Athletes of the Week
Evan Turner, a sophomore on the men’s basketball team, earned his first Big Ten weekly laurel after leading Ohio State to a pair of victories against ranked opponents to improve the team’s record to 5-0 and continue the nation’s longest win streak at 10 games. Turner scored a career-high 28 points in the win vs. No. 7 Notre Dame Dec. 6 at the Hall of Fame Showcase in Indianapolis, earning MVP honors.
Against No. 21 Miami in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Turner scored 19 points, all in the second half, to give the Buckeyes a come-from-behind win on the road Dec. 2. Against the Irish, Turner also played all 40 minutes and connected on 11-of- 16 field goal attempts, all career highs. In the last two games, Turner has averaged 23.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He has connected on 57 percent of his shots (.567) and 86 percent of his foul shots (12-14).
Niksa Roki, a junior from Zagreb, Croatia, helped the men’s swimming team to its first win at the Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invite last weekend at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion, taking first in the 200-yard individual medley in a school-record time of 1:45.87 and setting another school record in the 200 butterfly in 1:46.07.
In all, the biology major swam to three NCAA “B” qualifying times and took first, second and third in his three individual events. There will be no rest for Roki, either. After finals this week, he will compete for Croatia in the 2008 European Championships later this week.
Samantha Cheverton, a sophomore from Lachine, Quebec, helped the women’s swimming team to a fourth-place finish out of 15 teams at the 2008 Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invite last weekend at McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion. The psychology major set two school records in the 100 butterfly (54.78) and in the 100 backstroke (55.31) plus was on a record-setting 400 freestyle relay team that broke a 17-year-old school mark. Cheverton also went under two NCAA “B” qualifying standards on the weekend, in the 500 freestyle and the 200 backstroke.
Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff
Ohio State was first in the Big Ten with 80 student-athletes named to the Big Ten Fall Academic All-Conference team, the league announced Dec. 3. Ohio State had academic honorees in all seven eligible fall sports.
The Buckeye football program led the way with 26 honorees, followed by the men’s soccer team with 13 selections. Field hockey sophomore Alicia Anzivine maintained a 4.0 grade point average. Senior Brian Robiskie was one of eight football student-athletes to capture ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors. Robiskie was again a first-team recipient after earning first-team laurels in 2007.
Men’s Basketball (5-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Thad Matta
Competing in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the Buckeyes traveled to Coral Gables, Fla., where they faced No. 21 Miami and handed the Hurricanes a 73-68 loss Dec. 2.
Sophomore Jon Diebler scored a career-high 20 points, while making a career-best six 3-pointers. Classmate Evan Turner scored 19 points, all in the second half, for the Buckeyes and freshman B.J. Mullens grabbed a career-high nine rebounds.
The Buckeyes then traveled to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., Dec. 6 and dealt No. 7 Notre Dame a 67-62 loss.
Turner earned his second double-double of the season and fourth of his career with a career-high 28 points and 10 rebounds. He also had five assists. Mullens scored a career-high 11 points and had seven boards, while junior center Dallas Lauderdale finished the day with six blocks, including four in eight minutes of action in the first half.
Up Next: vs. Butler, noon Dec. 13 in Value City Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)
vs. Jacksonville, 9 p.m. Dec. 17 in Value City Arena (Television: ESPNU)
vs. Iona, noon Dec. 20 in Value City Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)
vs. UNC Asheville, 7 p.m. Dec. 22 in Value City Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)
No. 18 Women’s Basketball (7-2; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Foster
Facing the No. 2 team in the country, Ohio State dropped a 72-63 decision to North Carolina Dec. 3 in Value City Arena. The game was played as part of the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Sophomore Jantel Lavender recorded her eighth double-double in as many games this season and the 21st of her career. She finished with 27 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Freshman point guard Samantha Prahalis dished out a career-best 13 assists. That mark is tied for fifth-place on Ohio State’s single game list.
Lavender scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the second half and converted a key 3-point play late in the game as Ohio State came back from 12 points down for a 69-65 win at Nebraska Dec. 6 in Lincoln. With the score tied at 63 with 39 seconds left, Lavender converted an old-fashioned 3-point play when she sank a jump hook in the lane while getting fouled. She then drained the free throw to put Ohio State up 66-63 with 21 seconds left.
Lavender recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 10 rebounds while senior Ashlee Trebilcock and sophomore Brittany Johnson contributed 14 and 11 points, respectively. Prahalis had eight assists and five steals and senior Star Allen finished with eight points.
Up Next: vs. Cleveland State, 7 p.m. Dec. 15 in Nationwide Arena
vs. Delaware State, 7 p.m. Dec. 16 in Value City Arena
vs. Michigan, 2 p.m. Dec. 21 in Value City Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)
No. 10/10 Football (10-2; 7-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Tressel
The Bowl Championship Series’ Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will feature No. 10 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Texas at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5 in Glendale, Ariz. This will be the Buckeyes’ fourth appearance in the Bowl Championship Series’ Fiesta Bowl.
Senior linebacker James Laurinaitis has been named one of the four finalists for the fifth annual Lott Trophy, it was announced Nov. 30. The Lott Trophy is given to the student-athlete who exhibits Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
Laurinaitis and senior Malcolm Jenkins headline the 2008 the American Football Coaches’ Association All-America Team announced Dec. 4.
At the annual Football Appreciation Banquet Dec. 7, the Buckeyes handed out their annual team awards. Junior running back Chris Wells was voted team Most Valuable Player. Wells also received the Archie Griffin Award as outstanding offensive player, the W.W. Hayes Award as outstanding player in the Michigan game and the Rex Kern Award as the outstanding offensive back. Laurinaitis and Jenkins shared the Bill Willis Award as the outstanding defensive player.
Other award winners: Ryan Lukens (John Galbreath, academics); Terrelle Pryor (first-year offensive player); Nathan Williams first-year defensive player); Shaun Lane (Ike Kelley, special teams standout); Laurinaitis (Randy Gradishar, linebacker); Robiskie (Paul Warfi eld, receiver); Jenkins and Kurt Coleman (Arnie Chonko, defensive back); Tyson Gentry (Bo Rein, most inspirational); Alex Boone (Jim Parker, offensive lineman); Coleman (SAE, Homecoming game standout); Thaddeus Gibson (Agonis Rick Meyer, Penn State game standout); Rory Nicol (Jim Marshall Warrior); Nader Abdallah (Jack Stephenson, defensive lineman).
Head Coach: Carey Fagan
Ohio State signed three high school seniors to NCAA National Letters of Intent to compete for the Buckeyes, head coach Carey Fagan announced. Colleen Dean, Sarah Gillespie and Lauren Ritter will be freshmen in the 2009-10 season.
Men’s Hockey (9-6-1; 6-5-1-1 CCHA)
Head Coach: John Markell
Ohio State completed the season sweep of College Hockey America opponent Robert Morris with a 7-4 win at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 6.
The Buckeyes received goals from six players and points from 14 total. Sophomore C.J. Severyn led the Scarlet and Gray with a career-high two goals, with classmate Peter Boyd adding a career-high three points on a goal and two assists. Cleveland native John Albert added two assists in the win, which extended the Buckeyes’ winning streak to four.
Up Next: vs. Bentley, 7:05 p.m. Dec. 12 in Value City Arena
vs. Bentley, 8:05 p.m. Dec. 13 in Value City Arena
Ohio Hockey Classic – Value City Arena
Miami vs. Clarkson, 5:05 p.m. Jan. 2
Ohio State vs. Army, 8:05 p.m. Jan. 2
Army vs. Miami/Clarkson (Championship or Consolation Game), 5:05 p.m. Jan. 3
Ohio State vs. Miami or Clarkson (Championship or Consolation Game), 8:05 p.m. Jan. 3
Head Coach: Linda Kalafatis
Ohio State has signed three high school seniors to NCAA National Letters of Intent to compete for the Buckeyes, head coach Linda Kalafatis announced. Megan Coletta, Melanie Nichols and Julia Pecina will join the team for the 2009-10 campaign. All three players hail from southern California. Coletta and Pecina compete for rival high schools, but have been teammates on their SoCal Wicked club team for six years, while Nichols is a member of SoCal Explosion Gold.
No. 11 Men’s Swimming/Diving (5-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Bill Wadley
Ohio State captured its first Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational title Dec. 7 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion with a score of 1382.5 points. The No. 11 Buckeyes topped three-time reigning champion Minnesota by more than 500 points.
A major highlight of the day was the 200 breaststroke. The Buckeyes went 1-2-3-4-5, led by 2007 team Most Outstanding Swimmer junior Sam Pelkey.
Also standing out was the performance by junior Niksa Roki in the 200 butterfly. Roki took third with an NCAA “B” time of 1:46.07, breaking a 24-year school record in the process.
Reigning national champion Sean Moore had a dominating performance on the platform diving event for the Buckeyes. The sophomore took the title in a McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion record of 434.60 points.
Up Next: vs. Wright State, 5 p.m. Jan. 9 in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Women’s Swimming/Diving (3-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Bill Dorenkott
Ohio State concluded the Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational Dec. 7 with a fourth-place finish at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes finished with 434 points.
Highlighting the day was the 400-freestyle relay team of freshman Lisa Narum, sophomore Samantha Cheverton, sophomore Anita Beck and junior Jill Lockhart. The quad broke the 17-year-old school record by just .02, taking third in 3:23.56. Also highlighting the event were a pair of Buckeye sophomores who earned second-place finishes in the final session. Sophomore Kristen Asman was runner-up in the platform diving event with a score of 304.95, while Cheverton swam an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:57.32 in the 200-yard backstroke for second.
The day before, Cheverton was the star of the day for the Buckeyes, setting new school records in the 100-yard butterfly (54.78) and the 100 backstroke (55.31).
Up Next: vs. Wright State, 5 p.m. Jan. 9 in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Head Coach: Pete Hanson
In exhibition action, Ohio State lost to Lewis and Ball State in St. John Arena Dec. 6. The Buckeyes opened play with a 3-1 loss (32-30, 19-30, 30-28, 30-28) against Lewis. Freshman Shawn Sangrey posted a match-high 23.5 points with 22 kills, a solo block and an assist block.
It was a five-match battle (30-25, 24-30, 30-27, 28-30, 15-13) between Ohio State and Ball State in match two. Senior Robbie Klein posted a team-high 18 points with 17 kills and a solo block.
Up Next: vs. Waterloo, 7 p.m. Jan. 2 in St. John Arena
vs. Waterloo, 7 p.m. Jan. 3 in St. John Arena
Women’s Volleyball (12-20; 3-17 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Geoff Carlston
Ohio State outside hitter sophomore Katie Dull was named an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection Dec. 1 by the Big Ten Conference. She played in 19 of the 20 Big Ten matches, starting 18. In conference matches, Dull averaged team highs of 4.51 points and 3.95 kills. She also averaged 1.62 digs and .76 blocks per set in conference matches. Her 4.51 points per set average ranked fifth in the Big Ten and she was fourth in kills per set at 3.95. Dull had double-figure kills in 15 Big Ten matches, including her last 12. She posted season highs of 22 kills and 24.5 points against Wisconsin and seven assist blocks at Minnesota. Her 16 kills against No. 1-ranked Penn State Nov. 28 was an opponent high against the Nittany Lions.
Wrestling (2-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Tom Ryan
Ohio State traveled to the 27th Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational Dec. 5-6 and finished tied for 11th among a field of 44 teams with 67.5 points.
Junior Lance Palmer (149) and sophomore Colt Sponseller (165) were runners-up, while senior Jason Johnstone (157) and junior Corey Morrison (HWT) were Top 8 placewinners as well. Johnstone finished eighth and Morrison was sixth.
Up Next: at Edinboro, 4 p.m. Dec. 14 in Edinboro, Pa.
Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday-Sunday, Dec. 9-14
Friday, Dec. 12
MGYM Scarlet & Gray Intrasquad (exhibition), 2 p.m.
St. John Arena
MHKY vs. Bentley, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena
WHKY at Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
Friday-Sunday, Dec. 12-14
Fencing at Division I NAC, TBA
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Saturday, Dec. 13
MBKB vs. Butler, noon
Value City Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)
WHKY at Minnesota State, 3:07 p.m.
MHKY vs. Bentley, 8:05 p.m.
Value City Arena
Sunday, Dec. 14
WR at Edinboro, 4 p.m.