Davenport, Wilburn power No. 10 Buckeyes past Wildcats

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Northwestern got off to a strong start but
the rest of the game belonged to No. 10 Ohio State.

Jessica Davenport scored 22 points, Kim Wilburn added 15 off the
bench and Brandie Hoskins had 10 to help the Buckeyes beat the
Wildcats 82-54 on Thursday night.

The Buckeyes (10-2, 2-1 Big Ten) had to overcome a slow start to
claim their 11th straight victory over the Wildcats.

Northwestern (4-9, 0-3) charged to a 13-2 lead with 15:54 left
in the first half. The Wildcats hit six of their first seven field
goal attempts, while Ohio State misfired on its first six shots.

A.J. Glasauer scored all seven of her points in the early
Wildcat run.

"We just didn't push the tempo and they made their shots,"
Buckeyes coach Jim Foster said. "We were walking the ball up and
we were slow with our actions."

Foster quickly went to his bench to insert Wilburn, who scored
11 of her 15 points in the first half to spark Ohio State.

"Kim is a real force coming into the game as a change of pace
player," Foster said. "We've got a lot of players who can come
off the bench with energy."

The Buckeyes used their quickness to turn up the defensive
pressure, forcing Northwestern into 18 first-half turnovers.
Davenport scored five points in a 10-0 run that gave Ohio State a
30-21 lead.

The Buckeyes scored the last eight points of the first half and
led 44-28 at the break.

"All of us on the bench were kind of telling each other that we
needed to contest shots and get back on defense," said Wilburn,
who finished with five steals. "I just wanted to come into the
game and put more pressure on the ball."

Northwestern got within 44-34 on back-to-back 3-pointers by Sara
Stutz to open the second half. But with Davenport dominating
inside, Ohio State never relinquished its double-digit lead.

"Obviously Ohio State is one of the best teams in the land,"
Northwestern coach Beth Combs said. "We made them think about what
they had to do -- at least for about 25-30 minutes."

Stutz scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half to lead
Northwestern. Ifeoma Okonkwo had eight points and two steals off
the bench.

But it was Ohio State's bench that dominated, outscoring
Northwestern 33-20.

"That's what makes them [Ohio State] so potent," Combs said.
"They've got 10 players who can play, and Wilburn turned it on

Ohio State shot 50.8 percent from the field (33-65), while
Northwestern finished at 32.2 percent (19-59), with 27 turnovers.