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Athletes of the Week
• Buckeye junior forward Danny Dries was named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week Jan.3 after being named the Catamount Cup MVP, leading the Buckeyes to two wins and the tournament title in Burlington, Vt., over the weekend.

Dries, from Lake Orion, Mich., had four points, with three goals, en route to Catamount Cup MVP honors. He scored on the power play Saturday vs. Vermont to tie the game and added an empty-netter to seal the 3-1 win. Sunday against Army Dries opened the scoring and then assisted on Peter Boyd’s go-ahead goal soon after Army had tied the game, as the Buckeyes went on to win 5-3.

• Sophomore Paige Semenza had three points in a solid series against Wayne State, Dec. 30-31, helping the Buckeyes to a sweep of the Warriors at the OSU Ice Rink. The forward from Pittston, Pa., set up the first goal of the opening game in the 3-2 win. Tied 1-1 in the second game, she lit the lamp again 1:09 into the third period to put the Buckeyes up 2-1 and assisted on the eventual game-winning goal just under 2 minutes later in the 4-2 victory. The two points were a season-high and tied her career-high, and she also was plus-4 in the series.

No. 2 Men’s Basketball (14-0, 1-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• William Buford scored the first seven points of the game and finished with 23 to lead Ohio State to a 100-40 victory over Tennessee-Martin on Dec. 27.
• Buford then scored 24 points, and the Buckeyes made 13 of 19 3-pointers, in an 85-67 victory Dec. 31 at Indiana to open the Big Ten season.
• Jared Sullinger his fourth-consecutive Big Ten Freshman of the Week award Dec. 27 after averaging a double-double with 12.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in wins against UNC-Asheville and Oakland last week.

No. 13/12 Women’s Basketball (9-4, 0-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Ohio State dropped a non-conference game Dec. 28 to the Duquesne, 71-67, at Value City Arena. Samantha Prahalis and Jantel Lavender led the Buckeyes with 22 and 21 points, respectively, but could not hold on to an eight-point lead with 5:33 left as Duquesne went on a 16-4 run to end the game.
• The Buckeyes dropped their Big Ten opener 64-51 Dec. 30 at Michigan. Lavender had 18 points and 18 rebounds for Ohio State and sophomore Tayler Hill continued her solid play with 15 points, six assists, six rebounds and three steals.
• Lavender scored 29 points in 21 minutes and Ohio State ended its longest losing streak in eight years with an 86-38 victory over Bethune-Cookman Jan. 2. Lavender’s 92.3 percent shooting performance is tied for second all-time on the Ohio State single-game list.

Men’s Hockey (10-8-1, 5-6-1-1 CCHA)
Head coach: Mark Osiecki
• Ohio State opened 2011 with a 3-1 victory over Vermont Jan. 1 in the Sheraton/TD Bank Catmount Cup in Gutterson Fieldhouse. The Buckeyes came from behind with 5-on-3 power-play goals from Danny Dries and Sergio Somma for the victory, with Dries adding an empty-net goal for the final. Shane Sims assisted on both power-play tallies.
• With five goals in the second period, including two from Peter Boyd, the Buckeyes skated to a 5-3 victory over Army Jan. 2 on day two of the Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup. Boyd was one of five Buckeyes with multiple points in the game.

Women’s Hockey (10-8-2, 4-8-2-2 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• Natalie Spooner opened the second half of the season with three points to lead Ohio State to a 3-2 victory over Wayne State Dec. 30 at the OSU Ice Rink. The junior forward from Scarborough, Ontario, factored into all three Buckeye goals by setting up the first one and scoring the next two, including the gamewinner with 5 minutes left.
• The Buckeyes closed the books on 2010 on a high note with a 4-2 victory Dec. 31 to complete a sweep of Wayne State. The series was the final non-conference one for the Buckeyes, who finish with a 6-0-0 mark against teams outside of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Sophomore Paige Semenza led the Buckeyes with a goal and assist in the win.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Jan. 3-16

Jan. 4
Football vs. Arkansas (Sugar Bowl), 8 p.m.
New Orleans, La.

Men’s Basketball at Iowa, 9 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

Jan. 5
Women’s Basketball vs. Indiana, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Jan. 7
Men’s and Women’s Swimming vs. Wright State, 5 p.m.
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Hockey vs. Wisconsin, 7 p.m.
OSU Ice Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Hockey vs. Miami, 7:35 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Jan. 8
Women’s Swimming vs. Toledo, 4 p.m.
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Gymnastics vs. Minnesota, 4 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Hockey vs. Wisconsin, 4 p.m.
OSU Ice Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Hockey vs. Miami, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Jan. 9
Men’s Basketball vs. Minnesota, 2 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Volleyball at Pepperdine, 5 p.m.
Malibu, Calif.

Jan. 10
Men’s Volleyball at Pepperdine, 7 p.m.
Malibu, Calif.

Jan. 12
Men’s Basketball at Michigan, 6:30 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Jan. 13
Women’s Basketball at Northwestern, 8 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Jan. 14
Women’s Hockey at Minnesota State, 7 p.m.
Mankato, Minn.

Women’s Gymnastics at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Corvallis, Ore.

Men’s Hockey at Western Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich.

Jan. 15
Women’s Track at Michigan, TBA
Ann Arbor Mich.

Men’s Track vs. Michigan, TBA
Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Hockey at Minnesota State, 3 p.m.
Mankato, Minn.

Men’s Basketball vs. Penn State, 5:30 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Volleyball vs. St. Francis, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Hockey at Western Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich.

Men’s Gymnastics at Windy City Invitational, 8 p.m.
Chicago, Ill.

Jan. 16
Women’s Basketball vs. Michigan State, Noon
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Wrestling vs. Michigan State, 2 p.m.
Millersburg, Ohio