Feb. 25, 2005

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The No. 4/6 Ohio State women’s basketball team (26-3; 13-2 Big Ten) plays host to No. 22/24 Penn State (18-8; 13-2 Big Ten) in the regular-season finale at 6 p.m. Sunday in Value City Arena.

The Ohio State-Penn State matchup will be much more than another win or loss in the record books for each squad. The winner of the Buckeyes vs. Lady Lions game will earn a share of the Big Ten championship. Michigan State clinched its share of the title when they beat Michigan Wednesday in its last game of the regular season. MSU is 14-2 in the league, while Ohio State and Penn State are both 13-2.

If Ohio State beats Penn State, it will be the team’s first share of the title since the 1992-93 Buckeyes finished as co-champions of the league before making a run to the NCAA national championship game.

No. 22/24 Penn State is 18-8 overall, 13-2 in Big Ten competition and is on a four-game win streak heading into the game vs. Ohio State.

PSU is led by Tanisha Wright, the Big Ten’s defensive player of the year in 2003 and 2004. Wright is scoring a league-best 19.3 points per game, Jess Strom adds 15.6 points a contest and Jennifer Harris is scoring 11.3 per outing. Amanda Brown and Ashli Schwab pull down 6.5 and 6.2 rebounds per game, respectively.

Head coach Rene Portland returned to the Penn State sideline Dec. 9 after taking a leave of absence for medical reasons in November. Entering the season, Portland was 562-193 in 24 years at PSU and 649-222 in 28 seasons as a collegiate coach.

Penn State leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes, 30-8, and has won five of the last six meetings between the two teams. The last game the Buckeyes won was a 72-61 victory in the Big Ten tournament March 9, 2003.

In Columbus, Penn State holds an 11-3 advantage. The last time a Buckeye squad won in Columbus was a 78-63 victory Dec. 28, 1994. The Buckeyes have never beaten Penn State in Value City Arena.

The then-No. 7/9 Ohio State women’s basketball team opened Big Ten play with a 69-62 loss vs. Penn State Dec. 30, 2004 at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa. Sophomores Jessica Davenport and Brandie Hoskins scored 20 and 18 points, respectively, to lead the Buckeyes. Ohio State was up in the first half by six points, but Penn State tied the game before the break. The Lady Lions led by as many as 12 in the second half and secured the conference win despite the Buckeyes pulling to within five points with six seconds left in the game.

Ohio State established a six-point lead off two-consecutive Hoskins layups with 5:27 remaining in the first half. Penn State’s Jennifer Brenden sank a three and Tanisha Wright hit a jumper to pull PSU to within one point, 24-23, at 3:16. Buckeye rookie Marscilla Packer drained a 3-pointer and gave the Buckeyes a 27-23 edge, but Lady Lion Jennifer Harris scored four unanswered points to knot the game at 27 after 20 minutes of action.

Penn State opened the second half on an 11-2 scoring run. Harris netted nine of the 11 points as the Lady Lions took a quick 38-29 lead with 16:30 left in the contest. Penn State extended its advantage to 11 points, 47-36, off a Harris jumper at 10:24. The Buckeyes were able to pull the game to six points, 50-44, when Hoskins hit a field goal at 8:25. The Lady Lions went on a 6-0 run and went up 56-44 with 5:40 to play.

The Buckeyes cut the lead to single digits and came as close as five points, 67-62, off an Ashley Allen 3-pointer with six seconds left, but Penn State was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in the final minute to secure the victory.

Ohio State entered the game as the Big Ten’s top shooting squad with a .545 average from the field and a .809 mark from the charity stripe, but shot .444 (24-54) for the game and .700 (7-10) from the free-throw line vs. PSU. The Buckeyes had 17 turnovers vs. Penn State’s 11.

Davenport added nine rebounds to her 20-point performance. Allen scored eight points, Stephanie Blanton added seven points and Caity Matter netted six scores.

Penn State was led by Harris and Wright, who each tallied 22 points. Point guard Jess Strom, who was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final minute, grabbed a game-best 12 boards and tallied nine assists, nine points and five steals in 40 minutes of play.

The No. 4/6 Ohio State women’s basketball team (26-3; 13-2 Big Ten) beat Purdue (15-11; 8-7 Ten) 57-51 Feb. 24 at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. The victory was the first for any Buckeye team since a 71-68 OSU win Dec. 31, 1994. Jessica Davenport scored a game-best 21 points, collected a game-high eight rebounds and blocked five shots in her fourth-consecutive 40 minute game.

While Ohio State led the entire contest, the Boilermakers were able to make it a four-point game three times in the final 1:55. Boilermaker Emily Heikes went 1-for-1 from the free-throw line, which made it 51-47 before Davenport hit a jumper at 1:43. Purdue’s Sharika Webb, who was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line for the game, sank two shots at the charity stripe to make 53-49 with 1:16 remaining.

Davenport cleared a defensive board and Brandie Hoskins converted on the other end of the court for a fast-break layup, which made it 55-49 at 0:47. Katie Gearlds sank two more free throws with nine seconds left, but Buckeye Caity Matter went 2-for-2 from the charity stripe to seal Ohio State’s 13th conference victory.

The most the Buckeyes led by was 13, 46-33, in the second half when Stephanie Blanton drained two free throws with 7:24 to play.

Ohio State, the Big Ten’s top-shooting team, shot 53.5 percent (23-of-43) and held Purdue to 30.9 (17-of-55) shooting from the floor.

Hoskins and Matter added 14 and 11 points, respectively. Blanton was the Buckeyes’ second-leading rebounder with five caroms. Hoskins added five assists, while Kim Wilburn dished four helpers and tallied two steals.

Purdue was led by Gearlds, who netted 16, and Erin Lawless, who scored 13.

The Ohio State-Penn State game is sold out, Ohio State Associate Athletics Director Richelle Simonson announced Friday.

Ohio State and Penn State, who are tied at 13-2 in league play, are vying for a share of the 2005 Big Ten Championship. A Buckeye win would give Ohio State its first Big Ten title since the 1992-93 season. Michigan State clinched a share of the conference title with a victory Wednesday against Michigan.

This is the first women’s basketball sellout in Value City Arena, which became the home for women’s basketball in 1998-99. In 40 years of Buckeye women’s basketball, there have been four sellouts prior to Sunday’s game. All four games were held at St. John Arena. The contest Sunday marks the first sellout since 1994.

In St. John Arena, 13,320 people were on hand for the Iowa game Feb. 26, 1988. Twice more against Iowa, St. John Arena sold out with a capacity crowd of 13,276. The first was March 7, 1993 and the second was Feb. 4, 1994. On March 21, 1993, a matchup vs. Rutgers was a sellout based on the number of tickets allotted (12,000).

Ohio State has won three of the four sellout games in the 40-year history of the women’s basketball. The Buckeye beat Iowa 58-54 Feb. 26, 1988. OSU beat Iowa again 72-60 March 7, 1993, but fell to the Hawkeyes 64-61 Feb. 4, 1994. The only other sellout was a 91-60 win vs. Rutgers March 21, 1993. All four sellouts took place in St. John Arena.

The Ohio State vs. Penn State game will be the final home contest for seniors Beth Howe and Caity Matter and senior manager Shelley Spriggs. Ashley Allen, who is listed as a senior, was granted a redshirt and will be returning next season to the Buckeye roster. Howe, Matter and Spriggs will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.

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 in Columbus throughout the 40-year history of the program.

If Ohio State beats Penn State, the Buckeyes will be the first team to go 17-0 in Columbus. The next best record at home is a 16-0 mark, which the 1992-93 Buckeyes set prior to making a run to the national championship game of the NCAA tournament. The 1992-93 squad’s 16-0 record included a second-round NCAA tournament win in Columbus.

Caity Matter started her senior season ranked No. 21 among Ohio State’s career points leaders. This season, she has jumped 10 spots and her 11 points at Purdue Thursday put her at No. 11 on the all-time scoring list with 1,454 points. The No. 11 spot was held by Mary Sivak’s (1979-82) 1,446 points. In order to take over No. 10, Matter needs 32 points.

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

Ohio State is No. 2 in the Big Ten with a .768 (345-449) mark from the free-throw line behind Penn State, who shoots 77.9 percent from the charity stripe.

The Buckeyes are led by Caity Matter, who is No. 1 in the league with an .914 (64-70) mark. Jessica Davenport, who has made 117-of-150 free throws this season, is No. 10 in the conference with a .781 average.

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

This season, Ohio State is 8-2 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 Buckeyes beat then-No. 14/14 Minnesota, 65-53, Feb. 17 in Columbus. 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 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 two OSU losses 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., and a 66-64 loss at then-No. 9/9 Michigan State Feb. 20 in East Lansing, Mich.

Jessica Davenport is the only player to clock a 40-minute game for head coach Jim Foster this season. Davenport has played four-consecutive 40-minute games at Iowa Feb. 13, vs. Minnesota Feb. 17, at Michigan State Feb. 20 and at Purdue Feb. 24. Davenport has played 40 minutes in eight games during her two-year career.

The Buckeyes are 26-3 this season and are looking for win No. 26. Twenty-six victories is the most under a Jim Foster-coached Ohio State squad and 26 wins is also the most for any Buckeye squad since the 1992-93 team was 28-4.

Ohio State’s 57-51 win at Purdue Thursday night was the first victory for any Buckeye team since a 71-68 OSU win Dec. 31, 1994. It is on a list of significant accomplishment for the Buckeyes since head coach Jim Foster took over in 2002-03. The Buckeyes’ 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. Additionally, Ohio State 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.

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.

Ohio State held Purdue to 19 first-half points Feb. 24. This season, the Buckeyes have held nine opponents (Saint Joseph’s 13, Ohio 16, Nebraska 19, Penn 20, Purdue twice – 17 and 19, Indiana twice – 8 and 18, and Michigan 16) to 20 points or less in the first half.

Jessica Davenport tallied the first triple-double in Ohio State women’s basketball history against then-No. 9/9 Michigan State Feb. 20. Davenport scored 19 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked 12 shots. Her 12 blocked shots ties a school record, set by June Brewer vs. Michigan State Feb. 7, 1976.

Ohio State women’s basketball player Jessica Davenport was named Big Ten player of the week, the Big Ten Conference announced Feb. 21. Davenport tallied the first triple-double in Ohio State women’s basketball history against No. 9/9 Michigan State Feb. 20 and recorded her ninth double-double of the season in the victory vs. No. 14/14 Minnesota Feb. 17.

Davenport, who played her second and third-consecutive 40-minute games vs. Minnesota and Michigan State last week, has been named the league’s player of the week four times this season and four times during her career. Four honors is the most by a Big Ten women’s basketball player this year, followed by Minnesota’s Janel McCarville, who has been the conference’s weekly top performer three times.

Against Minnesota and Michigan State, Davenport was a combined 23-of-33 from the field, 8-of-10 from the free-throw line and averaged 12 rebounds and 8.5 blocks per outing. She is the only player this season to compete all 40 minutes for OSU head coach Jim Foster.

Against Minnesota Feb. 17, Davenport faced 2004 All-American and the Big Ten’s preseason player of the year McCarville. In the 65-53 Buckeye win, Davenport set a Value City Arena record with 35 points and added 11 boards for her ninth double-double of the season and the 13th of her career. Davenport dished three helpers and blocked five shots, while McCarville scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

In the 66-64 loss at Michigan State, Davenport’s triple-double consisted of 19 points, a game-best 13 rebounds and 12 blocked shots. Twelve blocked shots ties the Ohio State single-game record, set by June Brewer vs. Michigan State during a Big Ten tournament win Feb. 7, 1976. Twelve swatted shots also ties a Big Ten record held by Wisconsin’s Janetta Johnson. Johnson blocked 12 shots in three games during the 1988-89 season.

Jessica Davenport was named one of 30 mid-season candidates for the Naismith Trophy presented by Cingular Wireless, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Feb. 21. The list of 30 was assembled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which consists of basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. The Naismith Trophy is a national honor, presented annually to the men’s and women’s players of the year.

The Top 30 players will be eligible for the final ballot in March when four finalists for the Naismith Trophy are announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors. Other players who distinguish themselves through the end of the season will be eligible for one of the four finalist spots.

Jessica Davenport had 12 blocked shots vs. Michigan State Feb. 20 and moved into second place on Ohio State’s career leaders list. Davenport, who replaced former teammate LaToya Turner’s (2000-04) 165 career swats, currently has 177 blocked shots. Davenport needs 65 swats to become the school’s career leader for swatted shots. Mary Sivak (1979-82) is No. 1 with 241 blocks.

Davenport is No. 1 in the Big Ten with 3.6 blocked shots per outing and currently has 97 blocks this year. She tallied 80 blocks all last season and set the record for swatted shots by a rookie. Her 92 this season has set the record for blocks by a sophomore, which was held by Sivak’s 59 in 1979-80. Ninety-two is the most blocked shots in a single year by any Ohio State player.

Jessica Davenport has swatted at least four shots in a single game 12 times this year. Her 12 swats at Michigan State Feb. 20 were a career-best and tied a school record, set by June Brewer Feb. 7, 1976 vs. Michigan State.

Ohio State shot .535 from the field (23-of-43) vs. Purdue Feb. 24. The nation’s best-shooting team, Ohio State has shot 50 percent or better 18 times this season, including six of the last eight outings, and is undefeated when shooting better than half from the field.

Against Minnesota Feb. 17, 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 seven games. She missed a double-double afternoon by one board at Iowa Feb. 13 with 21 points and nine rebounds. In the Buckeyes’ game at Michigan State Feb. 20, Davenport tallied Ohio State’s first triple-double.

The most Ohio State has trailed by this season is 12 points. The Buckeyes trailed by 12 in a loss at Penn State Dec. 30, in a victory at Iowa Feb. 13 and in a loss at Michigan State Feb. 20. In the Buckeyes’ only other loss of the season at Notre Dame Nov. 20, Ohio State trailed by as many as nine.

Jessica Davenport’s 35 points vs. Minnesota Feb. 17 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 10-3 on the road this season. The Buckeyes’ 10-3 record away from Columbus is the best under head coach Jim Foster, who is in his third season at OSU.

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 30.3 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 (73.1 ppg), scoring margin (+21.3), field-goal percentage (.516; 805-1560) and 3-point field-goal percentage (.407; 166-408). OSU is No. 2 with a .768 (345-449) mark from the charity stripe.

26-3 FIRST SINCE ’92-’93
The last time an Ohio State team was 26-3 was during the 1992-93 season. The 1992-93 Buckeyes were 26-3 in the first 29 games and won the next two consecutive outings before ending the season with an 84-82 loss vs. Texas Tech April 4, 1993 in the national championship game.

Jessica Davenport is averaging a double-double in Big Ten games with 21.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.

Foster is 573-248 overall in 27 years of collegiate coaching and 69-23 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 +21.3 scoring margin. That mark is 6.4 points higher than the second-ranked squad Michigan State, who is winning games by a margin of 14.9 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 .608 (220-362) field-goal percentage and Hoskins is close behind in the No. 2 spot with a .593 (143-241) mark. Caity Matter averages 51.5 percent (135-262), which is No. 5 among league leaders.

In Big Ten games, Davenport and Hoskins hold the first two spots, with marks of .618 (131-212) and .604 (81-134) from the field, respectively.

Sophomore guard Brandie Hoskins has scored double digits in 20-of-28 games played, including the last 17-of-22. In her first six contests, Hoskins averaged nine points per outing. She is currently averaging 12.4 points per game and in Big Ten games, she is second on the team with 13.1 points per outing.

Ohio State is No. 1 for scoring defense (51.9 ppg) and No. 3 for field-goal percentage defense (.367; 563-1533) among Big Ten teams. While the Buckeyes have shot better than .500 18 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.

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 420 is ranked No. 5 on the Buckeye all-time leaders list. She needs 25 to take over the No. 4 spot, held by Katie Smith’s 444 helpers.

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 .459 (62-of-135) average. Matter’s 2.14 treys per game ranks No. 4 among Big Ten leaders.

As a team in overall rankings, the Buckeyes are No. 1 with 5.72 treys made per game.

Ashley Allen is No. 2 in the Big Ten with a 2.00 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 Feb. 17, 8:2 vs. Wisconsin Jan. 27, 7:2 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 five 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 (+3.07) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.31). Ohio State, which is one of only four teams in the conference to have a positive turnover margin, also relies on Kim Wilburn and Brandie Hoskins for taking care of the rock. Wilburn is No. 3 with a 1.85 ratio and Hoskins is No. 5 with a ratio of 1.50.

The Buckeyes are ranked first in the Big Ten with 18.59 assists per game, but no individual is ranked higher than No. 5 on the league leaders list. Brandie Hoskins is fifth with 3.75 helpers and Kim Wilburn and Ashley Allen are No. 11 and No. 12 with 3.31 and 3.24 averages, respectively.

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 10.3 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 34.2 to 19.7 points per game (994-570).

While the only three teams to beat Ohio State this season – Notre Dame, Penn State and Michigan State – did contend in the lane vs. the Buckeyes, they all fell two points shy of OSU inside.

On Nov. 20, Notre Dame scored 28 points inside vs. Ohio State’s 30 in the lane and on Dec. 30, the Lady Lions tallied 30 points vs. the Buckeyes’ 32 points inside. Michigan State tallied 30 points inside vs. the Buckeyes’ 32 Feb. 20.

Jessica Davenport, Caity Matter and Brandie Hoskins are leading the team with 19.2, 13.7 and 12.4 points per game, respectively. Davenport has scored double figures in 28-of-29 games this season, Matter has scored double digits in 21-of-29 games and Hoskins has tallied double digits in 20-of-28 games played.

Davenport’s 19.2 points is No. 2 in the league, while Matter and Hoskins come in at No. 15 and No. 19 in the Big Ten, respectively.

In conference games, Davenport is averaging 21.2 scores per outing and is No. 1 among league leaders.

Sophomore Stephanie Blanton is contributing in a major way to the Buckeye program this season. 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 18.7 minutes per game – 19.8 in Big Ten contests – and averaging 5.0 points per outing. Last season, she made only four treys and this year, she is 17-for-52 (.327) on the year.

Jessica Davenport is leading her team and ranked No. 3 in the Big Ten with 8.9 rebounds per outing. In conference games, the sophomore center is averaging 10.1 rebounds per game and is No. 2 among league leaders.

The Buckeye bench is getting utilized this year and the help is proving its worth. Ohio State players coming off the bench are averaging 19.8 points per game (573 total) vs. opponents’ 11.1 points per contest (321 total) from the reserves.

Minnesota, Purdue (twice), 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. Purdue’s bench outscored Ohio State in the second regular-season meeting Feb. 24. The Buckeyes won 57-51, but the Boilermakers bench scored seven vs. OSU’s six points.

Senior Caity Matter is at the top of every 3-point career list in the Ohio State record 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 628 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 259 career 3-pointers drained. Smith made 218 3-pointers during her career and held the No. 1 spot for eight years. Matter 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 .412 (259-of-628) 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 2.6 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 9.24 steals per game.

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.

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. 6 and the Big Ten Conference is No. 5. According to, the Buckeyes are No. 6, 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.

Jessica Davenport scored 35 points off a 15-of-19 night vs. Minnesota Feb. 17. Davenport’s 35 scores set a Value City Arena Record. She 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 vs. Minnesota Feb. 17 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.

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 Buckeyes are 1-2 when down at the midway mark.

Ohio State’s 86-67 win at Wisconsin Jan. 27 was victory No. 20 for the 2004-05 Buckeyes. Ohio State, who is now 26-3, 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.

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 first month of the year 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 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.

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. 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, had 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 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 Ohio State program.

The most points ever scored by a Buckeye team was a 119-point performance vs. Idaho State Dec. 11, 1994. Ohio State 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 Nov. 28. 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 also were 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.

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.