March 4, 2007
Game Nine Sunday, March 4, 2007
Conseco Fieldhouse Indianapolis, Ind.
#1 OHIO STATE 73 (28-2), #5 PENN STATE 71 (15-16) OT,
Ohio State advances to play No. 2 Purdue in the championship game on Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and is a rematch of the 2006 championship game. It will also mark the fourth time that the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will have faced off in the tournament finale.
The five point margin of victory in the two semifinal games (three in Purdue over Michigan State and two in Ohio State over Penn State) is the lowest-ever combined margin of victory in two Big Ten Tournament semifinal games.
Ohio State shot 60.8 percent from the field in the game, setting a new Big Ten Tournament record for a single game. The previous record was also held by the Buckeyes, who shot exactly 60 percent from the field against Michigan State in 2003.
Jessica Davenport scored a season-high 32 points for the Buckeyes, which tied for the fifth-best single game total in Big Ten Tournament history.
This was second overtime contest of the Tournament and the ninth overall in Big Ten Tournament history. It was also the eighth in the past five years and the third semifinal to go into overtime.
Both Ohio State and Penn State had participated in one overtime semifinal prior to today, with Penn State taking the extra minute contest against Michigan in 1998 and Ohio State falling to Minnesota in overtime in 2005.
Ohio State is now 20-11 in the Big Ten Tournament.
Penn State has a 20-11 record in the Big Ten Tournament.
The two teams each have four wins against each other in Big Ten Tournament play.
Penn State is now 7-3 all time in the semifinals while Ohio State is 4-4 in the round.
Ohio State is 6-1 overall as the No. 1 seed and has won five consecutive Big Ten Tournament games.
Ohio State is 1-2 in Big Ten Championship games entering tomorrow night's matchup. Their last win came in 2006 over the Boilermakers. It will be the third time that the two teams have faced off for the championship, with each team earning one victory.
Davenport tied her career-high for minutes played by spending 43 minutes on the court in the victory.
For the Nittany Lions, Charity Renfro played a career-best 41 minutes in the contest.