April 11, 2006
Columbus, Ohio – Jessica Davenport, a junior on the Ohio State women’s basketball team, came off the bench to score 10 points and grab six rebounds and help Team USA get past Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), 91-66, Monday at the 2006 Opals World Challenge in Canberra, Australia. Former Buckeye All-American Katie Smith started her fourth game on the tour and contributed four points and three assists.
The U.S., now 4-0 in the Opals Challenge, is slated for a rematch with Australia (3-1) in the tour finale Wednesday at 6 a.m. EDT.
Davenport was one of four Americans to score in double figures as the U.S. ran away with the contest after a tightly-played first quarter. Up 29-24 at the end of one, Team USA extended to a 54-38 advantage at the break, keyed by a 23-7 run, and never looked back. The Americans went up by as many as 26 points twice before sailing to the win.
Seeing the most of action of the Aussie tour, Davenport logged 18 minutes and connected on 5-of-7 field goal attempts. She helped the U.S. more than double Chinese Taipei’s rebounding output with a 54-25 advantage on the glass.
Jessica Davenport, center
On the slow start to tonight’s game
“We knew from the start that every team that we play is going to give us their best shot. We didn’t play our best tonight, but we got the win.”
Q: The team got a lot of points from its inside game, was that part of the plan?
“We had a big height advantage over them so we wanted to make sure tried to throw the ball over the top. We doubled all up top and if they doubled we kicked it outside to our guards.”
Q: How would you rate your performance tonight?
“I think I played well, there were some defensive let downs that I had. I was ball watching a little bit, but overall I thought I played a good game and did what I knew I could do.” Q: Against Australia tomorrow night, what will you need to do as a team?
“Go from the jump and start our defense a lot better than we did in this game. Just go out there and have fun.”