7:00 PM ET, February 10, 2006
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Ohio State's offense got a wake-up call from its All-America center when it needed it the most.Jessica Davenport scored 13 of her 23 points in the second half and the seventh-ranked Buckeyes beat Michigan 74-55 on Friday night to extend their winning streak to 11 games.Marscilla Packer scored 13 points and Kim Wilburn had 10 and five steals for the Buckeyes (20-2, 10-1), who moved into a tie with Purdue for first place in the Big Ten."We started moving the ball better in the second half," said Ohio State coach Jim Foster, whose team outscored the Wolverines 24-8 in the last 11 minutes of the game."We played the last 11 minutes the way we should be playing. If everyone is moving and involved, we're a hard team to guard."Stephany Skrba had 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for Michigan (6-18, 0-12), which lost its 12th straight. The Wolverines haven't beaten a Big Ten opponent since Jan. 23, 2005, a streak of 22 consecutive games.Skrba cut the Buckeyes' lead to 50-47 with a putback nine minutes into the second half, but Ohio State put together an 8-0 run over the next 3 minutes to take control. Michigan was 0-for-5 from the floor during the decisive stretch.Davenport, the Big Ten's leading scorer and a consensus All-American last season, was 6-for-9 from the floor in the second half and finished the game with four blocks. Her presence in the paint freed up shots for the team's guards in the last 11 minutes."We figured they would be up for this game," Davenport said of Michigan, "but we just talked about clamping down on defense and moving the ball around."Packer had 10 points in the second half, including a pair of layups during the run that extended the lead.Ohio State scored 17 points off the Wolverines' 20 turnovers and outrebounded Michigan 38-33.The Buckeyes had a 10-point lead with four minutes to play in the first half but the Wolverines ended the period on a 9-1 run and trailed 32-30 at halftime.Michigan, which lost starting forward Katie Dierdorf on Sunday to a season-ending hip injury, started four freshmen and a sophomore Friday. Coach Cheryl Burnett added three members of the school's volleyball team to bolster a roster reduced to seven scholarship players by injuries."That made us rally a little bit," Burnett said. "I'm proud that we played hard."Janelle Cooper scored 13 points and Carly Benson finished with 12 for Michigan.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||31-66 (.470)||23-55 (.418)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-11 (.455)||7-18 (.389)|
|FT Made-Attempted||7-13 (.538)||2-4 (.500)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||9 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|