Feb. 18, 2005

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The No. 2/3 Ohio State women’s basketball team (25-2; 12-1 Big Ten) travels to take on No. 9/9 Michigan State (23-3; 12-2 Big Ten) at 2 p.m. EST Sunday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. The game will be televised on ESPN2, with Pam Ward and Doris Burke. Marty Bannister and Toni Roesch will be broadcasting the game on WOSU-820 AM.

No. 9/9 Michigan State is 23-3 overall and 12-2 in Big Ten play. The Spartans are on a seven-game win streak and return home after a three-game road stint at Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Like Ohio State, the last loss for Michigan State was vs. Penn State Jan. 23 when the Lady Lions topped the Spartans, 73-56, in Happy Valley.

The Spartans are sharing scoring duty, with four players averaging double digits. Liz Shimek is scoring 15.0 points per game, Lindsay Bowen scores 14.5 a game and Kelli Roehrig and Kristin Haynie add 13.3 and 10.1 points per game, respectively.

On the boards, Shimek grabs a team-best 9.3 rebounds per outing, followed by Roehrig’s 7.3 and Haynie’s 6.8 caroms per contest mark. Haynie is the Big Ten’s leader with 5.25 assists per game and 3.33 steals an outing.

As a team, the Spartans are the conference’s No. 1 team with 10.46 steals and a +9.5 rebounding margin per contest.

Head coach Joanne P. McCallie is in her fifth year at the helm of the Michigan State program and is 91-55. Overall, McCallie is 258-128 in 12 years of collegiate coaching.

The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with the Spartans, 41-18, and in East Lasing, the Buckeyes are 16-7 overall. Ohio State is on a two-game win streak with a win last season at Michigan State (72-53) and a victory earlier this season (68-54) in Columbus.

Prior to this year’s first meeting, the squads has traded wins five times. The Buckeyes’ 72-53 victory in East Lansing Feb. 15, 2004 was the first win there since 1998.

The then-No. 9/9 Ohio State women’s basketball team upset then-No. 6/6 Michigan State, 68-54, Jan. 6 at Value City Arena. At the time, the Spartans were the highest-ranked opponent the Buckeyes had beaten under the direction of head coach Jim Foster. After trailing by eight points in the second half, the Buckeyes held Michigan State scoreless for a seven minute stretch to close the game and secure the conference win.

Michigan State opened the second half by taking a quick 39-32 lead and extended their lead to eight points, 42-34, off a three-point play by Liz Shimek at 15:34. Caity Matter drained her first 3-pointer of the game at 14:36 and brought Ohio State to within five before Stephanie Blanton pulled down a defensive rebound and Brandie Hoskins converted on the other end to pull it to 42-39.

MSU extended its lead to six points, but Matter hit yet another trey to bring it to 47-44 at 10:49. A Blanton put-back made it a one-point game and Ashley Allen converted a three-point play to put the Buckeyes up 49-47 with 8:09 to play. Spartan Shimek hit a jumper and tied the game at 49 with 7:45 left to play, but that would be the last field goal for MSU until the final 28 seconds.

The Buckeyes closed the game with a 19-3 scoring run for their second conference victory of the year.

Ohio State trailed 5-2 to open the game, but the Buckeyes went on a 7-0 run to take a 9-5 lead. Blanton nailed a jumper and converted a no-look pass from Matter into a layup for four consecutive scores in the run. MSU scored one field goal, but Jessica Davenport and Kim Wilburn hit back-to-back buckets to give the Buckeyes a six-point lead at 12:08.

Spartan Kristin Haynie nailed a trey to pull her team to within two points with just under nine to play in the half. MSU’s Lindsay Bowen hit a shot in the lane to knot the game at 18 at 7:30. Kelli Roehrig continued the Spartan scoring run with a bucket inside that gave MSU a 20-18 advantage, but Ohio State’s Hoskins tied the game again. Roehrig went 1-for-2 from the free-throw line and Haynie hit both shots from the charity stripe to put the Spartans up 23-20 with less than five minutes in the half.

Hoskins converted a three-point play, which tied the game for the third time. Blanton pulled down an offensive rebound and scored to give Ohio State the lead, 25-23, but MSU’s Rene Haynes drained a shot from downtown for a 26-25 edge over the Buckeyes at 2:25. Buckeye rookie Marscilla Packer matched Haynes shot and sent her team up 28-26 at 1:58. Spartan Liz Shimek drove to the bucket to tie the game at 28 heading into the break.

Four players reached double-figure scoring for the Buckeyes, led by Hoskins’ 17 points. Davenport added 14, Matter scored 12 and Blanton tallied 10. Davenport and Blanton were the squad’s leading rebounders with nine and eight caroms, respectively. Davenport also recorded five blocked shots and a career-high four steals. Wilburn ended the game with a game-high five assists.

Michigan State’s Shimek and Haynie each had a double-double. Shimek scored 17 points and brought down 10 boards, while Haynie tallied 11 points and 10 rebounds.

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 trailed by as many as six points in the first half, but used a 13-2 scoring run 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.

Jessica Davenport scored 35 points off a 15-of-19 night vs. Minnesota Thursday. Davenport’s 35 scores set a Value City Arena Record. Davenport also broke Wisconsin’s Kohl Center record earlier this season with a career-best 36-point effort off a 15-of-21 night from the field Jan. 27. Her 36 scores and 15 field goals made are Kohl Center records and 21 attempts tied a Kohl Center opponent mark.

The Buckeyes took care of the ball Thursday vs. Minnesota with only eight turnovers. Eight turnovers ties the squad’s season-low mark, set at Dayton Dec. 4. Ohio State committed just two turnovers in the second half vs. the Golden Gophers.

Against Minnesota, Davenport scored 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. It marked her ninth double-double of the season and her 13th overall. Davenport has had double-double performances in four of the last five games. She missed a double-double afternoon by one board at Iowa Feb. 13 with 21 points and nine rebounds.

In the last two games, Ohio State has come back after trailing to beat Iowa Feb. 13 and Minnesota Thursday night. Ohio State trailed by as many as six in the first half vs. the Golden Gophers, but outscored the team 13-2 in the final minutes of the first and never looked back.

At Iowa, Ohio State matched its largest deficit of the season after trailing the Hawkeyes by 12 points in the first half. The Buckeyes held on for a 67-60 win in Iowa City.

The Buckeyes also trailed by 12 at Penn State Dec. 30, and eventually fell 69-62 to the Lady Lions. In the Buckeyes’ only other loss of the season, a 66-62 loss at Notre Dame, Ohio State trailed by as many as nine.

Jessica Davenport’s 35 points vs. Minnesota Thursday night marked her third 30-point game this season and the third of her career. Davenport tallied 36 at Wisconsin Jan. 27 and 32 at Illinois Jan. 30.

Ohio State is 9-2 on the road this season. The Buckeyes’ 9-2 record away from Columbus is the best under head coach Jim Foster, who is in his third season at OSU.

Jessica Davenport had five blocked shots vs. Minnesota Thursday. It marked the 10th game this season during which she has swatted at least four shots in a single game. Davenport’s career-best is eight blocked shots, which she set at Dayton Dec. 4.

Brandie Hoskins dished out seven assists vs. only two turnovers vs. Minnesota Thursday night. Hoskins’s seven helpers tied her season-best mark. She added nine points and three rebounds vs. the Golden Gophers.

Jessica Davenport tallied her first two 40 minute-games of the season during the last two games – at Iowa Feb. 13 and vs. Minnesota Feb. 17. Davenport has played 40 minutes in six games during her two-year career, but she is the only student-athlete to play an entire 40 minutes this season for head coach Jim Foster.

Two more Ohio State games will be televised. The Buckeyes at Michigan State contest Feb. 20 will be shown live on ESPN2. The game is slated to take place at 2 p.m. EST in the Breslin Center. The Ohio State vs. Penn State game, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 27 in Value City Arena, has been chosen as the FSN Wildcard game. The Buckeyes vs. Lady Lions contest will air tape-delay at 9 p.m. CST on FSN Chicago and at 10 p.m. EST on FSN Ohio.The contest will also be replayed at noon locally on FSN Chicago, Detroit and North.

Ohio State shot .510 from the field (25-of-49) vs. Minnesota Thursday night. The nation’s best-shooting team, Ohio State has shot 50 percent or better 17 times this season, including five of the last six outings, and are undefeated when shooting better than half from the field.

The Buckeyes beat No. 14/14 Minnesota, 65-53, Thursday night in Columbus. Ohio State is 8-1 overall vs. Top 25 teams and 7-0 against ranked opponents at home.

Under head coach Jim Foster, Ohio State is 11-3 all-time and 6-0 this season against ranked opponents in Value City Arena (VCA), with a 1-0 record this year vs. Top 25 teams in St. John Arena.

The Jan. 16 matchup with then-No. 4/7 Rutgers was the highest-ranked opponent for Ohio State. The Buckeyes won, 52-50. The then-No. 6/6 Michigan State fell to the Buckeyes, 68-54, Jan. 6 in VCA. The Fighting Irish were No. 10/11 when OSU lost 66-62 in South Bend, Ind., Nov. 20.

The Buckeyes also beat then-No. 20/20 Purdue 63-50 Jan. 2 in VCA, then-No. 20/23 UCLA 83-60 Dec. 21 in VCA, then-No. 24 Oregon 73-58 Dec. 18 in Eugene, Ore., and then-No. 21/24 Arizona 78-45 Nov. 17 in VCA.

The only OSU loss vs. a Top 25 squad this year was a 66-62 loss at then-No. 10/11 Notre Dame in the final game of the 2004 Preseason WNIT Nov. 20 in South Bend, Ind.

Jessica Davenport had four blocked shots vs. Michigan State Jan. 6 and moved into third place on Ohio State’s career leaders list. Davenport, who replaced Francine Lewis’ 124 swatted shots, currently has 160 blocked shots after a five-block evening vs. Minnesota Thursday.

Davenport needs six swats to take over No. 2 and 82 to become the school’s career leader for swatted shots. Mary Sivak (1979-82) is No. 1 with 241 blocks and LaToya Turner (2000-04) sits at second with 165 career swats.

Davenport is No. 1 in the Big Ten with 2.96 blocked shots per outing and currently has 80 blocks this year. Davenport tallied 80 blocks all last season and set the record for swatted shots by a rookie. Her 80 this season has set the record for blocks by a sophomore, which was held by Mary Sivak’s 59 in 1979-80. Eighty is the most blocked shots in a single year by any Ohio State player.

NO. 25 NEEDS 24
Caity Matter started her senior season ranked No. 21 among Ohio State’s career points leaders. This season, she has jumped nine spots and is currently No. 12 on the all-time scoring list with 1,423 points. The No. 12 spot was held by Larecha Jones’ 1,275 points. Jones played at OSU from 1996-99. In order to take over No. 11, Matter needs 24 points.

Eight of 13 Buckeyes are averaging more than 10.0 minutes per game and only five players – Jessica Davenport, Caity Matter, Brandie Hoskins, Kim Wilburn and Ashley Allen – are clocking more than 20.0 minutes per outing. The most PT for any Ohio State player is 29.6 minutes an outing (Davenport).

The Buckeyes are leading the Big Ten in every major offensive category except free-throw percentage. Ohio State ranks first among league leaders for scoring offense (74.1 ppg), scoring margin (+22.7), field-goal percentage (.516; 756-1464) and 3-point field-goal percentage (.410; 158-385. OSU is No. 2 with a .767 (330-430) mark from the charity stripe.

The Buckeyes are 25-2 this season and are looking for win No. 26. Twenty-five victories is the most under a Jim Foster-coached Ohio State squad and 25 wins is also the most for any Buckeye squad since the 1992-93 team was 28-4.

The Buckeyes have won 14 games in a row, beginning with a 63-50 win vs. Purdue Jan. 2. The last time a Buckeye team won 14 in a row was the 1992-93 season, when Ohio State put together 14 victories en route to the national championship contest. The last time an Ohio State won 15 in a row was in the middle of the 1986-87 season.

12-1 A FIRST SINCE ’86-’87
Ohio State is 12-1 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1986-87. The ’86-’87 Buckeyes opened league play with a 13-1 mark.

Caity Matter is shooting 47.6 percent from 3-point land in Big Ten games this year. She has made 30-of-63 treys attempted and is 53-of-112 from the field for a 47.3 percent shooting average in conference contests.

It has been two decades since Ohio State was 25-2. The 1984-85 Buckeyes were 25-2 in the first 27 games and won the next three consecutive outings before ending the season with a 72-68 loss vs. Old Dominion March 23, 1985 in the NCAA east regional final game.

Jessica Davenport is averaging a double-double in Big Ten games with 21.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.

Foster is 572-247 overall in 27 years of collegiate coaching and 68-22 in three seasons at Ohio State. In Columbus, Foster is 44-4 overall with a 35-3 mark in Value City Arena and an 9-1 record in St. John Arena.

Ohio State’s win over then-No. 21/24 Arizona Nov. 17 in Columbus gave head coach Jim Foster win No. 550 and the victory at Dayton Dec. 4 gave him win No. 50 while at Ohio State.

The Buckeyes are leading the Big Ten with a +22.7 scoring margin. That mark is 8.4 points higher than the second-ranked squad Michigan State, who is winning games by a margin of 14.3 points. Only three Big Ten teams are winning games by a double-figure average – Ohio State, Michigan State and Minnesota.

Jessica Davenport and Brandie Hoskins are a one-two punch for Ohio State, with spots at No. 1 and No. 2 among league shooting leaders. Davenport is the Big Ten’s best shooter with a .606 (203-335) field-goal percentage and Hoskins is close behind in the No. 2 spot with a .590 (131-222) mark. Caity Matter averages 50.8 percent (123-242), which is No. 8 among league leaders.

In Big Ten games, Davenport and Hoskins hold the first two spots, with marks of .616 (114-185) and .600 (69-115) from the field, respectively.

Sophomore guard Brandie Hoskins has scored double digits in 18-of-26 games played, including the last 15-of-20. In her first six contests, Hoskins averaged nine points per outing. She is currently averaging 12.2 points per game and in Big Ten games, she is second on the team with 12.7 points per outing.

Ohio State is No. 1 and No. 3 in scoring defense (51.4 ppg) and field-goal percentage defense (.369; 520-1409), respectively. While the Buckeyes have shot better than .500 17 times and greater than .600 twice this season, only one Ohio State opponent has shot better than .500 from the field. Then-No. 21/T22 Iowa sank 50 percent of its shots from the floor Jan. 13 in Value City Arena.

This season, Ohio State is 16-0 in Columbus. The last time an Ohio State team was 16-0 in Columbus was the 1992-93 season. The Buckeyes were 16-0, which included a second-round NCAA tournament win in Columbus.

A Jim Foster-coached team has tallied one undefeated season in his three years. In 2002-03, then-first year head coach Jim Foster’s OSU team defended its home court with a flawless 14-0 mark for the first time since 1992-93.

In total, eight Buckeye teams have gone undefeated all season in Columbus throughout the 40-year history of the program.

Against Indiana Feb. 6, junior Kim Wilburn dished two helpers, which upped her career assist total to 401. She became only the fifth player in Ohio State history to tally at least 400 assists. Wilburn’s current total of 412 is ranked No. 5 on the Buckeye all-time leaders list. She needs 33 to take over the No. 4 spot, held by Katie Smith’s 444 helpers.

The Ohio State women’s basketball team is ranked No. 2 in the latest Associated Press poll for the third consecutive week. The Buckeyes are 25-2 overall, 12-1 in Big Ten play and have won 14-consecutive games. No. 2 is the highest ranking for any Ohio State squad in program history.

The 2004-05 Buckeyes were ranked No. 3 twice earlier this season, which tied the previous best ranking for any Buckeye squad. The 1992-93 Ohio State team was ranked No. 3 twice in March of 1993 before OSU went to the Final Four that season and fell to Texas Tech, 84-82.

Ohio State’s 86-67 win at Wisconsin Jan. 27 was victory No. 20 for the 2004-05 Buckeyes. Ohio State, who is now 25-2, has won at least 20 games under head coach Jim Foster in his first three seasons in Columbus. As a program, the Buckeyes have notched 20-win seasons 17 times, including four of the last five years.

In Foster’s 27 years as a collegiate coach, his teams have won 20 or more games 18 times, including the last seven consecutive seasons – three at Ohio State and four at Vanderbilt.

The Big Ten’s best 3-point shooting team can thank Caity Matter for holding her own from downtown. Matter is the league’s No. 1 shooter from outside the arc with a .452 (57-of-126) average. Matter’s 2.11 treys per game ranks No. 4 among Big Ten leaders.

As a team in overall rankings, the Buckeyes are No. 1 with 5.85 treys made per game.

Ashley Allen is No. 2 in the Big Ten with a 2.20 assist-to-turnover ratio and has notched top-heavy assists vs. turnovers in many games this season, including most recent performances of 4:1 vs. Minnesota Thursday, eight assists and two turnovers vs. Wisconsin Jan. 27, seven assists and two turnovers vs. Northwestern Jan. 23 and a 9:1 mark vs. Iowa Jan. 13.

In 17 games this year, Allen has tallied more assists than turnovers compared to only three games during which Allen had more turnovers than helpers.

Ashley Allen, who is No. 2 for assist-to-turnover ratio in the Big Ten, is not the only one responsible for maintaining the team’s top ranking for turnover margin (+3.63) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.36). Ohio State, which is one of only five teams in the conference to have a positive turnover margin, also relies on Kim Wilburn and Brandie Hoskins for taking care of the rock as well. Wilburn is No. 3 with a 1.91 ratio and Hoskins is No. 5 with a ratio of 1.56.

Ohio State is No. 2 in the Big Ten with a .767 (330-430) mark from the free-throw line.

The Buckeyes are led by Caity Matter, who is No. 1 in the league with an .912 (62-68) mark. Jessica Davenport, who has made 111-of-143 free throws this season, is No. 12 in the conference with an .776 average.

Last season, the Buckeyes shot .654 from the charity stripe on the season and were ranked last in the league.

The Buckeyes are ranked first in the Big Ten with 18.63 assists per game, but no individual is ranked higher than No. 7 on the league leaders list. Brandie Hoskins is No. 7 with 3.65 helpers, Ashley Allen is tied at No. 11 with 3.33 assists per game and Kim Wilburn is ranked No. 13 with 3.26 assists per game averages.

Additionally, Caity Matter is averaging 2.5 helpers and center Jessica Davenport has a 1.6 assists average. Stephanie Blanton is also contributing 1.3 helpers per game.

Of note, Matter averaged 1.97 dishes last year and entered the season with a 1.67 career assists average. Additionally, Buckeye opponents are averaging only 9.9 dishes per outing vs. Ohio State’s 18.6.

If the Buckeyes outscore opponents inside the lane, the squad is likely to win the game. There have been only three teams this season to outscore Ohio State in the paint, but the Buckeyes beat all three opponents. Northwestern scored 32 points inside vs. OSU’s 20 Jan. 23. On Jan. 9, Liberty outscored Ohio State 28-18 and on Jan. 16, Rutgers scored 28 points vs. OSU’s 26 in the paint.

Ohio State is outscoring opponents inside by an average of 34.6 to 19.4 points per game (934-524).

While the only two teams to beat Ohio State this season – Notre Dame and Penn State – did contend in the lane vs. the Buckeyes, they fell short of outscoring OSU inside. On Nov. 20, Notre Dame scored 28 points inside vs. Ohio State’s 30 in the lane and Dec. 30, the Lady Lions tallied 30 points vs. the Buckeyes’ 32 points inside.

Jessica Davenport, Caity Matter and Brandie Hoskins are leading the team with 19.2, 13.5 and 12.2 points per game, respectively. Davenport has scored double figures in 26-of-27 games this season, Matter has scored double digits in 19-of-27 games and Hoskins has tallied double digits in 18-of-26 games played.

Davenport’s 19.2 points is No. 2 in the league, while Matter and Hoskins come in at No. 15 and No. 20 in the Big Ten, respectively.

In conference games, Davenport is averaging 21.4 scores per outing and is No. 1 among league leaders.

Sophomore Stephanie Blanton has started the previous four games and is contributing in a major way to the Buckeye program. As a rookie, Blanton averaged 12.2 minutes and 3.2 points. This year, she has added a 3-point shot to her game and is clocking 19 minutes per game – 20.6 in Big Ten contests – and averaging 5.3 points per outing. Last season, she made only four treys and this year, she is 17-for-49 (.347) on the year.

Jessica Davenport is leading her team and ranked No. 4 in the Big Ten with 8.8 rebounds per outing. In conference games, the sophomore center is averaging 10.1 rebounds per game and is No. 2 among league leaders.

The Buckeyes’ bench is getting utilized this year and the help is proving its worth. Ohio State players coming off the bench are averaging 20.7 points per game (559 total) vs. opponents’ 11.4 points per contest (308 total) from the reserves.

Minnesota, Purdue, Notre Dame and Rutgers are the only four schools to outscore the Buckeye bench this season. The Fighting Irish, who beat the Buckeyes 66-62 Nov. 20, had eight points vs. Ohio State’s seven points from non-starters. Purdue’s bench tallied 25 points vs. Ohio State’s 10 scores in a 63-50 Buckeye victory Jan. 2. On Jan. 16, Rutgers’ reserves scored 25 points vs. OSU’s 13 scores. Minnesota’s bench combined for seven points vs. Ohio State’s five Feb. 17.

Senior Caity Matter is at the top of every 3-point career list in the Ohio State records book.

Matter went 2-for-7 vs. Liberty Jan. 9. Matter’s seven attempts gave the senior guard from Bluffton, Ohio, the record for career attempts. She is now at 619 total attempts. Katie Smith previously held the No. 1 spot with 564 attempts from 1993-96.

Matter also broke Smith’s record earlier this season for career treys made and currently has 254 career 3-pointers drained. Smith made 218 3-pointers during her career and held the No. 1 spot for eight years. She sank one 3-pointer at then-No. 24 Oregon Dec. 18 and tied the record for career treys made by an Ohio State player. Three days later vs. then-No. 20/23 UCLA Dec. 21, Matter hit her 219th career 3-point field goal at 14:02 to break the school record for treys in a career. Matter is only the third Buckeye to make at least 200 career 3-pointers. Marcie Albert is ranked No. 3 with 203 treys.

Matter is currently No. 1 with a .410 (254-of-619) career 3-point percentage.

Kim Wilburn tallied a personal-best eight steals at Iowa Feb. 13. Wilburn’s previous career-high was seven steals, which she recorded several times. Wilburn’s 2.7 steals per outing is No. 3 in the league and No. 1 for the OSU squad. As a team, Ohio State is No. 4 in the league with 9.56 steals per game.

Ohio State held Michigan to 16 first-half points Feb. 10. The Buckeyes have held eight opponents (Saint Joseph’s 13, Ohio 16, Nebraska 19, Penn 20, Purdue 17, Indiana twice – 8 and 18, and Michigan 16) to 20 points or less in the first half.

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 Feb. 8.

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.

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.

The attendance of 10,434 for the Feb. 6 Indiana game marked the largest crowd to watch a women’s basketball game under head coach Jim Foster. It ranks No. 3 on the all-time Value City Arena attendance list.

Jessica Davenport was selected as one of the Top 20 midseason candidates for the 2004-05 Wooden Award Player of the Year and All-America Team. In late March, five players will be named to the Women’s Wooden Award All-American team. From those five, one will be the recipient of the John R. Wooden Award Trophy, presented annually to the most outstanding female collegiate basketball player. For more info, please log onto

In the latest WBCA/Summerville RPI rankings, Ohio State is No. 5 and the Big Ten Conference is No. 5. According to, the Buckeyes are No. 5, while the Big Ten sits at No. 3 on the conference list.

Ranked No. 4 at the time, Rutgers was the second-highest opponent to play in Value City Arena when the Scarlet Knights and the Buckeyes played Jan. 16. Ohio State won 52-50 vs. Rutgers. Second-ranked Purdue is the highest team to ever play in VCA and the Boilermakers knocked off Ohio State 64-56 on Jan. 26, 1999. Purdue went on to win the national championship that year.

Ohio State beat then-No. 4/7 Rutgers 52-50 Jan. 16 in Value City Arena. The Scarlet Knights were the highest-ranked opponent the Buckeyes have beaten under head coach Jim Foster. Earlier this season, Ohio State beat then-No. 6/6 Michigan State 68-54 Jan. 6, which at the time was the highest-ranked win for the Buckeyes under Foster.

During the 2002-03 season, Ohio State defeated No. 10/11 Purdue 56-51 in Value City Arena. Last year, the Buckeyes defeated No. 10/10 Minnesota 75-57 at home.

Ohio State trailed 21-16 at halftime vs. Rutgers Jan. 16 and went on to win, 52-50. It was the first victory for a Buckeye team when the team trailed after the first 20 minutes.

The only other game the Buckeyes have trailed at half was vs. Notre Dame Nov. 20. The Buckeyes were losing 29-25 in South Bend, Ind., and eventually fell 66-62 to the Fighting Irish.

Against Rutgers Jan. 16, Ohio State shot .765 percent (13-of-17) from the field in the second half. The Buckeyes have shot 70 percent or better in the second 20 minutes in three games this season. In the first half vs. the Scarlet Knights, the Buckeyes’ 16 points and .261 (6-of-23) field goal percentage in the first stanza were season-low marks for OSU.

The Buckeyes were 10-0 in January. A 10-0 record in the year’s first month is the best for a Jim Foster-coached Buckeye squad.

Foster has only had one other undefeated January in his 27-year career. Foster’s 1989-90 Saint Joseph’s squad was a perfect went 11-0 in January. The Hawks won a game Dec. 29 and added two-consecutive victories in February that season to complete a 14-run win streak.

The last time a Buckeye squad was undefeated in January was during the 1986-87 season when the Buckeyes went 9-0 in the midst of a 15-game win streak.

The Buckeye’s 69-55 win at Illinois Jan. 31 was the first for a Buckeye squad in Champaign since an 88-72 Ohio State victory Jan. 28, 1995.

Ohio State also broke a streak when the team played at Indiana Jan. 20. The Buckeyes’ 52-30 victory in Bloomington was the first victory for any Buckeye team in Bloomington since Jan. 15, 1999 when OSU won 78-60.

Of note, last season the Buckeyes had another significant win when they beat Iowa 93-82 Feb. 5, 2004 in Iowa City. It was the first win for an Ohio State squad at Iowa since a 56-47 victory Feb. 3, 1985.

Davenport’s back-to-back 30-point games at Illinois Jan. 27 and Wisconsin Jan. 30 marked the third such performance for any Buckeye player. The last person to tally consecutive 30-point games was Lisa Cline, who scored 35 and 32 points in victories vs. Marshall and at Colorado in December of 1988. Frani Washington, Ohio State’s first All-American, netted 30 points in back-to-back wins at Eastern Kentucky and vs. Dayton in February of 1979.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Davenport became the first Big Ten player to record back-to-back 30-point games since Minnesota’s Lindsay Whalen scored 31 at Virginia Dec. 29, 2003 and 32 at home vs. Michigan Jan. 1, 2004. Davenport is also the first to record 30 points in consecutive Big Ten games since Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante scored 33 vs. Iowa Jan. 9, 2003 and 31 at Northwestern Jan. 12, 2003.

Ohio State women’s basketball player Jessica Davenport was named the Big Ten Player of the Week Jan. 31. It was Davenport’s third honor of the season and her third overall. Davenport is the first Ohio State player to earn three player of the week honors in the same year since two-time All-American Katie Smith tallied three conference player of the week awards during the 1992-93 season.

The sophomore center averaged 34.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and shot 73.2 percent (30-of-41) from the field in wins at Wisconsin and at Illinois last week. Davenport also tallied four blocked shots, one steal and three assists in the two contests.

At Wisconsin, Davenport scored a career-best and Kohl Center record 36 points off a 15-of-21 night from the field. Her point total is tied for fourth on the Ohio State all-time single-game scoring list. Davenport’s 36 points vs. the Badgers marked the most points scored by a Big Ten student-athlete since Michigan’s Jennifer Smith had 37 vs. Charlotte Dec. 3, 2003.

Against Illinois, Davenport tallied her sixth-season and 10th-career double-double at Illinois with 32 points and 14 rebounds. Davenport was 15-of-20 from the field and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe. The win at Illinois was the first for a Buckeye squad in Champaign since an 88-72 Ohio State victory Jan. 28, 1995.

Ohio State women’s basketball player Jessica Davenport was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week, the Big Ten Conference announced Jan. 17. Davenport averaged 20 points and 7.3 rebounds in the Buckeyes’ victories over Michigan Jan. 11, then-No. 21/T22 Iowa Jan. 13 and then-No. 4/7 Rutgers Jan. 16.

Davenport, who is sharing the honor with Penn State’s Tanisha Wright, has now won conference player of the week accolades twice this season. She was first honored Jan. 3.

Davenport scored 19 at Michigan and vs. Iowa and netted a game-best 22 points vs. Rutgers. For the week, Davenport was a combined 24-of-41 from the field for a .585 average and shot 92 percent from free-throw line, including a 7-of-8 performance vs. Rutgers.

The sophomore center from Columbus averaged 7.3 boards and tallied four assists, five blocked shots and one steal in the three contests. Davenport hit her first-career 3-pointer in the first half of the Rutgers game and played 31.3 minutes per outing.

On Jan. 3, Jessica Davenport was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Davenport’s honor was the first for a Buckeye player since teammate Caity Matter was honored Feb. 16, 2004. Davenport averaged 22 points and 10.5 rebounds vs. Penn State Dec. 30 and then-No. 20/20 Purdue Jan. 2. In the two game combined, Davenport shot .519 (14-of-27) from the field and .800 (16-of-20) from the free-throw line. A sophomore center from Columbus, Ohio, she also notched three assists, two blocked shots and two steals in the two conference contests. The Buckeyes dropped a 69-62 decision at Penn State, but bounced back to beat the Boilermakers, 63-50, in Value City Arena. Davenport’s 24 points and 12 rebounds vs. Purdue was her fourth double-double of the season and her eighth career double-double.

Senior shooting guard Caity Matter sank eight 3-pointers at Michigan Jan. 11. The eight treys tied the Ohio State single-game record she set Dec. 1, 2003 vs. IUPUI. Matter was 8-of-11 from 3-point land, 10-of-13 from the floor and tied her career-high mark of 28 points vs. the Wolverines.

The Buckeyes beat Ohio, 107-37, Dec. 1 in Athens, Ohio. Ohio State’s 70-point win tied the school record for the largest margin of victory. Ohio State beat Akron 105-35 on Feb. 22, 1977. The win was the Bobcats’ worst lost in program history. Ohio’s previous worst lost was 52 points at Iowa in 1991.

The previous biggest margin of victory for a Buckeye team under head coach Jim Foster was a 48-point win. Foster’s Ohio State teams had beaten two squads by 48 points: 96-48 vs. IUPUI Dec. 1, 2003 in Value City Arena and 89-41 vs. Bowling Green Nov. 12 in Value City Arena.

Ohio State’s 107 points vs. Ohio Dec. 1 was the highest points total this season and the most for any Buckeye team coached by Jim Foster. The Buckeyes’ previous season-high was 89 points against Bowling Green (Nov. 12) in the season opener. Ohio State’s 46 points in the first 20 minutes of play vs. Ohio Dec. 1 was the most in the first half this year.

The last time a Buckeye team scored at least 100 points, was vs. Wayne State Nov. 26, 2002 in Foster’s second-ever game at the helm of the Buckeyes.

The most points ever scored by a Buckeye team was a 119-point performance vs. Idaho State Dec. 11, 1994. The Buckeyes won, 119-63.

The Buckeyes had seven players reach double figures in scoring vs. Ohio Dec. 1. Tamarah Riley had 18, Caity Matter scored 14 points, Stephanie Blanton, Jessica Davenport, Beth Howe and Michelle Muñoz all netted 12 and Candace Dark tallied 11 scores. Seven players in double digits is the most this season. Ohio State had five players reach double figures against St. Joseph’s (Nov. 14).

Ohio State women’s basketball player Caity Matter was named a finalist for the 2004-05 Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS Award by the organizing committee of the award. The Senior CLASS Award is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School. The award is given to the outstanding male and female senior NCAA Division I basketball player annually and originated from the award’s honorary chairman, CBS sportscaster Dick Enberg.

A national media committee will select 10 finalists for the award in February of 2005. In March, a nationwide fan ballot will be paired with results from a vote of coaches and media to determine the winners. The winner will be announced by Enberg during the CBS telecast of the 2005 NCAA Men’s Final Four.

Courtney Coleman, a former Ohio State regional Kodak/WBCA All-American honorable mention pick and four-year Buckeye letterwinner, was named a second team Senior CLASS Award winner in 2003.

“The Buckeye Basketball with Jim Foster Show” began its 10-week run Jan. 9. The half-hour show, which is hosted by WBNS’ Ryan Miller, will be aired on WBNS statewide at 11 a.m. Sunday mornings. It will be replayed on Ohio News Network Sunday nights. Please check local listings for the ONN air times.

Jessica Davenport and Caity Matter were named to the 2004 Buckeye Classic All-Tournament Team. Davenport, the most valuable player, was 16-of-27 from the field and tallied a total of 37 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, four steals, five blocked shots and only two turnovers. Matter was 7-of-13 form the field, scored 22 points and had seven assists, six rebounds and four steals. Davenport and Matter were also named to the 2004 Preseason WNIT All-Tournament Team.

Ohio State beat Bowling Green, 89-41, Nov. 12 and blew by Saint Joseph’s, 76-29, Nov. 14 in rounds one and two of the 2004 Preseason WNIT. In the semifinals vs. No. 21/24 Arizona, the Buckeyes won, 78-45, and earned the program’s first trip to the finals of the preseason WNIT. The first three games were in Columbus, Ohio (with round one and the semifinal game being held at Value City Arena and round two taking place in St. John Arena), but the Buckeyes had to travel to South Bend, Ind., to face then-No. 10/11 Notre Dame in the final game Nov. 20.

Notre Dame tallied victories at home over Illinois State (92-73), Nebraska (73-57) and No. 6/6 Duke (76-65) on its path to the final game of the preseason WNIT event, fought for the title in a close game vs. the Buckeyes. In a back-and-forth battle with seven lead changes and nine ties, Ohio State led, 62-54, with 5:18 to play, but Notre Dame went on a 12-0 run to close the final five minutes of the game and earn the championship.

It was the second preseason WNIT run for Ohio State. The Buckeyes were also in the 1995 event and faced Pittsburgh Nov. 15, 1995. The Buckeyes beat Pitt, 85-50. In the second round of that year’s preseason WNIT, the Buckeyes beat Maine in the second round, 93-64, before falling to Arkansas, 86-80. Then-senior Katie Smith, who is currently a student assistant for the Buckeyes, was named to the 1995 Preseason WNIT All-Tournament team.

Ohio State’s Jessica Davenport and Caity Matter were named to the 2004 Preseason WNIT All-Tournament Team. For the tournament, Davenport averaged 17.8 points, 6.3 boards and 2.5 rebounds per game, while shooting .581 from the field (25-of-43) and making all 21 free throws she attempted. Matter averaged 14.3 points, 3.8 assists and shot .467 (21-of-45) from the field and 7-for-7 from the charity stripe in the four games.

The Buckeyes have set two preseason WNIT team records: 3-pointers in a game and 3-pointers in a tournament.

Ohio State made 13 3-pointers (of 20 attempted) vs. Bowling Green Nov. 12. The previous mark was held by Connecticut, who drained 12 treys vs. Fairfield Nov. 9, 2001. Ohio State was .650 from beyond the arc vs. the Falcons, due primarily to Ashley Allen, who was 5-of-6 from downtown, Caity Matter, who hit 2-of-4, and Michelle Muñoz, who hit both 3-pointers attempted.

The Buckeyes’ 27 3-pointers accumulated during the four preseason WNIT contests beat the previous mark of 23 treys in a tournament set by the University of Arkansas in 1995.

Besides impressive offensive performances by the Buckeyes, Ohio State’s defense deserves some credit as well. OSU held Saint Joseph’s to 29 points, which is one more than the lowest output by any Buckeye opponent – 28 points by Purdue Feb., 6, 1976. The Buckeyes beat the Boilermakers, 61-28.

The Nov. 12 game vs. BGSU was the earliest start in Buckeye history since dates for games were recorded beginning in the 1974-75 season. The next earliest start was a Nov. 15, 1995 game in the preseason WNIT vs. Pittsburgh.

The Ohio State women’s basketball team opened the season tied for ninth place in the preseason USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches’ Poll and No. 10 in the Associated Press poll. Both polls were released the week off Nov. 15. In other preseason rankings, the Buckeyes are No. 6 according to Women’s Basketball News Service, No. 8 in Athlon and No. 13 among Lindy’s rankings.

Ohio State was picked to finish first in the coaches’ Big Ten preseason poll, in front of Michigan State and Minnesota. The media chose Purdue No. 1, the Buckeyes No. 2, and Penn State No. 3. Ohio State was the only squad named in both polls.