Nov. 25, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State won its 11th consecutive game in the Buckeye Classic and earned a shot at its sixth straight event title with a 77-43 victory Saturday over Cornell in St. John Arena. Jessica Davenport scored 24 points and helped Ohio State gain its 14th berth in 15 all-time title games in its home tournament. The Buckeyes face Montana in the championship at approx. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Brandie Hoskins added 19 points and the Buckeyes (4-0) connected at a 51 percent rate (29-57) from the field in downing the Big Red (0-4). Davenport was 9-of-10 from the floor and also pulled down 10 rebounds to record the 34th double-double of her career and third in four games this season.

Ohio State charged to a 9-2 lead at the 17:12 mark on a Star Allen reverse lay in. Cornell pulled back within four at 13-9 after 3-point field goal from Kayleen Fitzsimmons at 13:24. A goal in the lane by OSU’s Andrea Walker and a pair of free throws from Hoskins added to a 19-2 run over the next seven-plus minutes to put Ohio State up 32-11 with five minutes to go in the half. A 3-point play by Davenport and a pair of free throws from Stephanie Blanton moved the Buckeyes lead to 44-21 at intermission.

Davenport and Hoskins had back-to-back fastbreak lay ups to push Ohio State’s lead to 56-27 with 14:30 to play and the Buckeyes gained their largest lead of 39 at 71-32 on a lay up by Lesslee Mason-Cox with 5:01 to go. Nine Buckeyes dished at least one assist as Ohio State totaled 21 helpers against just 10 turnovers. The Buckeyes forced Cornell into 20 miscues and turned them into 26 points. Ohio State outscored Cornell, 44-12, in the paint Saturday. In its four games this season, Ohio State has outscored its opponents in the paint 168-62.

Cornell and Davidson will play the consolation game at noon Sunday.

Buckeye Classic Semifinal No. 1
Montana 68, Cornell 61

Montana used balanced scoring to defeat Davidson, 68-61, in the opening contest of the 2006 Klosterman Buckeye Classic Saturday in St. John Arena. Four members of the Lady Grizz scored double figures and Montana limited Davidson to just a 35 percent clip from the field.

Mandy Morales of the Lady Grizz (4-0) scored 15 points and handed out a game-best seven assists. Fellow guard Sonya Rogers netted 13 points, all in the first half, and made 2-of-5 attempts from 3-point range. Davidson’s Katie Hamilton led all scorers with 22 points as the Wildcats fell to 3-2 on the year.

Davidson and Montana traded runs in the first half en route to a 32-29 Lady Grizz lead at the break. Montana opened up a 20-8 advantage with eight minutes to play after Tamara Guardipee finished off a 10-0 run. Davidson rallied with a 12-0 run of its own over the final four minutes. Wildcat guard Tia Washington got the spurt started with a 3-pointer at the 3:50 mark.

Davidson claimed its first lead of the game, 42-41, with less than 13 minutes to go on 3-point FG from guard Katie Hamilton. From that point, Montana outscored Davidson, 18-7, over the next 10 minutes en route to the 7-point win.

With the victory, Montana moves on to play Ohio State at 2 p.m. Sunday in the championship game of the 2006 Klosterman Buckeye Classic. Cornell and Davidson will play the consolation game at noon.