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Feb. 19, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s basketball team (16-8; 8-5 Big Ten) beat Northwestern (8-17; 1-13 Big Ten), 57-46, Thursday night in St. John Arena. Senior LaToya Turner scored 13 points and freshman Jessica Davenport added 12 points, while Caity Matter and Brandie Hoskins each tallied nine points. Davenport’s career-high six blocks gave her 56 for the year, which is the Ohio State record for blocks by a freshman.

Off a combined effort by Turner (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington) and Davenport (Columbus, Ohio/Columbus Independence), the Buckeyes went up 6-0 to open the game. Northwestern was able to pull within six off a Michelle Zylstra trey with 7:51 left in the half, but Ohio State responded with a 10-2 scoring run, which began with back-to-back Matter (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) layups, and established a 14-point advantage (28-14) at 3:33. Hoskins (Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade-Julienne) nailed a reverse layup with two seconds left and sent Ohio State up 33-21 into halftime.

Ohio State went up by as many as 19 points when Kim Wilburn (Southfield, Mich./Detroit Country Day) sank two free throws with 11 minutes left in the game. Northwestern was able to pull the game to within 11 points, 44-33, at 9:06, when Zylstra drained a jumper, but Ohio State rebounded and went up 52-35 with 6:33 remaining. The Wildcats once again cut the lead to 11 points (52-41) off a Zylstra trey with 5:34 left, however Ohio State responded with a Candace Dark (Kingman, Ind./Fountain Central) 3-pointer on the baseline. Offense slowed down for both teams to end the game and Ohio State held on for the 57-46 win.

Wilburn scored six, Stephanie Blanton (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) and Dark netted three each and Beth Howe (Jackson, Ohio/Jackson) added two points to round out the Buckeye scoring effort. Davenport and Hoskins pulled down seven boards apiece , Matter, Turner and Wilburn each grabbed five caroms and Blanton brought down four rebounds. Matter and Wilburn each earned three steals.

Zylstra led Northwestern with 19 points off a 7-of-11 night from the field and a 4-for-8 stroke from downtown.

Ohio State closes the home portion of its schedule vs. Illinois at 1 p.m. Sunday in Value City Arena.