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Nov 21, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s basketball team beat Ohio, 83-50, Friday night in front of 2,381 people at Value City Arena. Freshmen Jessica Davenport (Columbus, Ohio/Independence) and Brandie Hoskins (Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade-Julienne) and sophomore Michelle Mu±oz (Mason, Ohio/University of Tennessee) tallied the first starts of their careers wearing Scarlet and Gray. Offensively, four Buckeyes notched double-digit nights; Davenport, Hoskins, Caity Matter (Jr.; Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) and Kim Wilburn (So.; Southfield, Mich./Detroit Country Day) scored 15, 13, 17, and 15 points, respectively, to continue the Buckeyes 15-game home winning streak. Ohio State, who relied on a .614 shooting mark while holding Ohio to .340 from the field, led by as many as 33 points near the end of the second half. Besides Hoskins’ offensive contributions, the rookie guard brought down six boards, led OSU with seven assists and was a flawless 5-for-5 from the free-throw line.

Despite a slow start on the offensive end by both teams, Ohio State jumped out to an eight-point lead when sophomore Candace Dark (Kingman, Ind./Fountain Central), who notched personal bests in minutes played (13) and points scored (5), earned her first career 3-pointer as a Buckeye. The trey sent Ohio State up 17-9 with 12:42 left in the first. The Buckeyes extended their lead to 14 points as Hoskins scored on a lay-up in the paint with 7:23 remaining until halftime. Hoskins had a solid first half as a Buckeye with 11 points, six assists and four rebounds. Wilburn, who shot 6-for-7 on the evening and dished out four assists, solidified OSU’s lead when she swished a 3-point field goal with four seconds remaining in the first 20 minutes to give the Buckeyes a 44-20 lead going into the locker room. Ohio State was 12-of-22 from the field and nine-of-10 from the charity stripe at the midway mark.

Ohio State continued to dominate the game in the second half. The Buckeyes earned their biggest lead (33 points) of the contest with 5:52 to go when Davenport, who earned the only two blocked shots of the game for either team, connected on a three-point play to put head coach Jim Foster’s squad ahead 76-43. Senior Emily Haynam (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South) capped Ohio State’s win in the last minute when she used a behind-the-back bounce pass in the lane to freshman Stephanie Blanton (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster), who converted the three-point play. Blanton totaled eight points, three boards, two assists and had a perfect 4-for-4 night from the line for OSU.

Mu±oz scored eight points and four boards, while Beth Howe (Jr./Jackson, Ohio/Jackson) and Haynam each added one point. Notably, Matter tallied three steals vs. Ohio, which ties her career-best mark.

Ohio, who was a perfect 10-for-10 from the line as a team, was led by Latreece Bagley with 14 points and Elizabeth Brown, who scored 11 points.

The Buckeyes return to action at 2 p.m. Sunday Nov. 23 as they take on Florida A&M in Value City Arena.