Feb. 8, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s basketball player Jessica Davenport was named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) National Player of the Month for January, the WBCA announced Tuesday.

Davenport averaged 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as the No. 2/3 Buckeyes amassed a 10-0 record in January. Four of the 10 Buckeye victories were vs. Top 25 teams, including wins vs. then-No. 6/6 Michigan State and vs. then-No. 4/7 Rutgers. The Buckeyes beat teams by an average of 16.2 points per game in January.

A sophomore center from Columbus Independence High School, Davenport shot 57.9 percent (77-of-133) from the field, made her first-career 3-pointer and averaged 2.1 blocked shots, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Davenport tallied three double-doubles during the month, and had back-to-back 30-point games with 36 points at Wisconsin Jan. 27 and 32 points at Illinois Jan. 30.

The Big Ten’s Player of the Week three times in January, Davenport averaged 30.4 minutes per game and shot 76.8 percent (43-of-56) from the free-throw line.

Davenport recently was selected as one of the Top 20 midseason candidates for the 2004-05 Wooden Award Player of the Year and All-America Team.

Ohio State plays host to Michigan at 7 p.m. Thursday in Value City Arena.