Ohio State coach Jim Foster knew his team was fortunate to reach overtime. Marscilla Packer scored 18 points, including a key three-pointer...
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Ohio State coach Jim Foster knew his team was fortunate to reach overtime.
Marscilla Packer scored 18 points, including a key three-pointer in overtime, to lift No. 4 Ohio State to a 66-61 win over Boston College on Saturday.
“I think we were lucky to have a fresh start and go out and get a chance to win the game,” Foster said. “I liked our team a lot in overtime. I didn’t like us for the first 38 minutes.”
The Eagles (6-2) opened a 50-46 lead on Brittany Johnson’s two free throws with 2:06 to play, but the Buckeyes (5-0) forced two turnovers and tied the score on Packer’s two free throws with 48 seconds left.
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“We found a way to win,” said Ohio State’s Brandie Hoskins, who scored 13 points. “It was an ugly win.”
Jessica Davenport, battling double- and triple-team tactics for virtually the entire game, added 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting for the Buckeyes.
Kathrin Ress led BC with 16 points, and Johnson had 15.
The teams were tied three times in overtime before Davenport’s two free throws pushed the Buckeyes ahead 59-57.
Packer made a three-pointer from the left wing as the shot clock ran out for a 62-57 lead with 1:31 left in overtime.
BC’s Brooke Queenan missed a potential winning reverse layup and the ball went out of bounds in favor of the Eagles with two seconds left in regulation. The inbounds pass was tipped into a group of players as the horn sounded.
“Certainly the disappointing part is when you’re up four in the last two minutes,” BC coach Cathy Inglese said.
No. 6 Rutgers 76, San Jose St. 64
Cappie Pondexter scored a season-high 26 points to lead the Scarlet Knights (4-0) over the Spartans (2-2) in the opening round of the Hawkeye Challenge in Iowa City, Iowa.
Rutgers plays Iowa today for the tournament championship.
Pondexter’s three-point basket from the right corner started a 14-2 run by the Scarlet Knights in the second half.
At No. 10 Minnesota 78,
Jamie Broback scored 22 points and Liz Podominick added 15 to help the Golden Gophers (5-1) beat the Cornhuskers (2-3).