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Feb. 27, 2005

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Attendance: 17,525 (Ohio State and Big Ten Record) Ohio Stateearned a share of the 2005 Big Ten championship Sunday after avictory over Penn State. The Buckeyes, who share the title withMichigan State, will be the No. 1 seed in the 2005 Big TenTournament. Ohio State has never earned a No. 1 seed in theconference tournament until this season. Ohio State’s share of theBig Ten title is its first since the 1992-93 Buckeyes finished asco-champions before making a run to the national title game. TheBuckeyes are 70-23 all-time and 45-4 at home under head coach JimFoster. Ohio State finished 17-0 this season in games played inColumbus. The mark is the best record at home for any OSU women’sbasketball squad. The last time an Ohio State team was undefeatedin Columbus was the 2002-03 season, when then-first year head coachJim Foster’s OSU team defended its home court (14-0) for the firsttime since 1992-93. Nine Buckeye teams have gone undefeated inColumbus throughout program history. Ohio State’s 27 wins is themost for Jim Foster in his three seasons as head coach of theBuckeyes. It also is the most wins in a season since the 1992-93season, when the Buckeyes finished 28-4. Ohio State is 9-2 thisseason against ranked opponents, including a 7-0 mark in Value CityArena against ranked foes. Penn State leads the all-time serieswith Ohio State, 30-9. The Buckeye win Sunday marks the firstvictory against the Lady Lions since the 2003 Big Ten Tournament.After the Lady Lions jumped out to 8-4 lead, the Buckeyes went on a10-0 run from 8:43 to 4:40 to take an 18-10 advantage in the firsthalf. The Buckeyes led 26-14 at the half and are 25-0 when leadingat the break. Ohio State shot .875 (21-of-24) from the charitystripe, compared to Penn State’s .667 (6-of-9). Free throwpercentage is the only offensive category the Buckeyes do not lead(second only to Penn State) in the conference statistics. PennState was averaging .779 heading into the game and the Buckeyeswere averaging .768. Jessica Davenport tallied her 10thdouble-double of the season with 29 points and 16 rebounds againstPenn State. Davenport has 14 career double-doubles. Davenport’s 16rebounds marks a career high, topping her previous best of 15, setthree times, last vs. Indiana (2/05/05). Davenport clocked herfifth-consecutive 40-minute game this season. She is the only OSUplayer to have played 40 minutes in a game this season and hasplayed in nine 40-minute games in her two-year career. Davenportalso had six blocks against the Lady Lions, marking the 13th gamethis season she has swatted at least four shots in a single game.Davenport has 103 blocked shots this season. Davenport was 13-of-13from the free-throw line, matching the school record set twice byKatie Smith, last vs. Purdue (12/31/95). Brandie Hoskins grabbed aseason-best seven rebounds, topping her previous high of six, setthree times this season and last at Wisconsin (2/17/05).

Attendance Notes

The attendance today of 17,525 is the largest crowd to see awomen’s basketball game at Ohio State. The largest crowd to watch agame before today was 13,320 on Feb. 6, 1988, when Ohio Statedefeated Iowa 58-54 in St. John Arena. The biggest crowd to watch awomen’s basketball game in Value City Arena before today was 11,467on Feb. 14, 2001, when the Buckeyes fell 74-71 to Purdue in doubleovertime. The crowd also sets a Big Ten attendance record. Beforetoday, the largest crowd to see a women’s Big Ten basketball gamewas 17,142 on Jan. 20, 2002, when Minnesota played at Wisconsin.The attendance today is the third-largest crowd to watch an NCAAwomen’s college basketball game this season. Only Vanderbilt atTennessee (18,643, 2/13/05) and Arkansas at Tennessee (18,633,1/13/05) produced larger crowds. The Ohio State vs. Wisconsin men’sgame had a crowd today of 17,763. The two crowds combined for atotal of 35,288 is second- largest crowd to watch a doubleheader ofOhio State events. The biggest combined crowd to see an Ohio Statedoubleheader was 35,950 when the men’s basketball team playedMinnesota and the men’s hockey team played Michigan on Jan. 23,1999. Ohio State was the recipient of the third annual Big TenSuperFan Cup in recognition of its marketing and promotionalcampaign that helped boost attendance at women’s basketball gamesover the 2004-05 season. OSU increased its home conference homegame attendance by 81.9% this season as the Buckeyes welcomed anaverage of 7,259 fans to eight league contests compared to lastyear’s eight-game average of 3,991.