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Feb. 1, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s basketball team (12-7, 4-4 Big Ten) defeated Indiana (10-10, 3-6 Big Ten), 71-56, Sunday afternoon in front of a season-high 5,328 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Senior LaToya Turner (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington) scored 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds while rookie Jessica Davenport (Columbus, Ohio/Columbus Independence) added 18 points and tied a career-high five blocks. Junior Caity Matter (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) and sophomore Kim Wilburn (Southfield, Mich./Detroit Country Day) added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Indiana’s Sarah McKay hit a bucket at 10:13 and sent her Hoosiers up 17-14, but the Buckeyes responded with a 24-6 scoring run to close the first half and led 38-23 at the midway mark. Davenport’s layup at 8:57 began the Buckeye run and Indiana pulled the game to within nine points (32-23) off a Jenny DeMuth layup with 1:48 left in the first. Junior Beth Howe (Jackson, Ohio/Jackson) entered the game and tallied two consecutive steals that resulted in two layups for Ohio State. Turner capped the run when she hit a basket with five seconds left. Ohio State utilized a 14-3 points-off -turnovers advantage and the solid play of Davenport and Turner’s high-low game to take a 15-point lead at halftime.

The Buckeyes maintained the lead they established in the first half the majority of the final 20 minutes, but Indiana would not give up and used a DeMuth layup with 10:50 to play to cut the lead to 10 points, 50-40. Ohio State was able to preserve the double-digit advantage because they were sent to the free-throw line 23 times the second half and made 17. Indiana used the final minute to make the game interesting. DeMuth hit two shots from the charity stripe at 1:05 and IU went on to outscore the Buckeyes 9-2 to close the game. The closest the Hoosiers got was five points (70-65) with six seconds left, but time expired and the Buckeyes held on for the first win at home in four games. Sophomore Michelle Muoz (Mason, Ohio/Mason) scored six points, freshman Brandie Hoskins (Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade-Julienne) tallied four points and Howe netted two points to round out the OSU scoring effort.

Indiana was led by DeMuth, who scored a game-high 23 points. Cyndi Valentin added 20 points and McKay scored 12.

Ohio State takes to the road to face the Hawkeyes of Iowa at 8 p.m. EST Thursday in Iowa City, Iowa.