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Athletes of the Week
• Samantha Prahalis, a sophomore point guard on the women’s basketball team, averaged 24.0 points, 9.5 assists, shot 70 percent from long range and was perfect from the free throw line (15-of-15) to receive a Big Ten Player of the Week nod as the Buckeyes went 2-0 last week in wins over Iowa and Penn State.

In the win over Penn State on Sunday, Prahalis led the Buckeyes with 26 points and 12 assists for her seventh double-double of the season, connecting on five 3-pointers as Ohio State hit a Big Ten record making 17 from beyond the arc to help battle back from a 15-point deficit.

• Brandon Wynn, a junior captain on the men’s gymnastics team, won the 2010 USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge rings title and a spot on the U.S. Senior National Team with a two-day total of 30.55 Feb. 6 at the Las Vegas Sports Center.

The Voorhees, N.J., native, who has yet to be beat on rings in 2010, recorded a 15.15 at prelims and added a 15.4 at the finals with both scores serving as meet highs. Wynn is the first Buckeye to win a U.S. event title since Jimmy Wickham (2005-08) won vault at the Winter Cup Challenge in 2006.

Athletics Good Stuff

No. 13/18 Men’s Basketball (18-6, 8-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• Ohio State downed Penn State, 75-62, Feb. 3 in Value City Arena. Evan Turner finished the game with 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
• The Buckeyes completed the week with a 68-58 victory over Iowa Feb. 7 at Value City Arena. Turner finished with a career-high tying 32 points, five assists and seven rebounds.
• Turner was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week after averaging 29.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals in a pair of home wins last week while only committing three turnovers in 80 minutes of action. He now has 61 career games with 10 or more points, including 16 this season.

No. 8/9 Women’s Basketball (23-3, 11-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Ohio State can clinch its sixth-straight Big Ten title with a win over Purdue Feb. 11.
• Ohio State defeated Iowa, 86-82, Feb. 4 in Value City Arena. Samantha Prahalis led the Buckeyes with 22 points while Jantel Lavender and Brittany Johnson posted 18 points each in the win.
• The Buckeyes earned an 86-73 conference road win vs. Penn State Feb. 7 behind a 26-point, 12-assist outing from Prahalis. Lavender contributed 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the win. The Buckeyes hit a Big Ten record 17 three-pointers to help them overcome a 15-point first-half deficit.

Diving
Head coach: Vince Panzano
• Ohio State posted five Top 10 finishes, including a third-place effort by junior Katie Bell at the 2010 USA Diving Winter Nationals and World Cup Team Trials Feb. 7 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Bell was third on the 10-meter platform with 670.35 points, qualifying for the U.S. Grand Prix Team that will compete May 6-9 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
• For the men, Wes Wieser earned the highest Buckeye finish, placing fifth on the 10-meter platform with 887.80 points.

Football
Head coach: Jim Tressel
• Eighteen of the nation’s top high school football players have signed to play at Ohio State, head coach Jim Tressel announced Feb. 3. The class includes nine players from Ohio, two from Pennsylvania and Florida, and one from Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and North Carolina. There are nine defensive and seven offensive players, one specialist and one player recruited as an athlete in the class.
• Former Buckeye Dick LeBeau was named a member of the Class of 2010 Pro Football Hall of Famers Feb. 7. LeBeau played for 14 years with the Lions, intercepting 62 passes which currently ranks third all-time among cornerbacks.

No. 30 Women’s Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
• Ohio State opened its spring season Feb. 8 with a first round of 300 (+16) at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif. The Buckeyes are tied for seventh with defending NCAA champ Arizona State and Big Ten foe Michigan State.
• Freshman Rachel Rohanna started the event with a steady performance by making par on her first 15 holes. Starting on No. 10, her only hiccups were bogeys on holes 6 and 9 en route to a 73 to sit in a tie for 12th place.

No. 5 Men’s Gymnastics (3-3, 2-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Miles Avery
• Brandon Wynn won the 2010 USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge rings title and a spot on the U.S. Senior National Team with a two-day total of 30.55 Feb. 6 at the Las Vegas Sports Center. At the prelims Feb. 4, the Voorhees, N.J., native recorded a 15.15 and added a 15.4 at the finals – both scores were meet highs. Wynn becomes the first Buckeye to win a U.S. event title since Jimmy Wickham (2005-08) won the vault title at the Winter Cup Challenge in 2006.
• Sophomore Steven Spencer finished third on the pommel horse, scoring a 14.05 at the finals for a two-day total of 29.10.

Women’s Gymnastics (1-4; 0-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• Despite recording three season-high event totals, Ohio State lost a close one in Iowa City, Iowa, falling, 194.925-193.025, to the Hawkeyes Feb. 6. The Ohio State-Iowa meet will be aired on a tape delayed basis at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 on the Big Ten Network.
• Sophomore Taylor Jones scored a 9.775 on bars to tie for first and added a 9.850, which tied her career best, for third on vault.

Men’s Hockey (11-14-3, 9-10-3-1 CCHA)
Head coach: John Markell
• Led by two goals from Sergio Somma and four assists from Zac Dalpe, Ohio State skated to a 5-all tie with Nebraska-Omaha Feb. 5 in front of an announced attendance of 13,147, the largest in Qwest Center Omaha history for the hockey Mavericks. Neither team scored in the extra 5-minute period and UNO won the shootout, 3-2, in seven rounds.
• Ohio State dropped a 4-3 decision to Nebraska-Omaha Feb. 6. Buckeye goalie Dustin Carlson had 36 saves in the game, with junior defenseman Shane Sims posting a career-high two goals.
• Dalpe was named the CCHA Player of the Month for January.

Women’s Hockey (14-12-4, 11-11-2-0 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• Ohio State needed an extra 2:16 but came up with the 2-1 overtime victory against North Dakota Feb. 5 at the OSU Ice Rink. Sophomore Kim Theut lifted the Buckeyes to the win – their first in overtime while playing in their sixth extra session of the season.
• The Buckeyes then fell to North Dakota, 7-2, Feb. 6. Hokey Langan scored the second OSU goal to up her team-leading goal total to 19. The goal also was Langan’s 40th point of the season, making her just the third freshman in Buckeye history to tally 40 or more points. She is five points away from breaking the record held by Jeni Creary (2001-02).

Pistol (9-1)
Head coach: Jim Sweeney
• Ohio State hosted the Midwest Collegiate Sectional and posted a 6,287 open aggregate score Feb. 6, followed by Michigan State at 5,306. Akron and Purdue were scheduled to compete but were unable because of the weather. Teams advancing to the Collegiate National Championship, March 16-20 at Ft. Benning, Ga., will be announced Feb. 24.
• Rob Deppi finished first in the standard (538) and air (551) and was second in free pistol (507). Kelsey Imig was first in free pistol with a 513 score and finished second in standard with a 531. Erin Meadows, with a 551, took second place in air pistol.

Rifle (5-2)
Head coach: Pat Cherry
Ohio State outshot Akron, 4,611 points to 4,577, Feb. 7 in Columbus, Ohio. In the smallbore, Amanda Furrer and James Clark finished 1-2 with scores of 580 and 575, respectively. Clark also won the air rifle with a 588 while Furrer placed third (585).

Men’s Soccer
Head coach: John Bluem
• Three members of the Big Ten Champion team earned NCAA Division I All-Ohio honors, the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association announced last week. Doug Verhoff and Konrad Warzycha each were tabbed first-team honorees, while Matt Gold was recognized as a member of the second team.

Women’s Soccer
Head coach: Lori Walker
• After closing out a record-setting campaign with a trip to the NCAA tournament, head coach Lori Walker announced the addition of six members of the 2010 recruiting class Feb. 5. The class includes three midfielders, two defenders and a goalkeeper.

No. 9 Men’s Swimming and Diving (9-1)
Head coach: Bill Wadley
• Ohio State closed out its dual meet campaign with a 177-112 win over Eastern Michigan Feb. 5 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The victory over the Mid American Conference’s best team – the Eagles have won 53 consecutive MAC dual meets – capped a 9-1 regular season on an evening when 14 remarkable seniors were honored and celebrated before their final home dual.

Synchronized Swimming
Head coach: Linda Lichter-Witter
• Ohio State hosted Miami (Ohio) and William & Mary in the Fourth Annual Jessica Beck Memorial Meet at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Feb. 6. The Buckeyes finished first with 93 points, taking the top spot in every routine. The Tribe tallied 73 points and the RedHawks earned 29 points for second and third place, respectively.

No. 3 Men’s Tennis (6-0)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• The Buckeyes improved to 6-0 overall this season after downing No. 22 North Carolina, 6-1, in a home match Feb. 7. Sophomore Chase Buchanan won the match at No. 1 singles, capturing a 6-3, 6-4 victory against No. 36 Clay Donato and stay perfect at the top of the lineup with a 5-0 record.
• Ohio State won 6-1 against No. 13 Pepperdine Feb. 5 at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. Freshman Dino Marcan clinched the match for the Buckeyes in singles after defeating Mousheq Hovhannisyan 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, at the No. 3 spot to improve to 7-0 overall on the season.

No. 33 Women’s Tennis (8-1)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• The Buckeyes wrapped up its road trip weekend with a 5-2 win over No. 23 Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., Feb. 7 to improve to 8-1 this season. OSU has won three matches in a row.
• Ohio State downed No. 50 William & Mary on the road, 5-2, Feb. 5 in Williamsburg, Va. The Buckeyes were victorious in three of the first four singles matches completed to clinch the victory. Freshman Fidan Manashirova was first off, downing Anik Cepeda in straight sets at No. 6, 6-3, 6-0, posting her 13th win of the season.
• Ohio State opened the week with a 7-0 win over the No. 34 Kentucky Wildcats Feb. 3 at home. OSU has recorded five shutout victories this season.

Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• All-American Jeff See, the Big Ten Runner of the Week, ran a sub-four minute mile Feb. 6 at the Meyo Invitational to take first place in a time of 3:58.82, the second-best in Ohio State indoor history and the second-fastest time in the nation this year. Curtis Leuenberger took home the 200m dash title with an NCAA provisional run of 21.50, the best in the Big Ten on the year.
• Cory Leslie recorded the best time in OSU history with a second-place run of 2:22.48 in the 1000m Feb. 5 at the Meyo Invitational. Classmate Marvel Brooks won the 500m dash with a personal record time of 1:02.87.
• Ohio State sits atop the first United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Great Lakes regional rankings, released Feb. 2.

Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• At the New Balance Collegiate Invitational Feb. 6, sophomore Maggie Mullen set a personal record in the weight throw championship, finishing in fifth with a toss of 18.13m (5-5.75).
• Ohio State’s 4x400m relay team of Ashley Caldwell, Shaniqua McGinnis, Nyjah Cousar and Christina Manning placed fifth with an NCAA provisional time of 3:39.32, the second-best time in the Big Ten this season.

No. 14 Men’s Volleyball (7-4, 4-0 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Ohio State remained undefeated in conference play with a 3-0 (30-28, 34-32, 30-23) victory at Ball State Feb. 5. The win was head coach Pete Hanson’s 500th victory with the Buckeyes. Shawn Sangrey, the MIVA Player of the Week, posted a match-high 21.5 points in the contest with Kevin Heine adding 13.5 and Mik Berzins 11.
• Ohio State travels to conference matches at Lewis (7-1, 2-0) Feb. 12 and at Loyola-Chicago (6-0, 2-0) Feb. 13.

No. 4 Wrestling (16-1; 5-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Tom Ryan
• Ohio State recorded two dominating wins at St. John Arena last weekend, defeating Northwestern, 37-6, Feb. 7 after routing Michigan, 29-9, Feb. 5. The Buckeyes, who at one point had dropped 14-consecutive matches to the Wolverines (1994-2007), have now won three-straight against Michigan.
• Collin Palmer, an Ohio State freshman, was named High School Athlete of the Year by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission Feb. 3. It is the second-consecutive year a Buckeye has been honored by the sports commission as two-time NCAA champion J Jaggers earned Collegiate Athlete of the Year in 2009.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Feb. 8-21

Feb. 8-10
Women’s golf at Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge
Palos Verdes, Calif.

Feb. 10
Men’s basketball at Indiana, 6:30 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.
BTN

Feb. 11
Women’s basketball vs. Purdue, 7:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena
BTN

Feb. 12-13
Men’s golf at Big Ten Match Play Championship, TBA
Coral Springs, Fla.

Men’s track and field at Akron Invitational, All Day
Akron, Ohio

Women’s track and field at Akron Invitational, All Day
Akron, Ohio

Men’s swimming and diving hosting Ohio State Winter Invitational, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Feb. 12-14
Rifle hosting NCAA Qualifier, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

Feb. 12-15
Men’s tennis at ITA National Team Indoors, All Day
Charlottesville, Va.

Fencing at Junior Olympics, TBA
Memphis, Tenn.

Feb. 12
Women’s tennis at ITA National Team Indoors, All Day
Madison, Wis.

Men’s volleyball at Lewis, 7 p.m.
Romeoville, Ill.

Softball at Houston (Houston Tournament), 7 p.m.
Houston, Texas

Men’s hockey vs. Alaska, 7:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena
BTN

Women’s hockey at Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m.
Duluth, Minn.

Wrestling at Illinois, 8 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

Feb. 13
Synchronized swimming at Richmond, TBA
Richmond, Va.

Softball vs. Sam Houston (Houston Tournament), 9 a.m.
Houston, Texas

Softball vs. Baylor (Houston Tournament), 11 a.m.
Houston, Texas

Men’s lacrosse vs. Villanova, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Woody Hayes Indoor Athletic Field

Women’s hockey at Minnesota Duluth, 6:07 p.m.
Duluth, Minn.

Men’s volleyball at Loyola-Chicago, 7 p.m.
Chicago, Ill.

Men’s hockey vs. Alaska, 7:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena
BigTenNetwork.com

Women’s gymnastics at West Virginia, 8 p.m.
Morgantown, W.V.

Feb. 14
Synchronized swimming at William & Mary, TBA
Williamsburg, Va.

Softball vs. Louisville (Houston Tournament), 9 a.m.
Houston, Texas

Softball vs. Kansas (Houston Tournament), 11 a.m.
Houston, Texas

Women’s basketball at Minnesota, 12:30 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
BTN

Men’s basketball at Illinois, 1 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.
CBS

Women’s lacrosse at William & Mary, 1 p.m.
Williamsburg, Va.

Wrestling vs. Michigan State, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena