Feb. 17, 2007
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The No. 4/5 Buckeyes (24-1, 13-0 Big Ten) have equaled their best Big Ten start in program history and with a win over No. 24 Michigan State (20-6, 11-2 Big Ten) Sunday can clinch a share of their third-consecutive conference championship. The game tips off at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live by Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
NO. 24 MICHIGAN STATE (20-6, 11-2 Big Ten)
NO. 4/5 OHIO STATE (24-1, 13-0 Big Ten)
1 p.m. EST
Sunday, Feb. 18
Value City Arena (18,500)
Play-by-Play: Marty Bannister
Analyst: Kristin Watt
Comcast SportsNet Chicago
Play-by-Play: Dave Loane
Analyst: Sarah Kustok
OSU leads 44-19
Ohio State has won its last 17 games overall and 40 of its last 41 contests played in the regular season. The 17-game win streak is tied for the second-longest in school history. Ohio State also won 17 in a row in 1975-76. The 2005-06 Buckeyes tied the program’s longest win streak at 20. Ohio State also won 20 in a row in 1984-85.
Consecutive Wins – Year
20 – 2005-06, 1984-85
17 – 2006-07,1975-76
OHIO STATE OFF TO BEST START ALL-TIME
Ohio State’s 24-1 start to the 2006-07 season is the program’s best. The Buckeyes claimed victory in 17 of their first 18 in 1973-74 before finishing 18-2.
BUCKEYES EXTEND WIN STREAK VS. BIG TEN
Ohio State has won its last 30 games vs. Big Ten opponents. The streak is the longest since the Buckeyes won 36 straight vs. conference foes from 1983-84 to 1985-86. After losing to Purdue Jan. 1, 2006, the Buckeyes won 14 consecutive games to close the 2006 regular season and added three wins en route to the 2006 Big Ten Tournament title.
The Buckeyes also have won 26 consecutive home games in Big Ten play. Ohio State last suffered a home loss vs. a conference opponent Jan. 25, 2004 vs. Penn State, 70-64. The Buckeyes also have won 14 consecutive Big Ten road games.
BUCKEYES SET ALL-TIME HOME WIN STREAK
The win Thursday over Wisconsin was Ohio State’s 27th in a row at home (25th consecutive at VCA) to set the program record for consecutive home wins. The Buckeyes won 26 in a row in Columbus from the 1986-87 season (started Jan. 5, 1987 vs. Northern Illinois) to the 1988-89 campaign (last home win vs. Northeastern Dec. 3, 1988).The Buckeyes’ home streak ranks second in the nation. Bowling Green has 29 straight wins on its home floor. Last season, Ohio State reeled off 12 consecutive victories at home after suffering a loss to No. 3/3 LSU Dec. 15, 2005. The Buckeyes are 15-0 at home this season. Dating back to the 2003-04 season, Ohio State has won 52 of its last 53 regular season games played in Columbus.
Ohio State All-Time Home Win Streaks:
27 – Dec 20, 2005 to present
26 – Jan. 5 1987 to Dec. 3, 1988
24 – Feb. 10, 2002 to Jan. 2, 2004
OHIO STATE TIES BEST BIG TEN START
Ohio State’s 13-0 start to the Big Ten season matches the program’s best all-time. The 1986-87 Big Ten championship squad won its first 13 league games before losing at Iowa in game No. 14. The 1984-85 Buckeyes went 18-0 in Big Ten play. In 1999, Purdue was 16-0 in the league schedule.
BASKETBALL BUCKEYES UNDEFEATED AT HOME
This season, the Ohio State women’s team is 15-0 at home and the men’s team, currently ranked No. 2 in the nation, is 16-0 in Columbus. Ohio State is the only school in the country to have both the men’s and women’s teams hold undefeated records at home. OSU is the only school with undefeated home records in football and basketball. The football team was 7-0 at Ohio Stadium in 2006.
PACKER PICKS UP SLACK
Marscilla Packer scored 15 points vs. Wisconsin. In her last three games, Packer is averaging 16.7 points a game, has made 17 of 31 FG (.548) and has connected on 10 of her last 17 3-point FG (.588), including a 3-6 clip vs. the Badgers. Since Brandie Hoskins went down with an injury in the first half at Minnesota Feb. 8, Packer has scored 41 points on 14-of-27 FG and 7-13 3-point attempts. In the last two seasons, Ohio State is 20-1 when Packer makes at least three 3-point FG in a game.
TREBILCOCK BREAKS OUT
In just her second start in a Buckeye uniform, Ashlee Trebilcock set a career-high with 15 points and four 3-point FGs in four attempts in a career-tying 30 minutes. Her previous best was 10 points against Howard Dec. 17. She also set a career-high with three steals.
BUCKEYES FORCING OPPONENTS TO MISFIRE
Wisconsin made 21-of-58 FG (.362) Thursday. This season, Ohio State is 24-0 when holding opponents to less than 50 percent FG. The Buckeyes have held their opponents to less than 40 percent FG shooting in 19 of 25 games this season. Minnesota, which shot .452 (28-62) Feb. 4, is the only Ohio State opponent to shoot better than 40 percent in the last 13 games. Ohio State held Wisconsin to 12-of-25 shooting (.400) in the second half. In its 17-game win streak, Ohio State has held its opponents to .378 percent FG (208-550) in the second half.
DAVENPORT MONEY FROM CHARITY STRIPE
Jessica Davenport was 9-9 from the FT line vs. Wisconsin. In her last five games, she has made 39 of her last 42 FT (.929). Davenport, hitting at an 81 percent FT clip this season, also was a perfect 8-8 at Minnesota Feb. 4.
OHIO STATE OWNING THE FREE THROW LINE
The Buckeyes are controlling the free throw line this season by making more shots than their opponents have attempted. Ohio State has made 342 FT in 498 FTA (.687), while its opponents have 194 makes in 300 tries (.647). Against Minnesota Jan. 4, Ohio State nailed a season-best 28-of-39 (.718) from the line. In their last game vs. Wisconsin, Ohio State topped 30 attempts again, going 24-32.
BUCKEYES SETTLE IN DOWNTOWN
The Buckeyes made 7-11 3-point FG vs. Wisconsin. In the last two games, Ohio State is 13-22 (.509) from beyond the 3-point arc. In the latest Big Ten stat rankings, Ohio State has moved into the No. 2 spot in Big Ten 3-point shooting at .384 (101-263).
DAVENPORT BIG TEN’S NO. 1 BLOCKER
Jessica Davenport’s 11 blocked shots Feb. 8 at Minnesota vaulted her into the No. 1 spot in the Big Ten in career blocks. With her seventh rejection of the game, Davenport set the Big Ten record at the 19:41 mark of the second half. Davenport, who now has 375 blocks, surpassed Trish Andrew of Michigan, who blocked 367 shots from 1989-93, for the league’s top spot. Davenport’s 374 career blocks ranks eighth all-time in the NCAA.
The 11 blocks at Minnesota ranks second for a single game in Ohio State history. With 12 blocks at Michigan State Feb. 20, 2005, Davenport is tied with June Brewer for the single game record. Brewer had 12 blocks against Michigan State Feb. 7, 1976. The Buckeyes are 18-0 this season when Davenport records at least three blocks in a game.
SENIOR CLASS ON PACE FOR TOP 4-YEAR RUN
With the victory over Wisconsin Thursday, Ohio State’s three seniors Stephanie Blanton, Jessica Davenport and Brandie Hoskins upped their record with the Buckeyes to 104-19 (.846) in their four seasons with the Scarlet and Gray. The best four-year run by a Buckeye team was from 1982-83 to 1985-86 when Ohio State went 106-22 (.828). The Buckeyes also posted a 102-20 (.836) mark from 1984-85 to 1987-88.
LAST GAME: BUCKEYE DEFENSE SHUTS DOWN WISCONSIN
Wisconsin’s Jolene Anderson, the Big Ten’s second-leading scorer, had 19 points Thursday, but the Buckeyes held her without a point from 9:24 of the first half to 14:30 to play in the second to pull away from the Badgers, 83-57. Ohio State held Anderson without a FG for nearly 20 minutes. On the offensive end, four Buckeyes scored double digits, led by Jessica Davenport’s 19. Guards Ashlee Trebilcock and Marscilla Packer had 15 points. The pair combined to hit 7-10 3-point tries. Star Allen chipped in with 14, including the first seven points of the second half.
TIME CHANGE: PENN STATE AT OHIO STATE FEB. 22 TIP MOVED TO 8 P.M.
The start time for the Penn State at Ohio State women’s basketball game Feb. 22 at Value City Arena has been moved to 8 p.m. to accommodate a live television broadcast by Comcast SportsNet Chicago. The Big Ten Conference made the official announcement Tuesday. The game was picked by Comcast as one of its two “wildcard” selections near the end of the regular season. The first meeting between the two teams was Jan. 11, a 63-61 Ohio State victory in State College, Pa. That game also was aired by Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
MAKE THAT A TRIPLE
Jessica Davenport had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 blocked shots at Minnesota Feb. 8 to record the second triple-double of her career. Davenport had 19 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocks in a loss at Michigan State Feb. 20, 2005. She is the only Buckeye in program history to record a triple-double. She has 44 career double-doubles.
DAVENPORT NOT ONLY BUCKEYE TO POST DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Star Allen finished the game Feb. 11 at Illinois with 10 points and 10 rebounds to record her third career double-double and third in her last five games. Allen had 21 points and 13 rebounds at Purdue Jan. 29 and 19 points and 15 rebounds at Northwestern Feb. 1.
PACKER BURNS DOWN “THE BARN”
At Minnesota Feb. 8, Marscilla Packer scored a game-high 18 points on 7-for-8 FG shooting overall and a 4-of-5 clip from 3-point land. In two career games in Minnesota’s Williams Arena, Packer has scored 50 points on 19-23 FG (.826) overall and 12-15 (.800) from beyond the 3-point arc. Packer netted 32 points on 12-15 overall FG and 8-10 3-point FG at Minnesota last season Feb. 16, 2006, which landed Big Ten POW honors.
BUCKEYES FORCED TO MAKE FIRST CHANGE TO STARTING LINE UP THIS SEASON
At Illinois Feb. 11, Brandie Hoskins was not in the Ohio State starting line up for the first time since Dec. 1, 2004 at Ohio, a string of 93 games. With Hoskins absent, Ohio State was forced to change its starting five for the first time this season. Sophomore guard Ashlee Trebilcock made her first career start for the Buckeyes. She tied a career-high with four rebounds in a career-best 30 minutes. The five-some of Hoskins, Maria Moeller, Marscilla Packer, Star Allen and Jessica Davenport started the first 23 games of the season.
DAVENPORT FIRST IN BIG TEN TO 2,000 POINTS, 1,000 REBOUNDS AND 300 BLOCKED SHOTS
Jessica Davenport is the first player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 blocks in a career. The Big Ten record holder for career blocks at 375, Davenport finished with five rebounds vs. Iowa Feb. 4 to put her at 1,000 for her career. Davenport became just the second player in Big Ten history to collect 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. She joined Laura Coenen, who had 2,044 points and 1,029 rebounds at Minnesota from 1981-85.
BLANTON BIG OFF BUCKEYE BENCH
Stephanie Blanton scored seven points off the bench Feb. 11 at Illinois. She recently has contributed eight points against Iowa Feb. 4 and nine at Minnesota Feb. 8. She tied a career-high with a pair of 3-pointers on four attempts in a season-high 21 minutes at Illinois. Both 3s came down the stretch.
OHIO STATE NATIONAL LEADER IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
This season, Ohio State again stands atop the national FG percentage rankings. As of Feb. 16, Ohio State rated No. 1 nationally at 51.4 percent (701-1,365). In 2004-05, Ohio State successfully defended its title as best-shooting team in the land. In 2003-04, the Buckeyes converted 51 percent (800-1570) of their FG to rank No. 1 nationally. Ohio State finished the 2005-06 season connecting on a .492 clip (966-1,901) to place No. 4.
In the last six complete seasons, head coach Jim Foster’s teams have posted the top field goal percentage in the nation four times and have ranked in the Top 5 in each year. In his final two seasons at Vanderbilt, Foster’s teams shot .521 in 2001-02 and .545 in 2000-01.
ALLEN NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Star Allen was named Big Ten Player of the Week Feb. 5. The sophomore averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds in three Ohio State victories. Allen fueled Ohio State’s 64-55 victory at No. 10 Purdue. She finished the game with her first career double-double at 21 points and 13 rebounds. Allen netted 10-of-12 field goal attempts and grabbed six offensive boards against the Boilermakers. She posted double-double No. 2 at Northwestern Feb. 1 with a game-high 19 points and career-best 15 rebounds. Allen finished off her career week with an 11-point outing vs. Iowa Feb. 4.
DAVENPORT DIALS UP LONG DISTANCE
At Minnesota Feb. 8, center Jessica Davenport connected on her first 3-point FG of the season. She now has nine career 3-point FG in 25 attempts (.360). Her last 3-point make came against Boston College in the 2006 NCAA tournament.
REVIEWS ARE IN: FOUR STARS FOR ALLEN
Star Allen has scored an average of 13.7 points per contest in her last 10 games. With a 5-for-6 FG clip vs. Wisconsin Thursday, she has gone 61-for-87 FG in her last 10 contests, a .701 percentage. Allen, who averaged 2.8 points a game in 2005-06, is up to a 10.1 scoring average this season. Allen also is averaging 7.2 rebounds in the 10-game stretch. The Buckeyes are 19-0 this season when Allen pulls down at least five rebounds.
COLUMBUS INDEPENDENCE DUO FRONTS BIG TEN IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
In the last month, Star Allen and Jessica Davenport, high school teammates at Columbus Independence, have flipped-flopped at the No. 1 position in Big Ten FG percentage. Allen is back in front. She has made 109-of-172 FG attempts for a .634 mark. Davenport has connected on 167-of-267 tries for a .625 percentage. In Big Ten play, Allen holds the league lead at .687, making 68 of 99 attempts. Davenport is not far behind in third at .571 percent (76-133). Brandie Hoskins also ranks fifth in the league at .522 (142-272).
DAVENPORT ZEROES IN ON OSU FG RECORD
With a 5-11 FG performance vs. Wisconsin Thursday, Davenport stands at 820 career FG to rank second at OSU. Katie Smith stands first at Ohio State with 826 from 1993-96.
Brandie Hoskins displayed her versatility this season. In a 10-game stretch from Jan. 4 to Feb. 4, she boasted a line of 13.2 points, 5.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds a game. Hoskins had six assists Feb. 4 vs. Iowa, pushing Ohio State’s record to 14-0 when the senior guard had at least five helpers. The Dayton, Ohio native, who started 119 of her 120 career games, dished out at least six assists in 10 games this season. Hoskins totaled 471 helpers for her career, which rates No. 5 at OSU. Hoskins scored double figures in 20 of 23 games this season and had at least 14 points in 14 outings.
FIFTH 20-WIN SEASON UNDER FOSTER
With the victory Feb. 1 at Northwestern, Ohio State recorded win No. 20 on the season, its fifth 20-win season in head coach Jim Foster’s five years in Columbus. Overall, Ohio State now has 19 20-plus win seasons in 42 years of women’s basketball. Foster upped his total to 21 seasons with 20 or more victories. Foster’s teams have won 30 games three times, including the 2004-05 Buckeye Big Ten championship squad that went 30-5.
BUCKEYES POCKET SECOND UNDEFEATED JANUARY IN LAST THREE SEASONS
With the victory at Purdue Jan. 29, the Buckeyes completed their second undefeated January (8-0) in the last three seasons. In 2004-05, Ohio State went 10-0 in January. Ohio State was 8-1 in January in 2006. The 26-1 mark in January is the best run for three consecutive seasons since Tara VanDerveer’s Buckeyes won 23 straight January games from the 1982-83 season to the 1984-85 season.
DAVENPORT SECOND BUCKEYE TO 2,000
Jessica Davenport finished with 22 points Jan. 21 vs. Illinois, putting her past 2,000 for her career. The senior, who has started 109 consecutive games for the Buckeyes, topped the 2,000 career point mark with a bucket in the lane at the 2:11 mark of the first half. With her current mark of 2,139 points, Davenport is the second Buckeye to reach 2,000 for her career. Katie Smith finished at Ohio State (1993-96) with 2,578 career points, which ranks second all-time in the Big Ten. Davenport is the 11th player in Big Ten history to score 2,000.
Smith eclipsed 2,000 for her career in the ninth game of her senior season, a loss Dec. 12, 1995 at Louisiana Tech. Smith hit the 2,000 mark at the age of 21 years, six months and eight days. Davenport played in her 18th game of her senior season Jan. 21 and turned 21 years and seven months Jan. 24.
HOSKINS HITS 1,400 CAREER POINTS, PUTS HER IN DISTINGUISHED BUCKEYE COMPANY
With 19 points against Indiana Jan. 25, Brandie Hoskins passed 1,400 career points. She topped the 1,400-point mark with a lay up with 5:36 to play in the first half. She has 1,462 points to rank 13th all-time at OSU.
INDIVIDUAL STATS KEY BUCKEYE WINS
Several individual stats have been keys to Ohio State’s success in 2006-07. The Buckeyes are 18-0 when Jessica Davenport blocks at least three opponent shot attempts. In her two seasons as a starter for Ohio State, Marscilla Packer has canned at least three 3-point FG in 21 contests. Ohio State’s record in those games is 20-1. In her first season as a starter, Star Allen has contributed at least five rebounds in 19 games this season. The Buckeyes have won all 19 contests. Additionally, Ohio State posted a 14-0 mark when Brandie Hoskins handed out at least five assists in a game.
The Buckeyes win at No. 10/13 Purdue Jan. 29 moved them to 4-1 this season vs. ranked opponents and 2-1 vs. teams rated in the national Top 10. Ohio State pocketed its first win over a ranked team this season when it knocked off No. 19/20 USC Nov. 19, 77-58, in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes moved to 2-0 vs. ranked foes with the victory over No. 22 Boston College (80-72, 2ot) Nov. 21 and defeated No. 3/3 Oklahoma, 74-67, Dec. 20. Ohio State dropped its only ranked match up at No. 9/10 LSU Dec. 10.
Last season, the Buckeyes were 8-2 vs. ranked opponents. In four-plus seasons at OSU, coach Jim Foster is 30-18 vs. AP Top 25 teams.
DAVENPORT EARNS FOURTH BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD THIS SEASON
Jessica Davenport was named Big Ten Player of the Week Jan. 22. Against Illinois Jan. 21, Davenport became just the second Buckeye and 11th player in conference history to top 2,000 career points. Davenport finished the game vs. Illinois with 22 points, nine rebounds, four blocked shots and three assists. Davenport led Ohio State past the Badgers Jan. 18 with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists. She netted 7-of-10 FG tries and blocked three shots. The senior center from Columbus, Ohio, has won the Big Ten weekly award four times this season (Nov. 27, Jan. 2, Jan. 8 and Jan. 22) and now has 13 career weekly honors from the league office. Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante is the all-time leader with 17 weekly awards.
OHIO STATE PULLING OUT TIGHT GAMES
With its 69-60 win at Illinois Feb. 11, Ohio State is 6-0 this season in games decided by eight points or less and 11-0 this year in games decided by 10 or less. The Buckeyes have won their last 13 games decided by eight points or less. The last Ohio State loss in such a game came Jan. 1, 2006 at Purdue, a 61-59 defeat. The Buckeyes were 7-1 last season in games decided by eight or less. Under Jim Foster, OSU is 21-19 in games decided by eight or less.
DOUBLE-TIME FOR DAVENPORT
Jessica Davenport has recorded double-doubles in points and rebounds in 13 games this season. She now has 44 double-doubles in her career, including a pair of triple-doubles. Davenport finished the 2006 season with 13 double-doubles after totaling 14 in the 2005 campaign. In 2004, she had four double-doubles.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN RANKS
Jessica Davenport is pouring in 19.0 points per game to lead the league. She also is second in the league in field goal percentage at .625, converting 167 of her 267 attempts from the field. Teammate Star Allen is hitting .634 of her FG attempts (109-172) to rate first in the conference. Davenport also is No. 2 in rebounds at 9.5 per game and third in blocked shots at 3.24. Hoskins stands first in the league in assists per game at 4.91 and her 2.02-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks first, ahead of teammate Maria Moeller, who is fourth at 1.42.
USA BASKETBALL TEAMMATES REUNITED
Ohio State guard Marscilla Packer was reunited with USA Basketball teammate Courtney Paris of Oklahoma Dec. 20, Wisconsin’s Jolene Anderson Jan. 18 and Feb. 15 and Purdue’s Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton Jan. 29. The four combined to help Team USA’s Under 20 squad set several program records en route to winning the 2006 U20 FIBA Americas Challenge last August in Mexico City. Paris led the team with averages of 14.2 points and 8.0 rebounds a game. Packer was Team USA’s top outside threat, netting 20-of-29 3-point FG (.690) and pouring in 13.6 points.
Earlier this season, several Buckeyes were reunited with USA Basketball teammates vs. LSU. Jessica Davenport and LSU’s Sylvia Fowles have played together for Team USA on two occasions since entering collegiate ball. The two centers combined to help the U.S. Senior team win the 2006 Opals World Challenge in Australia in April. In 2005, Davenport and Fowles were on the Team USA squad that won gold at the World University Games (WUG) in Izmir, Turkey. Davenport and Fowles also have had the opportunity to be joined by teammates with USA. Brandie Hoskins accompanied the pair of centers in the WUG, while two-time Wade Trophy winner Seimone Augustus was on both the Opals and WUG squads.
PACKER KEEPING PACE WITH LONG-DISTANCE RECORDS
Marscilla Packer’s .462 percent clip (79-171) from 3-point land in the 2005-06 season established an Ohio State single-season record and narrowly missed the Big Ten single-season mark for highest 3-point FG percentage. Packer’s percentage finished ahead of the Ohio State standard Caity Matter set at .451 (105-235) in the 2002-03 campaign. The Big Ten single-season record of .464, posted by Michigan State’s Lindsay Bowen (77-166) in 2002-03, was in doubt until the Buckeyes’ final game of the season. Packer ranked fifth nationally in 3-point FG percentage in 2005-06. For her career, Packer now stands at No. 1 all-time at Ohio State with a .419 (147-351) rate from 3-point range. Matter ranks in at .411 (270-657) for No. 2.
DAVENPORT AMONG BIG TEN’S ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS
Jessica Davenport has 2,139 points so far in her career to lead all Big Ten active scorers. She also tops active players with a .611 field goal percentage and 1,026 rebounds.
Marscilla Packer has shown great care for the basketball this season, committing just 33 turnovers in 25 starts this season. She has a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. She has dished out 31 assists to just 18 errors in 13 conference games.
HALFTIME ADVANTAGE LEADS TO WINS
Ohio State has won 75 of its last 77 games when holding a lead at the break. The Buckeyes last dropped a game when leading at the half Jan. 1, 2006 at Purdue. Ohio State held a 33-24 advantage at intermission, but dropped a 61-59 decision.
WIN THE LANE, WIN THE GAME
Ohio State outscored Wisconsin (Feb. 15) 30-26 in points in the paint. Through 25 games, Ohio State has outscored its opponents in the paint 19 times (950 to 594). Ohio State has won 43 consecutive games when outscoring opponents in the lane.
MAGIC NUMBERS: 50 AND 60
The Buckeyes are 16-0 when making at least half their FG attempts this season. The Buckeyes have won their last 33 games when connecting on 50 percent or better.
Ohio State has won 52 of its last 53 games when scoring at least 60 points. In the 2005-06 season, Ohio State went 29-1 when scoring 60 or more points, losing only to Boston College, 79-69, in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
BUCKEYES FLOURISH IN NON-LEAGUE SCHEDULE, WINNERS IN 21 OF LAST 23
The Buckeyes are 21-2 in their last 23 non-conference regular season games. OSU completed its 2006-07 non-conference schedule Jan. 6 with a win over Kentucky and an 11-1 record. Ohio State was 10-1 outside league play in 2005-06. The only defeats have come against LSU, a Final Four qualifier the last two seasons. At home since the 2002-03 season, Ohio State has won 39 of its last 40 games vs. non-conference opponents during the regular season in Value City Arena. The LSU defeat last season snapped the Buckeyes’ 28-game home win streak against non-league foes.
BUCKEYES OPEN BIG TEN PLAY WITH WIN FOR FOURTH TIME IN FOSTER’S FIVE SEASONS
With the victory Dec. 31 at Iowa, the Buckeyes have won seven of their last 10 Big Ten season openers and hold a 4-1 mark in league starters during the Jim Foster era.
BUCKEYES RETURN FAVOR VS. OKLAHOMA, WIN RANKS HIGH IN OSU HISTORY
With the win over third-ranked Oklahoma Dec. 20, Ohio State recorded a victory over its highest ranked opponent since defeating then-No. 2 (AP) Iowa, 72-60, March 7, 1993 in Columbus. Ohio State’s last win over the No. 3 team in the country was a 78-63 victory over Penn State (No. 3 AP) Dec. 28, 1994 in Columbus. The last time the Buckeyes defeated a Top 5 team was a 52-50 victory over No. 4 (AP) Rutgers in Columbus Jan. 16, 2005. Ohio State’s win over Oklahoma Dec. 20 snapped the Sooners’ 23-game regular-season win streak, which was the longest in the nation. Oklahoma’s string dated back to its loss at Ohio State, 75-71, Jan. 9, 2005. Prior to Oklahoma, the Buckeyes held the nation’s longest regular-season win streak, also at 23 games. OSU’s run was stopped at LSU Dec. 10.
DAVENPORT MOVES INTO NO. 1 SPOT ALL-TIME IN FG PERCENTAGE AT OSU
Jessica Davenport connected at a .618 (241-390) field goal percentage clip in 2005-06, which ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten and has been good enough to slip past former Buckeye Courtney Coleman into the No. 1 spot all-time at OSU. For her career, Davenport has made 820-of-1,343 FG tries for a .611 percentage. Coleman made 596 of 988 attempts from 2000-03 for a mark of .603. Marita Porter holds the all-time single-season record of .667 (72-108) set in 1996-97.
N0. 4/5 BUCKEYES CONTINUE STREAKS IN AP AND USA TODAY/WBCA/ESPN RANKINGS
Ohio State now stands at No. 4 in the Feb. 12 AP poll and No. 5 in the Week 15 WBCA rankings. Ohio State has been ranked in the WBCA Top 10 for the last 53 weeks and has been in the AP Top 25 for 58 consecutive weeks. Ohio State was ranked No. 7 in the preseason releases of the 2006-07 USA Today/WBCA/ESPN and AP polls Nov. 1 and 8, respectively. Ohio State finished 2005-06 rated No. 8 and peaked at No. 2 in March 6 and 13 polls.
OSU AND THE RPI
Ohio State is ranked No. 5 in the latest RPI listings released Friday at collegerpi.com. The Buckeyes’ strength of schedule rates 29th. Tennessee is No. 1 in the RPI. Duke, Maryland and Connecticut are ranked Nos. 2, 3, 4.
OSU – MSU SERIES
Ohio State and Michigan State met three times last season, with the Buckeyes taking all three games. That string helped Ohio State move ahead in the all-time series, 44-19. Ohio State owns a 17-8 record against the Spartans both in Columbus and East Lansing, Mich.
Michigan State is on Ohio State’s heels in the Big Ten race. Just two games back, Michigan State has lost just a pair in league play. Last week, the Spartans traveled to Purdue and handed the then-No. 13 Boilermakers their first home loss of the season, 54-52. Thursday, the Spartans had to hold off a game Northwestern team for a 68-63 victory in East Lansing. Sophomore Aisha Jefferson led the Spartans with 15 points and 12 rebounds against Purdue. Senior guard Victoria Lucas-Perry, MSU’s leading scorer, netted 25 in the Northwestern win. Freshman Allyssa DeHaan is the Big Ten leader in blocked shots (4,35).
LAST MEETING: BUCKEYES BOUNCE SPARTANS FROM BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
Four Buckeyes scored in double figures to boost Ohio State past Michigan State, 68-64, in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament. Brandie Hoskins, Debbie Merrill and Marscilla Packer all scored 15 points and Jessica Davenport recorded a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.
The Buckeyes and Spartans went back-and-forth in a first half plagued by poor shooting from both teams. Ohio State claimed a 27-25 lead on back-to-back baskets in the paint by Davenport and Hoskins. In the second half, Ohio State extended out to 7-point leads on two occasions, but watched the Spartans rally each time. The Buckeyes moved out 65-58 with 11 seconds to play, but MSU’s Courtney Davidson responded with a pair of late 3s to chop the Buckeyes’ lead to 65-64. Michigan State was assessed a technical foul after calling a timeout they did not have and Packer netted a set of free throws to seal the win. The Buckeyes made 11-of-12 free throws down the stretch.
OHIO STATE SETS HOME ARENA ASSISTS RECORD
The Buckeyes had 33 assists vs. Howard Dec. 17 to mark a season high and finish one shy of tying the Ohio State record for assists in a game at 34, set in 1985 vs. Purdue (Jan. 27). The 33 assists serve as a Value City Arena single game record, surpassing the previous mark of 30 set Dec. 15, 2001 vs. Xavier. Ohio State totaled 61 assists on the weekend with 28 dished out Dec. 16 against Alabama A&M.
STARTING FIVE POSTS BIG NUMBERS
The Ohio State starting five of Star Allen, Jessica Davenport, Brandie Hoskins, Maria Moeller and Marscilla Packer went 26-for-38 (.684) from the floor in the win at Iowa Dec. 31. Hoskins (2-2) and Packer (5-9) combined to make 7-of-11 tries from 3-point land. At Purdue Jan. 29, the five accounted for 60 points, 19 assists and 39 rebounds.
The Buckeye first five was 24-36 (.667) from the field and dished out 20 assists vs. Howard Dec. 17. The same starting unit was 23-31 FG and had 20 assists Dec. 16 vs. Alabama A&M. For the two games, the quintet combined to convert 47-of-67 FG, a 70 percent clip.
In the two wins over Alabama A&M and Howard (Dec. 16-17), Ohio State, which ranked near the bottom of the Big Ten in 3-point shooting at the beginning of December, buried 14-of-17 3-point FG tries for a scorching 82.4 percent clip. After knocking down 7-of-11 3-point tries at Iowa, the Buckeyes lead the conference, connecting at a 39 percent rate (52-133).
TREBILCOCK CLOCKS IN
Sophomore guard Ashlee Trebilcock played in her first game for the Buckeyes at LSU Dec. 10. After sitting out the first seven games this season to meet NCAA transfer regulations, Trebilcock entered the game at 14:41 in the first half. She scored her first Ohio State points with a 3-point field goal with 11:40 to play in the first period.
The game at LSU was Trebilcock’s first since Nov. 26, 2005, when she played her last game for UCLA vs. Charlotte. Trebilcock was the first Buckeye off the bench at LSU and totaled 28 minutes. She made her home debut vs. Alabama A&M Dec. 16 and set a career-high with 10 points in her second home outing vs Howard Dec. 17.
Ohio State set a season-high with 98 points vs. Alabama A&M (Dec. 16) and followed with 97 in the win over Howard (Dec. 17). The last time the Buckeyes scored 90 points in consecutive games was in 2000, when they won 95-49 Dec. 12 at Bowling Green and 94-32 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Ohio State has reached the 90-point mark more than once in a season for the first time since 2003-04 when they scored 90-plus points three times.
NATION’S LONGEST REGULAR SEASON WIN STREAK SNAPPED AT 23 GAMES BY LSU
Heading into the game at LSU Dec. 10, Ohio State carried the nation’s longest regular season win streak. The loss to the Lady Tigers snapped that run at 23 games. The streak started with Ohio State’s 82-54 win at Northwestern Jan. 5, 2006. From there, the Buckeyes closed the 2005-06 regular season on a 16-game win streak.
DAVENPORT NAMED PRESEASON CANDIDATE FOR NAISMITH PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Jessica Davenport is one of 50 of the country’s top collegiate women’s basketball players named preseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy presented by Cingular Wireless, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Dec.11. The Top 50 list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. The board based its preseason criteria on player performances from last season and expectations for 2006-07.
With the win Nov. 30 over Longwood, Ohio State completed its second-consecutive undefeated November. The Buckeyes won all six games played in November this season and were 4-0 last November. With the win, Ohio State moved to 21-2 in games played in November in the four-plus seasons under head coach Jim Foster.
Overall, the Buckeyes have won their last 12 games played in the 11th month. The two losses came on the road at Notre Dame, 66-62, in the Preseason WNIT Nov. 20, 2004 and at Villanova, 58-51, Nov. 29, 2002.
THE FULL 50
Maria Moeller became the first Buckeye to play 50 minutes in a game played at Value City Arena vs. No. 22 Boston College Nov. 21. She had a game and career-high seven steals vs. BC and also set a career-best with five rebounds.
MOELLER IN RARE COMPANY
Maria Moeller started at point guard for the Buckeyes at Army Nov. 12. She is one of a handful of freshman starting point guards in the NCAA this season. Of the 324 schools in Division I, only 10 teams started a freshman at the point in their first game of the season.
True Freshman Starting Point Guards: Maria Moeller-Ohio State, Kristen Dalton-Lehigh, Nikki Davis-Alabama, Quenese Davis-San Diego State, Allison Holiday-UNLV, Carla Jacobs-Cincinnati, Monique Jefferson-Centenary, Rae Lin D’alie -Wisconsin, FahKara Malone-Purdue, Courtnay Pilypaitis-Vermont.
FORMER BUCKEYES HONORED
Former Buckeye captain and current Washington head coach June (Brewer) Daugherty was recognized prior to the Buckeyes and Huskies game Dec. 3 in Value City Arena. Daugherty was a captain on the 1978 and ’79 OSU squads and was a Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee in 2000. Mike Daugherty, June’s husband, is an assistant coach at UW. He is a former Buckeye basketball standout and lettered for Ohio State in 1976-77. Nancy Darsch, Ohio State head coach from 1985-97, returned to Columbus Nov. 21 as an assistant coach with Boston College and was honored prior to tip off. The Buckeyes all-time leader in victories (234), Darsch guided Ohio State to four Big Ten championships and a national runner-up in 1993.
DAVENPORT TABBED BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jessica Davenport was named 2006-07 Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year Oct. 29 at conference media day. Davenport was honored in a vote by both media and league coaches. The 6-5 center from Columbus Independence was named preseason P.O.Y last season as well.
Davenport has claimed the last two Big Ten player of the year honors and has led the Buckeyes to back-to-back conference championships. She was a unanimous selection for both the coaches and media preseason All-Big Ten team. Davenport was joined on the first team by Wisconsin’s Jolene Anderson, Penn State’s Amanda Brown, Purdue’s Katie Gearlds and Iowa’s Megan Skouby.
BUCKEYES TOP PRESEASON BIG TEN VOTE
Ohio State was voted to successfully defend its two-year claim to the conference crown. Ohio State received all first-place votes from both the coaches and media. The Buckeyes ranked ahead of second-place Purdue and third-place Michigan State.
SEVEN NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS ON NON-LEAGUE SCHEDULE
In their first three games to start the 2006-07 season, the Buckeyes faced three NCAA tournament squads from a year ago. After the season-opening win at Army, Ohio State returned to Columbus for a win in the home opener vs. USC. Nov. 21, the Buckeyes played host to a rematch with Boston College, which ended Ohio State’s postseason in the second round of NCAA play last year (March 21). The Buckeyes topped both USC (77-58, Nov. 19) and BC (80-72 in 2OT, Nov. 21). The Buckeyes wrapped up their first home stand with Washington Dec.3. The Huskies reached the second round of the NCAA tourney last season before losing to LSU, which was the next NCAA squad on OSU’s 2006-07 schedule. The Lady Tigers were Final Four qualifiers for the third consecutive season. The Buckeyes passed another challenging road match up with a 74-67 win at Oklahoma Dec. 20. The Sooners reached the “Sweet 16” last season. The non-conference schedule wrapped up Jan. 6 with NCAA tourney squad Kentucky at VCA.
DAVENPORT NAMED TO 2006-07 WBCA WADE TROPHY WATCH LIST
Jessica Davenport is on the WBCA Wade Trophy national player of the year award watch list for the third-consecutive season. The WBCA announced the list Aug. 25. The watch list is comprised of 25 student-athletes who are members of an NCAA Division I institution and are selected based on the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability. The national awards committee who selects these candidates is comprised of leading basketball coaches, journalists and basketball administrators.
DAVENPORT MIDSEASON WOODEN AWARD CANDIDATE
For the third consecutive year, Jessica Davenport is a midseason candidate for the John R. Wooden Award for national player of the year. Wooden announced its Top 30 preseason candidates Nov. 2 and trimmed the list to 20 Feb. 5.
SHADES OF SCARLET AND GRAY ON TEAM USA
During the last two offseasons, Ohio State has splashed shades of scarlet and gray on Team USA, helping the Americans claim three gold medals in three events. Most recently, Marscilla Packer connected on 69 percent (20-29) 3-point attempts in helping lead the U.S. Under-20 squad to the gold in Mexico City. In April, Jessica Davenport contributed to the U.S. Senior Team and joined former Buckeye Katie Smith, an Olympian in 2000 and ’04, in pocketing the gold at the 2006 Opals Challenge in Australia. The Australian tour was the second USA basketball tournament for Davenport in the last two seasons. She linked up with Brandie Hoskins and helped the U.S. Junior Team roll through the 2005 World University Games with a perfect 7-0 record.
The game Nov. 12 at Army served as the first of five national telecasts for Ohio State. The Buckeyes played twice on ESPN2 at Oklahoma Dec. 20 and at Purdue Jan. 29. OSU welcomed Kentucky for a CBS broadcast Jan 6, after playing host to Minnesota Jan. 4 in a game aired on CSTV. The Buckeyes also will appear three times on Comcast SportsNet Chicago Jan. 11 at Penn State, Feb. 18 vs. Michigan State and Feb. 22 vs. PSU. Ohio State’s game at LSU was aired by Cox Sports South.
In the last two seasons, the Buckeyes are 16-1 when four players reach double figures in points. The only loss was against Boston College March 21 in the second round of the 2006 NCAA tournament.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT ALL SESSION TICKETS ON SALE
All-session and single-game tickets for the 2007 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament presented by Xbox 360 now are on sale to the general public. The event will be back in Indianapolis, March 1-5. The bracket, along with information on tickets, travel, lodging, tournament history and more, can be found at both www.bigten.org and www.indianasportscorp.com
Ohio State closes its home season by celebrating senior night vs. Penn State at 8 p.m.
GAME PROMOTIONS MICHIGAN STATE GAME
Ohio State Alumni Association members receive $4 tickets withadvance purchase The first 9,000 fans receive a FREE rally towelcourtesy of Nationwide Tamarah Riley postgame autograph sessionPostgame lay-ups on the court