Huskies Can't Hang On At No. 6 Ohio State, Fall 84-79
Dec. 3, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -Jessica Davenport and Marscilla Packer each scored 25 points and Brandie Hoskins added 23 to lead No. 6 Ohio State back from an 11-point second-half deficit Sunday to beat Washington 84-79.
The Buckeyes (7-0) are off to their best start since going 10-0 in 2000-2001.
But it wasn't easy this time. The Huskies (3-4) led for a 32-minute span until Hoskins' three-point play with 2:05 left put Ohio State ahead to stay at 76-74.
Packer hit four foul shots in the final 31 seconds to maintain the lead.
Only five players scored for the Buckeyes. Davenport also had 16 rebounds.
The Huskies led by as many 11 points at 64-53 with 10:30 left. At that point, they held a 25-17 rebounding edge over the taller Buckeyes and had forced 17 turnovers.
But Ohio State had only two turnovers the rest of the way.
Breanne Watson's high-arcing jumper off an assist from Hicks put Washington ahead 74-69 with 2:56 left but Packer countered with a left-handed layup at the other end. After a timeout, Ohio State point guard Maria Moeller stole the ball from Florence and fed Hoskins with a long pass. She hit the driving layup and was fouled to pull the Buckeyes to within 74-73.
Packer then hit a turnaround in the lane to push the lead to 78-74 with 1:22 left.
The Huskies pulled within two points twice more, the last time on Hicks' long 3-pointer with 10.3 seconds remaining. But Packer made two free throws with just under 9 seconds left and Tamarah Riley added a free throw to close the scoring.
Washington outrebounded the Buckeyes 35-32 and forced 19 turnovers, one fewer than they committed.
The Huskies were without their second-leading scorer and rebounder, Andrea Plouffe, a 6-foot-2 junior who was out with tendinitis in her knees. The Huskies had to scrap on the boards and scramble on defense to cover the bigger Buckeyes.
They led 35-34 at the break even though Davenport scored 15 points and had eight rebounds and the Buckeyes shot 55 percent from the field.
They did it by scoring in transition with a smaller, more mobile lineup. Hicks was the biggest problem for Ohio State, scissoring through the defense to challenge Davenport or making layups on long passes behind the lagging Buckeyes defense.
Ohio State was without one of its top reserves, 5-11 swingman Stephanie Blanton, due to pain in her left knee.