Feb. 2, 2007
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The No. 5/6 Buckeyes (20-1, 9-0 Big Ten) play their only home tilt in a five-game stretch vs. Iowa (11-11, 3-6 Big Ten) at 2 p.m. Sunday in Value City Arena.
IOWA (11-11, 3-6 Big Ten)
NO. 5/6 OHIO STATE (20-1, 9-0 Big Ten)
2 p.m. EST
Sunday, Feb. 4
Value City Arena (18,500)
Play-by-Play: Marty Bannister, Analyst: Kristin Watt
Series Record: Iowa leads 24-22
HOME WIN STREAK HITS 25, ONE SHY OF BUCKEYE RECORD
The win Jan. 25 vs. Indiana was Ohio State’s 25th in a row at home and 23rd consecutive at VCA. The Buckeyes’ home streak ranks third in the nation. LSU has won 42 in a row at home and Bowling Green has 26 straight wins on its home floor. Last season, Ohio State reeled off 12 consecutive wins at home after suffering a loss to No. 3/3 LSU Dec. 15, 2005. The Buckeyes are 13-0 at home this season. Dating back to the 2003-04 season, Ohio State has won 50 of its last 51 regular season games played in Columbus.
With a victory Thursday, Ohio State would tie the Ohio State 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).
Ohio State All-Time Home Win Streaks:
26 – Jan. 5 1987 to Dec. 3, 1988
25 – Dec 20, 2005 to present
24 – Feb. 10, 2002 to Jan. 2, 2004
21 – Nov. 12, 2004 to Nov 30, 2005
Ohio State has won its last 13 games overall and 36 of its last 37 contests played in the regular season. The 13-game win streak is the eighth-longest in school history. Three previous Buckeye teams have won 14 in a row during a season in 1992-93, 1972-73 and 2004-05. The 2005-06 Buckeyes tied the program’s longest win streak at 20. Ohio State also won 20 in a row in 1984-85.
OHIO STATE OFF TO BEST START ALL-TIME
The Buckeyes’ 20-1 start to the 2006-07 season is the best in the program’s 42-year history. Ohio State claimed victory in 17 of its first 18 in 1973-74 before finishing 18-2.
OHIO STATE OFF TO ITS BEST BIG TEN START SINCE 1986-87 SEASON
Ohio State’s 9-0 start to the Big Ten season is the best in the five seasons Jim Foster has been head coach. The 9-0 start in league play is Ohio State’s best since the 1986-87 Big Ten championship squad won its first 13 league games before losing to Northwestern in its 14th conference game.
SENIOR CLASS HITS 100 WINS
With the victory at Northwestern Thursday, Ohio State’s three seniors Stephanie Blanton, Jessica Davenport and Brandie Hoskins have combined to lead the Buckeyes to 100 victories (100-19/ .840) in their four seasons with the Scarlet and Gray. The trio helped the Buckeyes to a 21-10 record their first season in 2003-04. The next two years, the group contributed to a pair of Big Ten titles with a 30-5 mark in 2004-05 and a 29-3 record in 2005-06.
The best four-year run by the Buckeyes was from 1982-83 to 1985-86 when Ohio State went 106-22. The Buckeyes also posted a 102-20 mark from 1984-85 to 1987-88.
BUCKEYES EXTEND WIN STREAK VS. BIG TEN
With the victory Thursday over Northwestern, Ohio State’s win streak vs. Big Ten teams now stands at 26 games. Ohio State is 9-0 in league play this season. 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 26-game win streak against Big Ten teams is the longest by Ohio State since the Buckeyes reeled off 36-consecutive league victories from the 1983-84 season through the 1985-86 campaign.
DEFENSE CLAMPING DOWN IN SECOND HALF
In its last six games, Ohio State has held its opponents to just 33 percent shooting from the field (64-193) in the second half. Northwestern (10-30, Feb. 1), No. 10 Purdue (8-32, Jan. 29), Indiana (11-27, Jan. 25), Illinois (12-38, Jan. 21), Wisconsin (10-35, Jan. 18) and Northwestern (13-31, Jan. 14) all struggled shooting against the Buckeyes in the final period. In its 13-game win streak, Ohio State has held its opponents to 37 percent FG in the second half, allowing just 150 makes in 408 opponent tries.
1,000 REBOUNDS ON DAVENPORT’S DOORSTEP, SENIOR NEARS A BIG TEN INDIVIDUAL FIRST
Jessica Davenport, who surpassed 2,000 career points Jan. 21 vs. Illinois, is approaching another milestone. Entering the game Sunday vs. Iowa, Davenport has 995 career rebounds and is ranked third all-time at Ohio State. Davenport needs 30 boards to catch Ohio State’s all-time No. 2 rebounder Kim Jordan and her 1,024 caroms from 1978-81. Tracey Hall, a two-time All-American for the Buckeyes from 1985-88 holds the top spot with 1,115 career rebounds.
With five rebounds, Davenport would become just the second player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Laura Coenen totaled 2,044 points and 1,029 rebounds in her career at Minnesota from 1981-85. With 357 career blocked shots, Davenport would be the first player in league history to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 blocked shots in a career.
REVIEWS ARE IN: FOUR STARS FOR ALLEN
Star Allen followed up a career game of 21 points and 13 rebounds Monday at No. 10 Purdue with her second double-double in a row, posting 19 points and 13 boards at Northwestern Thursday. Allen has scored 95 points in her last six games, an average of 15.8 per game. She finished Thursday with an 8-for-11 FG clip and has gone 44-for-59 FG in her last five games, a .745 percentage. Allen, who averaged 2.8 points a game in 2005-06, is up to a 10.0 scoring average this season. Allen, who had six offensive rebounds vs. both Purdue and Northwestern, also is averaging 8.8 rebounds in the six-game stretch. The Buckeyes are 18-0 this season when Allen pulls down at least five rebounds.
COLUMBUS INDEPENDENCE DUO FRONTS BIG TEN IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
With her 8-for-11 FG performance at Northwestern Thursday, Star Allen moved into the Big Ten lead in FG percentage, side-stepping fellow Buckeye and former Columbus Independence high school teammate Jessica Davenport. Through 21 games, Allen has made 92-of-144 FG attempts for a .639 mark. Davenport has connected on 142-of-228 tries for a .623 percentage. In Big Ten play, Allen holds the league lead at .718, making 51 of 71 attempts. Davenport is not far behind in fourth at .543 percent (51-94).
BUCKEYES POCKET SECOND UNDEFEATED JANUARY IN LAST THREE SEASONS
With the victory at Purdue Monday, 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.
LAST GAME: BUCKEYES PULL PAST NORTHWESTERN
Star Allen had her second-consecutive double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds in leading Ohio State to a 66-42 victory at Northwestern. Brandie Hoskins scored 10 of 11 points for Ohio State during a four-plus minute stretch of the first half to push open a 19-11 lead midway through the period. Maria Moeller sunk a 3-pointer to cap a 26-4 Buckeye run to set the score at 34-13 with 2:32 left in the half. Allen continued to pour it on in the second half, scoring 13 of her 19 points as Ohio State cruised to the 22-point win. Hoskins and Jessica Davenport each added 12 points.
HOSKINS’ ALL-AROUND PLAY LEADS TO VICTORIES
In her last seven outings, Brandie Hoskins has displayed her versatility. Coming into the 2006-07 season, Hoskins averaged 3.1 rebounds a game. In her last seven outings, Hoskins is averaging 5.3 boards a game. In that span, she also has posted 5.9 assists per game and moved into the conference lead at 4.9 a contest. Hoskins had six assists Feb. 1 at Northwestern, pushing Ohio State’s record to 13-0 when the senior guard has at least five helpers. The Dayton, Ohio native, who has started 117 of the 118 career games, has dished out at least six assists in nine games this season. Hoskins has 461 helpers for her career, which rates No. 5 at OSU.
Hoskins has scored double figures in 19 of 21 games this season and has had at least 14 points in 13 outings. She has shown no ill-affects from her ruptured Achilles’ tendon injury she suffered in the loss to BC in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
FIFTH 20-WIN SEASON UNDER FOSTER
With the victory Thursday 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.
DAVENPORT SECOND BUCKEYE TO SCORE 2,000 CAREER POINTS
Jessica Davenport finished with 22 points Jan. 21 vs. Illinois, putting her past 2,000 for her career. The senior, who has started 105 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 2,053 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 DISTINCT 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 now has 1,442 points to rank 14th all-time at Ohio State. Mary Sivak stands 13th all-time at Ohio State with 1,446 from 1979-82.
INDIVIDUAL STATS KEY BUCKEYE WINS
Several individual stats have been keys to Ohio State’s success in 2006-07. The Buckeyes are 16-0 when Jessica Davenport blocks at least three opponent shot attempts. On the offensive end, Ohio State has posted a 13-0 mark when Brandie Hoskins hands out at least five assists in a game. In her two seasons as a starter for Ohio State, Marscilla Packer has canned at least three 3-point FG in 18 contests. Ohio State’s record in those games is 17-1. In her first season as a starter, Star Allen has contributed at least five rebounds in 18 games this season. The Buckeyes have won all 18 contests.
The Buckeyes win at No. 10/13 Purdue Monday 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.
BUCKEYES FORCING OPPONENTS TO MISFIRE
Northwestern made 19-of-63 FG (.302) Thursday. The game served as the 16th this season an OSU opponent has shot less than 40 percent. This season, Ohio State is 20-0 when holding opponents to less than 50 percent FG. Ohio State now has held seven of its last eight opponents (Kentucky – 23.8 percent/ 5-21, Northwestern – 20 percent/ 3-15, Wisconsin – 22.2 percent/ 4-18, Illinois – 30.0 percent/ 3-10, Indiana 29.6 percent/ 6-21, Purdue 6-20/ 30.0 percent, Northwestern 20 percent/ 3-15) to 30 percent field goal shooting or less from beyond the 3-point arc.
OHIO STATE PULLING OUT TIGHT GAMES
With its 53-51 win over Kentucky Jan. 6, followed by a 63-61 victory at Penn State Jan. 11, Ohio State is 5-0 this season in games decided by eight points or less and 9-0 this year in games decided by 10 or less. The Buckeyes have won their last 12 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, Ohio State is 20-19 in games decided by eight or less.
DOUBLE-TIME FOR DAVENPORT
Jessica Davenport has recorded double-doubles in points and rebounds in 12 games this season. She now has 43 double-doubles in her career. Davenport finished the 2006 season with 13 double-doubles after totaling 14 in the 2005 campaign. In 2004, she had four double-doubles.
DAVENPORT OVERTAKES NO. 2 SPOT IN OHIO STATE ALL-TIME SCORING, NO. 10 IN BIG TEN
Jessica Davenport became Ohio State’s No. 2 all-time leading scorer Jan. 4 vs. Minnesota. With her 16th point of the game at the 9:02 mark of the second half, Davenport took over the No. 2 spot all-time from Tracey Hall, who had 1,912 points from 1985-88. Davenport currently has 2,053 career points and trails only Katie Smith, who scored 2,578 in her OSU career from 1993-96. With 12 points at Northwestern, Davenport moved past Minnesota’s Laura Coenen, who totaled 2,044 from 1981-85. Ashley Berggren of Illinois (1994-98) stands ninth at 2,089 career points.
DAVENPORT, HOSKINS BIG TEN’S TOP DUO, LEADERS IN SEVERAL STAT CATEGORIES
Jessica Davenport and Brandie Hoskins stand among the Top 5 in individual scoring in the Big Ten. Davenport is pouring in 18.5 points per game to lead the league and Hoskins has accounted for 14.8 per contest to rate fifth. Davenport also is second in the conference in field goal percentage at .623, converting 142 of her 228 attempts from the field. She follows teammate Star Allen, who is hitting .639 of her FG attempts (92-144) to head the conference. Davenport also is No. 1 in rebounds at 9.9 per game and third in blocked shots at 3.0. Hoskins also stands first in the league in assists per game at 4.9 and her 2.0-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks first, ahead of teammate Maria Moeller, who is fourth at 1.4.
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 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 .413 (135-327) rate from 3-point range. Matter ranks second at .411 (270-657).
DAVENPORT TOP BUCKEYE BLOCKER, CHASING BIG TEN STANDARD
Against Wisconsin Jan. 26, 2006, Jessica Davenport became the all-time leader at Ohio State in blocked shots. She swatted four Badger field goal tries to surpass former Buckeye Mary Sivak (1979-82) as the No. 1 career shot blocker in Ohio State history. Davenport swatted the record-setting rejection with 4:30 left in the first half to surpass Sivak’s career total of 241. She has led the Big Ten in blocked shots in each of her first three seasons, setting a Buckeye record in 2004-05 with 116 swats. She stands No. 2 all-time in blocks in the Big Ten at 357, trailing Michigan’s Trish Andrew and her 367 blocks from 1989-93.
DAVENPORT AMONG BIG TEN’S ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS
Jessica Davenport has 2,053 points so far in her career to lead all Big Ten active scorers. She also tops active players with 357 career blocked shots and a .610 field goal percentage. Overall, Davenport rates second in career blocks to Michigan’s Trish Andrew, who had 367 from 1989-93.
Marscilla Packer has shown great care for the basketball this season, committing just 24 turnovers in 21 starts this season. She has a 2.3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. She has dished out 19 assists to just nine errors in nine conference games.
HALFTIME ADVANTAGE LEADS TO WINS
Ohio State has won 72 of its last 74 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 Northwestern 40-20 in points in the paint Thursday. This season, Ohio State has outscored its opponents in the paint 838-506 and has outscored 17 of 21 opponents in the lane this season. Ohio State has won 41 consecutive games when outscoring opponents in the lane.
MAGIC NUMBERS: 50 AND 60
The Buckeyes shot 50 percent (29-58) at Purdue Monday, upping their record to 13-0 when making at least half their FG attempts. The Buckeyes have won their last 30 games when connecting on better than 50 percent.
Ohio State has won 48 of its last 49 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.
DAVENPORT LANDS SECOND CONSECUTIVE BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD
Jessica Davenport was named Big Ten Player of the Week Jan. 9. The Columbus native also won the honor Jan. 2. She recorded the 40th and 41st double-doubles of her career in victories over Minnesota and Kentucky. Against Minnesota, Davenport had 22 points in a 75-62 victory over the Golden Gophers. She also added 15 rebounds and blocked four shots. Against Kentucky, Davenport scored 10 consecutive points for Ohio State as it held on for a 53-51 win. She finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
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.
OHIO STATE AGAIN AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
This season, Ohio State again stands atop the national FG percentage rankings. As of Feb. 1, Ohio State rated No. 2 nationally at 50.8 percent. 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.
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.
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.
BUCKEYES RETURN FAVOR
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 795-of-1,304 FG tries for a .610 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.
OHIO STATE OWNING THE FREE THROW LINE
The Buckeyes are controlling the free throw line this season by making more free throws than their opponents have attempted. Ohio State has made 269 FT in 399 FTA (.674), while its opponents have just 161 makes in 245 tries (.657). Against Minnesota Jan. 4, Ohio State nailed a season-best 28-of-39 (.718) from the line.
N0. 5/6 BUCKEYES CONTINUE STREAKS IN AP AND USA TODAY/WBCA/ESPN RANKINGS
Ohio State now stands at No. 5 in the Jan. 30 AP poll and No. 6 in the Jan. 30 WBCA rankings. Ohio State has been ranked in the WBCA Top 10 for the last 51 weeks and has been in the AP Top 25 for 56 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. 4 in the latest RPI listings released Friday at collegerpi.com. The Buckeyes’ strength of schedule rates 26th. Tennessee is No. 1 in the RPI with an 19-2 record. Duke and Maryland are ranked No. 2 and No. 3.
The Buckeyes trail Iowa, 24-22, in the series but have won the last six meetings, including a 73-67 victory in Iowa City on New Year’s Eve. In Columbus, the Buckeyes hold a 14-7 advantage, winning each of the last six games between the two schools in Columbus.
Iowa has hit a tough stretch, dropping four games in a row to come into Sunday with an 11-11 record. Sophomore center Megan Skouby leads the Hawkeyes at 14.4 points a game. Jenee Graham is the Hawkeye leader in rebounds at nearly nine a game. Lisa Bluder is in the middle of her seventh year at Iowa. She has posted a124-82 mark at the Hawkeye helm.
LAST MEETING: BUCKEYES STAVE OFF IOWA
Ohio State opened Big Ten play with a 73-67 win at Iowa. In a game that saw 10 ties and five lead changes, Ohio State prevailed with a strong second-half shooting performance. In the final stanza, the Buckeyes knocked down 67 percent (16-24) of their tries from the floor and Jessica Davenport scored 16 of her game-best 24 points.
Iowa held a 32-31 advantage at the end of the first 20 minutes. A third-consecutive lay up from Davenport knotted the game at 46 with 13:21 to play. Ohio State extended to its largest lead of 61-53 with just under eight minutes to play after Packer knocked down her fourth of five 3-point goals in the game. From that point, the Buckeyes never trailed and held off the Hawkeyes by converting 8-of-10 second-half free throw attempts. Packer complimented Davenport with 23 points and Brandie Hoskins added 18.
OHIO STATE SETS HOME ARENA ASSIST 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.
STAR SHINES IN SECOND HALF VS. BC
Sophomore forward Star Allen played a then career-best 31 minutes against Boston College Nov. 21. Twenty-three of those minutes came in the second half, when Allen scored 11 of her 16 points and pulled down five rebounds. Allen connected on two decisive field goals in the overtime periods. She drew the Buckeyes back to within two with a bucket in the lane with a minute to play in the first OT. Her 3-point play in the second extra session sent the Buckeyes to the win, putting Ohio State up 77-72 with a minute to go.
BY THE HUNDREDS, DAVENPORT REACHES CAREER MILESTONES
Playing in her 100th career game vs. USC Nov. 19, Jessica Davenport reached several career milestones. Davenport recorded her 300th career block at the 15:30 mark of the second half. Davenport also surpassed 800 rebounds for her career vs. USC. She is the fifth Buckeye all-time to record 800 career rebounds. With 26 points vs. USC, Davenport also surpassed 1,700 for her career. She ranks second in Ohio State history in points scored.
With the 10 field goals vs. Washington Dec. 3, Davenport became the fifth Buckeye to record 700 career field goals. Davenport had 11 rebounds at Iowa Dec. 31 to become the third Buckeye to pull down 900 career 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 College
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. Daugherty and Jessica Davenport share the Ohio State single-game record for blocked shots with 12. 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, an at-large selection from the PAC-10. 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. Kentucky advanced to the second round in the 2006 NCAA tournament.
DAVENPORT WOODEN AWARD CANDIDATE
For the third consecutive season, Jessica Davenport is a preseason candidate for the John R. Wooden Award for national player of the year.
The Wooden Award announced its Top 30 preseason candidates for the 2006-07 Women’s Wooden Award Nov. 2. The list is composed of 30 student-athletes who, based on individual performance last season and team records, are the early frontrunners for the award.
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.
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 a scorching 69 percent (20-29) on 3-point attempts in helping lead the U.S. Under-20 squad to the gold medal in Mexico City. Packer topped all U.S. scorers in the five-game tournament vs. teams from the Americas.
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 twice on Comcast SportsNet Chicago Jan. 11 at Penn State and Feb. 18 vs. Michigan State. Ohio State’s game at LSU was aired by Cox Sports South.
LIVE STREAMING BROADCASTS THIS SEASON AT WWW.OHIOSTATEBUCKEYES.COM
This season, a total of 13 home games will be available online with streaming broadcasts at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com. As part of the All-Access pass available through ohiostatebuckeyes.com, fans can watch games live via internet connection.
Games Available at ohiostatebuckeyes.com:
Feb. 4 vs. Iowa, Feb. 15 vs. Wisconsin, Feb. 22 vs. Penn State
In the last two seasons, the Buckeyes are 15-1 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.
BUCKEYE CLASSIC MVPx3
Jessica Davenport was named 2006 Buckeye Classic Most Valuable Player Nov. 26. The award was her third Buckeye Classic MVP in the last three seasons. She is the first player to be named Buckeye Classic MVP three times in a career. Katie Smith (1993-96) and Tracey Hall (1985-88) each won a pair of Buckeye Classic MVP honors.
In the two-game tournament, Davenport made 18-of-21 field goal attempts, grabbed 21 rebounds and blocked a Buckeye Classic record 10 shots. She also had five assists, including a season-best four helpers in the championship game win over Montana. Davenport also converted 10-of-11 tries at the free throw line.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT ALL SESSION TICKETS ON SALE
All-session tickets for the 2007 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament presented by Xbox 360 now are on sale to the general public. Single-game tickets go on sale Saturday. The 2007 tournament features all 11 Big Ten teams, competing in 10 games over four days of competition to crown the 2007 winner, which will earn the conference’s coveted automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.
The 13th annual women’s event will be back in Indianapolis, March 1, 2, 4 & 5, 2007, where it has been staged in 11 of the 12 previous years. The bracket for the 2007 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, along with information on tickets, travel, lodging, tournament history and more, can be found at both www.bigten.org and www.indianasportscorp.com
All-session tickets for the women’s tournament are $65 and will be available at the Conseco Fieldhouse box office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (317) 239-5151. Fans wishing to purchase all-session tickets within their university’s fan block are encouraged to contact their school’s ticket office (614) 431-3600. Single-session tickets will go on sale February 3, 2007.
Ohio State is back on the road at Minnesota at 8 p.m. Feb. 8.
GAME PROMOTIONS VS. IOWA
Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day Girl ScoutAppreciation Day – All Girl Scout members and leaders receive $4tickets with advance purchase Jessica Davenport postgame autographsession Postgame lay-ups on the court Jr. high basketball skillsdemonstration (Advance purchase only)