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Packer's huge second half keeps Ohio St. undefeated

Dec 3, 2006 - 11:27 PM COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- Marscilla Parker made sure that Ohio State's undefeated start did not end with the new month.

Parker scored 22 of her 25 points in the second half as the sixth-ranked Buckeyes rallied for an 84-79 victory over Washington.

Playing for the first time since a 68-33 victory over Longwood on Thursday, Ohio State's opportunity to improve to 7-0 appeared in jeopardy as it fell behind 64-53 on a 3-pointer by Cheri Craddock with 10:30 remaining.

Thanks largely to Packer, Jessica Davenport and Brandie Hoskins, the Buckeyes closed the contest with a 31-15 run. Packer had 11 points down the stretch and Davenport and Hoskins contributed eight each.

Packer's jumper with 2:29 left closed the deficit to 74-73. She grabbed a steal moments later and passed the ball to Maria Moeller, who found Hoskins for a fast-break layup and a 75-74 lead with 2:01 left.

Packer hit a jumper in the paint 38 seconds later to make it 78-74. The Huskies could get no closer than two points thereafter.

The junior guard finished 8-of-18 from the field with four 3-pointers in the second half.

Davenport had 25 points and 16 rebounds and Hoskins scored 23 and handed out seven assists for Ohio State, which shot 54 percent (31-of-57) for the contest.

Cameo Hicks scored 16 of her 29 points in the first half for Washington (3-4), which lost despite shooting 50 percent (15-of-30), including 5-of-8 on 3-pointers, in the second half.

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