Women's basketball: OSU ends Badgers' season

Davenport, Ohio State defense too much for UW

Sophomore center Jessica Davenport and the Ohio State women's basketball team ended Wisconsin's season in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament Friday afternoon.

Playing at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., Wisconsin (12-16 overall) dropped a 70-46 game to No. 3 Ohio State (28-3), which tied that school's all-time record for single-season wins.

The Buckeyes dominated in nearly every aspect of the game but particularly in the paint, where they out-scored Wisconsin 46-18 and out-rebounded them 44-27. Davenport, who is six points shy of eclipsing the 1,000-point mark in her career, led all scorers with 18 points.

It was Ohio State's defense, however, that proved insurmountable for Wisconsin.

The Buckeyes contained UW guard and Big Ten Freshman of the Year Jolene Anderson, holding her to only nine points on 3 of 13 shooting. Freshman guard Janese Banks led the Badgers in scoring for the second consecutive game, this time with 16 points.

Wisconsin shot just 29 percent from the floor in being held to its second-lowest point total of the season.

Ohio State, which had four athletes notch double-figure point totals Friday, took control of the game with a 21-3 run that made it 21-5 OSU just 9:30 into the game.

Banks, though, capped a 14-4 Wisconsin run with a 3-point play and a layup, closing the margin to 25-19 OSU with 4:37 left in the first half. Buckeye senior guards Ashley Allen and Caity Matter, though, each hit a triple in the closing minutes of the first half, helping to give Ohio State a 35-23 lead at halftime.

"In the first half, I thought our press and half-court traps were effective, but we need work in the post," UW head coach Lisa Stone said. "Still, I am optimistic about our future, and I thought we made great strides from last year."

Although Wisconsin pulled within 40-32 on a pair of Banks free throws with 17:22 left in the second half, the Buckeyes out-distanced the Badgers from that point on, leading by as many as 25 with 1:56 left in Wisconsin's season.

"We showed tremendous character and effort," Stone said. "We kept attacking the basket, but unfortunately the shots wouldn't fall."

Wisconsin finished the season with a 12-16 overall record, two more wins than last season. The Badgers (5-11 Big Ten) also recorded one more conference win this season than last year.

Seniors guard Stephanie Rich and forward Ebba Gebisa played in their final games as Badgers Friday. Rich finished with six points, four assists, four steals and zero turnovers, while Gebisa added four of Wisconsin's 27 rebounds. They were pulled with approximately 2:30 left in the game.

The Badgers have now lost seven straight to Ohio State.

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