Nov. 15, 2006
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No. 6/7 ranked Ohio State (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten) opens its 2006-07 home season vs. No. 19/20 USC (1-0, 0-0 PAC-10) at noon Sunday. The Buckeyes and Trojans complete a home-and-home series in 2006. Last season, Ohio State topped USC, 68-57, in Los Angeles Dec. 11.
USC plays at South Dakota State at 7 p.m. Friday.
No. 19/20 USC (1-0, 0-0 PAC-10)
No. 6/7 Ohio State (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Sunday, Nov. 19 – noon (EST)
Value City Arena (18,5,00) – Columbus, Ohio
Play-by-Play: Marty Bannister
Analyst: Toni Roesch
Television – None
Series Record: Tied 3-3
Last Meeting: 12/11/05, OSU, 68-57
LAST GAME: BUCKEYES WIN AT ARMY IN FIRST MAGGIE DIXON CLASSIC
Jessica Davenport opened the 2006-07 season with her 32nd career double-double and Brandie Hoskins showed no ill-affects from her Achilles’ tendon injury from last season as the pair of Ohio State seniors led the No. 7/7 Buckeyes to a 77-41 victory at Army.
The Buckeyes and Black Knights played in the finale of the Maggie Dixon Classic doubleheader, honoring Army’s former head coach who passed away last spring. Pittsburgh’s men’s team, coached by Dixon’s brother, Jamie, defeated Western Michigan in the first tilt.
Davenport netted 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in 24 minutes of play. She also blocked four shots and connected on 9-of-10 field goal tries. Davenport’s only miss was a 3-point attempt. She led a frontcourt shooting effort that connected on 18-of-24 attempts overall.
Hoskins, in her first game since suffering her Achilles’ injury in the loss to Boston College in the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament, totaled 30 minutes of action, scored 13 points and handed out a game-best five assists.
Marscilla Packer added nine points on three 3-point makes. She hit consecutive 3’s and Tamarah Riley (10 points) converted a pair of shots in the lane during a 17-2 first-half spurt that put the Buckeyes ahead 36-16 with six and a half minutes to play.
Ohio State never looked back. The Buckeyes, up 47-26 at half, opened the second period on a 10-0 run and held the Black Knights scoreless for the first six-plus minutes of the final half. The Buckeyes limited Army to just five field goals in 31 tries (.161) in the second half and used a 44-10 advantage in points in the paint to put away the Black Knights.
Riley, who finished the game with a career-best nine rebounds, helped Ohio State out-board the Black Knights 43-21. Freshman Maria Moeller and sophomore Star Allen made their first career starts for Ohio State and fellow freshmen Cherise Daniel, Shavelle Little, Lesslee Mason-Cox and Andrea Walker all made their Ohio State debuts Sunday.
Jessica Davenport recorded the 32nd double-double of her career with 22 points and 11 rebounds in Ohio State’s win at Army.
Davenport finished the 2006 season with 13 double-doubles after totaling 14 in the 2005 campaign. As a freshman, Davenport had four double-doubles.
BY THE HUNDREDS
Davenport had four blocked shots at Army and now is just two rejections away from 300 in her career. She would become just the second player in Big Ten history to reach 300 career blocks.
With 11 rebounds at Army, Davenport now has 799 for her career. With one more board, Davenport will be the fifth Buckeye all-time to record 800 career rebounds.
Davenport will play her 100th career game vs. USC.
Junior guard Marscilla Packer connected on her 100th career 3-point field goal at Army.
Sophomore Star Allen and freshman Maria Moeller made their first starts as Buckeyes at Army.
Fellow freshmen Cherise Daniel, Shavelle Little, Lesslee Mason-Cox and Andrea Walker also made their Ohio State debuts vs. the Black Knights.
MOELLER IN RARE COMPANY
Maria Moeller started at point guard for the Buckeyes at Army. She is one of a handful of freshman starting point guards in the NCAA this season.
Of the 324 schools in Division I, only nine 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 College
Rae Lin D’alie – Wisconsin
FahKara Malone – Purdue
OSU-USC SERIES KNOTTED AT 3-3
The meeting between Ohio State and USC Sunday will serve as the seventh all-time in the series between the two schools. Each team has claimed three wins, with the Buckeyes taking three of the last four meetings, including a 68-57 victory in Los Angeles last year.
USC has visited Columbus just once in the series and walked away with an 83-81 overtime victory Jan. 8, 1986 in St. John Arena.
SCOUTING SOUTHERN CAL
USC is coming off a 19-12 season overall in 2006, which qualified for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
The Trojans opened their season with an 85-50 home victory over Long Beach State Nov. 10. Shay Murphy led the Women of Troy with 21 points and seven rebounds. She is the leading returning scorer from the 2006 season, when she posted 17.9 points and 7.3 rebounds a game.
Murphy had 14 points and six rebounds last season vs. the Buckeyes.
Mark Trakh enters his third season as USC head coach. The win in the season opener served as his 40th with the Trojans.
LAST MEETING: OHIO STATE DEFENSE SCORES WIN AT SOUTHERN CAL
Brandie Hoskins led the Buckeyes with 20 points and Jessica Davenport pulled down a career-best 18 rebounds to accompany 15 points to lead Ohio State to a 68-57 win at Southern California. The Buckeyes limited USC to just 34.9 percent shooting (22-63) from the field and turned 15 turnovers into 18 points to record the win.
Hoskins knocked down her first 3-point basket of the season with 17:46 on the first-half clock to put the Buckeyes up 3-2. Ohio State held the lead throughout the first period, but was unable to pull away. The Buckeyes took a 29-20 lead with just more than two minutes left in the first half, but USC bounced back eight of the next 12 points to trail 33-28 at the half.
The Buckeyes again started to gain some breathing room to start the second half, taking a 37-30 lead at the 18:54 mark on a Davenport lay-in, but USC used a 9-2 run to knot the game at 39 with 15:50 to go. Ohio State again charged ahead during the next five minutes, grabbing a 50-42 lead on a lay up from Kim Wilburn at 10:43. USC again closed the gap to 52-49 with 6:23 to go on a Camille LeNoir 3-point field goal, but the Buckeyes were able to salt away the win during the waning moments as Hoskins hit her second 3-pointer of the day and Davenport added a lay up and went 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
In the victory at Army, Ohio State’s frontcourt players combined to make 18-of-24 field goal attempts. Davenport’s 9-10 clip led the way. Star Allen (1-1), Alice Jamen (0-1), Lesslee Mason-Cox (0-1), Tamarah Riley (5-6) and Andrea Walker (3-5) made up the remainder of the 18-24 mark.
The five frontcourt players helped Ohio State end the game with a 44-10 advantage in points in the paint.
NOTING THE WIN AT ARMY
Junior Tamarah Riley had a career-best nine rebounds and scored10 points, marking the first time she has hit double figures sincethe 2004-05 season. Brandie Hoskins scored 13 points and led fourBuckeyes with at least three assists. Hoskins finished with fiveassists and Marscilla Packer, Maria Moeller and Shavelle Little alladded three helpers. Packer hit two of her three 3-point FG andStephanie Blanton netted a 3 to fuel a 17-2 run by the Buckeyesfrom 12:09 to 6:31 in the first half to give Ohio State a 36-16advantage. The Buckeyes started the second half on a 10-0 run andheld the Black Knights scoreless until the 13:45 mark of the half.The Buckeyes allowed Army just five field goals in 31 attempts(.161) in the second half. Ohio State outrebounded Army 43-21 andpulled down 16 offensive rebounds, including 12 in the second half.Nine Ohio State players scored at least two points.
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 LAND TOP PRESEASON BIG TEN VOTE
As a unit, 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.
BUCKEYES NO. 6 IN USA TODAY/WBCA/ESPN AND SEVENTH IN AP PRESEASON POLLS Ohio State ranked No. 7 in the preseason releases of the 2006-07 USA Today/WBCA/ESPN and Associated Press polls Nov. 1 and 8, respectively. The Buckeyes moved up one spot to No. 6 in the Nov. 14 WBCA poll and held steady at No. 7 in the AP rankings.
Ohio State finished the 2005-06 season rated eighth and peaked at No. 2 in the March 6 and 13 polls.
The Buckeyes were one of three Big Ten squads ranked in the preseason polls. Purdue was slated 11th by AP and 13th by the coaches, ahead of Michigan State’s No. 17 standing in both rankings.
Oklahoma ranked third overall and is the highest rated Ohio State opponent in 2006. The Buckeyes and Sooners play Dec. 20 in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma landed two first-place votes.
LSU, a Final Four team the last three seasons, landed a preseason No. 10 position. The Lady Tigers welcome the Buckeyes to Baton Rouge, La., Dec. 10.
Kentucky, rated 15th in AP and 16th by the coaches, visits Value City Arena Jan. 6. No. 22 Southern Cal serves as the Buckeyes’ opponent in its home opener Nov. 19.
In the Nov. 14 polls , Washington broke into the Top 25 at No. 23 in the AP. The Huskies play at Ohio State Dec. 3.
Boston College (Nov. 21) visits VCA this season as well and has received votes in the last two polls.
USC SECOND OF SEVEN NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS ON NON-LEAGUE SCHEDULE In their first three games to start the 2006-07 season, the Buckeyes face three NCAA tournament squads from a year ago. After the season-opening win at Army, Ohio State returns to Columbus for the home opener vs. USC, an at-large selection from the PAC-10. Two days later, the Buckeyes play 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 (68-57, Dec. 11) and BC (66-61 in OT, Dec. 3) in the 2005-06 regular season.
The Buckeyes wrap up their first homestand with Washington Dec. 3. The Huskies reached the second round of the NCAA tourney last season before losing to LSU, which is the next NCAA squad on OSU’s 2006-07 schedule. The Lady Tigers, a Final Four qualifier for the third consecutive season, visited Columbus last year and knocked off the Buckeyes. Ohio State returns the home-and-home Dec. 10 in Baton Rouge, La.
Another challenging road matchup awaits the Buckeyes Dec. 20 when they travel to Norman, Okla., to face 2006 National Freshman of the Year Courtney Paris and defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma. The Buckeyes edged the Sooners last season at VCA, when Davenport banked in the game-winning shot over Paris in the waning seconds. Oklahoma reached the “Sweet 16” last season.
The non-conference schedule wraps up with NCAA tourney squad Kentucky at VCA Jan. 6. The Buckeyes and Wildcats contest will be nationally televised by CBS at noon. Kentucky advanced to the second round in the 2006 NCAA tournament.
The Buckeyes have won their last six home openers, including all four with head coach Jim Foster. Ohio State’s last loss in a home opener came against Kentucky in a 92-84 overtime defeat to Kentucky in the first women’s game played at Value City Arena.
In Jim Foster’s five-year tenure as head coach, Ohio State has posted a 16-2 mark in games played in November. The Buckeyes, undefeated in November last season at 4-0, have won their last eight 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.
DAVENPORT NAMED WOODEN AWARD CANDIDATE
For the third consecutive season, Jessica Davenport is a preseason 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. The list is composed of 30 student-athletes who, based on individual performance last season and team records, are the early frontrunners for the award. These top 30 candidates are comprised of returning players, although transfers, freshmen, medical redshirts and other players who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for both the Midseason Top 20 list and the National Ballot. Players not on the preseason list are eligible for the midseason list and ballot.
DAVENPORT NAMED TO 2006-07 WBCA WADE TROPHY WATCH LIST
Jessica Davenport, the two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, 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.
BUCKEYES FLOURISH IN NON-LEAGUE SCHEDULE, WINNERS IN 11 OF LAST 12
The Buckeyes are 11-1 in their last 12 non-conference regular season games. Ohio State completed its 2005-06 non-conference schedule with a 10-1 record. The only defeat came at home Dec. 15, 64-48, to then-No. 3/3 LSU. The Buck
At home since the 2002-03 season, Ohio State has won 32 of its last 33 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.
OSU VICTORIOUS IN ITS LAST 16 REGULAR SEASON GAMES
After the win at Army Nov. 12, Ohio State has won 21 of its 22 games overall and its last 16 regular season contests.
With its victory over Holy Cross in the first round of the 2006 NCAA tournament March 19, the Buckeyes increased their win-streak to 20 games, which tied the longest victory run in OSU history. The streak was snapped March 21 by Boston College in a 79-69 loss in the NCAA second round.
Ohio State also had 20-consecutive wins in the 1984-85 campaign.
BUCKEYES WELCOME SIX NEWCOMERS IN 2006-07
A deep and highly-touted freshman class joins the Ohio State squad this season. The group features three guards and a pair of frontcourt players.
Cherise Daniel, Maria Moeller and Shavelle Little all should see significant playing time this season. Daniel, a 5-11 product of Columbus Eastmoor Academy, adds height and athleticism, while Moeller is a prototype point guard from Marion Local in Maria Stein, Ohio. Little comes to Ohio State after pocketing nearly seven steals per game at Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Leslee Mason-Cox and Andrea Walker will play on the block. Mason-Cox, from Cincinnati Princeton, is an athletic forward. At 6-1, she can score and rebound. Walker will spell Davenport at center. The 6-5 West Allegheny, Pa., native swatted more than five shots per game and converted at almost a 70 percent field goal clip as a senior.
TREBILCOCK’S CLOCK TICKS TO DECEMBER
Ashlee Trebilcock, a transfer guard from UCLA in 2006, is eligible to play in mid-December. She has been able to practice with the Buckeyes since last January, but has not seen game action since her final contest with the Bruins vs. Charlotte Nov. 25, 2005.
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 teammate 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 play twice on ESPN2 at Oklahoma Dec. 20 and at Purdue Jan. 29. Ohio State welcomes Kentucky for a CBS broadcast Jan. 6, two days after playing host to Minnesota in a game set to be aired on College Sports Television.
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 will be aired by Cox Sports South.
LIVE STREAMING THIS SEASON
This season, a total of 13 Ohio State 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 www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com
Nov. 19 vs. USC
Nov. 21 vs. Boston College
Nov. 30 vs. Longwood
Dec. 3 vs. Washington
Dec. 16 vs. Alabama A&M
Dec. 17 vs. Howard
Jan. 4 vs. Minnesota
Jan. 14 vs. Northwestern
Jan. 21 vs. Illinois
Jan. 25 vs. Indiana
Feb. 4 vs. Iowa
Feb. 15 vs. Wisconsin
Feb. 22 vs. Penn State
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 662-of-1,086 FG tries for a .610 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.
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 mark 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) was in doubt until the Buckeyes’ final game of the season. Packer ranked fifth nationally in 3-point FG percentage last season.
For her career, Packer now stands at No. 1 all-time at Ohio State with a .429 (102-238) rate from 3-point range. Matter ranks second at .411 (270-657).
DAVENPORT TOP BUCKEYE BLOCKER, CHASING BIG TEN STANDARD
Against Wisconsin Jan. 26, Jessica Davenport became the all-time leader at Ohio State in blocked shots. She swatted four Badger field goal tries to surpass former Buckeye Mary Sivak (1979-82) as the No. 1 career shot blocker in Ohio State history.
Davenport swatted the record-setting rejection with 4:30 left in the first half to surpass Sivak’s career total of 241. Davenport and Sivak are the only two players in OSU annals to notch 200 career blocks. Davenport is the only Buckeye to record 250 career blocks, She led the Big Ten in blocked shots in each of her first three seasons, setting a Buckeye record in 2005-06 with 116 swats. She stands No. 2 all-time in blocks in the Big Ten at 298.
MAGIC NO. 60
Ohio State has won 30 of its last 31 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.
HALFTIME ADVANTAGE LEADS TO WINS
Ohio State has won 57 of its last 59 games when holding a lead at the break.
OHIO STATE VS. RANKED OPPOSITION
With the win over No. 12/11 Purdue, 63-60, in the 2006 Big Ten Tournament, Ohio State moved to 8-2 vs. ranked opponents in 2005-06 season.
In his four-plus seasons at Ohio State, head coach Jim Foster is 27-17 vs. teams ranked in the AP Top 25.
DAVENPORT AMONG BIG TEN’S ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS
Jessica Davenport has 1,686 points so far in her career to lead all Big Ten active scorers. She also tops active players with 298 career blocked shots and a .610 field goal percentage (662-1,086).
Overall, Davenport rates second in career blocks to Michigan’s Trish Andrew, who had 367 from 1989-93. Davenport also sits in second place for career field goal percentage, trailing only Purdue’s Camille Cooper, who had a .608 clip (657-1,081) from 1998-2001.
DAVENPORT BECOMES SECOND-YOUNGEST BUCKEYE TO SCORE 1,500
With 24 points vs. Iowa (Feb. 12, 2006), Jessica Davenport became the second-youngest Buckeye to score 1,500 career points.
Former Buckeye All-American Katie Smith scored 2,578 points in her career and reached the 1,500-point plateau with 13 points against Purdue Dec 31, 1994. Smith reached 1,500 at the age of 20 years, 5 months and 27 days.
As of the game Feb. 12 vs. Iowa, Davenport’s age was 20 years, 8 months and 12 days.
In 2004-05, Davenport became Ohio State’s 24th and second-youngest student-athlete (to Smith) to post 1,000 career points against Minnesota in the Big Ten tournament (March 6, 2005).
Davenport, who ranks seventh all-time at OSU with 1,664, is Ohio State’s 12th player to score 1,500 career points.
Ohio State plays host to its second non-conference rematch from the 2005-06 season, when it welcomes Boston College at 7 p.m. Nov. 21.