Dec. 21, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 7/10 Ohio State women’s basketball team (11-1; 0-0 Big Ten) beat No. 17/20 UCLA (6-3; 0-0 PAC-10) 83-60 in front of a season-high 4,352 people Tuesday night at Value City Arena. Senior guard Caity Matter sank her first 3-point attempt at 14:02 in the first half and broke former two-time All-American Katie Smith’s mark of 218 career treys. Matter tallied three 3-pointers and has 221 career makes.
The Buckeyes began the game on a 12-4 scoring run. After a UCLA 30-second timeout, the Bruins scored three consecutive buckets and cut the Buckeye lead to two points at 14:45. An Ashley Allen steal set up Matter’s record-breaking 3-pointer as Ohio State took a 15-12 advantage with just over 14 minutes left in the first half. UCLA used a 7-0 scoring run to take a 19-15 lead at 10:54, but the Buckeyes outscored the visiting Bruins 25-7 to take a 40-26 lead at the break.
In the second half, Ohio State continued the momentum and held a double-digit lead the entire 20 minutes. The biggest Buckeye lead was a 27-point advantage (83-56) when Jessica Davenport sank two free throws.
As a team, the Buckeyes, who entered the game as the Big Ten’s top shooting squad from the free-throw line, were 17-of-18 from the charity stripe. Ohio State outscored the Bruins in the paint, 38-18, scored 20 second-chance points to UCLA’s nine and outrebounded UCLA 35-26. Matter finished the game with 19 points off a 5-of-9 night from the field, 3-of-6 stroke from 3-point land and a 6-of-6 mark from the free-throw line. Davenport had her third season and seventh career double-double with 20 points and 12 boards. She was 8-for-11 from the field and swatted three shots. Brandie Hoskins was 7-for-9 and scored 17 points. Allen dished a season-best nine helpers and scored seven points.
UCLA was led by Lindsey Pluimer and Lisa Willis, who scored 16 and 15 points, respectively.
The Buckeyes open Big Ten play at Penn State Dec. 30 in College Station, Pa.