Jan. 2, 2005

Recap |  Box Score |  Notes

Jim Foster, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“The story of the game was we executed well in the second half and didn’t execute in the first. When we executed we were able to open up the perimeter and find our shots.”

Jessica Davenport, Ohio State sophomore center
On her play vs. Purdue
“I am getting more and more comfortable with double teams. I started out a little slow at first turning the ball over on my first touch, but my teammates helped me find open areas where I could find a shot.”

Ashley Allen, Ohio State senior guard
On the offense
“When we can get Jess (Davenport) open and out of a double team, everything opens up for us and everything falls into place.”

Brandie Hoskins, Ohio State sophomore guard
On second half adjustments
“There wasn’t much we changed going into the second half. We lacked intensity and did not execute our offense in the first half. In the second half, we played with more energy and played our game like we know how.”

Kristy Curry, Purdue head coach
On the game
“Both teams seemed to be out of sync offensively in the first half. I wouldn’t say the defense was great, but it was effective. We just weren’t getting open shots because our spacing wasn’t where it needed to be. We weren’t getting the ball to the correct people and in turn had a tough time scoring. We felt fortunate though to only be down three points at halftime after committing 17 turnovers. We wanted to force them to beat us in the half court. We tried to put bodies on Jessica (Davenport) every time she touched the ball. It was frustrating to give them so many easy fast break layups.”

On Purdue’s turnovers
“We just didn’t take care of the ball today and our turnovers became a widespread disease for us. We weren’t spacing ourselves and it’s just something that we have to get better at. We missed too many shots and second opportunities, which didn’t help our cause.”

Katie Gearlds, Purdue sophomore forward
On Jessica Davenport
“We made her work for everything she got. We doubled her every time she touched the ball and tried to play very physical against her. She played well but she’s not the reason we lost this game. In the first half they took 14 more shots than us and we turned the ball over way too much. We didn’t execute and it cost us.”

Aya Traore, Purdue junior forward
On the game
“We need to take better care of the basketball if we want to win. Also, we didn’t do a good job running the offense. Ohio State played well but we didn’t do what we needed to in order to win this game.”