Feb. 15, 2007

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Postgame Press Conference

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Even though Brandie Hoskins is gone, No. 4 Ohio State still has plenty of weapons to surround imposing center Jessica Davenport.

Davenport hit her average with 19 points and Ashlee Trebilcock broke out of a slump with 15 to lead the Buckeyes past Wisconsin 83-57 Thursday night.

“It got away from us when they started getting scoring from people other than Jessica,” Wisconsin coach Lisa Stone said.

Marscilla Packer added 15 points and Star Allen had 14 for the Buckeyes (24-1, 13-0), who lead the Big Ten race by two games with three games remaining.

The Buckeyes were playing their second game since losing second-leading scorer Hoskins, out for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles tendon sustained last week in a win against Minnesota.

Trebilcock, a freshman transfer from UCLA starting her second game, had a career high in points. She came to Ohio State with a reputation as a scorer, but had been shooting just 34 percent from the field and averaging 3.4 points a game while seeing only scant playing time.

“Once I got in a game, and the small minutes I was playing, I’d get in and think, ‘Oh, I need to be a scorer. I need to do something while I’m out here.’ So some of those shots might have been more forced than they are now,” she said. “That was part of it. And for whatever reason today, I was just open. It felt good.”

She hit all four of her 3-pointers and had three steals.

Packer was 3-for-6 on 3-pointers as the Buckeyes went 7-for-11 behind the arc to open things up for the 6-foot-5 Davenport inside.

“They shot the ball well on 3s – they were on fire,” Stone said. “They were very effective in terms of stretching the defense. When you stretch it that far and you’re offering help on Davenport, and then they’ve got another 3-point shooter out there, that certainly is filling in a vacancy for the loss of Hoskins.”

Davenport, a two-time All-American and two-time Big Ten player of the year, and Packer did most of their damage in the first half as the Buckeyes overcame a sluggish start to build a double-digit lead at the break.

Davenport said when the perimeter shooters are on, it clears the lane for her.

“It makes it a lot easier not having that extra person down low to stop you on your shot,” she said.

Wisconsin’s Jolene Anderson came in as the Big Ten player of the week and the second-leading scorer in the conference. But she was held scoreless from the 9:24 of the first half until 14:31 of the second and didn’t have a field goal for almost 17 1/2 minutes. Averaging 18.5 points a game, she finished with 19 points, but many came when the game was out of hand.

“We made Jolene Anderson work very, very hard to get her shots,” Ohio State coach Jim Foster said. “She scored some late to get her numbers up.”

Janese Banks added 14 points for the Badgers (18-9, 7-7).

The Buckeyes extended several streaks, winning their 17th game in a row overall, 27th consecutive game at home and 30th in a row against Big Ten teams.

Ohio State was on top 34-23 at the half, holding the Badgers to two points over a span of almost 9 minutes to turn an 18-17 deficit into a 30-20 lead. Davenport had the first six points in an 11-0 run that put the Buckeyes ahead to stay.

Packer had 13 points at the half, hitting three of four 3-pointers, while Davenport scored 12, hitting all six of her free throws.

Wisconsin, which has lost three in a row, stayed in the game thanks to second-chance points, outrebounding the Buckeyes 23-14.

The Buckeyes gradually pulled away in the second half, with Davenport assisting on three baskets to help push the lead to 20.

Davenport was perfect at the line in nine attempts and added eight rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot.

Stone’s Wisconsin teams fell to 1-26 against ranked teams. The Buckeyes had beaten the Badgers 74-51 on Jan. 18.

“They’re solid,” Stone said of the Buckeyes. “There’s a reason why they’ve won 30 straight games in the Big Ten.”