Jan. 30, 2005
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The No. 3/3 Ohio State women’s basketball team (21-2; 8-1 Big Ten) topped Illinois (12-7; 4-5 Big Ten) 69-55 Sunday at Assembly Hall. Jessica Davenport, who notched her second-consecutive 30-point game, netted 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. It was Davenport’s sixth-season and 10th-career double-double.
The win at Illinois was the first for a Buckeye squad in Champaign since an 88-72 Ohio State victory Jan. 28, 1995.
Caity Matter drained a 3-pointer to make it 14-7 with 14 minutes left until halftime. Illinois used a 6-0 scoring run to bring the game to 14-13 at 12:10, but Davenport hit back-to-back buckets to make it 22-15.
The Fighting Illini hit two baskets and Brandie Hoskins went 1-for-2 form the line to make it a four-point contest. Ohio State’s Stephanie Blanton and Matter sandwiched a Tiffanie Guthrie shot to send OSU up 29-21 with 2:25 left in the first. Illinois’ Guthrie hit another shot and Angelina Williams sank a free throw, however Davenport connected on six straight points in the final 1:37 of the first to give the Buckeyes its first double-figure lead of the game, 35-24, at the midway mark.
Ohio State shot 60 percent and never trailed by less than 10 points in the final 20 minutes. The largest Buckeye lead was a 23-point advantage, 65-42, off a Hoskins basket with 5:48 to play. Illinois responded by outscoring the Buckeyes 12-0 during a four-minute stretch, but Ohio State tallied its eighth conference victory and its 10th-consecutive win.
The Buckeyes were 30-of-51 from the field for 58.8 percent and shot 45.5 percent (5-of-11) from beyond the 3-point arc. Ohio State tallied 21 assists vs. Illinois’ nine helpers and scored 40 points inside vs. the Fighting Illini’s 26 points in the paint.
Davenport was 15-of-20 from the field and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe. Matter added 14 points and Hoskins netted 12. Hoskins added seven assists and three steals to the Buckeye effort and Matter dished three helpers, had only one turnover and one steal. Blanton scored six points along with three steals, one rebound, a personal-high five assists and only one turnover.
Illinois was led by Guthrie, Erin Wigley and Williams, who scored 18, 14 and 13 points, respectively.
The Buckeyes play host to Indiana at 2 p.m. EST Sunday in Value City Arena.