Davenport Paces Ohio St., Breaks Record
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Jessica Davenport had 19 points and 14 rebounds and became Ohio State’s career leader in blocked shots, leading the seventh-ranked Buckeyes to a 73-46 victory over Wisconsin on Thursday night.
The victory was the seventh in a row for Ohio State (16-2, 7-1 Big Ten), which entered the game second in the nation in points allowed per game (51.2). The Buckeyes forced 15 turnovers, had 10 steals, blocked seven shots and limited the Badgers (7-13, 1-7) to just 29 percent shooting from the field.
Debbie Merrill added 16 points. All 12 players scored for Ohio State, which was coming off a dramatic 67-65 victory at No. 12 Michigan State on Sunday. Marscilla Packer tossed a long pass that Davenport caught and shot in one motion to provide the winning basket at the buzzer.
Davenport, the Big Ten’s player of the week the past two weeks, had two assists and four blocks. She started the day tops in the Big Ten in field-goal percentage (.632), rebounding (9.4) and blocked shots (2.59) and tied for the lead in scoring (18.9).
Jolene Anderson had 12 points for the Badgers, who have lost six of seven overall and four in a row in the conference.
The Buckeyes took command early and then pulled away, going up 34-22 despite a listless first half.
Wisconsin’s Ashley Josephson hit her second 3-pointer of the half to tie it at 10 early. Ohio State responded with an 11-2 run, with Davenport scoring the final five points. Both of her baskets came off lob passes from Packer, who matched her career high with five assists in the first 20 minutes. She finished with six assists.
Davenport became Ohio State’s career leader in blocked shots when she got a piece of Shari’ Welton’s baseline drive at the 4:30 mark of the opening half. The 6-foot-5 junior moved past Mary Sivak with her 242nd block.
The Buckeyes ran off 12 of the first 14 points in the second half and led by as many as 27 near the finish.
The Badgers’ second-leading scorer, Janese Banks, who had missed five games with an injury to her left foot, scored two points in 18 minutes.