Ohio State's Davenport and Penn State's Wright Share Weekly Honors

Penn State's Tanisha Wright (right) shares weekly honors with Ohio State's Jessica Davenport.

Penn State's Tanisha Wright (right) shares weekly honors with Ohio State's Jessica Davenport.

Jan. 17, 2005

Jessica Davenport, Ohio State
6-4, SO, C, Columbus, Ohio/Independence

Davenport earns her second Big Ten Player of the Week award of the season after posting a 20-point average in three Buckeye wins this past week, including two against ranked opponents.  The sophomore center began the week with 19 points and six rebounds on 8-of-13 (.615) shooting, followed by a 19-point, nine-rebound performance on 9-of-16 shooting (.563) in the win against No. 21/22 Iowa.  Davenport completed the weekly sweep with a game-best 22 points vs. No. 4/7 Rutgers, securing an Ohio State win in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge. 

On the week, Davenport averaged 20 points on 24-of-41 (.585) from the field.  She hit her first-career three-pointer in the first half of the Rutgers' win and shot .917 percent (11-of-12, including 7-of-8 vs. Rutgers) from free throw line.  She also averaged 7.3 boards and tallied four assists, five blocked shots and one steal.

Davenport earned her first career weekly award on January 3, 2005.


Tanisha Wright, Penn State
5-10, SR, G, West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin

Wright averaged 18 points, 5.5 rebounds and five assists in two League wins this past week.  The senior All-American guard led the Lady Lions to sole possession of first place in the Conference with 20 points, six rebounds and six assists in a win at Indiana on Sunday.  Wright helped the Lady Lions find their rhythm after her team experienced a sluggish first half against the Hoosiers.  After coming out of the break just three points ahead, Penn State went up by 10 before Indiana cut the lead to seven with 11:22 left to play. Wright took over at that point, scoring the next six points to push the lead to 13, and eventually put the game out of reach.

Earlier in the week, Wright recorded 16 points, five rebounds and four assists in a win at home against Illinois.  She has now scored in double digits in all 16 games this season.

This is Wright's first weekly honor from the League office this season and the second of her career.