Nov. 27, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jessica Davenport, a senior center on the No. 6/6 ranked Ohio State women’s basketball team, was named Big Ten Player of the Week Monday by the conference office.

Last week, Davenport turned in three consecutive double-double performances in wins over No. 22 Boston College, Cornell and Montana. The latter two wins earned Ohio State its sixth-consecutive Buckeye Classic tournament title and helped Davenport claim tourney MVP honors for the third year in a row. Davenport averaged 21.6 points per game and 10.3 rebounds in the three outings. She also blocked 12 shots and made 72 percent of her FG attempts (24-34).

With her 55 points during the three games, Davenport moved from seventh all-time in scoring at Ohio State to fourth. She now stands at 1,786 points and trails third-place Averill Roberts (1,818/ 1990-93) by just 32 points.

In becoming the first player to win three Buckeye Classic MVPs in her career, Davenport made 18-of-21 field goals (.857) in the two-game tournament to break her own record of top field goal percentage in two games in the Buckeye Classic. She made 17-of-22 (.772) in the 2005 Buckeye Classic. Davenport also tied the individual Buckeye Classic record with six blocked shots Sunday vs. Montana. She also set the individual two-game standard for the Buckeye Classic with 10 blocked shots.

The weekly award is Davenport’s 10th of her career, which is second all-time behind the 17 of Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante. Davenport currently leads the Big Ten with 22.6 points and 4.0 blocked shots per game. She also tops the conference with a 72 percent field goal percentage (42-58).

Ohio State continues a six-game home stand vs. Longwood at 7 p.m. Thursday at Value City Arena.