Jan. 12, 2005

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The No. 5/5 Ohio State women’s basketball team (15-2; 3-1 Big Ten) plays host to No. 21/T22 Iowa (13-2; 2-2 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Iowa is 13-2 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten. The lone losses for the Hawkeyes have occurred during the last two games vs. Penn State (77-71) Jan. 6 in Iowa City and at then-No. 6 Michigan State (68-56) Jan. 9. Crystal Smith, Jamie Cavey and Johanna Solverson are leading the Hawkeyes with 17.0, 15.4 and 12.3 points per game, respectively. Krista VandeVenter is averaging a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game, followed by Cavey’s 6.7 caroms per contest.

Head coach Lisa Bluder is in her fifth year at the helm of the Hawkeye program and is 86-51 overall and 40-28 in Big Ten competition. Bluder is in her 21st season in the collegiate coaching ranks and holds a 442-193 overall mark.

Iowa leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes, 24-17. Ohio State is on a two-game win streak, which included a 93-82 victory in Iowa City Feb. 5, 2004. That Buckeye win was the first in Carver-Hawkeye Arena since 1985. Iowa’s last victory in Columbus was a 74-71 win Feb. 20, 1998.

Three of the four sellouts in Ohio State history were vs. Iowa. The most people to see a Buckeye basketball game was 13,320 Feb. 26, 1988 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes beat the Hawkeyes 58-54. The next two largest crowds were both 13,276 people in St. John Arena vs. Iowa teams. The first was a 72-60 Ohio State win March 7, 1993 and the second was a 64-61 Iowa victory Feb. 4, 1994.

The only other sellout, which was based on number of tickets allotted, was a crowd of 12,000 to see the Ohio State vs. Rutgers game March 21, 1993 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes beat the Scarlet Knights, 91-60.

Of note, after Thursday’s game vs. Iowa in Value City Arena, the Buckeyes play host to Rutgers at 3 p.m. Sunday in VCA.

The Ohio State women’s basketball team beat Iowa 93-82 Feb. 5, 2004 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. The victory was the third consecutive win for the Buckeyes and the first time an Ohio State team had won at Iowa since a 56-47 victory Feb. 3, 1985. Ohio State relied on an 11-0 run to open the second half and hit 13-of-15 free throws in the final 20 minutes, including 6-of-6 in the last 1:31 of the game, to secure the conference win. LaToya Turner hit a layup with 2:34 left in the first half and became the 22nd member of the Ohio State 1,000-point club.

For the first time the season, six Ohio State players scored in double digits for head coach Jim Foster’s squad. Caity Matter led the OSU scoring effort with 24 points, followed by Kim Wilburn, Brandie Hoskins, Michelle Muñoz, Turner and Jessica Davenport who scored 16, 15, 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Ohio State trailed by eight, 28-20, after Iowa’s Johanna Solverson nailed a trey with 6:35 left in the first half. The Buckeyes were able to pull the game to within two points four times before halftime, but Hawkeye Jennie Lillis hit a jumper with nine second left to send her squad up 40-36 after 20 minutes.

In addition to the 11-0 scoring run, the Buckeyes made their first seven shots in the second half, which gave Ohio State an 11-point advantage, 54-43, with 15:37 to go. Iowa’s Jamie Cavey scored four of her game-high 33 points and pulled her team to within seven, 54-47, with 14:48 to go, but Hoskins and Matter nailed back-to-back 3-pointers and gave Ohio State a 13-point advantage, the largest lead of the game, 60-47, with just over 14 minutes to play.

Iowa chipped away at the lead over the next five minutes and Cavey hit a bucket with just under 10 minutes left to make it a five-point game, 64-59. Ohio State’s Muñoz, who scored 11 of her 12 points in the second half and was 4-for-4 for the game, put back an offensive board on the next possession. After a Solverson basket the next play, it was Muñoz again who nailed a jumper and sent the Buckeyes up seven, 68-61, at 8:13.

Iowa and Ohio State continued to trade buckets and the Hawkeyes were able to pull it to within three points (74-71) off a Kristi Faulkner trey with 6:02 remaining, but Muñoz was the answer once again when she nailed a 3-pointer and gave her squad a six-point lead (77-71) at 5:49. Cavey hit another shot for Iowa, but Ohio State outscored the Hawkeyes 6-0 and quickly made it a 10-point game with 4:18 left. Wilburn, Candace Dark and Muñoz sank two free throws each the last minute-and-a-half to close the fourth-ever win for a Buckeye team at Iowa.

Ohio State shot 67 percent, gathered seven steals, racked up 10 assists and turned the ball over only three times in the second half. Wilburn notched six steals, Hoskins dished five assists and Matter, Muñoz and Turner added four rebounds apiece.

Besides Cavey’s 33 points, Iowa’s Solverson, Faulkner and Lillis added 17, 16 and 13 scores, respectively. Solverson added 12 boards for a double-double.

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 in Ann Arbor, Mich. 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.

Ohio State is ranked No. 5 in the most recent Associated Press poll. No. 5 is the highest ranking in the AP Top 25 poll since the Buckeyes were ranked No. 3 March 9 and March 16, 1993. The No. 3 mark is the highest in Ohio State history. On Jan. 26 and March 2, 1993, the 1992-93 Buckeyes were No. 4 in the AP poll.

Of note, Ohio State made the only trip in program history to the Final Four in 1992-93 and beat Iowa 73-72 in the semifinals before falling to Texas Tech 84-82 in the national championship game.

It has been two decades since Ohio State was 15-2. The 1984-85 Buckeyes were 15-2 in the first 17 games and won the next 13 consecutive games before ending the season with a 72-68 loss vs. Old Dominion March 23, 1985 in the NCAA east regional final game.

In the latest WBCA/Summerville RPI rankings, Ohio State is No. 7 and the Big Ten Conference is No. 5. Iowa is the highest-ranked Big Ten team with a No. 5 ranking. According to, the Buckeyes are No. 10 and Iowa is No. 4, while the Big Ten sits at No. 1 on the conference list.

Ohio State is 5-2 on the road this season. The Buckeyes’ 5-2 record away from Columbus is the best under head coach Jim Foster, who is in his third season at OSU.

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.

Junior guard Kim Wilburn dished nine assists at Michigan Jan. 11 and tallied only one turnover. Nine assists is a season-best mark for the native of Southfield, Mich. Wilburn’s career high is 11 assists at Purdue Feb. 2, 2003.

Sophomore Brandie Hoskins aided Kim Wilburn’s 9:1 ratio at Michigan Jan. 11 with a seven assists to two turnovers ratio vs. the Wolverines. Seven helpers tied Hoskins’ season-best mark, which she set vs. Nebraska Dec. 11.

The Buckeyes are ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten with a +3.9 turnover margin and a 1.35 assist-to-turnover ratio. The second-ranked Big Ten squad for turnover margin is Michigan State with a +3.4, followed by Illinois’ 1.4 mark.

Ohio State is one of only four teams in the conference to have a positive turnover margin. Iowa has a -1.73 ratio.

Among Big Ten leaders, junior Kim Wilburn is No. 1 with a 2.33 assist-to-turnover ratio. Brandie Hoskins is No. 5 with a 1.5 ratio.

Caity Matter is shooting 56.5 percent from 3-point land in Big Ten games this year. She has made 13-of-23 treys attempted and is 19-of-37 from the field for a 51.4 shooting average.

At 5-feet-6-inches tall, junior guard Kim Wilburn is the shortest member of the Ohio State team. That is not stopping Wilburn on the boards. She led the squad with eight caroms at Penn Dec. 13, was the leading rebounder with five vs. Liberty Jan. 9 and matched the five-rebound effort in the next game at Michigan Jan. 11.

Ohio State is 5-1 overall vs. Top 25 teams this season. The Buckeyes currently have put together four consecutive wins vs. Top 25 opponents.

Michigan State was the highest-ranked team the Buckeyes faced this year. The then-No. 6/6 Spartans fell to the Buckeyes, 68-54, Jan. 6 in Value City Arena. Notre Dame is the next highest-ranked opponent for Ohio State. The Fighting Irish were No. 10/11 when OSU lost 66-62 in South Bend, Ind., Nov. 20.

Under head coach Jim Foster, Ohio State is 8-3 all-time and 3-0 this season against ranked opponents in Value City Arena.

The Buckeyes also beat then-No. 20/20 Purdue 63-50 Jan. 2 in Value City Arena (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 OSU loss 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.

In the last three games, the Buckeyes have notched significant scoring droughts.

In the Jan. 11 Michigan contest, Ohio State held the Wolverines without a bucket from 7:17 to 4:21. While just less than three minutes might seem miniscule, the Buckeyes tacked on 15 points during that period and laid the ground work for a 28-point victory in Ann Arbor.

On Jan. 9, the Buckeyes held Liberty scoreless until 11:00 left in the first half.

Ohio State held then-No. 6/6 Michigan State without a bucket from the 7:47 mark to the 0:28 mark to close the game Jan. 6.

The Buckeyes are ranked first in the Big Ten with 18.8 assists per game, but no individual is ranked higher than No. 9 on the league leaders list. Kim Wilburn has a 3.7 assists-per-game average and is ranked ninth in the Big Ten and Brandie Hoskins’ 3.4 average is No. 13 in the league. Caity Matter is averaging 2.8 helpers, Ashley Allen dishes 2.7 assists and center Jessica Davenport has a 1.5 assists average.

Of note, Matter averaged 1.97 assists last year and entered the season with a 1.67 career assists average. Additionally, Buckeye opponents are averaging less than half of OSU’s average – 9.3 dishes per outing vs. Ohio State’s 18.8.

If the Buckeyes outscore opponents inside the lane, the squad is likely to win the game. There has been one exception this season – Liberty outscored Ohio State 28-18 in the paint Jan. 9, but fell 66-51 to the Buckeyes. The Flames are the only team this season to outscore OSU in the paint.

Ohio State is outscoring opponents inside by an average of 35.1 to 18.1 points per game (596-308). Besides Liberty, the only two teams to contend in the lane vs. the Buckeyes were Notre Dame and Penn State, who are the only two squads to beat Ohio State. On Nov. 20, the Fighting Irish scored 28 points inside vs. Ohio State’s 30 in the lane and Dec. 30, the Lady Lions tallied 30 points vs. the Buckeyes’ 32 points inside.

Sophomore guard Brandie Hoskins has scored double digits in 13-of-16 games played, including the last 10 in a row. In her first six contests, Hoskins averaged nine points per outing. She has upped her average to 15.3 points per game and is second in scoring on the squad duringthe last 10 contests.

Foster is 562-247 overall in 27 years of collegiate coaching and 58-22 in three seasons at Ohio State. In Columbus, Foster is 37-4 overall with a 29-3 mark in Value City Arena and an 8-1 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 Big Ten’s best 3-point shooting team can thank Caity Matter, who broke the Buckeye record for career treys vs. UCLA Dec. 21, for holding her own from downtown. Matter is the league’s No. 1 shooter from outside the arc with a .470 (39-83) average. Matter’s 2.3 treys per game ranks No. 2 among Big Ten leaders.

As a team, the Buckeyes are No. 1 with 6.47 treys made per game.

Caity Matter started her senior season ranked No. 21 among Ohio State’s career points leaders. This season, she has jumped nine spots and is currently No. 12 on the all-time scoring list with 1,314 points. The No. 12 spot was held by Larecha Jones’ 1,275 points. Jones played at OSU from 1996-99. In order to move to No. 11, Matter needs 133 points.

Ohio State beat then-No. 6/6 Michigan State 68-54 Jan. 6 in Value City Arena. The Spartans were the highest-ranked opponent the Buckeyes have beaten under head coach Jim 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.

The Buckeyes are leading the Big Ten with a +25.7 scoring margin. That mark is 7.5 points higher than the second-ranked squad Minnesota, who is winning games by a margin of 18.2 points.

Eight of 13 Buckeyes are averaging more than 10.0 minutes per game and only four players – Jessica Davenport, Caity Matter, Brandie Hoskins and Kim Wilburn – are clocking more than 20.0 minutes per outing. The most PT for any Ohio State player is 27.7 minutes an outing (Davenport). Wilburn is the only non-starter to compete more than 20 minutes per game.

Senior Caity Matter is at the top of every 3-point career record in the Ohio State records 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 576 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 236 career 3-pointers drained. Smith made 218 3-pointers during her career and held the No. 1 spot for eight years. She 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 .410 (236-of-576) career 3-point percentage.

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 (76.9 ppg), scoring margin (+25.7), field-goal percentage (.523; 486-930), 3-point field-goal percentage (.431; 110-255). OSU is No. 2 with a .787 (226-287) mark from the charity stripe.

Individually, Brandie Hoskins is ranked No. 3 in the Big Ten with a .608 (87-143) field-goal percentage, followed by Jessica Davenport, who is shooting .585 (110-188) and ranked No. 5 in the Big Ten, and Caity Matter, who averages 53.4 percent (86-161) and is No. 6 among league leaders.

In Big Ten games, Hoskins is No. 1 with a .636 (28-44) mark from the field.

The Buckeyes’ bench is getting utilized this year and the help is proving its worth. Ohio State players coming off the bench are averaging 22.8 points per game (388 total) vs. opponents’ 12.0 points per contest (204 total) from the reserves.

Purdue and Notre Dame are the only two 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. Nebraska was close with a 13-12 mark in favor of the Buckeyes during an 86-61 Ohio State win Dec. 11.

Jessica Davenport had four blocked shots vs. Michigan State Jan. 6 and moved into third place on Ohio State’s career leaders list. Davenport, who replaced Francine Lewis’ 124 swatted shots, currently has 129 blocked shots. Davenport needs 37 to take over No. 2 and 113 to become the school’s career leader for swatted shots in Buckeye history. Mary Sivak tallied 241 blocks during her tenure at Ohio State from 1979-82.

Davenport is leading the Big Ten with 2.9 blocked shots per outing. Of note, Davenport added eight blocked shots to her first double-double of the season (16 points, 13 rebounds) at Dayton Dec. 4. Eight blocks is a career-best mark for the sophomore center from Columbus.

Ohio State – the Big Ten’s best shooting squad – is doing its part on defense as well. The squad is No. 1 and No. 4 in scoring defense (51.2 ppg) and field-goal percentage defense (.358; 317-885), respectively.

While the Buckeyes have shot better than .500 11 times and greater than .600 twice this season, no Ohio State opponent has shot better than .500 from the field. Purdue’s .476 (22-53) mark from the floor Jan. 2 is the highest average for any OSU opponent this season.

Ohio State is No. 2 the Big Ten with a .787 (226-287) mark from the free-throw line. Last season, the Buckeyes shot .654 from the charity stripe on the season and were ranked last in the league.

The Buckeyes are led by Caity Matter, who is tied for No. 2 in the league with a .900 (45-50) mark and Jessica Davenport, who has made 75-of-93 free throws this season and is No. 12 in the conference with an .806 average.

Ohio State is No. 4 in the Big Ten with 9.8 steals per game. The Buckeyes are led by Kim Wilburn, who is averaging 2.35 steals per outing and is No. 7 in the league.

Jessica Davenport had 24 points vs. Purdue Jan. 2. The game marked her fifth 20-point performance, including her third consecutive game, this season. Davenport has scored double-digits in 16-of-17 contest this year and is leading the team with 17.4 points per game.

Sophomore center Jessica Davenport recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 24 points and 12 rebounds against Purdue Jan. 2. It marked the eighth career double-double for Davenport.

Davenport scored 20 points and collected 12 boards for her third double-double vs. then-No. 20/23 UCLA Dec. 21. Davenport had 12 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season in the victory at Oregon Dec. 18. Davenport’s first double-double of the season was a 16-point and 13-rebound performance at Dayton Dec. 4.

Jessica Davenport, Caity Matter and Brandie Hoskins are leading the team with 17.4, 15.1 and 13.2 points per game, respectively. Davenport has scored double figures in 16-of-17 games this season, Matter has scored double digits in 14-of-17 games this year and Hoskins has tallied double digits in 13-of-16 games played, including the last 10 in a row. Davenport’s 17.4 points is No. 4 in the league, while Matter and Hoskins come in at No. 15 and 20 in the Big Ten, respectively.

In conference games, Davenport’s 19.2 points is No. 2 in the Big Ten and Hoskins is averaging 16.8 points per contest, which is tied at No. 8 among league leaders.

As a rookie, sophomore Stephanie Blanton made only four treys last season. She is now 11-for-28 (.393) on the year.

Jessica Davenport is leading her team and ranked No. 4 in the Big Ten with 8.0 rebounds per outing. In conference games, the sophomore center is averaging 9.0 rebounds per game and No. 3 among league leaders.

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.

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 vs. Ohio Dec. 1 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 Buckeyes.

The most points ever scored by a Buckeye team was a 119-point performance vs. Idaho State Dec. 11, 1994. The Buckeyes 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).

Ashley Allen has started in 13 consecutive games and is back in the starting mix for head coach Jim Foster. The Buckeye Classic games vs. Yale Nov. 27 and vs. Bradley Nov. 28 marked her first two starts since Feb. 19, 2003 at Illinois when she was injured and forced to miss the rest of the season. Allen played in six games in 2003-04 but did not make a start and in 2002-03, she started in all 25 games she played.

Ashley Allen officially returned to the Buckeye lineup against Bowling Green for the first time since Dec. 20, 2003. Allen scored 17 points vs. the Falcons and made a career-high five 3-pointers (of six attempted) against the Falcons.

Allen’s previous record was four 3-pointers drained vs. UNC Wilmington Dec. 25, 2003.

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.

The Ohio State vs. Bradley game Nov. 28 was the 12th time Ohio State has made it to the title game in 13 years of the Buckeye Classic. In 1983 – during the first year of the Buckeye Classic – Georgia and Clemson met and Georgia won the title, 78-64. The Buckeyes have won the Buckeye Classic seven times, including the previous four events in a row. The last two MVP’s of the Buckeye Classic are underclassmen on the Ohio State team. Sophomore center Jessica Davenport earned the honor this season and classmate Brandie Hoskins was tabbed the Buckeye Classic’s MVP last season when she was a rookie.

Jessica Davenport and Caity Matter were named to the 2004 Buckeye Classic All-Tournament Team. 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 were also 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 Buckeyes beat Saint Joseph’s, 76-29, Nov. 14 in St. John Arena. Under Foster, the 47-point differential is the largest Buckeye margin of victory in St. John Arena. The next closest for a Foster-coach squad was a 43-point victory over Wright State, 88-45, Dec. 18, 2003. Foster’s Buckeye squads are 8-1 in St. John Arena, with the lone loss coming in the NCAA tournament last year in second-round action vs. Boston College.

Besides impressive offensive performances by the Buckeyes, Ohio State’s defense deserves some credit as well. OSU held Saint Joseph’s to 29 points, which is one more than the lowest output by any Buckeye opponent – 28 points by Purdue Feb., 6, 1976. The Buckeyes beat the Boilermakers, 61-28.

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.

While most of the women’s basketball team spent time lifting weights, conditioning and playing in the summer leagues in Columbus, one player gained experience of another sort. Jessica Davenport was a member of the 2004 Big Ten Basketball Foreign Tour Team and scored double-digits in all four contests abroad. She averaged 15.0 points and 6.8 boards per outing as a member of the undefeated 12-player roster under the direction of Indiana’s Kathi Bennett. Bennett’s team went 4-0 in Australia during the 11-day trip.

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.

Senior Caity Matter was listed as one of the Top 5 off-guards in the country and a “Fresh Face To Watch” by Sophomore center Jessica Davenport was an honorable mention pick by for Top 5 centers in the country. Davenport has faced two players who were named to the Top 5 centers list in Liberty’s Katie Feenstra and Arizona’s Shawntinice Polk. The Buckeyes beat both Liberty and Arizona. Davenport will play another Top 5 center in Minnesota’s Janel McCarville Feb. 17.

Buckeye sophomore center Jessica Davenport, the media’s pick for 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, was named a member of both the media and the coaches’ preseason all-conference teams. Davenport averaged 12.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots per game in her rookie campaign.

Katie Smith, a student assistant in the Ohio State women’s basketball office and a former two-time All-American at OSU, was one of the first seven members named to the 2004 USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Team. Smith represented the U.S. at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and despite suffering an injury in Athens, aided her team in capturing a gold medal – the second overall for Smith. A Logan, Ohio, native, Smith is also a member of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx. She is a four-time All-WNBA player and a four-time WNBA All-Star and plans to return to the WNBA in 2005 once she recovers.