April 7, 2005
Columbus, Ohio – Jessica Davenport, a sophomore center on the Ohio State women’s basketball team, was named a finalist Wednesday for the 2005 Honda Sports Awards presented by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards. Davenport is joined by Seimone Augustus of Louisana State, who won the Naismith Award and the Wade Trophy last week, Jacqueline Batteast of Norte Dame and Duke’s Monique Currie. All four finalists are 2005 Kodak/WBCA All-Americans.
A ballot will be sent to all NCAA senior women administrators to determine the top women’s college basketball player. The winner of the Honda Sports Award for basketball will become eligible for the Honda-Broderick Cup, which recognizes the nation’s outstanding collegiate women athlete of the year in all NCAA Division I sports.
As a finalist for the Honda Sports Award, American Honda will donate $1,000 to the women’s athletic fund for each nominee’s university. A $5,000 donation will be made by Honda to the winner’s institution.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Davenport led the Buckeyes in 2004-05 with an average of 19.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game. She recorded 14 double-doubles (at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in the same game), including the first triple-double in Ohio State history with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocked shots at Michigan State Feb. 20. Additionally, Davenport became the third Buckeye to score 1,000 career points as a sophomore and set Ohio State single-season records with 325 rebounds and 116 blocked shots.
A finalist for the 2005 Naismith Trophy, Wade Trophy and Wooden Award, Davenport helped Ohio State to its first 30-win season in program history, finishing the year at 30-5. The Buckeyes shared the regular season Big Ten championship with Michigan State with a 14-2 league mark. Davenport and the Buckeyes reached the regional semifinals of the 2005 NCAA Tournament, marking the team’s first appearance in the “Sweet 16” since 1993. Davenport will be in Los Angeles Saturday for the announcement of the 2005 Wooden Award.