Feb. 12, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s basketball team (14-8; 6-5 Big Ten) upset No. 10/10 Minnesota (18-4; 7-4 Big Ten), 75-57, Thursday night at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Junior Caity Matter led all scorers with a career-high 28 points, including a 24-point first-half effort. Freshman Jessica Davenport and senior LaToya Turner scored 13 and 12 points, respectively. Turner grabbed a team-best nine rebounds and sophomore point guard Kim Wilburn tallied four steals, five assists and no turnovers.

Minnesota’s Lindsay Whalen hit a shot from downtown with 13:03 to play in the first and tied the ball game at nine. Matter slid in the path of All-American Whalen on a fast-break bucket at 12:35, which sparked Ohio State’s 34-9 run to close the first half. Matter assisted Davenport on the go-ahead bucket at 12:05 and scored seven consecutive points during the next 1:10. Matter capped the run when she stripped the ball from a Minnesota player with 15 seconds left and subsequently drained her fourth 3-pointer of the half with three ticks left.

Two Davenport free throws at 15:23 in the second half gave Ohio State its largest lead, 51-23. The Golden Gophers would only come as close as 17 points when Shannon Schonrock sank a 3-pointer with 6:50 remaining.

Freshman Brandie Hoskins and Wilburn each scored nine points and Stephanie Blanton and Beth Howe added two points apiece. The trio of Matter, Davenport and Wilburn each pulled down seven boards, and Davenport and Blanton finished with four and two blocked shots, respectively. McCarville, who had 16 points, nine rebounds and a career-high nine assists, led Minnesota. Kadidja Andersson scored 11 points and Schonrock tallied nine points. Whalen suffered a right hand injury in the final minutes of the first half and did not return to the game.

Ohio State takes to the road to face No. 15/17 Michigan State at 1 p.m. EST Sunday.