Feb. 5, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s basketball team (13-7, 5-4 Big Ten) beat Iowa (12-8; 6-3 Big Ten), 93-82, Thursday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. The victory was the third consecutive win for the Buckeyes and the first time an Ohio State team had won at Iowa since a 56-47 victory Feb. 3, 1985. Ohio State relied on an 11-0 run to open the second half and hit 13-of-15 free throws in the final 20 minutes, including 6-of-6 in the last 1:31 of the game, to secure the conference win. Senior LaToya Turner (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington) hit a layup with 2:34 left in the first half and became the 22nd member of the Ohio State 1,000-point club.
For the first time the season, six Ohio State players scored in double digits for head coach Jim Foster’s squad. Junior Caity Matter (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) led the OSU scoring effort with 24 points, followed by Kim Wilburn (Southfield, Mich./Detroit Country Day), rookie Brandie Hoskins (Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade-Julienne), sophomore Michelle Muoz (Mason, Ohio/Mason), Turner and freshman Jessica Davenport (Columbus, Ohio/Columbus Independence) who scored 16, 15, 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Ohio State trailed by eight, 28-20, after Iowa’s Johanna Solverson nailed a trey with 6:35 left in the first half. The Buckeyes were able to pull the game to within two points four times before halftime, but Hawkeye Jennie Lillis hit a jumper with nine second left to send her squad up 40-36 after 20 minutes. In addition to the 11-0 scoring run, the Buckeyes made their first seven shots in the second half, which gave Ohio State an 11-point advantage, 54-43, with 15:37 to go. Iowa’s Jamie Cavey scored four of her game-high 33 points and pulled her team to within seven, 54-47, with 14:48 to go, but Hoskins and Matter nailed back-to-back 3-pointers and gave Ohio State a 13-point advantage, the largest lead of the game, 60-47, with just over 14 minutes to play.
Iowa chipped away at the lead over the next five minutes and Cavey hit a bucket with just under 10 minutes left to make it a five-point game, 64-59. Ohio State’s Muoz, who scored 11 of her 12 points in the second half and was 4-for-4 for the game, put back an offensive board on the next possession. After a Solverson basket the next play, it was Muoz again who nailed a jumper and sent the Buckeyes up seven, 68-61, at 8:13.
Iowa and Ohio State continued to trade buckets and the Hawkeyes were able to pull it to within three points (74-71) off a Kristi Faulkner trey with 6:02 remaining, but Muoz was the answer once again when she nailed a 3-pointer and gave her squad a six-point lead (77-71) at 5:49. Cavey hit another shot for Iowa, but Ohio State outscored the Hawkeyes 6-0 and quickly made it a 10-point game with 4:18 left. Wilburn, sophomore Candace Dark (Kingman, Ind./Fountain Central) and Muoz sank two free throws each the last minute-and-a-half to close the fourth-ever win for a Buckeye team at Iowa.
Ohio State shot 67 percent, gathered seven steals, racked up 10 assists and turned the ball over only three times in the second half. Wilburn notched six steals, Hoskins dished five assists and Matter, Muoz and Turner added four rebounds apiece.
Besides Cavey’s 33 points, Iowa’s Solverson, Faulkner and Lillis added 17, 16 and 13 scores, respectively. Solverson added 12 boards for a double-double.
Ohio State plays No. 5/6 Purdue at 2 p.m. EST Sunday in West Lafayette, Ind. The game will be televised on ESPN2.