OSU Women Cruise Past Wright State

Brandie Hoskins

Brandie Hoskins had 20 points and Jessica Davenport scored 18 as No. 7 Ohio State stepped out of Big Ten play and drilled instate rival Wright State 79-48.

No. 7 Ohio State took a break from the rigors of the Big Ten Tuesday night by defeating Wright State 79-48 before 3,330 at Value City Arena.

Brandie Hoskins scored 20 points and Jessica Davenport added 18 as the Buckeyes (19-2) won their 10th game in a row.

"We had the opportunity to work on things, play a combination of players and adjust our defense, especially in the second half," said OSU coach Jim Foster. "We also played 12 players, shared the ball and moved the ball. The players were unselfish. That speaks volumes for them."

Wright State (10-13) was still within eight points at 53-45 with 11 minutes left. But OSU closed the game by outscoring the Raiders 26-3 to end the game.

Kim Wilburn added 10 points for Ohio State, which has won its last 17 games against in-state opponents as well as 32 of its last 33 games against non-conference opponents during the regular season in Value City Arena.

Rhea Mays scored 14 points -- hitting 4-of-10 3-pointers for Wright State, which had won its last two games. The Raiders fell to 0-9 against teams from the Big Ten.

Mays hit a three-pointer for the left wing at the 11-minute mark to pull Wright State to 53-45. But that was just about it offensively for the Raiders, who were only able to muster a free throw by Whitney Lewis and a field goal by Kendra Agee with 9 seconds left. The Raiders missed 16 consecutive shots until their late field goal.

Davenport was 6-of-11 from the field and 6-of-7 at the free throw line. She also had six rebounds and three blocked shots in 25 minutes.

The Buckeyes hit 54 percent of their shots from the field while limiting Wright State to just 33 percent. They also held a 40-29 advantage on the boards.

Ashley Allen added six points, six assists and five rebounds. Marscilla Packer added five points for OSU. Eleven of the 12 OSU players who saw action scored in the game.

OSU played two days after a 61-45 win at Indiana.

"As a team we gained tournament experience," Davenport said. "This week, we were treating it like it was a tournament game. Personally, I gained communication skills. We communicated a lot when we switched up the defense."

Hoskins added, "We knew they were going to be a hard team. We kept playing hard, kept our composure, got buckets and played defense."

OSU is now poised for its six-game stretch run in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes, 9-1 in conference play, trail Purdue by a half-game in the standings.

The Buckeyes return to action Friday at Michigan. OSU then hosts Iowa at 5 p.m. Sunday in the second half of a men's/women's twin-bill at Value City Arena. The OSU men host Illinois at 1 p.m. Fans will need separate tickets to attend both games.

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