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Feb. 27, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4/6 Ohio State women’s basketball team (27-3; 14-2 Big Ten) beat No. 22/24 Penn State (18-9, 13-3 Big Ten) 69-58 Sunday in front of a Big Ten and Ohio State-record 17,525 people in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes clinched a share of the Big Ten title, along with Michigan State.

It is the first conference championship for Ohio State since the 1992-93 Buckeyes were co- Big Ten champions. Ohio State earned its first-ever No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament, which is slated for March 3-7 in Indianapolis.

Jessica Davenport scored 29 points, tallied a career-high 16 rebounds, swatted six shots and was a perfect 13-of-13 from the free-throw line in her fifth-consecutive 40-minute game. Senior Caity Matter recorded 17 points and teammate Brandie Hoskins added 16.

After Ohio State led by as many as 14 in the second half, Penn State pulled the game within four three times in the final six minutes. The Buckeyes had a 58-52 lead with 3:18 remaining before Matter nailed a 3-pointer to give her team a nine-point lead, 61-52, at 2:45.

After trailing 6-0 to open the game, Ohio State’s Davenport broke her team’s seven-minute scoring drought with a bucket in the paint. A Brandie Hoskins layup tied the game at 8-8 and the Buckeyes used a 10-0 scoring run to take an 18-8 lead at 4:58. Ohio State closed the half with an 8-6 run and headed into the half with a 26-14 advantage. Caity Matter capped the Buckeye run with a bucket along the baseline at the buzzer. Penn State was led by Tanisha Wright, who scored 29 points for the Lady Lions, while teammate Jess Strom added 12.

Matter, Beth Howe and senior manager Shelley Spriggs were recognized in a pregame ceremony to honor their final game in Value City Arena.

The Buckeyes will enter the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 1 seed and will play the winner of the No. 8 seed Wisconsin vs. No. 9 Indiana at noon EST Friday, March 5, at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.