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Athletes of the Week
Sophomore women’s basketball center Jantel Lavender picked up her second conference honor in as many weeks when she was named the Big Ten co-player of the week Nov. 25 after posting a pair of double-doubles and two 20-point games as Ohio State defeated Syracuse and dropped a close overtime decision to No. 20 Auburn on the road last week. The sophomore has recorded a double-double with at least 20 points in each of her five games this season.

With 134 yards, junior Chris Wells passed Keith Byars (3,200 yards between 1982-85) for fourth on Ohio State’s all-time rushing charts with 3,276 total rushing yards in the football team’s win over Michigan Nov. 22. This season, Wells has passed Byars, Pepe Pearson, Carlos Snow, Michael Wiley, Antonio Pittman, Raymont Harris, and Calvin Murray on the all-time list. Wells’ 59-yard touchdown in the first quarter was his 30th-career touchdown and third-career touchdown of 50 or more yards against Michigan.

Athletics Good Stuff

Men’s Basketball (2-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Thad Matta
The Buckeyes defeated Delaware State, 70-42, in their season opener in St. John Arena Nov. 20. Head coach Thad Matta now is 9-0 in season openers as a head coach (5-0 at Ohio State, 1-0 at Butler and 3-0 at Xavier)
Junior David Lighty scored 13 points in his 45th-career start for the Buckeyes. Freshman William Buford also scored 13 points to lead Ohio State.
Sophomore Dallas Lauderdale and junior Jeremie Simmons each made their first career starts at Ohio State vs. Dela­ware State.
The Buckeyes defeated instate foe Bowling Green, 61-57, Nov. 24 in Value City Arena. Jon Diebler was the leading scorer for the Buckeyes with 17 points, two shy of his career-high of 19. He also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Lauderdale had six blocks against the Falcons and added a career-best eight points and seven rebounds.
Up Next: vs. Samford, noon Nov. 29 in Value City Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)
at Miami (Big Ten/ACC Challenge), 7 p.m. Dec. 2 in Miami, Fla. (Television: ESPN)
vs. Notre Dame, 4 p.m. Dec. 6 in Indianapolis, Ind., (Television: ESPNU)

No. 20 Women’s Basketball (4-1; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Foster
Ohio State held on for the seven-point win (78-71) against Syracuse Nov. 19 in Value City Arena. With the win, the Buck­eyes are 68-3 at home since the start of the 2004-05 season and 95-7 all-time on their home court under head coach Jim Foster.
Sophomore Jantel Lavender finished with a team-high 22 points and 10 rebounds, marking the 16th double-double of her career and the third in as many games this season. Lavender has scored in double figures in all 34 career games and has hit the 20-point plateau every game this season.
Sophomore Brittany Johnson scored a career-high 15 points and hit a career-best four three-point field goals. She also doubled her personal best with four assists.
Although Ohio State rallied from a four-point halftime deficit and owned a three-point lead with 28 seconds left in the game, it dropped an 87-80 overtime decision to No. 20 Auburn Nov. 23 in Auburn, Ala. Lavender finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for her fourth double-double in as many games this year. Senior Star Allen had 18 points and freshman Samantha Prahalis scored 15 and dished out eight assists.
Up Next: hosting 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)
vs. North Carolina (Big Ten/ACC Challenge), 7 p.m. Dec. 3 in Value City Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)
at Nebraska, 1 p.m. Dec. 6 in Lincoln, Neb.

No. 10/10 Football (10-2; 7-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Tressel
In Ohio State’s 105th meeting with Michigan, the Buckeyes earned their 42nd overall win against the Wolverines after a 42-7 win Nov. 22 in Ohio Stadium. With the win, the Scarlet and Gray have now won five-consecutive games against the Maize and Blue, the first time in program history Ohio State has accomplished such a feat.
Junior Brian Hartline’s 53-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter was his third TD catch of the season and the lon­gest TD catch for the Buckeyes in 2008. With 134 yards, junior Chris Wells passed Keith Byars (3,200 yards between 1982-85) for fourth on Ohio State’s all-time rushing charts with 3,276 total rushing yards. This season, Wells has passed Byars, Pepe Pearson, Carlos Snow, Michael Wiley, Antonio Pittman, Raymont Harris, and Calvin Murray on the all-time list. Wells’ 59-yard touchdown in the first quarter was his 30th-career touchdown and third-career touchdown of 50 or more yards against Michigan. Wells had a 52-yard TD against the Wolverines in 2006 and a 62-yarder in 2007. The 59-yard run also was Ohio State’s longest play from scrimmage in 2008.
Dan Herron’s 49-yard touchdown in the third quarter was his fourth TD run and longest of the season. Herron added a two-yard TD in the fourth quarter. Today marks the third-consecutive game in which Herron has scored a touchdown.
Ohio State held Michigan scoreless in the first, third, and fourth quarters. Ohio State’s defense has held its opponents scoreless in 27 of 48 quarters this season (56.3%). The Buckeye defense posted 10 three-and-out series.
Brian Robiskie, a senior captain from Cleveland, Ohio, was named a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American for the second-consecutive season Wednesday. Robiskie holds a 3.54 grade-point average in marketing and is a finalist for the National Football Foundation’s Draddy Trophy.

Men’s Golf
Head Coach: Jim Brown
Ohio State signed Zachery Sobel, one of the top recruits of 2009, to an NCAA National Letter of Intent Nov. 17.
Sobel, a native of Clearwater, Fla., is ranked as high as fourth in the nation by some recruiting publications. The Palm Harbor University-Medical Magnet School student had three Top 5 finishes in American Junior Golf Association events last summer. He won the AJGA Heritage Junior Championship after shooting rounds of 68-62-71 to finish 15-under. His round of 62 is the lowest round ever recorded in an AJGA event. A two-time captain of his high school golf team, Sobel placed third at the Florida State High School Championship and is a four-time winner of the Greater Tampa Bay Junior Championship. In 2007, Sobel made it to sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open.

Women’s Golf
Head Coach: Therese Hession
The Buckeyes added three names to their roster for next season after signing Susana Benavides, Amy Meier and Rachel Rohanna to NCAA National Letters of Intent Nov. 21.
Benavides, a native of Bolivia, currently attends the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. She won the 2008 Optimist Interna­tional Junior Golf Championship and will bring plenty of international experience to the Buckeye squad. In 2006, Benavides finished in second at the Doral Publix Junior Golf Classic.
A three-year captain at Rochester High School in Rochester Hills, Mich., Meier is a four-time all-league, all-city and all-state golf selection. In her senior season, Meier led the Falcons to a state championship after finishing in first place at the 2008 MHSSA Girls Golf Championship.
Rohanna, a native of Waynesburg, Pa., notched a third-place finish at the 2008 PIAA Girls Golf Championship after taking medalist honors in 2005 and 07. A four-time girls’ individual section champion and three-time regional runner-up, the senior from Waynesburg Central High School also helped the WCHS boys’ team secure a section championship in the 2007 and 08 seasons.

Men’s Hockey (6-6-1; 4-5-1-1 CCHA)
Head Coach: John Markell
After losing the first game of a two-game series to Northern Michigan in Marquette, Mich., Ohio State shut out the Wildcats, 2-0, in game two Nov. 22 in the Berry Events Center.
Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson recorded his third shutout in five games after making 29 stops. Freshman Ian Boots scored a power-play goal in the second period to give the Scarlet and Gray a 1-0 lead. With about two seconds remaining in the second stanza, sophomore Todd Rudasill scored Ohio State’s second goal.
Despite a career-best 36 saves from Carlson, the Buckeyes dropped a 3-1 decision to Northern Michigan the night before. The Wildcats used power-play goals in the first and second periods and a goal early in the third en route to the win. Fresh­man Zac Dalpe scored the Buckeyes’ goal in the third period, his team-best seventh goal of the season.
Up Next: 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
vs. Robert Morris, 4:05 p.m. Dec. 6 in Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, Ohio

Rifle
Head Coach: Pat Cherry
Ohio State collected a 4,578-4,560 victory over Morehead State Nov. 23 in Converse Hall. The Buckeyes had a 2,268-2,265 advantage in smallbore rifle and a 2,310-2,295 advantage in air rifle. Freshman Gina Cheliras was first in smallbore rifle with a 590. In air rifle, freshman Jed Neidigh was second at 580.

Men’s Soccer (9-8-3; 2-4 Big Ten)
Head Coach: John Bluem
Despite being out shot 19-8 by Oakland, the Buckeyes were able to secure the 4-3 penalty kick win in the first round of the NCAA tournament Nov. 22 in Rochester, Mich. Sophomore Julian Sisman hit the deciding penalty kick in the best-of-five penalty kicks.
The Scarlet and Gray will meet Akron in the second round Tuesday Nov. 25. The game will be a rematch of both team’s regular-season finale Nov. 7 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Up Next: at Akron, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25 in Akron, Ohio

No. 11 Men’s Swimming (5-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Bill Wadley
Winning 11-of-14 races, Ohio State beat Notre Dame, 172.5-86.5, Nov. 21 in South Bend, Ind. The Buckeyes claimed the Top 4 spots in three events – 1000 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke.
The Scarlet and Gray had nine individual winners on the night, including juniors Daniel Malnik (200 breaststroke) and Niksa Roki (200 medley) who both earned their first wins of the 2008-09 season.
Ohio State also won two relay races, beginning with the 200 medley with the squad of sophomore Andrew Misich, senior Felipe Travesso, junior Andrew Bretscher and junior Joel Elber. The Buckeyes then won the 400 freestyle relay, which consisted of Elber, Bretscher, junior Andrew Olson and senior Matthias Sigrist.
The team improved to 5-0 with a 169-86 win Nov. 25 over Cleveland State at the Buseby Natatorium on the Cleveland State campus. The Buckeyes won 13 of the 14 races and were led by a pair of individual event wins from three swimmers: Olson, Travesso and Quincy Lee.
Up Next: hosting the OSU Invitational, TBA Dec. 5-7 in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Women’s Swimming (3-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Bill Dorenkott
Powered by four-win performances from freshman Catherine Eitel, from Upper Arlington, and sophomore Samantha Cheverton, Ohio State defeated Cleveland State, 178-81, Nov. 25 at the Buseby Natatorium on the CSU campus.

Women’s Volleyball (12-18; 3-13 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Geoff Carlston
The Buckeyes hit the road Nov. 21 vs. Iowa and swept the Hawkeyes, 25-20, 25-18, 25-22, in Iowa City, Iowa. Sophomore Katie Dull posted a match-high 19 points in the victory with a match-high 15 kills, one ace serve and a career-high three solo blocks.
Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 50-40 margin in digs with junior Chelsea Noble recording a match-high 19.
The Scarlet and Gray then traveled to No. 12 Minnesota where it dropped a 3-1 decision Nov. 23. Dull posted a team-high 19.5 points with 16 kills and a match-high seven assist blocks. Junior Kristen Dozier added 13.5 points with 11 kills and five assist blocks and freshman Kelli Barhorst contributed 13 points with nine kills, an ace serve and six assist blocks.
Up Next: vs. Penn State, 7 p.m. Nov. 28 in St. John Arena
vs. Indiana, 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in St. John Arena

Wrestling
Head Coach: Tom Ryan
Competing against some of the top collegiate wrestlers in the nation, J Jaggers, Reece Humphrey and Colt Sponseller made their debut in one of the National Wrestling Coaches Association more prestigious events in the 43rd Annual NWCA All-Star Classic Presented by the United States Marine Corps Nov. 24. The event, hosted by Ohio State, was held in St. John Arena.
Jaggers dropped a 6-2 decision to No. 2 Nick Gallick of Iowa State, No. 8 Humphrey fell to Navy’s Joe Baker, 5-1. Sponseller nearly rallied from a 9-3 deficit after the second period against second-ranked Moza Fay of Northern Iowa, but came up short, losing 13-9.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 28-30

Friday, Nov. 28
WHKY at St. Lawrence, 4 p.m.
Canton, N.Y.

WVB vs. Penn State, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

MHKY vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 7:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Saturday, Nov. 29
WBKB hosting the Buckeye Classic in St. John Arena
Buckeye Classic
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)

MBKB vs. Samford, noon
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)

WHKY at St. Lawrence, 1 p.m.
Canton, N.Y.

WVB vs. Indiana, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

MHKY vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 8:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena