Jan. 11, 2005
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The No. 5/5 Ohio State women’s basketball team (15-2; 3-1 Big Ten) blew by Michigan (4-12; 0-5 Big Ten), 84-56, Tuesday night at Crisler Arena. The Buckeyes used a 29-6 scoring run in the final seven minutes of the first half to secure their third conference victory of the season.
Caity Matter tied the Ohio State single-game record she set in 2003 with eight 3-pointers drained (of 11 attempted) and tied her personal-high mark of 28 points. Matter was 10-of-13 from the floor. Brandie Hoskins and Jessica Davenport added 19 points each and were a combined 16-of-25 from the field.
The first half began as a back-and-forth battle in the first half with eight ties and nine lead changes. Michigan led 19-17 with 7:17 to play, but Ohio State went on a 14-0 run, which included a Davenport bucket off the glass, a Hoskins 3-pointer and three consecutive Matter treys in as many attempts.
Matter drained two more shots from downtown and the Buckeyes eventually outscored the Wolverines a total of 29 points to six in the final seven minutes to close the half with a 46-25 lead at the break.
In the second half, Ohio State extended its lead to as many as 36 points (82-46) when junior Candace Dark sank a trey at 4:34. The Buckeyes shot 59.3 percent from the floor, 55.6 from 3-point land and forced 10 Michigan turnovers in the second half.
Davenport and rookie Tamarah Riley led Ohio State with six rebounds apiece. Junior Kim Wilburn had a season-high nine assists, only one turnover and a team-best four steals. Hoskins dished seven assists and turned the ball over only twice. As a team, the Buckeyes shot .567 (34-of-60), including a .500 (12-of-24) 3-point average, and outrebounded the Wolverines 38-23. Ohio State held Michigan to 19 field goals of 52 attempted.
Michigan was led by Tabitha Pool, who scored 23 points, and Ta’Shia Walker, who added 11 scores.
The Buckeyes play host to No. 21/T22 Iowa (13-2; 2-2 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. Thursday in Value City Arena.