Davenport Earns Record-Tying Fifth Player of the Week Award of the Season

Feb. 28, 2005

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

Davenport earns her record-tying fifth Big Ten Player of the Week selection of the season after averaging 25 points, 12 rebounds, 5.5 blocks and three steals this past week.  The Buckeye sophomore posted 29 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and six blocks in a 69-58 win over Penn State Sunday - a performance that helped OSU clinch a share of the Big Ten regular season title with Michigan State.  Despite double- and triple-teams from the Lady Lions, Davenport finished 8-of-18 from the field and a perfect 13-of-13 from the free-throw line, which is the third-best mark in Conference history.  With her six blocks against Penn State, Davenport became just the third player all-time and the first since Michigan's Trish Andrew in 1991-92 to record over 100 blocks in a season.  Andrew holds the record of 136, followed by Wisconsin's Janetta Johnson (1988-89) at 130 and Davenport at 103. 

Earlier in the week, Davenport was 9-of-13 from the field and recorded 21 points, eight rebounds and five blocks in a 57-51 road win at Purdue.  She played the full 80 minutes this past week, marking her fourth and fifth consecutive 40-minute games.

Davenport's five Player of the Week nods ties Penn State's Kelly Mazzante for the most selections in one season.  Mazzante, the all-time Player of the Week award winner, was honored five times in both 2002-03 and 2003-04.  Davenport, however, is the first Big Ten player to ever garner five weekly honors during Conference play only in one season.  She received her first award January 3 and then followed by earning the accolade on January 17, January 31, February 21 and February 28.  Davenport is also the second player this season to earn back-to-back honors, as Penn State's Tanisha Wright shared the honors on January 17 and January 24.