8:00 PM ET, January 4, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Jessica Davenport and the Ohio State Buckeyes needed a little time to get started against Minnesota.Davenport scored 16 of her 22 points in the second half Thursday night to lead the Buckeyes (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) to a 75-62 win, their 19th straight victory in Big Ten play.Davenport had six points in an 11-0 run that helped the Buckeyes (12-1, 2-0) take a 49-39 lead with 12:53 to play. Ohio State widened its lead to 64-45 with 6:43 left.The Golden Gophers (9-6, 1-2), who led 33-32 at the half, lost to the Buckeyes for the sixth time in their last seven meetings.Minnesota coach Pam Borton said the Gophers realized Ohio State would focus in the second half on getting the ball to Davenport, who finished 6-of-7 from the field and 10-of-13 at the foul line."At halftime we knew they were going to work it down to their post players," Borton said. "When you have a three-time All-American, you have to get it to her and they did a great job of that in the second half."Brandie Hoskins had 17 points, and Maria Moeller added 10 for the Buckeyes, who outscored the Gophers 26-6 in a 10-minute stretch of the second half to win their 21st consecutive home game."I think we concentrated on executing more and took what they gave us," Hoskins said.Emily Fox led Minnesota with 17 points, Brittany McCoy had 11, and Ashley Ellis-Milan and Leslie Knight scored 10 apiece. Ellis-Milan had 10 rebounds.Davenport, who added 15 rebounds and four blocks, said she was more active on offense in the second half."I moved around a lot more," she said. "I moved up and was able to roll off screens better."Davenport finished the game with 1,920 career points, moving her into second place on Ohio State's scoring list behind Katie Smith, who had 2,578 points from 1993-96. Tracey Hall is third with 1,912 points from 1985-88.Borton said the game changed when her Gophers were held scoreless for about four minutes early in the second half, enabling Ohio State to turn a one-point deficit into a 10-point lead."Our team gave a great effort tonight," she said. "If you take away four or five minutes in the second half and take away that 10-point run, I think it is a different game."
|FG Made-Attempted||26-67 (.388)||23-50 (.460)|
|3P Made-Attempted||2-7 (.286)||1-10 (.100)|
|FT Made-Attempted||8-12 (.667)||28-38 (.737)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||29 (0/0)||12 (0/0)|