LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ohio State center Jessica Davenport made up
for last week's bad night on the boards with the best rebounding
game of her career Sunday.
The All-American center had a career-best 18 rebounds and scored
15 points as the fourth-ranked Buckeyes beat USC 68-57 at the L.A. Sports Arena. Her effort
came eight days after Davenport managed just three rebounds in an
overtime win against Boston College.
"Me getting three rebounds is not helping out a lot," said
Davenport, who averaged 9.3 boards last season, second in the Big
Ten. "I'm capable of a lot more than that."
Brandie Hoskins added 20 points for the Buckeyes (6-0).
Camille LeNoir led USC with 15 points, and Eshaya Murphy added
USC went on a 9-1 run early in the second half and moved into a
39-all tie with 15:50 left. But Ohio State pulled away from a
42-all tie with eight straight points for a 50-42 lead with 10:43
remaining. Kim Wilburn finished the run with back-to-back layups.
USC (5-3) twice pulled within three, the last time at 54-51 with
6:05 remaining. Chloe Kerr's basket cut the deficit to four, 57-53,
with 3:45 to play, but the Buckeyes responded with an 8-2 run, and
led 65-55 with 34 seconds to go.
"We've got to step up and win games like these," Trojans coach
Mark Trakh said. "Eventually, that will happen. We play everybody
tough, but we've got to go past tough and get the win."
The 11-point final margin was Ohio State's biggest lead of the