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Athletes of the Week
• Senior David Lighty set the Ohio State men’s basketball career wins record with 111 after a 67-64 win over Minnesota Sunday afternoon. Lighty led the Buckeyes with 19 points against the Golden Gophers after helping the Buckeyes to a 73-68 win at Iowa Tuesday. Against the Hawkeyes, Lighty posted a solid all-around game with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.

• After a sweep of No. 7/8 Miami, Buckeye goalie Cal Heeter was named CCHA Goaltender of the Week and InsideCollegeHockey.com Player of the Week. Heeter had a 1.00 goals-against average and .969 save percentage in the Buckeyes’ two wins over Miami combined. Friday he had 40 saves in a 1-0 Buckeye victory, marking his third career shutout. He had 13 saves in the first period, 11 in the second and then 16 in the third to preserve the Buckeye victory. Heeter and the Buckeye penalty kill were 6-for-6, including stopping a 5×3 for 57 seconds in the third. Saturday Heeter allowed just two power-play goals as the Buckeyes came from behind to win, 5-2. He had 13 saves in the second period and stopped all six shots he faced in the third.

Athletics
• Student-athletes from 17 teams volunteered a total of 878 service hours during the month of December. Combining for over half of the recorded hours, the spirit squad and football team clocked 226 and 216 hours, respectively. Ohio State student-athletes entered the New Year with over 3,483 service hours through four months – already more than half of the 2009-10 total.

No. 2 Men’s Basketball (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• Freshman Jared Sullinger was named a 2010-11 Midseason Top 30 candidate for the John R. Wooden Award, college basketball’s most prestigious honor, Jan. 6. Sullinger also earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for the seventh time this season Jan. 3. The Columbus, Ohio, native averaged a double-double last week with 18.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in wins vs. Tennessee-Martin and Indiana.
• Sullinger had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Ohio State rallied to overtake Iowa 73-68 Jan. 4 in Iowa City. Jon Diebler added 14 points for the Buckeyes, who have won five straight over the Hawkeyes for the first time in school history.
• David Lighty scored 19 points as the Buckeyes survived a scare against No. 21 Minnesota, but Ohio State remained unbeaten with the 67-64 victory Jan. 9 at Value City Arena.

No. 20 Women’s Basketball (10-5, 1-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Samantha Prahalis broke out of a shooting slump with 23 points and Jantel Lavender had a career-high 22 rebounds to go with 22 points to lead the Buckeyes to an 83-65 win over Indiana on Jan. 5.
• Ohio State then lost at No. 21 Iowa 89-76 Jan. 8. Prahalis had 22 points and Lavender had 14 points, 17 rebounds and blocked four shots.

No. 6 Football (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Tressel
• Ohio State snapped a 0-9 streak against SEC teams in bowl games by holding on late vs. No. 8 Arkansas Razorbacks for a 31-26 nail-biter in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Jan. 4 before 73,879 fans. Terrelle Pryor, who had 336 total yards of offense and two TD passes, was named MVP of the bowl.

Women’s Gymnastics (1-0)
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• Behind strong performances from sophomore Colleen Dean and freshmen Melanie Shaffer and Sarah Miller, Ohio State opened 2011 with a 194.475-193.925 win over No. 23 Minnesota Jan. 8 at St. John Arena.

Men’s Hockey (12-8-1, 7-6-1-1 CCHA)
Head coach: Mark Osiecki
• A tough penalty kill, clutch power-play goal from Sergio Somma and 40 saves from Cal Heeter led the Ohio State to a 1-0 win over No. 7/8 Miami Jan. 7 in Value City Arena.
• A five-goal third period then boosted Ohio State to a 5-2 victory against Miami Jan. 8 to complete the sweep. The victory extends the team’s winning streak to six games. Ohio State also clinched the Ohio Cup, the traveling trophy sponsored by Buckeye Sports Bulletin given to the team with the best record against its instate opponents. The Buckeyes swept Bowling Green and Miami this season.
• Junior forward Danny Dries was named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Jan. 3. Dries was named the Catamount Cup MVP after leading the Buckeyes to two wins and the tournament title in Burlington, Vt.

No. 10 Women’s Hockey (10-10-2, 4-10-2-2 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• Just when Ohio State should have been at its toughest point of the game, trailing 6-0 and killing off a 5-minute penalty, the No. 10 Buckeyes buckled down and not only held top-ranked Wisconsin scoreless on the power play but scored two shorthanded goals for a 6-2 final Jan. 7 at the OSU Ice Rink.
• Ohio State was inches away from overtime against top-ranked Wisconsin Jan. 8, but fell 5-3 to the Badgers after what would be the game-tying slap shot pinged off the crossbar in the last minute. Freshman goaltender Lisa Steffes stood on her head and made several outstanding saves, finishing with 42 overall. On the other end of the ice, junior Melissa Feste tied her career high with two goals.

Softball
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• Senior Dee Dee Hillman and junior Alicia Herron will serve as team captains for the 2010-11 squad, head coach Linda Kalafatis announced Jan. 6. The two will be leaders of a Buckeye squad that returns 11 letterwinners from 2010 after advancing to its fourth NCAA regional appearance in the last five seasons.

No. 7 Men’s Swimming and Diving (6-0)
Head coach: Bill Wadley
• Ohio State defeated Wright State by a score of 175-90 Jan. 7 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The win stretched Ohio State’s streak to 58 consecutive wins over in-state opponents. Ohio State swept the first three places in seven events and won 14 of the 16 events. Senior captain Ben Savonen won the 200 individual medley, while the two junior captains also added wins with Andrew Elliott winning the 200 backstroke and Lincoln Fahrbach winning the 50 free.

No. 18 Women’s Swimming and Diving (6-0)
Head coach: Bill Dorenkott
• Ohio State had a strong performance over in-state competitor Wright State at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Jan. 7. The Buckeyes defeated the Raiders, 164.5-106.5, in each team’s first meet of the New Year.
• The Buckeyes took Toledo’s best shot – the Rockets won five races – but still cruised to a 177-117 win to improve to 14-0 vs. other Ohio schools in Dorenkott’s three years as coach. Leading the way for Ohio State was Megan Detro, who had two individual wins plus was part of two relay wins, three-time winner Samantha Cheverton, and double diving winner Bianca Alvarez.

No. 4 Men’s Tennis
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• After finishing the 2010 season fifth in the nation, the 100th year of Ohio State men’s tennis will begin with the team ranked No. 4 in the first Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings of 2011 Jan. 5. Following an impressive fall campaign, freshman Blaz Rola was polled seventh by the ITA in the singles rankings.

No. 33 Women’s Tennis
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• Ohio State will pick up where it left off in the polls last season, entering the 2011 season ranked 33rd after finishing in the same position in 2010 following a record-breaking 20-win season. Junior Kelsey Haviland is the lone nationally ranked Buckeye in singles, sneaking into the final spot at No. 125, as well as No. 15 in the Midwest Region. She is also part of the 50th-ranked doubles duo with sophomore Gabby Steele. The tandem is ranked No. 4 in the Midwest.

Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• Ohio State opened its 2011 season Jan. 7 inside French Field House with a strong team showing at the Buckeye Classic. Junior Matt DeChant was the star of the day for the Buckeyes, setting a personal record of 18.93m (62-1.25) in the shot put – an event in which he is a two-time All-American – to capture first-place honors.

No. 23 Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• Ohio State opened its 2011 campaign Jan. 7 as hosts of the Buckeye Classic at French Field House. Junior Madison McNary, a transfer from the University of Florida, stole the show in her Buckeye debut, capturing wins in both the 60m and 200m dashes. McNary’s time of 7.42 seconds in the 60m was especially impressive, as it marked a personal best for the Tarpon Springs, Fla., native, as well as the fourth-best time in Ohio State indoor history.

No. 7 Men’s Volleyball
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Ohio State has been ranked seventh in the first American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll released Jan. 6. The Buckeyes moved up from 10th in the final poll of 2010. OSU received 136 points in the poll and is the highest ranked team in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.

No. 24 Wrestling
Head coach: Tom Ryan
• No. 24 Ohio State dropped a heartbreaking 20-19 decision to Northern Iowa Jan. 8 in a first consolation match at the Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals in the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Buckeyes fell to No. 1 Cornell, 27-6, in the Round of 16 earlier in the day.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Jan. 10-23

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.
Fencing at Division 1 NAC, All Day
Dallas, Texas

Women’s Tennis OSU Varsity Open, TBA
Columbus, Ohio

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

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

Women’s Gymnastics at Oregon State, 10 p.m.
Corvallis, Ore.

Jan 15.
Fencing at Division 1 NAC, All Day
Dallas, Texas

Women’s Tennis OSU Varsity Open, TBA
Columbus, Ohio

Pistol vs U.S. Naval Academy, TBA
Columbus, Ohio

Rifle vs TBA 2x Air Camp Perry Open, TBA
Port Clinton, Ohio

Women’s Track and Field at Michigan, 10 a.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men’s Track and Field vs. Michigan, 12 p.m.
French Field House, Columbus, Ohio

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

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

Jan 16
Fencing at Division 1 NAC, All Day
Dallas, Texas

Women’s Tennis OSU Varsity Open, TBA
Columbus, Ohio

Pistol vs. U.S. Naval Academy, TBA
Columbus, Ohio

Rifle vs TBA 2x Air Camp Perry Open, TBA
Port Clinton, Ohio

Women’s Basketball vs. Michigan State, 12 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Wrestling vs. Michigan State, 2 p.m.
Millersburg, Ohio (West Holmes HS)

Jan 17
Fencing at Division 1 NAC, All Day
Dallas, Texas

Jan 18
Men’s Volleyball vs. George Mason, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Jan 19
Men’s Basketball vs. Iowa, 6:30 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Jan 20
Women’s Basketball at Illinois, 8 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

Jan 21
Men’s Track at All-Ohio Championships, TBA
Kent, Ohio

Women’s Swimming at Michigan, 5 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men’s Volleyball at IPFW, 7 p.m.
Ft. Wayne, Ind.

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

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

Jan 22.
Fencing at NYU Invitational, All Day
New York, N.Y.

Pistol at The Citadel, TBA
Charleston, S.C.

Men’s Track and Field at All-Ohio Championships, TBA
Kent, Ohio

Men’s Basketball at Illinois, 12 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

Women’s Gymnastics vs. Illinois, 12:15 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Swimming vs. Michigan State, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Swimming vs. Michigan State, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

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

Wrestling at Iowa, 4 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

Synchronized Swimming OSU Tri-Meet Routine Competition, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

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

Men’s Gymnastics at Oklahoma, 8 p.m.
Norman, Okla.

Jan. 23
Pistol at The Citadel, TBA
Charleston, S.C.

Fencing at St. John’s Duals, All Day
New York, N.Y.

Rifle at Army, TBA
Palmyra, Pa.

Synchronized Swimming OSU Tri-Meet Technical Competition, 9 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Tennis vs. Cincinnati, 11 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Tennis vs. Cleveland State, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio