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Dec. 11, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6/10 Ohio State women’s basketball team (8-1; 0-0 Big Ten) beat Nebraska (6-3; 0-0 Big 12), 86-61, in front of a season-high home attendance of 3,344 Saturday at Value City Arena. Jessica Davenport and Caity Matter led all scorers with season-high marks of 26 and 25 points, respectively. Brandie Hoskins also had a season-best 15 points and seven assists.

In the initial 20 minutes of play, the Buckeyes hovered around a single-digit lead. Matter sank two free throws at 5:06 to give Ohio State its first double-digit advantage, 23-13, of the game. Nebraska’s Jelena Spiric answered with a layup to bring the game back to eight points at 4:52. The Buckeyes went on a 10-0 run over the next three-and-a-half minutes to go up 33-15 with just over one minute until halftime. The biggest first-half Buckeye lead was 19 points, 36-17, with 11 seconds left. Ohio State held a 36-19 edge at the break.

The Buckeyes extended their advantage to 50-30 off a Hoskins fast-break layup at the 15:22 mark of the second half. Nebraska used a 9-0 run to pull the game to within nine with just under seven minutes to play. Nebraska’s Kiera Hardy hit a layup and a 3-pointer for the five-consecutive points of the nine-score run. Ohio State outscored the Huskers 23-7 to end the game and secure the 25-point victory, 86-61.

Ohio State, the nation’s top-shooting team, was 33-for-51 from the field for a .647 average. The Buckeyes, who entered the game as the Big Ten’s top shooting squad from 3-point land, were held to 25 percent (2-of-8) in the first half from downtown, but turned it around by making all five treys in the second half and ended with a .538 (7-of-13) mark for the game.

Kiera Hardy led Nebraska with 22 points and Jessica Gerhart scored 13.

Stephanie Blanton had eight points, Kim Wilburn tallied five points and four assists and Michelle Muñoz and Ashley Allen has four and three points, respectively. Davenport had four blocked shots and a game-best nine rebounds. Muñoz dished out three assists.

Ohio State travels to Philadelphia to take on Penn at noon Monday in The Palestra.