Jan. 29, 2006
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Marscilla Packer made five 3-pointers to complement center Jessica Davenport's 19 points, leading No. 7 Ohio State to a 75-49 victory over Illinois on Sunday.
It marked the Buckeyes' eighth consecutive win and kept the defending co-champions a game behind front-running Purdue in the Big Ten.
Packer's 15 points all came from behind the arc for Ohio State (17-2, 8-1). Brandie Hoskins added 13 points. The game was played before 11,622, the second-largest crowd for a women's basketball game at Value City Arena.
With a double-figure lead for the final 24 minutes, the Buckeyes were able to empty their bench. Eleven players scored and eleven more had at least one assist or a rebound.
Janelle Hughes scored 14 points for Illinois (12-8, 4-5), which lost its fourth game in a row.
The Illini had 20 turnovers and shot 36 percent from the field. Ohio State came in second in the nation in points allowed at 51.2 per game.
Davenport hit 9-of-13 shots from the field to go with six rebounds, one assist and two steals. She sat out most of the second half.
The Illini led early by collapsing inside on the 6-foot-5 Davenport, a first-team All-American a year ago. Then Ohio State's perimeter shooters and defense began to take over. The Buckeyes shifted to a zone 4 minutes into the game, and Illinois had difficulty penetrating or getting an open shot the rest of the way.The Buckeyes went on a 13-2 run - Davenport accounting for seven points - to build a 22-12 lead. After the Illini pulled to 22-16 on short jumpers by Hughes and Erin Wigley, Packer started a 9-0 run by hitting consecutive 3-pointers.
Ohio State made 5-of-8 from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes.
Ahead 34-20 at the break, the Buckeyes scored 13 of the next 17 points to push the lead to 47-24. Packer hit two more 3s and Ashley Allen added another for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes finished 11-of-17 on 3-pointers to the Illini's 0-for-9.
More than 160 former Ohio State female athletes were honored at halftime. Their careers predated the Title IX legislation of 1973, meaning that they did not receive varsity letters for their athletic participation. They were presented with certificates and varsity pins.