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Athletes of the Week
Sophomore Jantel Lavender lived up to her Big Ten preseason Player of the Year honor, recording the 14th and 15th double-doubles of her career while scoring 48 points, grabbing 29 rebounds and blocking eight shots as the women’s basketball team notched two wins this weekend. Against Butler Nov.14, Lavender scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds. She also had four blocks and three steals and went 6-of-9 from the line. Then on Nov.16, Lavender scored 24 of her 28 points in the first half and grabbed 10 boards. She was 11-of-13 from the field, 6-of-9 from the FT line and recorded four more blocks as No. 18 Ohio State upped its record to 2-0. Lavender has now scored in double-figures in all 33 career games.

Vaughn Snyder, a senior on the men’s golf team, is rated 18th in the nation, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings released Nov. 15. This fall season he won two events and led the Buckeyes with a 71.27 stroke average. Seven of his 11 rounds were at even-par or lower, including three rounds in the 60’s. Of his eight tournaments played at Ohio State, the senior, who transferred last winter break, has never finished outside of the Top 20.

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Men’s Basketball
Head coach: Thad Matta
Ohio State opened the 2008-09 season with a 90-63 win over Walsh in exhibition play Nov. 13 in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes officially start their campaign against Delaware State at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in Value City Arena.
Sophomore Evan Turner and freshman William Buford each scored 17 points to lead the Scarlet and Gray. Newcomers Jeremie Simmons, a junior-college transfer, and B.J. Mullens, a true freshman from Columbus, started the contest, along with Turner, junior David Lighty and sophomore Jon Diebler. The starters combined for 58 percent of the team’s total scor­ing to propel the Buckeyes to 56 percent shooting on the night.
Up Next: vs. Delaware State, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in Value City Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)
vs. Bowling Green, 8 p.m. Nov. 24 in Value City Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)
vs. Samford, noon Nov. 29 in Value City Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)
at Miami, Fla., (Big Ten/ACC Challenge), 7 p.m. Dec. 2 in Miami, Fla. (Television: ESPN)

No. 18/19 Women’s Basketball (2-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
For the 14th-consecutive year, Ohio State won its regular-season home opener, this time vs. Butler, 75-56, Nov. 14 in Value City Arena. In the Buckeyes’ first-ever meeting against the Bulldogs, they won their 77th-consecutive game at home against an unranked opponent.
Sophomore Jantel Lavender grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds and recorded the 14th double-double of her career with 20 points. Lavender now has scored in double-figures in all 32 career games. Junior Andrea Walker set a career-high with 13 points and tied a career high with eight rebounds.
Ohio State returned to action Nov. 16 in Value City Arena and downed Army, 92-58. The 92 points scored by the Buckeyes were the most since scoring 97 Dec. 17, 2006 in a 97-52 win against Howard.
Lavender had 24 points in the first half and finished with 28 in the game on 11-of-13 shooting. Freshman Samantha Prahalis dished out seven assists in her second career start to go along with nine points.
Lavender, the reigning Big Ten co-Player of the Year as a freshman in 2008, was one of 30 players named to the Women’s Wooden Award All-America Team and Player of the Year watch list last week.
Head coach Jim Foster announced the signing of two highly-touted Ohio recruits to National Letters of Intent Nov. 12. Local product Emilee Harmon, a 6-foot, 2-inch forward from Pickerington Central High School in Pickerington, Ohio, and Brianna Sanders, a 5-foot, 11-inch guard from Princeton High School in Cincinnati, are among the two-member class.
Up Next: vs. Syracuse, 7 p.m. Nov. 19 in Value City Arena (Streaming: BigTenNetwork.com)
at Auburn, 3 p.m. Nov. 23 in Auburn, Ala.
vs. Hartford, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25 in Value City Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)
Buckeye Classic (St. John Arena)
Central Michigan vs. Dayton, noon Nov. 29
Ohio State vs. Boston University, 2 p.m. Nov. 29 (Streaming: BigTenNetwork.com)
Game Three (TBA), 11:30 a.m. Nov. 30

Ohio State vs. Central Michigan/Dayton, 2 p.m. Nov. 30 (Television: Big Ten Network)

Men’s Cross Country
Head coach: Robert Gary
With their eighth-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional championships in West Lafayette, Ind., the Buckeyes will await the announcement from the NCAA as to whether or not they are one of 13 teams to compete in the NCAA championships Nov. 24 in Terre Haute, Ind. Ohio State will find out if it qualified for the national meet as a team either Nov. 16 or Nov. 17.
Individually, the Buckeyes were led once again by redshirt-freshman Taylor Williams. Williams also has the possibility of making it to the NCAA championships with his 25th-place finish in 32:05 on the Purdue Varsity Cross Country Course.
Up Next: at NCAA Championships (Indiana State), TBA Nov. 24 in Terre Haute, Ind.

Women’s Cross Country
Head coach: Karen Dennis
Ohio State finished 13th out of a field of 34 teams at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional championships Nov. 15 in West Lafayette, Ind. The Scarlet and Gray will wait to see if it earned an at-large bid to the NCAA championships Nov. 16 or Nov. 17.
The Buckeyes were paced by sophomore Sarah Foster, who finished 28th in a time of 22:01.
Up Next: at NCAA Championships (Indiana State), TBA Nov. 17 in Terre Haute, Ind.

No. 10/10 Football (9-2; 6-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Tressel
In its final regular-season road game, Ohio State downed Illinois, 30-20, Nov. 15 in Champaign, Ill. Head coach Jim Tres­sel has passed Earle Bruce and now is third among Ohio State head coaches with 82 career wins. Woody Hayes (205 wins) and John Cooper (111) are Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.
Freshman Terrelle Pryor and junior Chris Wells each rushed for more than 110 yards, the first time since 2005 Ohio State has had two players crack the century mark (Antonio Pittman had 171 and Troy Smith 127 vs. Iowa Sept. 24, 2005).
Sophomore linebacker Tyler Moeller made his first career start and he made an immediate impact with two huge defen­sive plays in the first half. On the second defensive series of the game, Moeller forced a fumble that was recovered by senior Nader Abdallah. In the second quarter, with Illinois inside the Ohio State red zone, Moeller pressured quarterback Juice Williams into throwing an interception. Both plays set up Ohio State touchdown drives.
Senior James Laurinaitis returned to the finalist list of the 38th Rotary Lombardi Award, the Rotary Club of Houston an­nounced Nov. 12. He also is one of eight semifinalists for the fifth-annual Lott Trophy, it was announced Nov. 12.
Up Next: vs. Michigan, noon Nov. 22 at Ohio Stadium (Television: ABC)

Men’s Golf
Head coach: Jim Brown
Behind senior’s Vaughn Snyder’s individual tournament win, Ohio State finished fifth as a team at the Turtle Bay Resort Intercollegiate with three-day total of 12-under 852 Nov. 13. In the final round, the Buckeyes carded a score of 7-under 281, its lowest round of the season, on the par 72, 6,535-yard Fazio Course in Oahu, Hawaii.
Snyder finished with a second round of 67 of the tournament to win his second tournament of the season and as a Buck­eye. The Massillon, Ohio, native had rounds of 67-71-67 for the week, finishing at 11-under 205.
The Turtle Bay Resort Intercollegiate concluded the Buckeyes’ 2008 fall schedule. The spring portion of their schedule begins with the annual Alumni Match, Feb. 7 in Jupiter, Fla. The following week the Buckeyes will compete in the inaugural Big Ten Match Play Championship, Feb. 13-14 in Pompano Beach, Fla.

Men’s Hockey (5-5-1; 3-4-1 CCHA)
Head coach: John Markell
For the second time in three games, Ohio State shut out its opponent as it beat Robert Morris in nonconference play, 4-0, in the Pittsburgh College Hockey Showcase Nov. 14. The Buckeyes were backed by 32 saves from sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson.
Freshman Ian Boots led the squad with a goal and an assist, with senior Corey Elkins recording two helpers. Freshmen Hunter Bishop and Taylor Stefishen, along with senior Zach Pelletier also scored for the Buckeyes.
Up Next: at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m. Nov. 21 in Marquette, Mich.
at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m. Nov. 22 in Marquette, Mich.
vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 7:05 p.m. Nov. 28 in Value City Arena
vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 8:05 p.m. Nov. 29 in Value City Arena

Women’s Hockey (5-8-0; 3-8-0 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
Facing the defending national champion Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, Ohio State dropped 3-0 and 8-3 decisions Nov. 14-15 at the OSU Ice Rink.
In game one, senior goalie Liana Bonanno made 39 saves and in game two, the Buckeyes received two goals from fresh­man Natalie Spooner.
Up Next: at St. Lawrence, 4 p.m. Nov. 28 in Canton, N.Y.
at St. Lawrence, 1 p.m. Nov. 29 in Canton, N.Y.
at Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m. Dec. 12 in Mankato, Minn.
at Minnesota State, 3:07 p.m. Dec. 13 in Mankato, Minn.

Pistol
Head coach: Jim Sweeney
Ohio State posted wins over The Citadel and MIT in the open events and against MIT in the women’s events Nov. 15 in Cambridge, Mass. The Buckeyes shot a 6,433 open score with The Citadel finishing second at 6,177 and MIT third at 6,118. Ohio State won the women’s competition against MIT 2,643 to 2,629.
In the open events, sophomore Stephen Lutz won free pistol with a 535 mark. Senior Seth Berglee finished second at 532. Berglee won both the standard pistol (550) and air pistol (569). Anthony Lutz finished second in air pistol at 565.
In the women’s events, freshman Kelsey Imig finished first in sport pistol with a 561 score. In air pistol, freshman Chris­tina Heaton was first at 364. Imig was second at 363.
Ohio State will return to action Jan. 10 when it will compete at the Air Sectionals in North Olmsted, Ohio.

Rifle
Head coach: Pat Cherry
Amanda Furrer, a sharp shooter from Spokane, Wash., signed a NCAA National Letter of Intent to compete for Ohio State starting in the 2009-10 season, Pat Cherry, head coach, announced Nov. 13.
Furrer, who is on track to graduate from Mead High School in the spring, placed third at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the women’s 3-position smallbore rifle event May 22 at Ft. Benning’s International Shooting Complex in Columbus, Ga. As the third finisher, she served as the U.S. female alternate for the Beijing Games.
Up Next: vs. Morehead State, TBA Nov. 23 in Converse Hall

Men’s Soccer (9-8-2; 2-4 Big Ten)
Head coach: John Bluem
Ohio State and Indiana once again played extra time, this time in the Big Ten Conference Tournament quarterfinals in Madison, Wis., Nov. 13. Like earlier this season, the Buckeyes were unable to hold off the Hoosiers and dropped a 1-0 de­cision on an overtime goal by IU.
The Buckeyes will now await their NCAA Tournament fate. The 48-team field will be announced live on ESPNews, Monday, Nov. 17 between 6 and 6:30 p.m. Eastern time.

No. 11 Men’s Swimming (3-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Bill Wadley
Ohio State improved to 3-0 on the season after beating Miami, 167-122, Nov. 14 in the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
The Buckeyes came out with a fast start, sweeping the Top 3 spots in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of sopho­more Andrew Misich, senior Felipe Travesso, junior Andrew Bretscher and junior Joel Elber finished first in a time of 1:30.23.
The Scarlet and Gray would go on to take the Top 3 spots in three other races (1000 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 200 in­dividual medley).
The diving team competed for the first time in 2008-09 and junior Ryan Jefferson took second on the three-meter spring­board (371.03), while classmate Burkley Showe finished second on the one-meter springboard (343.43).
Up Next: at Notre Dame, 5 p.m. Nov. 21 in South Bend, Ind.
at Cleveland State, 5 p.m. Nov. 25 in Cleveland, Ohio
hosting the OSU Invitational, TBA Dec. 5-7 in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Women’s Volleyball (11-17; 2-14 Big Ten)
Head coach: Geoff Carlston
Ohio State dropped a 3-0 decision at No. 19 Michigan Nov. 12 in Cliff Keen Arena. Sophomore Katie Dull posted a match-high 12 points with 10 kills, an ace serve and two assist blocks.
Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 42-36 advantage in digs with junior Chelsea Noble recording a match-high 12.
The Scarlet and Gray returned to St. John Arena Nov. 15 where it hosted Michigan State. Despite evening the sets at 1 apiece after the second set, Ohio State was unable to maintain its momentum and lost the next two sets to drop the match, 3-1.
Dull posted a team-high 16 points while freshman Kelli Barhorst had a career-high 15.5 points. Dull and Barhorst shared match-high honors with 13 kills each. Dull added two solo and two assist blocks and Barhorst had a solo and three assist blocks.
Up Next: at Iowa, 7 p.m. Nov. 21 in Iowa City, Iowa
at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Nov. 23 in Minneapolis, Minn.
vs. Penn State, 7 p.m. Nov. 28 in St. John Arena
vs. Indiana, 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in St. John Arena

No. 3 Wrestling (2-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Tom Ryan
With a pair of wins in the Buckeye Duals Nov. 16, No. 3 Ohio State is 2-0 after victories over Notre Dame College and Cleveland State in St. John Arena. In the first match of the afternoon, Ohio State downed the Falcons, 34-6, before handing the Vikings a 35-13 loss. The Buckeyes dropped only two matches for seven points the entire afternoon. Ohio State sur­rendered a total of 19 points on the day, with 12 given up because of OSU forfeits.
Junior Reece Humphrey (133 pounds) recorded two pins on the afternoon, while five other Buckeyes – freshman Nikko Triggas (125), senior J Jaggers (141), senior Jason Johnstone (157), sophomore Colt Sponseller (165) and freshman Cody Gardner (197) all posted 2-0 records on the day.
Up Next: hosting 43rd Annual NWCA All-Star Classic, 7 p.m. Nov. 24 in St. John Arena
at Las Vegas Invitational, All Day Nov. 24 in Las Vegas

 

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Monday-Sunday, Nov. 17-23

Monday, Nov. 17
Women’s cross country at NCAA Championships, TBA
Terre Haute, Ind.

Wednesday, Nov. 19
Women’s basketball vs. Syracuse, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena (Streaming: BigTenNetwork.com)

Thursday, Nov. 20
Men’s basketball vs. Delaware State, 6:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)

Friday, Nov. 21
Men’s swimming at Notre Dame, 5 p.m.
South Bend, Ind.

Women’s volleyball at Iowa, 7 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

Men’s hockey at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Marquette, Mich.

Saturday, Nov. 22
Football vs. Michigan, noon
Columbus, Ohio
Ohio Stadium (Television: ABC)

Men’s hockey at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Marquette, Mich.

Sunday, Nov. 23
Rifle vs. Morehead State, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range in Converse Hall

Women’s volleyball at Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Women’s basketball at Auburn, 3 p.m.
Auburn, Ala.