 season connecting on a .492 clip (966-1,901) to place No. 4.
In the last six complete seasons, head coach Jim Foster’s teams have posted the top field goal percentage in the nation four times and have ranked in the Top 5 in each year. In his final two seasons at Vanderbilt, Foster’s teams shot .521 in 2001-02 and .545 in 2000-01.
BUCKEYES TIE ALL-TIME HOME WIN STREAK
The win Sunday vs. Iowa was Ohio State’s 26th in a row at home and 24th consecutive at VCA. Ohio State has tied the program record for consecutive home wins. The Buckeyes won 26 in a row in Columbus from the 1986-87 season (started Jan. 5, 1987 vs. Northern Illinois) to the 1988-89 campaign (last home win vs. Northeastern Dec. 3, 1988).
The Buckeyes’ home streak ranks third in the nation. LSU has won 42 in a row at home and Bowling Green has 27 straight wins on its home floor. Last season, Ohio State reeled off 12 consecutive victories at home after suffering a loss to No. 3/3 LSU Dec. 15, 2005. The Buckeyes are 14-0 at home this season. Dating back to the 2003-04 season, Ohio State has won 51 of its last 52 regular season games played in Columbus.
Ohio State All-Time Home Win Streaks:
26 – Dec 20, 2005 to present
26 – Jan. 5 1987 to Dec. 3, 1988
24 – Feb. 10, 2002 to Jan. 2, 2004
21 – Nov. 12, 2004 to Nov 30, 2005
OHIO STATE OFF TO ITS BEST BIG TEN START SINCE 1986-87 SEASON
Ohio State’s 10-0 start to the Big Ten season is the best in the five seasons Jim Foster has been head coach. The 10-0 start in league play is Ohio State’s best since the 1986-87 Big Ten championship squad won its first 13 league games before losing at Iowa in its 14th conference game.
SENIOR CLASS ON PACE FOR TOP 4-YEAR RUN
With the victory over Iowa, Ohio State’s three seniors Stephanie Blanton, Jessica Davenport and Brandie Hoskins upped their record with the Buckeyes to 101-19 (.842) in their four seasons with the Scarlet and Gray. The best four-year run by a Buckeye team was from 1982-83 to 1985-86 when Ohio State went 106-22 (.828). The Buckeyes also posted a 102-20 (.836) mark from 1984-85 to 1987-88.
ALLEN NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Star Allen was named Big Ten Player of the Week Feb. 5. The sophomore forward averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds in three Ohio State victories last week. Allen fueled Ohio State’s 64-55 victory at No. 10 Purdue. She finished the game with her first career double-double at 21 points and 13 rebounds. Allen netted 10-of-12 field goal attempts and grabbed six offensive boards against the Boilermakers. She posted double-double No. 2 at Northwestern Thursday with a game-high 19 points and career-best 15 rebounds. Allen finished off her career week with an 11-point outing vs. Iowa.
For the week, Allen made 22-of-29 FG attempts for a .759 percentage. She totaled 13 offensive rebounds and made 7-of-10 free throw tries. Allen’s player of the week award is the fifth this season won by an Ohio State player. Teammate and fellow Columbus Independence High School product Jessica Davenport has won four weekly honors.
DEFENSE CLAMPING DOWN IN SECOND HALF
In its last seven games, Ohio State has held its opponents to just 32 percent shooting from the field (69-216) in the second half. Iowa (5-23, Feb. 4), Northwestern (10-30, Feb. 1), No. 10 Purdue (8-32, Jan. 29), Indiana (11-27, Jan. 25), Illinois (12-38, Jan. 21), Wisconsin (10-35, Jan. 18) and Northwestern (13-31, Jan. 14) all struggled shooting against the Buckeyes in the final period. In its 14-game win streak, Ohio State has held its opponents to 36 percent FG in the second half, allowing just 155 makes in 431 opponent tries.
REVIEWS ARE IN: FOUR STARS FOR ALLEN
Star Allen has scored 106 points in her last seven games, an average of 15.1 per contest. She has gone 48-for-65 FG in her last seven, a .738 percentage. Allen, who averaged 2.8 points a game in 2005-06, is up to a 10.0 scoring average this season. Allen also is averaging 7.9 rebounds in the seven-game stretch. The Buckeyes are 18-0 this season when Allen pulls down at least five rebounds.
COLUMBUS INDEPENDENCE DUO FRONTS BIG TEN IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
With her 22-for-29 FG performance in three games last week, Star Allen moved into the Big Ten lead in FG percentage, side-stepping fellow Buckeye and former Columbus Independence high school teammate Jessica Davenport. Through 22 games, Allen has made 96-of-150 FG attempts for a .640 mark. Davenport has connected on 148-of-235 tries for a .629 percentage. In Big Ten play, Allen holds the league lead at .714, making 55 of 77 attempts. Davenport is not far behind in fourth at .564 percent (51-94). Brandie Hoskins also ranks fifth in the league at .522 (140-268).
DAVENPORT ZEROES IN ON OSU FG RECORD
Sunday vs. Iowa, Jessica Davenport not only reached rebound No. 1,000 for her career, but she also surpassed 800 career field goals. With her current total of 801 FG (1,311 FGA), Davenport ranks third all-time at Ohio State. She is nearing No. 2 Tracey Hall and her 807 FG (1,346 FGA) from 1985-88. Katie Smith, the career leader, is not far off. Smith made her 826 in 1,763 attempts from 1993-96.
LAST GAME: BUCKEYES OUT RUN IOWA
Iowa scored the first basket of the game Feb. 4 vs. Ohio State. It was the last time the Hawkeyes sniffed the lead. Ohio State answered Iowa’s opening bucket with a 16-0 run over the next five-plus minutes and gained a 45-32 lead at the break. The Buckeyes opened the second half in the same fashion, sprinting to a 14-0 run in the first 3:30 of the final period en route to an 85-49 win.
Jessica Davenport led Ohio State with 22 points. She also had five rebounds top put her at 1,000 for her career. Her 1,000th rebound came at the 9:59 mark of the second half. Brandie Hoskins had 16 points and six assists, while Star Allen and Marscilla Packer added 11 and 10, respectively.
Ohio State held Iowa to just 17 points on five second-half field goals in 23 attempts. The Hawkeyes were without top-scorer Megan Skouby because of injury.
HOSKINS’ ALL-AROUND PLAY LEADS TO VICTORIES
In her last 10 outings, Brandie Hoskins has displayed her versatility. In that stretch, she boasts a line of 13.2 points, 5.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds a game. Hoskins had six assists Feb. 4 vs. Iowa, pushing Ohio State’s record to 14-0 when the senior guard has at least five helpers. The Dayton, Ohio native, who has started 118 of the 119 career games, has dished out at least six assists in 10 games this season. Hoskins has 467 helpers for her career, which rates No. 5 at OSU.
Hoskins has scored double figures in 20 of 22 games this season and has had at least 14 points in 14 outings. She has shown no ill-affects from her ruptured Achilles’ tendon injury she suffered in the loss to BC in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
DAVENPORT CHASING BIG TEN BLOCKED SHOTS STANDARD
Jessica Davenport stands No. 2 all-time in blocks in the Big Ten at 361. She trails Michigan’s Trish Andrew and her 367 blocks from 1989-93. Andrew ranks No. 12 in the NCAA career blocked shots chart as well. Davenport is close behind at 13th.
FIFTH 20-WIN SEASON UNDER FOSTER
With the victory Feb. 1 at Northwestern, Ohio State recorded win No. 20 on the season, its fifth 20-win season in head coach Jim Foster’s five years in Columbus. Overall, Ohio State now has 19 20-plus win seasons in 42 years of women’s basketball. Foster upped his total to 21 seasons with 20 or more victories. Foster’s teams have won 30 games three times, including the 2004-05 Buckeye Big Ten championship squad that went 30-5.
BUCKEYES POCKET SECOND UNDEFEATED JANUARY IN LAST THREE SEASONS
With the victory at Purdue Monday, the Buckeyes completed their second undefeated January (8-0) in the last three seasons. In 2004-05, Ohio State went 10-0 in January. Ohio State was 8-1 in January in 2006. The 26-1 mark in January is the best run for three consecutive seasons since Tara VanDerveer’s Buckeyes won 23 straight January games from the 1982-83 season to the 1984-85 season.
DAVENPORT SECOND BUCKEYE TO SCORE 2,000 CAREER POINTS
Jessica Davenport finished with 22 points Jan. 21 vs. Illinois, putting her past 2,000 for her career. The senior, who has started 106 consecutive games for the Buckeyes, topped the 2,000 career point mark with a bucket in the lane at the 2:11 mark of the first half. With her current mark of 2,075 points, Davenport is the second Buckeye to reach 2,000 for her career. Katie Smith finished at Ohio State (1993-96) with 2,578 career points, which ranks second all-time in the Big Ten. Davenport is the 11th player in Big Ten history to score 2,000.
Smith eclipsed 2,000 for her career in the ninth game of her senior season, a loss Dec. 12, 1995 at Louisiana Tech. Smith hit the 2,000 mark at the age of 21 years, six months and eight days. Davenport played in her 18th game of her senior season Jan. 21 and turned 21 years and seven months Jan. 24.
HOSKINS HITS 1,400 CAREER POINTS, PUTS HER IN DISTINCT BUCKEYE COMPANY
With 19 points against Indiana Jan. 25, Brandie Hoskins passed 1,400 career points. She topped the 1,400-point mark with a lay up with 5:36 to play in the first half. She now has 1,458 points to rank 13th all-time at OSU. Marita Porter stands 12th all-time at Ohio State with 1,486 from 1996-99.
INDIVIDUAL STATS KEY BUCKEYE WINS
Several individual stats have been keys to Ohio State’s success in 2006-07. The Buckeyes are 17-0 when Jessica Davenport blocks at least three opponent shot attempts. On the offensive end, Ohio State has posted a 14-0 mark when Brandie Hoskins hands out at least five assists in a game. In her two seasons as a starter for Ohio State, Marscilla Packer has canned at least three 3-point FG in 18 contests. Ohio State’s record in those games is 17-1. In her first season as a starter, Star Allen has contributed at least five rebounds in 18 games this season. The Buckeyes have won all 18 contests.
The Buckeyes win at No. 10/13 Purdue Monday moved them to 4-1 this season vs. ranked opponents and 2-1 vs. teams rated in the national Top 10. Ohio State pocketed its first win over a ranked team this season when it knocked off No. 19/20 USC Nov. 19, 77-58, in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes moved to 2-0 vs. ranked foes with the victory over No. 22 Boston College (80-72, 2ot) Nov. 21 and defeated No. 3/3 Oklahoma, 74-67, Dec. 20. Ohio State dropped its only ranked match up at No. 9/10 LSU Dec. 10.
Last season, the Buckeyes were 8-2 vs. ranked opponents. In four-plus seasons at OSU, coach Jim Foster is 30-18 vs. AP Top 25 teams.
DAVENPORT EARNS FOURTH BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD THIS SEASON
Jessica Davenport was named Big Ten Player of the Week Jan. 22. Against Illinois Jan. 21, Davenport became just the second Buckeye and 11th player in conference history to top 2,000 career points. Davenport finished the game vs. Illinois with 22 points, nine rebounds, four blocked shots and three assists. Davenport led Ohio State past the Badgers Jan. 18 with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists. She netted 7-of-10 FG tries and blocked three shots.
The senior center from Columbus, Ohio, has won the Big Ten weekly award four times this season (Nov. 27, Jan. 2, Jan. 8 and Jan. 22) and now has 13 career weekly honors from the league office. Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante is the all-time leader with 17 weekly awards.
BUCKEYES FORCING OPPONENTS TO MISFIRE
Iowa made 17-of-50 FG (.340) Sunday. The game served as the 17th this season an OSU opponent has shot less than 40 percent. This season, Ohio State is 21-0 when holding opponents to less than 50 percent FG. Ohio State now has held seven of its last nine opponents (Kentucky – 23.8 percent/ 5-21, Northwestern – 20 percent/ 3-15, Wisconsin – 22.2 percent/ 4-18, Illinois – 30.0 percent/ 3-10, Indiana 29.6 percent/ 6-21, Purdue 6-20/ 30.0 percent, Northwestern 20 percent/ 3-15) to 30 percent field goal shooting or less from beyond the 3-point arc.
OHIO STATE PULLING OUT TIGHT GAMES
With its 53-51 win over Kentucky Jan. 6, followed by a 63-61 victory at Penn State Jan. 11, Ohio State is 5-0 this season in games decided by eight points or less and 9-0 this year in games decided by 10 or less. The Buckeyes have won their last 12 games decided by eight points or less. The last Ohio State loss in such a game came Jan. 1, 2006 at Purdue, a 61-59 defeat. The Buckeyes were 7-1 last season in games decided by eight or less. Under Jim Foster, Ohio State is 20-19 in games decided by eight or less.
DOUBLE-TIME FOR DAVENPORT
Jessica Davenport has recorded double-doubles in points and rebounds in 12 games this season. She now has 43 double-doubles in her career. Davenport finished the 2006 season with 13 double-doubles after totaling 14 in the 2005 campaign. In 2004, she had four double-doubles.
DAVENPORT OVERTAKES NO. 2 SPOT IN OHIO STATE ALL-TIME SCORING, NO. 10 IN BIG TEN
Jessica Davenport became Ohio State’s No. 2 all-time leading scorer Jan. 4 vs. Minnesota. With her 16th point of the game at the 9:02 mark of the second half, Davenport took over the No. 2 spot all-time from Tracey Hall, who had 1,912 points from 1985-88. Davenport currently has 2,075 career points and trails only Katie Smith, who scored 2,578 in her OSU career from 1993-96. With 12 points at Northwestern Feb. 1, Davenport moved past Minnesota’s Laura Coenen, who totaled 2,044 from 1981-85. Ashley Berggren of Illinois (1994-98) stands ninth at 2,089 career points.
DAVENPORT, HOSKINS BIG TEN’S TOP DUO, LEADERS IN SEVERAL STAT CATEGORIES
Jessica Davenport and Brandie Hoskins stand among the Top 5 in individual scoring in the Big Ten. Davenport is pouring in 18.7 points per game to lead the league and Hoskins has accounted for 14.8 per contest to rate fifth. Davenport also is second in the conference in field goal percentage at .630, converting 148 of her 235 attempts from the field. She follows teammate Star Allen, who is hitting .640 of her FG attempts (96-150) to head the conference. Davenport also is No. 2 in rebounds at 9.6 per game and second in blocked shots at 3.1. Hoskins also stands first in the league in assists per game at 4.95 and her 2.06-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks first, ahead of teammate Maria Moeller, who is fourth at 1.4.
USA BASKETBALL TEAMMATES REUNITED
Ohio State guard Marscilla Packer was reunited with USA Basketball teammate Courtney Paris of Oklahoma Dec. 20, Wisconsin’s Jolene Anderson Jan. 18 and Purdue’s Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton Jan. 29. The four combined to help Team USA’s Under 20 squad set several program records en route to winning the 2006 U20 FIBA Americas Challenge last August in Mexico City. Paris led the team with averages of 14.2 points and 8.0 rebounds a game. Packer was Team USA’s top outside threat, netting 20-of-29 3-point FG (.690) and pouring in 13.6 points.
Earlier this season, several Buckeyes were reunited with USA Basketball teammates vs. LSU. Jessica Davenport and LSU’s Sylvia Fowles have played together for Team USA on two occasions since entering collegiate ball. The two centers combined to help the U.S. Senior team win the 2006 Opals World Challenge in Australia in April. In 2005, Davenport and Fowles were on the Team USA squad that won gold at the World University Games (WUG) in Izmir, Turkey. Davenport and Fowles also have had the opportunity to be joined by teammates with USA. Brandie Hoskins accompanied the pair of centers in the WUG, while two-time Wade Trophy winner Seimone Augustus was on both the Opals and WUG squads.
PACKER KEEPING PACE WITH LONG-DISTANCE RECORDS
Marscilla Packer’s .462 percent clip (79-171) from 3-point land in the 2005-06 season established an Ohio State single-season record and narrowly missed the Big Ten single-season mark for highest 3-point FG percentage. Packer’s percentage finished ahead of the Ohio State standard Caity Matter set at .451 (105-235) in the 2002-03 campaign. The Big Ten single-season record of .464, posted by Michigan State’s Lindsay Bowen (77-166) in 2002-03, was in doubt until the Buckeyes’ final game of the season. Packer ranked fifth nationally in 3-point FG percentage in 2005-06. For her career, Packer now stands at No. 1 all-time at Ohio State with a .411 (137-334) rate from 3-point range. Matter also ranks in at .411 (270-657).
DAVENPORT AMONG BIG TEN’S ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS
Jessica Davenport has 2,075 points so far in her career to lead all Big Ten active scorers. She also tops active players with 361 career blocked shots and a .611 field goal percentage. Overall, Davenport rates second in career blocks to Michigan’s Trish Andrew, who had 367 from 1989-93.
Marscilla Packer has shown great care for the basketball this season, committing just 26 turnovers in 22 starts this season. She has a 2.23-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. She has dished out 22 assists to just 11 errors in 10 conference games.
HALFTIME ADVANTAGE LEADS TO WINS
Ohio State has won 73 of its last 75 games when holding a lead at the break. The Buckeyes last dropped a game when leading at the half Jan. 1, 2006 at Purdue. Ohio State held a 33-24 advantage at intermission, but dropped a 61-59 decision.
WIN THE LANE, WIN THE GAME
Ohio State outscored Iowa 38-4 in points in the paint. This season, Ohio State has outscored its opponents in the paint 876-510 and has outscored 18 of 22 opponents in the lane this season. Ohio State has won 42 consecutive games when outscoring opponents in the lane.
MAGIC NUMBERS: 50 AND 60
The Buckeyes shot 57 percent (30-52) vs. Iowa Sunday, upping their record to 14-0 when making at least half their FG attempts. The Buckeyes have won their last 31 games when connecting on better than 50 percent.
Ohio State has won 49 of its last 50 games when scoring at least 60 points. In the 2005-06 season, Ohio State went 29-1 when scoring 60 or more points, losing only to Boston College, 79-69, in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
BUCKEYES FLOURISH IN NON-LEAGUE SCHEDULE, WINNERS IN 21 OF LAST 23
The Buckeyes are 21-2 in their last 23 non-conference regular season games. OSU completed its 2006-07 non-conference schedule Jan. 6 with a win over Kentucky and an 11-1 record. Ohio State was 10-1 outside league play in 2005-06. The only defeats have come against LSU, a Final Four qualifier the last two seasons.
At home since the 2002-03 season, Ohio State has won 39 of its last 40 games vs. non-conference opponents during the regular season in Value City Arena. The LSU defeat last season snapped the Buckeyes’ 28-game home win streak against non-league foes.
BUCKEYES OPEN BIG TEN PLAY WITH WIN FOR FOURTH TIME IN FOSTER’S FIVE SEASONS
With the victory Dec. 31 at Iowa, the Buckeyes have won seven of their last 10 Big Ten season openers and hold a 4-1 mark in league starters during the Jim Foster era.
OKLAHOMA WIN RANKS HIGH IN OSU HISTORY
With the win over third-ranked Oklahoma Dec. 20, Ohio State recorded a victory over its highest ranked opponent since defeating then-No. 2 (AP) Iowa, 72-60, March 7, 1993 in Columbus. Ohio State’s last win over the No. 3 team in the country was a 78-63 victory over Penn State (No. 3 AP) Dec. 28, 1994 in Columbus. The last time the Buckeyes defeated a Top 5 team was a 52-50 victory over No. 4 (AP) Rutgers in Columbus Jan. 16, 2005.
BUCKEYES RETURN FAVOR
Ohio State’s win over Oklahoma Dec. 20 snapped the Sooners’ 23-game regular-season win streak, which was the longest in the nation. Oklahoma’s string dated back to its loss at Ohio State, 75-71, Jan. 9, 2005. Prior to Oklahoma, the Buckeyes held the nation’s longest regular-season win streak, also at 23 games. OSU’s run was stopped at LSU Dec. 10.
DAVENPORT MOVES INTO NO. 1 SPOT ALL-TIME IN FG PERCENTAGE AT OSU
Jessica Davenport connected at a .618 (241-390) field goal percentage clip in 2005-06, which ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten and has been good enough to slip past former Buckeye Courtney Coleman into the No. 1 spot all-time at OSU.
For her career, Davenport has made 801-of-1,311 FG tries for a .611 percentage. Coleman made 596 of 988 attempts from 2000-03 for a mark of .603. Marita Porter holds the all-time single-season record of .667 (72-108) set in 1996-97.
OHIO STATE OWNING THE FREE THROW LINE
The Buckeyes are controlling the free throw line this season by making more free throws than their opponents have attempted. Ohio State has made 289 FT in 428 FTA (.675), while its opponents have just 168 makes in 254 tries (.661). Against Minnesota Jan. 4, Ohio State nailed a season-best 28-of-39 (.718) from the line.
N0. 4/5 BUCKEYES CONTINUE STREAKS IN AP AND USA TODAY/WBCA/ESPN RANKINGS
Ohio State now stands at No. 4 in the Feb. 5 AP poll and No. 5 in the Week 14 WBCA rankings. Ohio State has been ranked in the WBCA Top 10 for the last 52 weeks and has been in the AP Top 25 for 57 consecutive weeks. Ohio State was ranked No. 7 in the preseason releases of the 2006-07 USA Today/WBCA/ESPN and AP polls Nov. 1 and 8, respectively. Ohio State finished 2005-06 rated No. 8 and peaked at No. 2 in March 6 and 13 polls.
OSU AND THE RPI
Ohio State is ranked No. 4 in the latest RPI listings released Monday at collegerpi.com. The Buckeyes’ strength of schedule rates 35th. Tennessee is No. 1 in the RPI with an 19-2 record. Duke and Maryland are ranked No. 2 and No. 3.
BUCKEYES-GOLDEN GOPHERS SERIES
Ohio State owns a 44-8 lead in the all-time series with Minnesota and have won the last two meetings, including a 75-62 victory Jan. 4 at VCA. The Buckeyes have won 16 of 22 meetings in Minneapolis.
The Golden Gophers are coming off a pair of tight losses last week to Purdue (58-55) and at Indiana (69-65) and stand at 13-11 overall and 5-6 in league play. Minnesota is led by senior guard Kelly Roysland (14.6 ppg.), but she has missed time batting injuries. Sophomore guard Emily Fox has picked up the slack, pouring in more than 12 points a game. Pam Borton is in her fifth season at Minnesota, where she has gone 108-44.
LAST MEETING: BUCKEYES BATTLE PAST MINNESOTA
Jessica Davenport’s 22-point, 15-rebound effort led the Buckeyes to a 75-62 victory Jan. 4 over Minnesota in Value City Arena. Brandie Hoskins poured in 17 and had five assists. Minnesota led, 33-32, at the break, but Ohio State began to pull away with a Hoskin’s double-clutch lay in on the break to go up 55-42 with 9:33 left. A complete recap and box score of the Jan. 4 meeting is available on page 21 of this release.
OHIO STATE SETS HOME ARENA ASSISTS RECORD
The Buckeyes had 33 assists vs. Howard Dec. 17 to mark a season high and finish one shy of tying the Ohio State record for assists in a game at 34, set in 1985 vs. Purdue (Jan. 27). The 33 assists serve as a Value City Arena single game record, surpassing the previous mark of 30 set Dec. 15, 2001 vs. Xavier. Ohio State totaled 61 assists on the weekend with 28 dished out Dec. 16 against Alabama A&M.
STARTING FIVE POSTS BIG NUMBERS
The Ohio State starting five of Star Allen, Jessica Davenport, Brandie Hoskins, Maria Moeller and Marscilla Packer went 26-for-38 (.684) from the floor in the win at Iowa Dec. 31. Hoskins (2-2) and Packer (5-9) combined to make 7-of-11 tries from 3-point land. At Purdue Jan. 29, the five accounted for 60 points, 19 assists and 39 rebounds.
The Buckeye first five was 24-36 (.667) from the field and dished out 20 assists vs. Howard Dec. 17. The same starting unit was 23-31 FG and had 20 assists Dec. 16 vs. Alabama A&M. For the two games, the quintet combined to convert 47-of-67 FG, a 70 percent clip.
In the two wins over Alabama A&M and Howard (Dec. 16-17), Ohio State, which ranked near the bottom of the Big Ten in 3-point shooting at the beginning of December, buried 14-of-17 3-point FG tries for a scorching 82.4 percent clip. After knocking down 7-of-11 3-point tries at Iowa, the Buckeyes lead the conference, connecting at a 39 percent rate (52-133).
TREBILCOCK CLOCKS IN
Sophomore guard Ashlee Trebilcock played in her first game for the Buckeyes at LSU Dec. 10. After sitting out the first seven games this season to meet NCAA transfer regulations, Trebilcock entered the game at 14:41 in the first half. She scored her first Ohio State points with a 3-point field goal with 11:40 to play in the first period.
The game at LSU was Trebilcock’s first since Nov. 26, 2005, when she played her last game for UCLA vs. Charlotte. Trebilcock was the first Buckeye off the bench at LSU and totaled 28 minutes. She made her home debut vs. Alabama A&M Dec. 16 and set a career-high with 10 points in her second home outing vs Howard Dec. 17.
Ohio State set a season-high with 98 points vs. Alabama A&M (Dec. 16) and followed with 97 in the win over Howard (Dec. 17). The last time the Buckeyes scored 90 points in consecutive games was in 2000, when they won 95-49 Dec. 12 at Bowling Green and 94-32 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Ohio State has reached the 90-point mark more than once in a season for the first time since 2003-04 when they scored 90-plus points three times.
NATION’S LONGEST REGULAR SEASON WIN STREAK SNAPPED AT 23 GAMES BY LSU
Heading into the game at LSU Dec. 10, Ohio State carried the nation’s longest regular season win streak. The loss to the Lady Tigers snapped that run at 23 games. The streak started with Ohio State’s 82-54 win at Northwestern Jan. 5, 2006. From there, the Buckeyes closed the 2005-06 regular season on a 16-game win streak.
DAVENPORT NAMED PRESEASON CANDIDATE FOR NAISMITH PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Jessica Davenport is one of 50 of the country’s top collegiate women’s basketball players named preseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy presented by Cingular Wireless, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Dec.11. The Top 50 list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. The board based its preseason criteria on player performances from last season and expectations for 2006-07.
With the win Nov. 30 over Longwood, Ohio State completed its second-consecutive undefeated November. The Buckeyes won all six games played in November this season and were 4-0 last November. With the win, Ohio State moved to 21-2 in games played in November in the four-plus seasons under head coach Jim Foster.
Overall, the Buckeyes have won their last 12 games played in the 11th month. The two losses came on the road at Notre Dame, 66-62, in the Preseason WNIT Nov. 20, 2004 and at Villanova, 58-51, Nov. 29, 2002.
THE FULL 50
Maria Moeller became the first Buckeye to play 50 minutes in a game played at Value City Arena vs. No. 22 Boston College Nov. 21. She had a game and career-high seven steals vs. BC and also set a career-best with five rebounds.
MOELLER IN RARE COMPANY
Maria Moeller started at point guard for the Buckeyes at Army Nov. 12. She is one of a handful of freshman starting point guards in the NCAA this season. Of the 324 schools in Division I, only 10 teams started a freshman at the point in their first game of the season.
True Freshman Starting Point Guards:
Maria Moeller-Ohio State, Kristen Dalton-Lehigh, Nikki Davis-Alabama, Quenese Davis-San Diego State, Allison Holiday-UNLV, Carla Jacobs-Cincinnati, Monique Jefferson-Centenary, Rae Lin D’alie -Wisconsin, FahKara Malone-Purdue, Courtnay Pilypaitis-Vermont.
FORMER BUCKEYES HONORED
Former Buckeye captain and current Washington head coach June (Brewer) Daugherty was recognized prior to the Buckeyes and Huskies game Dec. 3 in Value City Arena. Daugherty was a captain on the 1978 and ’79 OSU squads and was a Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee in 2000. Daugherty and Jessica Davenport share the Ohio State single-game record for blocked shots with 12. Mike Daugherty, June’s husband, is an assistant coach at UW. He is a former Buckeye basketball standout and lettered for Ohio State in 1976-77.
Nancy Darsch, Ohio State head coach from 1985-97, returned to Columbus Nov. 21 as an assistant coach with Boston College and was honored prior to tip off. The Buckeyes all-time leader in victories (234), Darsch guided Ohio State to four Big Ten championships and a national runner-up in 1993.
DAVENPORT TABBED BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jessica Davenport was named 2006-07 Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year Oct. 29 at conference media day. Davenport was honored in a vote by both media and league coaches. The 6-5 center from Columbus Independence was named preseason P.O.Y last season as well.
Davenport has claimed the last two Big Ten player of the year honors and has led the Buckeyes to back-to-back conference championships. She was a unanimous selection for both the coaches and media preseason All-Big Ten team. Davenport was joined on the first team by Wisconsin’s Jolene Anderson, Penn State’s Amanda Brown, Purdue’s Katie Gearlds and Iowa’s Megan Skouby.
BUCKEYES TOP PRESEASON BIG TEN VOTE
Ohio State was voted to successfully defend its two-year claim to the conference crown. Ohio State received all first-place votes from both the coaches and media. The Buckeyes ranked ahead of second-place Purdue and third-place Michigan State.
SEVEN NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS ON NON-LEAGUE SCHEDULE
In their first three games to start the 2006-07 season, the Buckeyes faced three NCAA tournament squads from a year ago. After the season-opening win at Army, Ohio State returned to Columbus for a win in the home opener vs. USC, an at-large selection from the PAC-10. Nov. 21, the Buckeyes played host to a rematch with Boston College, which ended Ohio State’s postseason in the second round of NCAA play last year (March 21). The Buckeyes topped both USC (77-58, Nov. 19) and BC (80-72 in 2OT, Nov. 21). The Buckeyes wrapped up their first home stand with Washington Dec.3. The Huskies reached the second round of the NCAA tourney last season before losing to LSU, which was the next NCAA squad on OSU’s 2006-07 schedule. The Lady Tigers were Final Four qualifiers for the third consecutive season. The Buckeyes passed another challenging road match up with a 74-67 win at Oklahoma Dec. 20. The Sooners reached the “Sweet 16” last season. The non-conference schedule wrapped up Jan. 6 with NCAA tourney squad Kentucky at VCA. Kentucky advanced to the second round in the 2006 NCAA tournament.
DAVENPORT NAMED TO 2006-07 WBCA WADE TROPHY WATCH LIST
Jessica Davenport is on the WBCA Wade Trophy national player of the year award watch list for the third-consecutive season. The WBCA announced the list Aug. 25. The watch list is comprised of 25 student-athletes who are members of an NCAA Division I institution and are selected based on the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability. The national awards committee who selects these candidates is comprised of leading basketball coaches, journalists and basketball administrators.
DAVENPORT MIDSEASON WOODEN AWARD CANDIDATE
For the third consecutive season, Jessica Davenport is a midseason candidate for the John R. Wooden Award for national player of the year. The Wooden Award announced its Top 30 preseason candidates for the 2006-07 Women’s Wooden Award Nov. 2 and trimmed the list to 20 Feb. 5.
SHADES OF SCARLET AND GRAY ON TEAM USA
During the last two offseasons, Ohio State has splashed shades of scarlet and gray on Team USA, helping the Americans claim three gold medals in three events. Most recently, Marscilla Packer connected on a scorching 69 percent (20-29) on 3-point attempts in helping lead the U.S. Under-20 squad to the gold medal in Mexico City. Packer topped all U.S. scorers in the five-game tournament vs. teams from the Americas.
In April, Jessica Davenport contributed to the U.S. Senior Team and joined former Buckeye Katie Smith, an Olympian in 2000 and `04, in pocketing the gold at the 2006 Opals Challenge in Australia. The Australian tour was the second USA basketball tournament for Davenport in the last two seasons. She linked up with Brandie Hoskins and helped the U.S. Junior Team roll through the 2005 World University Games with a perfect 7-0 record.
The game Nov. 12 at Army served as the first of five national telecasts for Ohio State. The Buckeyes played twice on ESPN2 at Oklahoma Dec. 20 and at Purdue Jan. 29. OSU welcomed Kentucky for a CBS broadcast Jan 6, after playing host to Minnesota Jan. 4 in a game aired on CSTV. The Buckeyes also will appear twice on Comcast SportsNet Chicago Jan. 11 at Penn State and Feb. 18 vs. Michigan State. Ohio State’s game at LSU was aired by Cox Sports South.
LIVE STREAMING BROADCASTS THIS SEASON AT WWW.OHIOSTATEBUCKEYES.COM
This season, a total of 13 home games will be available online with streaming broadcasts at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com. As part of the All-Access pass available through ohiostatebuckeyes.com, fans can watch games live via internet connection.
Games Available at ohiostatebuckeyes.com:
Feb. 15 vs. Wisconsin, Feb. 22 vs. Penn State
In the last two seasons, the Buckeyes are 16-1 when four players reach double figures in points. The only loss was against Boston College March 21 in the second round of the 2006 NCAA tournament.
BUCKEYE CLASSIC MVPx3
Jessica Davenport was named 2006 Buckeye Classic Most Valuable Player Nov. 26. The award was her third Buckeye Classic MVP in the last three seasons. She is the first player to be named Buckeye Classic MVP three times in a career. Katie Smith (1993-96) and Tracey Hall (1985-88) each won a pair of Buckeye Classic MVP honors.
In the two-game tournament, Davenport made 18-of-21 field goal attempts, grabbed 21 rebounds and blocked a Buckeye Classic record 10 shots. She also had five assists, including a season-best four helpers in the championship game win over Montana. Davenport also converted 10-of-11 tries at the free throw line.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT ALL SESSION TICKETS ON SALE
All-session tickets for the 2007 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament presented by Xbox 360 now are on sale to the general public. Single-game tickets go on sale Saturday. The 2007 tournament features all 11 Big Ten teams, competing in 10 games over four days of competition to crown the 2007 winner, which will earn the conference’s coveted automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.
The 13th annual women’s event will be back in Indianapolis, March 1, 2, 4 & 5, 2007, where it has been staged in 11 of the 12 previous years. The bracket for the 2007 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, along with information on tickets, travel, lodging, tournament history and more, can be found at both www.bigten.org and www.indianasportscorp.com
All-session tickets for the women’s tournament are $65 and will be available at the Conseco Fieldhouse box office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (317) 239-5151. Fans wishing to purchase all-session tickets within their university’s fan block are encouraged to contact their school’s ticket office (614) 431-3600. Single-session tickets will go on sale February 3, 2007.
Ohio State remains on the road at Illinois at 3 p.m. Sunday.
GAME PROMOTIONS FOR NEXT HOME GAME VS. WISCONSIN
Ohio State Student Appreciation Day – All Ohio State Studentsreceive $4 tickets with advance purchase Ashlee Trebilcock postgameautograph session