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Feb. 27, 2007

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jessica Davenport was named 2007 Big Ten Player of the Year in the league’s all-conference announcement released Tuesday. Davenport became the first student-athlete in Big Ten history to earn player of the year honors three times in a career. All three seasons, Davenport has been a consensus pick by the coaches and media. Buckeye head coach Jim Foster gained his third-consecutive conference coach of the year award, also a league first.

Davenport is the Big Ten’s overall leading scorer for the second season in a row at 19.4 points a game. She also ranks No. 2 in the league in rebounds at 9.7 per contest. Earlier this year, Davenport became the Big Ten’s top career shot blocker and has reached 379 rejections for her career to rank seventh all-time in the NCAA. She also is the first Big Ten player to amass more than 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 blocks in career.

Davenport’s classmate Brandie Hoskins also was honored by the league for the third time. The Dayton, Ohio, native was voted first team by the conference’s media contingent and earned second-team honors in the coaches’ vote. Until suffering a season-ending injury Feb. 8 at Minnesota, Hoskins was having an outstanding senior campaign, averaging more than 14 points a game and leading the conference in assists at nearly five per outing. Davenport joined Hoskins on the media’s first team and was named first-team by the coaches as well. She also was named to the league’s all-defensive team.

Star Allen, who along with Davenport hails from Columbus Independence High School, was deemed a second-team performer by the media and was an honorable mention selection by the coaches. She has upped her scoring average from 2.8 last season to 10.4 through 28 games in 2006-07 and leads the Big Ten in shooting percentage at .644 (125-194).

Marscilla Packer, a junior guard for the Buckeyes, earned all-league honors for the second year. She was voted third-team by both the coaches and media. Packer, from Pickerington, Ohio, is the Buckeyes’ top outside shooting threat and is posting more than 10 points a game this season. She was a second-team selection by the coaches and media last season.

Foster’s coach of the year honor is his third in as many seasons. In the last three years, he has guided the Buckeyes to two outright league titles and share of a third championship. Foster’s teams have a combined 44-4 mark in Big Ten play the last three seasons, a .916 winning percentage.

For a complete listing of the 2007 Big Ten women’s basketball awards, visit www.bigten.org.

Ohio State Big Ten Players of the Year
2007 – Jessica Davenport (Sr., C)
2006 – Jessica Davenport (Jr., C)
2005 – Jessica Davenport (So., C)
1996 – Katie Smith (Sr., G)
1989 – Lisa Cline (Sr., G)
1987 – Tracey Hall (Jr., F)
1986 – Tracey Hall (So.,F)