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Army honors late coach but is no match for Ohio State

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -- An impressive performance by Ohio State
put a damper on a special day for the Army women's basketball team.

Jessica Davenport scored 16 of her 22 points in the first half
to help No. 7 Ohio State beat Army 77-41 on Sunday in the inaugural
Maggie Dixon Classic.

The game was the second half of a doubleheader created by
Pittsburgh men's coach Jamie Dixon, the older brother of Maggie, as
a way to honor her following her death in April at age 28. Just
three weeks after leading Army to its first NCAA tournament
appearance as a first-year coach, Dixon died of arrhythmia,
probably caused by an enlarged heart.

"It's a very emotional day for everyone here at the academy,"
said Army coach Dave Magarity, who was an assistant for Maggie last
season. "It's something we've had in the back of our minds and we
knew it was going to be tough."

Jamie Dixon's fourth-ranked Panthers beat Western Michigan 86-67
in the opener.

Between games, Maggie Dixon's parents, her sister, Julie
Dixon-Silva, and Jamie were presented with a ring commemorating the
2005-06 Patriot League championship. Banners honoring the title and
Maggie as conference coach of the year were unveiled in the rafters
of Christl Arena.

"It was hard when we were going through the ceremony," said
Cara Enright, who led Army with 20 points. "We knew once the ball
went up it was time to play."

The Ohio State team stood attentively during the ceremony and
watched, soaking in the scene.

"The level of their poise was impressive for my young players
and veterans to see," said Ohio State coach Jim Foster. "It was a
great experience for us."

Full of emotion, the Black Knights found themselves only
trailing 21-13 with 11:35 left in the first half before the
Buckeyes went on a 13-3 run capped by consecutive 3-pointers by
Marscilla Packer, who led the Big Ten in 3-point shooting last
season.

"We didn't score inside and we didn't rebound," Magarity said.

The Buckeyes extended the margin to 47-26 at the half despite
Army shooting 50 percent (11-for-22).

The Black Knights went cold in the second half, scoring only one
basket in the first 9:19 as the Buckeyes built a 69-29 lead.

Ohio State controlled the boards, outrebounding Army 43-21,
including a 21-4 advantage in the first half. Davenport, the
two-time Big Ten player of the year, had 11 rebounds and four
blocked shots.

"I think we rebounded well," Davenport said. "As the game
went on we picked it up offensively and defensively."

Brandie Hoskins scored 13 points and Tamarah Riley added 10 for
the Buckeyes.

"We're proud to be part of something that we hope will be an
annual affair," Foster said. "We're proud to have been in the
first."

It was the first meeting between the schools and dropped Army to
0-7 in school history against Top Ten teams. The Black Knights lost
102-54 to Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA tournament last
season.