Dec. 20, 2005
COLUMBUS, OH (December 20, 2005) - Ohio State's junior All-American candidate Jessica Davenport led all scorers with 19 points to lead her sixth-ranked Buckeyes to an 84-40 win over visiting Sacred Heart University Tuesday evening. The loss snaps the Pioneers five-game winning streak and drops their overall record to 6-2 on the year.
Sacred Heart, facing the highest ranked team they have ever played since joining the Division I ranks in 1999, missed their first eight shots before freshman Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) hit a jumper from in the paint to get the Pioneers on the board. The Buckeyes went right inside to Davenport early, as the junior center hit her first three shots to get OSU out to an early 8-0 advantage.
After the Sowinski make, Ohio State built their lead to 12-2 and then 14-4 on another Davenport lay-up. SHU senior Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) buried a three and a foul line jumper on back to back possession to get the lead under 10, 18-9, at the 12 minute mark.
It would be all Ohio State from there as the Buckeye's used a quick 11-2 run to go up 19 and then outscored the Pioneers 18-9 over the last eight minutes of the half to lead 47-21 at the break. The Pioneers shot just 26.9% in the half, hitting just seven of 26 shots with 15 turnovers.
The second half got underway with the Pioneer's Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) reaching a career milestone. The junior guard entered tonight's game needing just five points to eclipse the 1,000 point mark for her career. Pape broke the plateau on a lay-up with 16:24 on the clock to become the 11th player in Sacred Heart history to join the exclusive club.
The Buckeyes continued to dominate inside in the second half and finished the game outscoring SHU 52-12 in the paint. The Pioneers finished with a season-high 29 turnovers which OSU used to score 29 points.
Ohio State, now 7-1, finished the game shooting 51.5% from the field and held a 49-22 rebounding advantage. In addition to Davenport's 19, starters Debbie Merrill, Brandie Hoskins and Kim Wilburn all found double digits. Merrill had 14 while Hoskins chipped in with 12 and Wilburn 10. All 11 Buckeye's found the scoring column in the win.
Rubino was the Pioneers top scorer with 13 points. Pape finished with seven points and had her streak of double digit scoring games stopped at 15-straight.
The 44-point loss is the second largest defeat in SHU's seven year Division I history. The Pioneers lost by 45 at Boston College in 2003-04 (94-49).
The Pioneers will be off for the holiday break until December 29th when they travel to Rider for a 7:00 p.m. start.