Dec. 13, 2004
PHILADELPHIA – The No. 6/10 Ohio State women’s basketball team (9-1; 0-0 Big Ten) beat Penn (3-6; 0-0 Ivy League), 70-57, Monday afternoon at The Palestra. After trailing by as many as 22 points, the Quakers were able to pull the game to within eight at 4:03. The Buckeyes outscored Penn 11-6 in the final four minutes to secure the victory.
For the second consecutive game, Ohio State’s Brandie Hoskins upped her season-high mark with a game-high 21 points. Hoskins was 9-of-14 from the field, 2-for-2 from 3-point land, made the only free throw she attempted and tallied six boards, two assists, two steals and one block. Jessica Davenport scored 18 points, pulled down six boards and swatted six shots. Rookie Tamarah Riley netted 10 points off a 5-of-6 performance from the floor.
Penn jumped out to a quick five points lead, but the Buckeyes put on a 16-3 scoring run to go up 18-10 at 10:21. Penn’s Lauren Pears hit a layup to bring the game back to a six-point contest, but Ohio State outscored the Quakers 20-8 to close the half and take a 38-20 lead at the midway mark.
In the second half, Ohio State maintained a double-digit lead and the Buckeyes seemed to have regained their composure. Candace Dark nailed a 3-pointer and Kim Wilburn forced a steal in the backcourt and converted it to a layup to give the Buckeyes a 17-point cushion (57-40) with just over six minutes to play. After a timeout, Riley worked inside against the Penn defense and banked in a bucket to put her squad up, 59-40.
The Quakers were relentless as they chiseled the Buckeye advantage to eight points (59-51) with an 11-0 scoring run over the next one minute and 25 seconds. Caity Matter nailed a 3-pointer at 3:31 and sparked the Buckeyes 11-6 scoring run to end the game.
Wilburn led Ohio State on the boards with a season-high eight rebounds. She had four assists, two blocked shots and a game-best six steals. Matter ended with eight points and Ashley Allen, Dark and Marscilla Packer added three apiece.
Penn’s Karen Habrukowich and Jennifer Fleischer added 19 and 14 points, respectively.
Ohio State travels west to face the Ducks of Oregon at 9:30 p.m. EST Saturday as part of the Nike Classic in Eugene, Ore. The Buckeye-Oregon game will be available on some regions via Fox Sports Net. Game one will feature Oklahoma vs. Louisiana Tech.