Bruins Can't Stop Streaking Ohio State

Dec. 21, 2004

Box Score

By RUSTY MILLER
AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Caity Matter set a school record for career 3s andscored 19 points to help 10th-ranked Ohio State to an 83-60 victory over No. 20UCLA on Tuesday night.

The win was the eighth in a row for the Buckeyes (11-1), who got 20 pointsand 12 rebounds from Jessica Davenport and 17 points from Brandie Hoskins.Matter finished the game with 221 3-pointers.

Lindsey Pluimer had 16 points, Lisa Willis 15 and Noelle Quinn 11 for UCLA(6-3), which lost for the second time in three nights to a Big Ten opponent.

The Bruins fell 78-63 at Illinois on Sunday. Starting point guard NikkiBlue, averaging 9.9 points and 4.9 assists a game, sustained a head injury inthat game that prevented her from playing against Ohio State. UCLA issued astatement that said Blue was experiencing 'concussion-like symptoms.'

Matter broke the Ohio State mark for career 3-pointers when she hit a shotin transition at the 14-minute mark of the opening half off an assist fromAshley Allen. That gave Matter 219 3's, snapping a tie with Katie Smith. Matterlater added two more from beyond the arc.

Ohio State, shooting 55 percent for the season, hit 29-of-56 for 52 percent.

The Buckeyes led by as many as 27 points in the second half and the edgenever dropped below 12 after the break.

Willis had a costly technical foul in the second half and pretended as ifshe were going to throw the ball at an official at one point during the firsthalf.

With the Buckeyes leading 48-36 with 13 minutes remaining, Matter was fouledon a drive and hit both free throws. After Willis threw a crosscourt pass outof bounds, Hoskins scored on a baseline drive and was fouled by Pluimer. As theofficial signaled the call, Willis was called for the technical.

Matter then hit the two technical free throws and Hoskins completed thethree-point play to push the lead to 55-36 with 12:28 left.

Despite hitting eight shots in a row during a 5{-minute span, the Bruinsstill trailed 40-26 at the break. Down 12-4 in the opening 4 minutes, theydidn't miss from the field in a 17-5 run for a 21-17 lead.

But Ohio State regrouped to outscore UCLA in spurts of 7-0, 6-0 and 8-0while outscoring the Bruins 23-5 until the break.

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