Nov. 19, 2006
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -Jessica Davenport scored 26 points and Brandie Hoskins added 17 to lead No. 7 Ohio State past No. 19 Southern California 77-58 on Sunday.
Davenport, an All-American and Big Ten player of the year the past two years, hit 9-of-14 shots from the field and all eight of her free throws. She also had six rebounds and four assists.
Hoskins ruptured her right Achilles tendon in the Buckeyes’ NCAA tournament loss a year ago and went through lengthy rehabilitation. In addition to her points, she had seven assists and five steals for Ohio State (2-0) in its home debut.
Star Allen added 12 points and freshman point guard Maria Moeller had 10 points, four assists and six steals.
Chloe Kerr scored 20 points and had nine rebounds and Shay Murphy added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Women of Troy (1-2).
Southern Cal (1-2) was coming off a 67-63 upset loss at South Dakota State on Friday night. In that game, the Women of Troy had 25 turnovers, shot 33 percent from the field and were called for 36 fouls.
Turnovers were also their undoing against the Buckeyes. They fell behind 35-24 at the half while turning the ball over 16 times, and had 22 for the game.
The Buckeyes shot 64 percent from the field in the second half and 51 percent for the game.
Ahead 15-13 midway through the half, Ohio State went on a 10-3 run with the left-handed Davenport scoring the first two baskets on a right-handed hook and a short jumper.
Ohio State returns three starters from a team that went 29-3, won the Big Ten’s regular-season and tournament titles and lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
It was the seventh meeting between the schools, with the series tied at 3-3 coming in. The Buckeyes, who have won four of the last five meetings, won 68-57 last year in Los Angeles.
Southern Cal has four starters back from a 19-12 season.