Dec. 4, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10/11 Ohio State women’s basketball team (7-1; 0-0 Big Ten) knocked off Dayton (3-3; 0-0 Atlantic 10), 75-42, Saturday at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio. Senior Caity Matter led the Buckeyes with a game-high 19 points and teammate Jessica Davenport recorded her first double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore Brandie Hoskins also chipped in 13 points for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes and Flyers traded baskets in the opening minutes before Dayton took an early 7-5 lead after a bucket by Jennifer Strong with 15:43 to play in the half. Ohio State responded with a 3-pointer from Stephanie Blanton to go up 8-7. Another 3-pointer by Kim Wilburn on the following possession gave OSU a four-point lead, 11-7. Ashley Allen hit three-consecutive field goals, including a 3-pointer of her own, to give the Buckeyes a 25-10 advantage with 5:59 to play in the half. Dayton cut the lead to six with 1:35 left, but Ohio State converted on back-to-back scores in the closing minute by Davenport and Matter to lead 35-25 at the break.
Hoskins sparked a 16-3 Ohio State run when she hit a layup in the opening 20 seconds of the second half. The Buckeyes put together a second scoring run of 16 points and held Dayton scoreless from 7:05 to 1:51, holding the Flyers without a bucket for 5:14 until Brittany Holterman hit a jumper with 1:51 left in the game. The Buckeyes went on to outscore Dayton 40-17 in the second half.
Matter scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half and converted 9-of-10 free throws on the night. Additionally, the Buckeyes went 19-of-27 (.704) from the charity stripe in the game, marking a season-high for free throws made and free throws attempted. Ohio State also recorded a season-high 11 blocks in the win against the Flyers and had a season-low eight turnovers.
Davenport tallied a career-high eight swats in the game, surpassing her previous best of six that she set last season. Wilburn led the team with five assists.
Hoskins returned to the starting lineup after sitting out the Ohio game (Dec. 1) earlier in the week. Freshman Alice Jamen saw action for the first time this season. She entered the game in the final five minutes after sitting out the first seven games because of an injury.
Cara Wright tied led Dayton with 16 points and a team-high 13 rebounds. Teammate Jennifer Strong added seven for the Flyers.
Ohio State returns to action at 2 p.m. Saturday when the Buckeyes welcome Nebraska to Value City Arena.