Feb. 13, 2005
By CHUCK SCHOFFNER
AP Sports Writer
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Jessica Davenport scored 21 points and converted a key three-point play late in the game that enabled No. 2 Ohio State to hold off Iowa 67-60 Sunday for its 13th straight victory.
Caity Matter added 18 points for the Buckeyes (24-2, 11-1 Big Ten) and hit a 3-pointer with just under 5 minutes left to break the game’s final tie. Ohio State used a 16-0 run to erase a 12-point Iowa lead in the first half, then went on a 13-2 second-half run to take the lead for good.
Iowa (16-7, 5-7) led 53-47 when Krista VandeVenter scored on a putback with 11:47 remaining, then made only two baskets the rest of the way. Jamie Cavey led the Hawkeyes with 22 points, 14 in the second half.
Beth Howe started Ohio State’s decisive rally with a jumper and Davenport, who had been scoreless the first 13 minutes of the half, hit consecutive shots inside to tie it at 53. Then, with the score tied at 55, Iowa’s Jenna Armstrong lost the ball driving into the lane and Kim Wilburn hit Matter for a wide open 3 on the right wing.
Tamarah Riley followed with a basket inside to complete the run, making it 60-55.
Cavey’s final basket cut the lead to three with 4 minutes to play, but the Hawkeyes came up empty on their next three possessions and the Buckeyes finally got the ball to Davenport on the low block.
The 6-foot-4 sophomore was fouled by Cavey as she hit a turnaround and sank the free throw, making it 63-57 with 1:15 remaining.
Brandie Hoskins added 14 points for Ohio State, while Wilburn finished with eight steals and six assists. Crystal Smith scored 12 for Iowa and Armstrong had 11.
Iowa made seven 3-pointers, three by Armstrong, and got four baskets inside from Cavey in zooming to its early lead. With Armstrong hitting two 3s and Smith and Tiffany Reedy each sinking one, Iowa went on a 14-2 run to open a 34-22 lead with 6:07 left in the first half.
But Ohio State extended its defense and the Hawkeyes didn’t score again in the half, missing eight straight shots. The Buckeyes didn’t let that opportunity go to waste.
Matter made two 3-pointers and a layup, Davenport scored twice in the lane and Hoskins added a basket and two free throws. In less than 5 minutes, Ohio State ran off 16 straight points to lead 38-34 at halftime.