12:00 PM ET, December 16, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Coming off its first loss of the season, No. 8 Ohio State had something to prove.Brandie Hoskins scored 18 points and Jessica Davenport added 16 to lead the Buckeyes to a 98-55 victory over Alabama A&M on Saturday, helping to take away the sting from last Sunday's loss at LSU."I don't think that we have had a better game all season in transition," Ohio State coach Jim Foster said. "The LSU game really showed our weakness in transition but we did a good job today."Marscilla Packer had 14 points, and Andrea Walker and Star Allen each scored 12 each for the Buckeyes (8-1).Ohio State's starting five -- Hoskins, Davenport, Packer, Allen and Maria Moeller -- went 23-of-31 from the field and dished out 20 assists."We were just trying to be more aggressive in the transition game," Packer said. "We did a good job finding people and getting open layups."The Buckeyes were up 47-26 at halftime and shot 73 percent in the second half, including 4-for-4 from 3-point range.Ohio State outscored Alabama A&M 56-22 in the paint and had 28 assists, compared with the Bulldogs' seven. Moeller led the Buckeyes with nine assists, and Packer had seven.Tamika Green had 16 points to lead the Bulldogs, but the Buckeyes held Alabama A&M (4-4) to 30 percent shooting (19-of-63). Ohio State outrebounded the Bulldogs 42-24.Both teams turned the ball over 23 times, with Ohio State scoring 27 points off turnovers and Alabama A&M 20."Most of those were just young mistakes. Those can be corrected," Foster said. "We played a much faster game today."The Buckeyes started the game 6-for-6 to take an 11-7 lead and Ohio State's first 14 field goals were all assisted. After halftime, the Buckeyes went on a 36-10 run that gave Ohio State its largest lead of the game at 83-36 with 7:54 remaining."We are not going to face another team like this, but now moving forward we can learn a lot from playing a team like this," A&M coach Altherias Warmley said. "They are very good."