Jan. 9, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 9/9 Ohio State women’s basketball team (14-2; 2-1 Big Ten) beat Liberty (7-5; 0-0 Big South), 66-51, Sunday at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes improved to 14-2 for the first time 1992-93.

Ohio State opened the game on a 14-0 run and held Liberty scoreless until the 11-minute mark. Caity Matter hit a 3-pointer at 6:51 to send the Buckeyes up 23-11, but Liberty answered with a 6-0 run and pulled within six points, 23-17, with 5:36 until halftime.

Buckeye rookie Tamarah Riley hit two free throws and a jumper to send her team up 27-17 at 2:41. Liberty’s Katie Feenstra netted seven consecutive points as the Flames went on a 7-0 run in the final minutes of the half to bring the game to 27-24. Matter sank two shots at the charity stripe with one second left until halftime and made it 29-24 at the break.

Ohio State came out strong in the second half and quickly extended the lead to 14 points, 40-26, by utilizing an 11-2 scoring run. Despite Liberty shooting .522 (12-of-23) in the second half, the Buckeyes led by as many as 16 points twice in the second half and maintained a double-digit lead the remainder of the game.

The Buckeyes shot a season-low .385 (20-of-52) compared to Liberty’s .458 (22-of-48), but outrebounded the Flames, who entered the game averaging 41.9 caroms per contest, 34-27. Liberty scored 28 points vs. Ohio State’s 18 points in the paint and became the only team to outscore the Buckeyes inside this season.

Ohio State tallied 13 offensive rebounds vs. Liberty’s four and converted seven second-chance points vs. the Flame’s two second-chance points.

Matter and Brandie Hoskins led Ohio State with 17 and 13 points, respectively. Stephanie Blanton and Riley each added nine points. Guard Kim Wilburn led OSU with five rebounds.

Liberty was led by Feenstra, who tallied 17 points and 11 rebounds. Daina Staugaitiene scored 10 points.

The Buckeyes travel to take on Michigan at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.