COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- No. 6 Ohio State was determined not to have another second-half meltdown.
Jessica Davenport scored 24 points and Brandie Hoskins added 19 Saturday to lead the Buckeyes to a 77-43 win over Cornell in the semifinals of the Buckeye Classic.Ohio State controlled the game early, building a 44-21 halftime lead and never letting Cornell (0-4) mount a threat, a far cry from Tuesday night, when Ohio State blew a 17-point second-half lead and needed two overtimes to defeat Boston College 80-72.Davenport, a first-team All-America center and Big Ten player of the year the past two years, hit 9 of 10 shots from the field and had 10 rebounds."We did a great job today. The things we were working on in practice really came out today in the game," said Davenport, whose double-double was the 34th of her career.Ahead 52-27 in the second half, Ohio State (4-0) went on a 10-4 run with Davenport hitting two layups and making two free throws.Cornell coach Dayna Smith said her team didn't have an answer for Davenport."I liked how we tried to compete," Smith said. "We wanted to be aggressive with her, but she is a lot stronger than any of our players."The Buckeyes, who will face Montana in Sunday's tournament final, shot 54 percent from the field in the second half and 50 percent for the game. Montana defeated Davidson 68-61 in Saturday's other semifinal.Jeomi Maduka led Cornell with 21 points, and Kayleen Fitzsimmons added 11. The Big Red committed 20 turnovers and shot 29 percent from the field.Ohio State turned the ball over just 10 times and had 21 assists."I think the telling stat today was the assist-to-turnover ratio," Ohio State coach Jim Foster said. "I think you can always tell a good team by that stat. I think we got out in transition and got some good shots."Hoskins, Ohio State's senior guard who tore her right Achilles tendon in the second round of the NCAA tournament last March, has scored in double figures in all of the team's games this season."Ohio State is a very good team," Smith said. "We worked as hard as we could. I'm proud of the way we fought out there. But we were overmatched."