Feb. 13, 2005
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The No. 2/3 Ohio State women’s basketball team (24-2; 11-1 Big Ten) held on for a 67-60 win over Iowa (16-7, 5-7 Big Ten) Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Buckeyes battled back from a 12-point deficit in the first half and trailed by as many as six in the second half. Sophomore Jessica Davenport led Ohio State with 21 points off a 10-of-15 night from the field. Teammates Caity Matter and Brandie Hoskins added 18 and 14 points, respectively.
The Buckeyes trailed by as many as six points (53-47) in the second half with 11:24 to play. A bucket by Beth Howe and back-to-back scores by Davenport tied the game 53-53 with 6:12 remaining in the game. The two squads swapped baskets but a 3-pointer by Matter with just under five minutes left gave the Buckeyes a 58-55 lead. That would be the closest Iowa would come as Ohio State held on for the seven-point win in a game that saw 13 lead changes and nine ties.
Iowa came out strong with an early 8-4 lead at 17:22 but buckets by Davenport and Matter tied the game at eight with 16:30 left on the clock. The squads traded baskets for the next eight minutes but the Hawkeyes took a 26-20 advantage off back-to-back 3-pointers with 8:03 left until halftime. After a score by Howe, Iowa went on a 7-0 run and led by 12, 34-22, with six minutes left until the break. The Buckeyes answered with a 16-0 run and took a 38-34 lead at halftime. Matter tallied eight points, including two treys, during the run.
Davenport, who clocked 40 minutes against the Hawkeyes, added nine boards and four blocks. Junior Kim Wilburn led the team with a career-high eight steals and six assists. The Buckeyes shot .571 (28-49) in the game, marking the 16th time the squad has done so this year. Ohio State is undefeated on the season when shooting over 50 percent from the field.
Iowa was led by Jamie Cavey, who netted a game-best 22 points and added 10 rebounds. Crystal Smith added 12 points and Jenna Armstrong pitched in 11.
The win marks the second-consecutive victory in Iowa City after the Buckeyes won for the first time since 1985 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last season. The only last time an Ohio State squad recorded wins in back-to-back trips to Iowa was a 64-56 victory Jan. 27, 1984 that was followed with a 56-47 win Feb. 3, 1985.
Ohio State will play host to No. 12/13 Minnesota at 8 p.m. Thursday in Value City Arena.