Buckeyes never really tested in rout of Army
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- The scoreboard doesn't tell the whole story.
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Family, Army honor Dixon at Classic
The emotion was palpable as Maggie Dixon's accomplishments were celebrated between games at the Classic held in her memory, Andy Katz writes.
Black Knights no match for OSU
Jessica Davenport scored 22 points to help No. 7 Ohio State beat Army 77-41 on Sunday in the inaugural Maggie Dixon Classic.
Army moves forward as season nears
After an offseason spent memorializing its former coach, it's time for Army to return to the court and add to the success Maggie Dixon built.
Ohio State routed the Army women 77-41 on Sunday, but regardless of the score, the Black Knights played hard and hustled the whole way. They never gave up. And in the end, they played the way Maggie Dixon would have wanted.
Still, Army was simply no match for seventh-ranked Ohio State. Here's a quick look at how one Army standout and the Buckeyes looked in their season debut:
• Ohio State's Maria Moeller is very solid and poised at point guard. The 5-foot-7 freshman -- the 2006 Ohio High School Athletic Association Division IV Player of the Year -- dished three assists and hit 2-of-4 shots from the field, including one 3-pointer. She also finished with five points and two steals in 34 minutes.
• The Buckeyes' 6-5 senior center, Jessica Davenport, is as good as or perhaps even better around the basket than last season. She shot 9-for-10 from the field and 4-for-4 at the foul line for 22 points and also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and blocked four shots in just 24 minutes.
• Though she finished 3-for-9 from the field, all three of Marscilla Packer's made field came from 3-point range. The 5-9 junior guard shot 50 percent (3-for-6) from beyond the arc.
• What Achilles' tendon tear? Senior Brandie Hoskins, a 5-9 senior guard, showed no ill effects from the ruptured Achilles she suffered in the waning moments of OSU's second-round NCAA loss to Boston College. Hoskins underwent surgery just more than seven months ago, on March 29, but she looked like the same kid who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2006 Big Ten Tournament. Hoskins shot 43 percent from the field (6-for-14) and tallied 13 points, five assists, two steals and three rebounds, all of which were offensive.
• Star Allen, a 5-11 forward, has dropped a substantial amount of weight -- perhaps 25 pounds -- and looked great. In her first career start, Allen totaled three points, sinking her only field goal and 1-of-2 free-throw attempts, and five rebounds in 17 minutes.
• Army junior Cara Enright will be a very difficult player for opponents to stop this season. The 5-10 junior guard went 3-for-6 from 3-point range and shot 41 percent (7-of-17) from the field to finish with 20 points. She was also 3-for-4 at the foul line. Enright will be a handful in the Patriot League, and in the long run, this sort of game, despite the blowout, will help the Cadets in the long run.
• Granted, Moeller committed just two turnovers. But will the 18-year-old be as effective against more pressure and a quick guard?
• Though Davenport was nearly perfect Sunday, missing just one shot, they all came from within 5 feet of the bucket.
Ohio State went to Davenport early and established her in the paint as she netted 16 of her 22 points in the first half. Then, when Army collapsed on Davenport defensively, she kicked the ball out to Hoskins and Packer, who were a combined 4-for-8 from downtown.
Davenport ran the floor really well and played a solid game. But let's see how she plays against a quality big girl inside? That test should come Nov. 21 at home vs. Boston College and Kathrin Ress. The 6-4 senior forward had 12 points and seven boards when the Eagles upset then-No. 1 seeded Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament last March 21.Beth Mowins is a regular contributor to ESPN.com's women's basketball coverage.
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