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Packer, Hoskins lead Ohio State's rout over Longwood

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Longwood women's basketball coach Pamela Bass wanted to use the game against Ohio State to show her players what she hopes the Lancers will become.

They certainly got an eyeful.

Marscilla Packer and Brandie Hoskins scored 15 points apiece and No. 6 Ohio State scored repeatedly from in close en route to a 68-33 victory Thursday night.

The Buckeyes (6-0) opened the game on a 17-4 run over the first seven minutes and led 41-9 at halftime before clearing the bench in the second half. For the game, Ohio State scored 38 points in the paint and 26 off turnovers.

"In the first half, I think we did a good job of being aggressive and we communicated well," Ohio State coach Jim Foster said. "In the second half, we fell asleep a little bit and we let them play their game."

The Lancers (4-4) never led and tied the game for just over a minute -- Becky Fernandes made a jumper to tie it 2-2 with 16:25 to play in the first half. Ohio State responded with a 39-7 run to end the first half and never led by fewer than 28 points in the second half.

"The first half was rough," Bass said. "We were a little star-struck."

Anna Steg led Longwood with eight points and 13 rebounds. Jessica Davenport scored 12 points for Ohio State and Star Allen had 11 and eight rebounds.

More importantly for Bass, Steg played well against Davenport, the two-time Big 10 player of the year and a two-time All-American.

"I need to commend Ann on tonight's game," Bass said. "We've been preparing her for a few weeks on going against Jessica Davenport."

While Bass was pleased with Steg's work against Davenport, Ohio State coach Jim Foster wasn't happy with his team not pushing the ball to her more.

"We forgot a little bit about Jessica, which is not a smart thing to do," Foster said. "At the same time, Jess needs to be a little more vocal when she sees that happening."

Longwood shot 4-for-18 in the first half, turned the ball over 14 times -- leading to 20 Ohio State points -- and went scoreless for the last 6:33 of the half.

Eleven Ohio State players played at least five minutes and nine scored.

"They are an excellent team with a little bit of everything," Bass said. "They have a shooter, a driver, a post player, rebounders, and they attack."