Feb. 28, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s basketball player Jessica Davenport earned her fifth-overall and second-consecutive Big Ten player of the week honor, the Big Ten Conference announced Monday. Davenport averaged 25 points, 12 boards and 5.5 blocks in wins vs. Purdue and No. 22/24 Penn State last week. The Buckeyes captured a share of the Big Ten title for the first time since the 1992-93 season and improved to 17-0 in Columbus, which is the best home record in Buckeye history.
Five player of the week honors in one season is the most for an Ohio State player and ties the most for a Big Ten Player. Penn State former All-American Kelly Mazzante won the weekly honors five times in both 2002-03 and 2003-04.
Davenport shot 55 percent (17-of-31) from the field and 94 percent (16-of-17) from the charity stripe in the two games combined. A sophomore center from Columbus, Ohio, Davenport played in her fourth and fifth-consecutive 40-minute games against the Boilers and the Lady Lions.
At Purdue, the Buckeyes won 57-51 and captured the program’s first win in West Lafayette since a 71-68 OSU victory Dec. 31, 1994. Davenport scored a game-best 21 points, collected a game-high eight rebounds, blocked five shots and had two assists and five blocked shots.
In the final regular-season game of the season, Davenport scored 29 points off an 8-of-18 night from the field vs. Penn State in Value City Arena (VCA). She made 13-of-13 free throws and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds for her 10th season and 14th overall double-double. Davenport was the game’s leader with four assists and she swatted six shots, which brought her season total to 103. She is the first Ohio State women’s basketball player and only the third Big Ten player to tally over 100 blocks in a season.
Davenport’s personal-high 13 free throws made vs. Penn State are tied at No. 6 among single-game Buckeye record holders and set an Ohio State player record in Value City Arena, while tying the mark for most free throws made in VCA. Davenport previously held the record of 10 free throws made vs. Indiana, which she set last season in VCA. Her six blocked shots are a VCA record and her 16 rebounds are the most for any Buckeye player in VCA.
The 2005 Big Ten Tournament begins this week in Indianapolis. No. 1-seed Ohio State plays the winner of the No. 8 Wisconsin vs. No. 9 Indiana contest at noon EST Friday at Conseco Fieldhouse.