EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Jessica Davenport caught the long
pass like a wide receiver.
Davenport took a 40-foot pass from Marscilla Packer and scored a
layup at the buzzer to lift No. 7 Ohio State past Michigan
State (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) 67-65 on Sunday.
The 6-foot-5 Davenport finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds and
three blocks for the Buckeyes (15-2, 6-1 Big Ten). She went
14-for-19 from the field.
"Jess is always going to be back with that little time left,"
Ohio State coach Jim Foster said of the play with 3 seconds left.
Ashley Allen finished with 15 points, going 5-for-7 from 3-point
range. The Buckeyes won their sixth straight game and ended the
Spartans' 23-game winning streak in the Breslin Center, which
included five straight over ranked teams.
Davenport got Packer's attention on the final play after
Michigan State (14-6, 4-3) had rallied from a 10-point deficit.
"At first I thought Pack was going to try a long shot, so I
screamed her name," Davenport said.
Michigan State coach Joanne P. McCallie expected an extra
"It definitely should have been an overtime game," McCallie
said. "I had one timeout and didn't call it. Those kids should
have all been in front of us. But that last pass was astounding."
She said the team was correct to sag off Allen, who was draining
"The real story was Ashley Allen hitting five 3's," McCallie
said. "I don't think she has done that all year. And no, we're not
defending that shot. She can chuck it up there the next time,
The Spartans got 18 points from Liz Shimek, 12 from Victoria
Lucas-Perry and 11 from Lindsay Bowen, who sparked a surge from a
65-57 deficit with a 3-pointer, a steal and a layup and free throw.
After two more steals, a free throw by Aisha Jefferson with 3
seconds left tied the game.
"I just remember them lobbing it to No. 50," Shimek said.
"But you can't base the whole game on that play. It all came down
to our defense again. And that last play was a blur."
Michigan State had a 35-27 edge in rebounds, but shot just 34
percent from the field in the second half. The Buckeyes shot 63
percent in the last 20 minutes and had 25 assists on 28 baskets.
Ohio State was 8-for-17 from long range, with Packer hitting