No. 6 Ohio State routs Montana in Buckeye title game

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Jessica Davenport told her teammates to be patient on offense and to pick their spots.

They took her advice. And Davenport did her part in an overpowering display, leading No. 6 Ohio State to an 83-43 rout of Montana on Sunday in the Buckeye Classic title game.

Davenport had 22 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks and was honored as the tournament's most valuable player.

"We made some good extra passes and didn't just settle for the first thing we saw," said Davenport, an All-American center and Big Ten player of the year the past two years. Davenport hit 9-of-11 shots from the floor and made all four of her free throws.

Brandie Hoskins scored 17 points and Marscilla Packer added 11 for the Buckeyes (5-0).

"Brandie played a terrific game, played at a nice tempo," Ohio State coach Jim Foster said. "She wasn't in a hurry, and that was not always the case last season. We hope our young players will watch and learn from her."

With Ohio State ahead 42-22, Davenport and Star Allen combined to score the first eight points of the second half, and Montana (3-1) never got closer than 24 points.

Montana coach Robin Selvig said the Lady Griz got off to such a poor start -- shooting 25 percent in the first half -- that her players seemed timid about taking shots the rest of the game.

Davenport's strong play prevent any hopes of a comeback.

"We knew that they were going to try to get the ball in to Davenport and they did that," Selvig said. "But they also hit some outside shots, which made us extend our zone a little bit, then they just picked us apart inside."

Sonya Rogers scored 15 points for Montana, which committed 11 turnovers and shot 29 percent for the game. No one else was in double figures for the Lady Griz.

Montana's two leading scorers, Mandy Morales and Johanna Closson, came in to the game averaging a combined 27.3 points. But the Buckeyes held the duo to just six points.

"We have some pretty good shooters, but you didn't get to see that today," Selvig said.

Foster said he was pleased with effort on defense.

"We wanted our guards to keep good tabs on morales," he said. "Closson we knew would have trouble getting a lot of face-up baskets because of our defense."

The Buckeyes shot 57 percent for the game and outrebounded Montana 49 to 24.

"They have a great basketball team, and we found that out," Selvig said.