Jan. 27, 2005
MADISON, Wis. – The No. 3/3 Ohio State women’s basketball team (20-2; 7-1 Big Ten) beat Wisconsin (7-10; 1-6 Big Ten) 86-67 Thursday at the Kohl Center. The victory was win No. 20 for Ohio State. The Buckeyes have won at least 20 games three-consecutive seasons under head coach Jim Foster and four of the last five years.
Jessica Davenport scored a career-best and Kohl Center record 36 points off a 15-of-21 night from the field. Her 36 points is tied for fourth on the Ohio State all-time single-game scoring list.
Wisconsin led 5-2 off a Janese Banks jumper at 16:28, but the Buckeyes went on a 22-5 scoring run over the next seven minutes to go up 24-10. Davenport and Caity Matter scored a combined 20 of the Buckeyes’ 24 opening points. Ohio State continued to build on its lead and eventually took a 19-point advantage, 41-22, with 2:26 until the break.
The Badgers went on a quick 5-2 scoring run, but the Buckeyes answered with back-to-back Davenport and Ashley Allen layups. Wisconsin’s Ebba Gebisa hit a shot with 10 seconds left to bring the score to 45-29 at the break.
Wisconsin cut the lead to nine twice in the opening minutes of the second half, but Ohio State used an 18-4 scoring run to take a 65-42 advantage with less than 12 minutes to play. The most the Buckeyes led by was 24 points (86-62) at 1:17. Wisconsin netted five straight points and the game ended 86-67 in favor of the visiting Buckeyes.
Ohio State shot 50.7 (35-of-69) from the field, outrebounded UW 42-27 and racked up 15 steals vs. the Badgers’ seven. The Buckeyes tallied 56 points inside vs. Wisconsin’s 24 points in the paint and converted 26 scores vs. UW’s 11 points off turnovers. For Ohio State, Matter and Brandie Hoskins added 14 and 12 points, respectively. Davenport was the games’ leading rebounder with nine caroms. Allen dished eight assists vs. two turnovers and Kim Wilburn had seven steals, which tied her career-best mark and tied the Kohl Center opponent record. Matter notched a career-high five steals.
Wisconsin was led by Jolene Anderson, who scored 24 points, and Stephanie Rich, who tallied 12.
The Buckeyes travel to take on Illinois at 3 p.m. EST Sunday in Champaign, Ill.