7:00 PM ET, January 11, 2005
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Caity Matter needed less than 5 minutes to erase any thoughts of a Michigan upset -- and send Ohio State to its best start in 20 years.Matter scored 15 of her 28 points during a 4:50 stretch in the first half and No. 5 Ohio State erased an early deficit to rout the Wolverines 84-56 on Tuesday night.The Buckeyes (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) haven't played this well to start a season since the 1984-85 team went 28-2 before losing in the Eastern Regional final."I thought the key was that we made the extra pass and got some good floor spacing," Ohio State coach Jim Foster said. "When you do that, it can be a very simple game."Michigan (4-12, 0-5) hung tough early and led 19-17 with 6:55 to play in the opening half. But the Buckeyes scored 14 straight points in just more than two minutes to erase the modest deficit.Matter -- Ohio State's all-time leader in 3-pointers and 3-point percentage -- hit five consecutive shots from beyond the arc during a 29-6 run at the end of the first half. Matter finished 8-for-11 from 3-point range, tying her career high."Eight for 11 is pretty darn dominant," Burnett said.Jessica Davenport opened the run with a layup and Brandie Hoskins hit a 3-pointer before Matter took over. By the end of the half, the Buckeyes owned a 46-25 lead."I really think, like coach said, when you make that extra pass it really opens things up," Matter said. "I had some great looks tonight."The Wolverines had no answer for Ohio State's balanced attack. When the Wolverines cheated outside, the Buckeyes pushed the ball inside to the 6-foot-4 Davenport. When Michigan collapsed and fronted Davenport, Matter and Hoskins were alone outside.Davenport and Hoskins each finished with 19 points."We pride ourselves on defense," Michigan coach Cheryl Burnett said, "but you didn't see that tonight."Tabitha Pool had 23 points for Michigan, which has lost eight consecutive games. Teammate Ta'Shia Walker added 11.Ohio State shot 50 percent (12-of-24) from 3-point range and 56.7 percent from the field."Once we started spreading the ball around, there were far more opportunities," Foster said.The Wolverines fell to 6-38 all-time against the Buckeyes.
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