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#7/9 Ohio State (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) at Minnesota (12-12, 5-8 Big Ten)
Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, 11:30/12:30 p.m. ET
Williams Arena • Minneapolis, Minn.

Radio/Internet: WOSU 820-AM/www.wosu.org (Marty Bannister, Kristin Watt)
Television: Big Ten Network (Marney Gellner, Stephanie White)
Live Stats: www.GopherSports.com

Series Record: OSU leads, 48-10
In Minneapolis: OSU leads, 18-7
Last Meeting: 1/28/10, OSU, 81-58 In Columbus
Series in 2008-09: OSU, 1-1
Current Win Streak: OSU, 2

FASTBREAK POINTS

  • Ohio State clinched at least a share of its 13th and record-setting sixth-consecutive Big Ten championship with a win over the Boilermakers Thursday. No team – men’s or women’s – has ever won six straight Big Ten regular season titles. Ohio State can win the regular season title outright with one more victory.
  • Ohio State is the earliest team to clinch the regular season title, both in terms of calendar days and in terms of games remaining. Previously, the earliest was Purdue clinching on Feb. 12 in 1999. In addition, no team has ever clinched with four or more games remaining on the schedule.
  • Ohio State leads the all-time series with Minnesota, 48-10 and have an 18-7 edge in Minneapolis. The Buckeyes have won the last two overall, including an 81-58 win Jan. 28 in Columbus.
  • Ohio State is a perfect 18-0 at home this year, the best home mark in program history. The Buckeyes also went 17-0 at home back during the 2004-05 season and 14-0 in 2002-03 under Foster.
  • Ohio State is 126-9 at home overall under Jim Foster and 99-5 since the start of the 2004-05 season.
  • Since the start of Ohio State’s Big Ten championship run in 2004-05, the Buckeyes are 47-2 in Big Ten games at Value City Arena and 83-13 in Big Ten play overall.
  • Ohio State has won 24 straight games at home and 109 of 110 at home against unranked opponents.
  • The Buckeyes hit a Big Ten record 17 three-pointers in the win at Penn State Sunday, breaking the old mark of 14. They shot 65 percent from long range (17-of-26) and hit 9-of-13 in the second half.
  • The Buckeyes lead the NCAA in 3-point shooting at 41.5 percent. They also rank in the Top 10 in scoring (5th, 79.3), assists (9th, 17.6), assist-turnover ratio (8th, +1.16) and fewest fouls (4th, 13.3). The Buckeyes are shooting 46.4 percent on the season, good for ninth in the NCAA and tops in the Big Ten. They have shot 50 percent or better nine times, including three games of 60 percent or better.
  • Ohio State is 21-0 this season when scoring 70 or more points.
  • Jantel Lavender leads the Big Ten and is 12th nationally with 20.8 ppg. She is already fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,836 points. If Lavender continues at her career average of 19.7 ppg she will challenge Katie Smith’s school record of 2,578 points.
  • Lavender also is second in the Big Ten with 10.4 rebounds per game and is first with a .508 field goal percentage.
  • Lavender has scored in double figures in all 93 career games, the longest active streak in Division I.
  • Lavender has 15 double-doubles this season, the third most in Division I, and 52 in her career, the most among active Big Ten players. The Buckeyes are 43-9 overall in her career when she records a double-double.
  • Lavender is one of only three players in Division I to average at least 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and shoot 50.0 percent. She is the only Big Ten player since the 1999-2000 season to average 20 and 10.
  • Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten and is second nationally with 8.1 assists per game behind NCAA leader Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga (9.0). Prahalis has eight games with 10 or more and has dished out at least eight 16 times. Prahalis recorded a career-high 14 assists in the win over then-No. 15 California and had 12 in the latest win at Penn State. With 421 career assists, she is already seventh on Ohio State’s all-time list in only her sophomore season.
  • Prahalis ranks third in the Big Ten with 18.1 ppg in Big Ten play. She had a 32-point performance in the win at Michigan State and 26 in the win at Penn State Sunday. Prahalis hit a career-high five three’s in the win at Penn State on six attempts.
  • Prahalis notched her seventh double-double of the season with 26 points and 12 assists in the victory at Penn State. She also had 23 points and 10 assists in the win over Minnesota Jan. 28, marking the first game in her Ohio State career in which she committed zero turnovers.
  • Prahalis is just the second Division I player since 1999-2000 to average at least 16.0 points and 8.0 assists per game. La’Terrica Dobin (16.0, 8.1) from Northwestern State was the only other player to do it in 2003-04.
  • Brittany Johnson is shooting 57.8 percent (22-of-38) from long range in her last seven games. She hit 4-of-5 in the loss at Purdue, finishing with 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal and had 18 points and four more 3FG’s in the win over Iowa. Johnson leads the Big Ten in 3FG percentage at 50.8 percent in all games, good for fifth nationally.
  • Ohio State has made 93 more free throws (430) than opponents have attempted (337) this season. The Buckeyes are 22-2 this year and 64-4 since the start of the 2007-08 season when they make more than their opponents at the free throw line.
  • Ohio State hit a season-high 28-of-34 free throws in the win over Iowa Feb. 4, marking the most FT’s made in a game since the Buckeyes made an identical 28-of-34 in a win at Michigan on Feb. 25, 2007.
  • Ohio State is 18-2 after a loss since the 2004-05 season and 26-6 overall under Jim Foster in regular-season games. Ohio State had its 12-game win streak snapped with its 63-61 loss at Purdue Feb. 25.
  • Ohio State’s game with No. 19 Michigan State Jan. 9 marked the third ranked opponent Ohio State has played this season. Ohio State defeated then-No. 15 Cal, 83-71, in Columbus before dropping an 83-67 decision to No. 11 Duke Dec. 3 in Durham. The Buckeyes also defeated two other teams currently ranked in the Top 25 in No. 9 West Virginia (21-3) and No. 15 Oklahoma State (18-5) in the preseason WNIT. Another note-worthy win came on Dec. 13 when Ohio State picked up a 79-77 win at Mississippi. The Lady Rebels are receiving votes in both polls with a 15-8 overall record and a 6-4 mark in the SEC. They have picked up key SEC wins over No. 23 LSU, twice, and at No. 19 Georgia.
  • The Buckeyes have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for 110-consecutive weeks.

Ohio State’s Big Ten titles
1982-83*
1983-84
1984-85
1985-86
1986-87*
1988-89*
1992-93*
2004-05*
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08*
2008-09
2009-10
* co-championship

Most Consecutive Big Ten Regular Season Titles
Team           No.    Years

Ohio State  6     2005-10
Ohio State  5     1983-87
Iowa          4     1987-90

Last Time vs. Minnesota – OSU 81, Minn 58
Samantha Prahalis had 23 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and no turnovers in 31 minutes for Ohio State in an 81-58 victory over Minnesota. Jantel Lavender added 20 and 11 rebounds for the Buckeyes. Kiara Buford led Minnesota with 14 points and Zoe Harper had 13. Prahalis was all over the court against the Gophers and had 19 points and nine assists in the first half as Ohio State took a 55-26 lead. Ohio State’s transition game proved too much for the Gophers, who trailed by 35 with 5:30 to play.

Last Time Out: OSU 75, Purdue 45
Ohio State won a record sixth straight Big Ten title behind Jantel Lavender’s 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Buckeyes held Purdue scoreless for more than 12 minutes to coast to the win. Tayler Hill added 14 points and Samantha Prahalis had nine points and 11 assists for the Buckeyes who ran their home record to 18-0 — the best in program history. No one scored in double figures for Purdue (led by KK Houser’s nine points), which had two lengthy scoring droughts in the first half even before going 12:20 without scoring a point and going almost 14 minutes without a field goal over another span. Purdue had won two in a row and four of five but shot just 23 percent from the field and had 19 turnovers. The Buckeyes shot 57 percent in taking a 41-16 lead at the half and ended up shooting 52 percent. In the earlier loss at Purdue, the Buckeyes roared to a 16-0 lead over the first 6:40 and still lost. This time they got off to almost as fast a start and then maintained it, with Foster bringing in players off the bench and the margin mounting. Ohio State broke out to leads of 9-2 and 26-6 and then scored the final 13 points of the half — which was extended to 21-0 when they rattled off the first eight points after the break. Through the first 8 minutes, the Buckeyes were 11 of 13 from the field and hit all four 3-pointers. In the opening 13:39, they were 16 of 20 from the field.

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