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Athletes of the Week
• After missing last weekend while playing with the gold medal-winning Canadian Under-22 Team at the MLP Cup in Germany, Natalie Spooner, sophomore on the women’s hockey team, returned to the Buckeyes and had three points to help them to a sweep of Minnesota State, Jan. 15-16 in Mankato, Minn. The forward from Scarborough, Ontario, scored the third goal and assisted on the fifth in Ohio State’s 6-0 shutout of the Mavericks Friday. Trailing 2-1 heading into the third Saturday, Spooner scored the game-tying goal 4:59 into the period as the Buckeyes rallied for the 3-2 victory.

The two goals scored by Spooner moved her into a tie for eighth in the Buckeye career records with 34 goals just 52 games into her young career. She ranks seventh in Ohio State’s WCHA career records with 28 goals vs. conference opponents.

• Thomas Murdaugh, a sophomore on the men’s track and field team, posted two meet records en route to a pair of top finishes as he led Ohio State to a 92-70 victory in the Dual meet over Michigan Jan. 16. Murdaugh was dominant once again in the 400-meter event, finishing in first-place with an NCAA provisional time of 46.58 – the second-best time in the NCAA this season. The back-to-back Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week sealed the Buckeye victory by anchoring the 4×400-meter relay team to first place and an NCAA provisional time of 3:12.60. The mark bested the Wolverines by five seconds and is the fastest of any Big Ten mile relay team so far this season.

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Athletics
• With nine NCAA championships completed, Ohio State currently sits eighth in the 2009-10 Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings. The Buckeyes have finished in the Top 25 nationally in football, field hockey, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s cross country. Ohio State is one of five Big Ten Conference programs ranked in the Top 25, including Penn State (4th), Michigan State (15th), Minnesota (20th) and Wisconsin (21st).

Baseball
Head coach: Bob Todd
• For the second time this preseason, the Ohio State battery of Alex Wimmers and Dan Burkhart garnered preseason All-American laurels, this time from Ping! Baseball.

Men’s Basketball (13-5; 3-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• David Lighty led Ohio State with 18 points as the Buckeyes notched their second win over a ranked opponent in a week with a 60-51 victory over No. 13 Wisconsin Jan. 16. Evan Turner added 15 points while William Buford had 12 rebounds.
• Earlier in the week, the Buckeyes rallied from a 13-point deficit to upset No. 6 Purdue, 70-66, in West Lafayette Jan. 13. Turner, the Big Ten Player of the Week, scored 23 of his career-high 32 points in the second half, including 14 of Ohio State’s final 18 points. He also had nine rebounds in his third game back since missing a month with a fracture in his back.
Up Next: vs. Northwestern, 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at Value City Arena (Big Ten Network)
at West Virginia, 2 p.m. Jan. 23 in Morgantown, W.V. (CBS)
at Iowa, 8:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in Iowa City, Iowa (Big Ten Network)
vs. Minnesota, 1 p.m. Jan. 31 in Columbus, Ohio (CBS)

No. 5 Women’s Basketball (19-1; 7-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Posting its second win over Illinois in 18 days, Ohio State won 72-61 Jan. 14 in Value City Arena. For the second game in a row, sophomore guard Samantha Prahalis led the Buckeyes in points with 24. She also finished with five assists in 36 minutes.
• With an 81-64 victory over Indiana Jan. 17, head coach Jim Foster moved to 200-48 in his eighth season at Ohio State. He is just the second coach – men’s or women’s – to win at least 200 games at three different schools (joining C. Vivian Stringer). Foster spent 13 seasons at St. Joseph’s (248-126) and 11 at Vanderbilt (256-99) before coaching at Ohio State.
• Jantel Lavender finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds against the Hoosiers for her 10th double-double of the season and the 47th of her career. Ohio State is 40-7 when she records a double-double.
• Lavender was selected as one of the 21 candidates for the Women’s John R. Wooden Award Jan. 13. She has scored in double figures in all 86 career games – the longest active streak in Division I.
• Prahalis earns her second-consecutive Player of the Week honor and her third of the season after leading Ohio State to wins over Illinois and Indiana. The sophomore averaged 23.5 points, 5.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 2.0 rebounds per game as the Buckeyes improved to 19-1 overall and 7-0 in Big Ten play.
Up Next: at Michigan, 7 p.m. Jan. 21 in Ann Arbor, Mich. (BigTenNetwork.com)
at Purdue, 7 p.m. Jan. 25 in West Lafayette, Ind. (ESPN2)
vs. Minnesota, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Value City Arena (Big Ten Network)
at Indiana, noon Jan. 31 in Bloomington, Ind. (Big Ten Network)

Cheerleading
Head coach: Lenee Buchman
• Ohio State’s cheerleading squad took fifth place Jan. 17 at the 2010 UCA College Cheerleading National Championships at Walt Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. The fifth-place finish is a one-spot improvement from last year’s finish and marks the highest since the squad took second in 2001. The Buckeyes placed higher than any other Big Ten school.
• The OSU dance team finished in seventh place, while the Buckeyes took 10th in poms.
• The Buckeyes are under the direction of first-year head coach Lenee Buchman, assistant coach Dana Bumbrey and choreographer Eddie Hollins.

Football
Head coach: Jim Tressel
• The 2010 season football opener between Ohio State and Marshall will take place Thursday evening, Sept. 2 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Kickoff time and television plans will be announced at a later date.
• Four members of Ohio State’s Rose Bowl champion football team have been invited to participate in post-season all-star contests: Offensive lineman Jim Cordle and defensive lineman Doug Worthington have accepted invitations to play in the East-West Shrine Game at 3 p.m. Jan. 23 (ESPN2).
• All-America safety Kurt Coleman has accepted an invitation to the Under Armour Senior Bowl at 4 p.m. Jan. 30 (NFL Network). Kicker Aaron Pettrey has been invited to the Texas vs. the Nation all-star game at 2 p.m. Feb. 6 (CBS College Sports).

No. 7 Men’s Gymnastics (3-2; 2-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Miles Avery
• Competing at the 40th annual Windy City Invitational Jan. 16, Ohio State turned in a strong performance, finishing third with a 347.15 in its season-opener in Chicago. Leading the way for the Buckeyes were all-arounders Brandon Wynn and Tai Lee. Wynn, a junior captain from Voorhees, N.J., won rings, tying his career high with a 16.1, en route to an 87.6 all-around tally for second place. Lee, a senior from Orlando, Fla., followed in third with a score of 85.95 in his first meet since March 21, 2009.
• Senior Justin Myers and Wynn were named co-captains of the 2010 team Miles Avery, 13th-year head coach, announced Jan. 13.
Up Next: vs. Illinois, 1 p.m. Jan. 30 at St. John Arena
at Winter Cup Challenge, TBA Feb. 4-6 in Las Vegas
at Nebraska, vs. UIC, Air Force, 3 p.m. Feb. 21 in Lincoln, Neb.
vs. Penn State, 4 p.m. Feb. 27 at St. John Arena

Women’s Gymnastics (0-2)
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• Working the home crowd of 831 with an Ohio State themed floor routine, senior captain Hillary Dow notched a 38.700 all-around score to finish third while pacing the Buckeyes who concluded the evening with a score of 193.050 Jan. 16 in St. John Arena. Oregon State, ranked fifth in the nation, earned its fourth win of the season after tallying a 196.125.
Up Next: at Pittsburg, 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in Pittsburg, Pa.
at Michigan State, 1 p.m. Jan. 30 in East Lansing, Mich.

Men’s Hockey (9-12-1, 7-8-1-1 CCHA)
Head coach: John Markell
• Led by two goals and three points from sophomore Zac Dalpe, Ohio State beat the U.S. National Under-18 Team, part of the National Team Development Program, 6-3, Jan. 15 in an exhibition game in Value City Arena. Matt Bartkowski, Hunter Bishop and Sergio Somma each had two assists in the game, with 13 players recording at least one point.
Up Next: at Michigan State, 7:35 p.m. Jan. 22 in East Lansing, Mich. (FS Plus)
at Michigan State, 5:05 p.m. Jan. 23 in East Lansing, Mich. (Big Ten Network)
vs. Ferris State, 7:05 p.m. Jan. 29 at Value City Arena (BigTenNetwork.com)
vs. Ferris State, 7:05 p.m. Jan. 30 at Value City Arena (BigTenNetwork.com)

Women’s Hockey (11-9-4; 8-8-2-0 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• Led by Minttu Tuominen’s first career hat trick and Chelsea Knapp’s first career shutout, Ohio State posted a 6-0 win at Minnesota State Jan. 15 in Mankato, Minn. Along with the strong performances by the two rookies, a total of nine Buckeyes got in on the scoring with six players recording multiple-point games. Christina Mancuso and Natalie Spooner each had a goal and assist while Laura McIntosh, Rachel Davis and Tina Hollowell each had two assists.
• Ohio State rallied with two goals in the third period to top Minnesota State, 3-2, Jan. 16 to earn the series sweep. Hokey Langan, the highest scoring freshman in the NCAA, scored twice including the game-winner in the third period.
• Former Ohio State defenseman Emma Laaksonen and current forward Tuominen were named to the Finnish Women’s National Team to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Laaksonen will be making her fourth appearance in the Olympics while Tuominen, in her freshman season with the Buckeyes, is making her first. Both are natives of Espoo, Finland.
Up Next: vs. Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m. Jan. 22 at OSU Ice Rink
vs. Bemidji State, 2:07 p.m. Jan. 23 at OSU Ice Rink
vs. Wisconsin, 7:07 p.m. Jan. 29 at OSU Ice Rink
vs. Wisconsin, 3:07 p.m. Jan. 30 at OSU Ice Rink

Men’s Lacrosse
Head coach: Nick Myers
• Tickets for the men’s lacrosse 2010 season went on sale Jan. 13. The Buckeyes will host seven games in Columbus in three venues, playing indoors in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and outdoors at both Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and Ohio Stadium.

Pistol (7-1)
Head coach: Jim Sweeney
• Ohio State earned a split Jan. 16 with a win over Akron, 6,193 to 5,599, but a loss to the defending national champion, the United State Military Academy, 6,314 to 6,193. Ohio State’s Kelsey Imig shot team-highs of 506 in free pistol, 521 in standard pistol and 555 in air pistol. She finished second in air and third in free pistol. Imig was second in three-gun aggregate with a 1.582.
Up Next: at U.S. Naval Academy, TBA Jan. 22-23 in Annapolis, Md.
hosting Winter Open, 4 p.m. Jan. 29 at Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range
vs. The Citadel, 8 a.m. Jan. 30 at Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range
hosting Winter Open, 8 a.m. Jan. 30 at Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range
vs. The Citadel, 9 a.m. Jan. 31 at Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range
hosting Winter Open, 9 a.m. Jan. 31 at Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

Women’s Soccer
Head coach: Lori Walker
• Former Ohio State players Ashley Bowyer and Lauren Robertson were both selected in the fifth round of the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft Jan. 15 in Philadelphia. Bowyer was selected with the third pick of the fifth round by FC Gold Pride while Robertson was taken four picks later by D.C. Freedom.
• Bowyer also was named a first-team NSCAA/adidas Scholar-Athlete All-American, as well as a first-team Scholar-Athlete All-Mideast region. A pre-physical therapy major, she became the sixth Buckeye to be named an NSCAA Scholar All-American.

Softball
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• Linda Kalafatis, 14th-year head coach, announced the promotion of Ali Viola to associate head coach of the Buckeyes Jan. 13. Viola will be serving her fifth year at Ohio State in 2010, working primarily with the infield, as well as tutoring the team’s power hitters.

No. 12 Men’s Swimming and Diving (6-0)
Head coach: Bill Wadley
• Ohio State and Indiana, storied swimming and diving schools with a combined 37 Big Ten titles and 17 NCAA crowns, met in an old fashioned dual meet Jan. 16 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The No. 12 Buckeyes won every event and prevailed over the No. 20 Hoosiers, 224-74, to improve to 6-0 in the dual meet season.
• Ohio State was led by multiple wins from a quartet of swimmers: seniors Stefan Sigrist and Joel Elber, junior Elliott Keefer and sophomore Andrew Elliott. Senior diver Ryan Jefferson also had a pair of wins.
Up Next: vs. Penn State, Michigan, Northwestern, 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
vs. Penn State, Michigan, Northwestern, noon Jan. 30 at Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

No. 30 Women’s Swimming and Diving (4-0)
Head coach: Bill Dorenkott
• A three-win effort by senior diver Chelsea Davis earned the Worthington Kilbourne graduate her seventh career Big Ten Conference Diver of the Week accolade and her first this season Jan. 12. Davis led a one-two Ohio State finish – with teammate Bianca Alvarez – on both the one- and three-meter springboard events to lead the Buckeyes to a pair of wins over Toledo and Wright State Jan. 9-10.
Up Next: at Michigan State, All Day Jan. 22 in East Lansing, Mich.
vs. Michigan, 2 p.m. Jan. 23 at Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
vs. Penn State, 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
vs. Penn State, noon Jan. 30 at Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

No. 3 Men’s Tennis
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• Four Buckeyes went undefeated at the Boilermaker Invitational Jan. 16-17 at the Schwartz Tennis Center in West Lafayette, Ind. Freshman Dino Marcan was the tournament winner with four singles and three doubles victories.
• Senior co-captain Mike O’Connell, junior Balazs Novak, sophomore Steven Williams and Marcan stayed perfect in both singles and doubles play through two days, facing members of the Valparaiso, Eastern Kentucky, Western Michigan and Purdue squads.
• The Buckeyes were a combined 13-0 in singles and 5-0 in doubles action. In addition to Marcan, Novak and Williams also claimed a 4-0 record in singles, winning two matches both Saturday and Sunday.
Up Next: vs. Butler, 10 a.m. Jan. 20 at Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
vs. Xavier, 5 p.m. Jan. 20 at Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
hosting ITA National Indoors Qualifier, All Day Jan. 30-31 at Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• Ohio State defeated Michigan, 92-70, in “The Dual” Jan. 16 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes won in nine out of 15 events to capture a convincing win over the rival Wolverines.
• The performance of the day for the Buckeyes came in the weight throw, where sophomore Max Mays shattered his previous personal record in the weight throw, claiming first-place with an NCAA provisional toss of 19.52m (64-0.5), the second-best mark in the Big Ten so far this season.
• All-American Thomas Murdaugh, the Big Ten runner of the week, put together another dominating performance in the 400m dash, taking the title with an NCAA provisional and Big Ten best time of 47.18

Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• At the Kentucky Invitational Jan. 15-16 in Lexington, Ohio State’s Maggie Mullen led the Buckeye effort on day one, qualifying for the finals of the weight throw with a personal record and seventh-place toss of 17.94m (58-10.25). Sophomores Christina Manning and Kelcey McKinney finished back-to-back in the long jump. Manning placed sixth with a jump of 5.79m (19 ft.), the seventh-best mark in the Big Ten this season. McKinney was seventh at 5.73m (18-9.75).
• In the track events, the Buckeyes placed athletes in the Top 10 in 10 of 13 events. Senior Katie Williams led the way for the Scarlet and Gray, finishing fourth in the mile run in a time of 4:53.60, the third-best time in school history.

No. 13 Men’s Volleyball (2-4; 1-0 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Ohio State began conference play with a 3-0 (30-26, 34-32, 30-24) sweep of IPFW Jan. 15 in St. John Arena. Buckeyes Ted Schoenfeldt posted a match-high 20 points with 15 kills (.429), three ace serves, one solo block and two assist blocks. John Klanac contributed 17.5 points with 13 kills (.233), two ace serves, one solo block and three assist blocks with Mik Berzins adding 11 points with 10 kills (.500) and one solo block.
• The Buckeyes then dropped a 3-1 (30-22, 30-25, 22-30, 30-25) decision at St. Francis Jan. 17. Klanac and Grayson Overman shared team-high honors in points with 13 each. Ohio State rebounded with a 3-0 (30-26, 30-21, 30-28) road victory over Juniata Jan. 18. Overman posted a co-match-high of 13 points for the Buckeyes while Kevin Heine added 12.5 points with a team-high 10 kills.
Up Next: vs. Grand Canyon, 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at St. John Arena
vs. Grand Canyon, 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at St. John Arena
vs. George Mason, 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at St. John Arena
vs. Juniata, 2 p.m. Jan. 31 at St. John Arena

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Jan. 19-24

Jan. 19
Women’s tennis vs. Xavier, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Men’s basketball vs. Northwestern, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena
Big Ten Network

Women’s tennis vs. Cleveland State, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Jan. 20
Men’s tennis vs. Butler/Xavier, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Jan. 21
Women’s basketball at Michigan, 7 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
BigTenNetwork.com

Jan. 22-23
Pistol at U.S. Naval Academy, TBA
Annapolis, Md.

Jan. 22
Women’s swimming and diving at Michigan State, All Day
East Lansing, Mich.

Men’s volleyball vs. Grand Canyon, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Women’s gymnastics at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Women’s hockey vs. Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
OSU Ice Rink

Men’s hockey at Michigan State, 7:35 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.
FS Plus

Jan. 23-24
Synchronized swimming hosting Ohio State Tri-Meet Routine Competition, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Jan. 23
Fencing at NYU Duals, TBA
New York, N.Y.

Women’s tennis vs. Memphis, 1 p.m.
Columbia, Mo.

Women’s swimming and diving vs. Michigan, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Men’s basketball at West Virginia, 2 p.m.
Morgantown, W.V.
CBS

Women’s hockey vs. Bemidji State, 2:07 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
OSU Ice Rink

Men’s hockey at Michigan State, 5:05 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.
Big Ten Network

Women’s tennis at Missouri, 6 p.m.
Columbia, Mo.

Men’s volleyball vs. Grand Canyon, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Jan. 24
Fencing at St. John’s Duals, TBA
New York, N.Y.

Rifle at U.S. Military Academy (Army), TBA
Palmyra, Pa.

Wrestling vs. Penn State, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena
Big Ten Network (Tape Delay)