Feb. 17, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2/3 Ohio State women’s basketball team (25-2; 12-1 Big Ten) beat No. 14/14 Minnesota (19-6; 9-4 Big Ten) Thursday at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes, who extended their win streak to 14 consecutive victories, trailed by as many as six points in the first half, but used a 13-2 scoring to close the first half and never trailed in the second. Jessica Davenport set a Value City Arena record with 35 points and added 11 boards for her ninth double-double of the season.

With the game tied at 13, Minnesota went on a 6-0 scoring run, which included five points form Janel McCarville, to go ahead 19-13. Davenport banked in a shot and brought the game to 19-15 at 7:04. Kelly Roysland hit a bucket to give the Golden Gophers a 21-15 advantage at 6:15. Caity Matter drained two shots at the charity stripe to bring the game to within four points and an Ashley Allen trey pulled the game to within one point, 21-20, in favor of the Golden Gophers with 4:28 until the halftime.

An offensive foul on McCarville gave Ohio State the ball back and Davenport converted on a pass from Hoskins to go ahead 22-21 with just over three minutes remaining in the first. Davenport brought down a rebound off a McCarville miss and converted a one-and-one opportunity to give her team a three-point lead. Once again, Davenport cleared the defensive board and at the other end, she sank a shot in the lane to give the Buckeyes a five-point lead, 26-21. McCarville answered with a basket, but Tia Battle drained a jumper in the middle of the lane to put Ohio State up 28-23 at the half. In the second half, Ohio State maintained its lead and never trailed, leading by as many as 13 points. The Buckeyes shot 56 percent from the field and committed only two second-half turnovers.

Brandie Hoskins added nine points and had seven assists, with only two turnovers. Matter scored seven points and Davenport dished three helpers and blocked five shots.

McCarville led Minnesota with 22 points, followed by April Calhoun’s 12 scores.

As a team, Ohio State tied its season-low of eight turnovers and outscored the Gophers 32-24 in the paint.

Ohio State will travel to take on No. 9/9 Michigan State at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Breslin Center. The game will be televised live on ESPN2.