Ohio State (13-8, 4-5) vs. Northwestern (15-8, 4-6)
Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011 – 5 p.m. ET
Value City Arena
TV: Big Ten Network (Dan Kelly, Katie Smith)
Radio: The Fan 1460 AM (Marty Bannister, Toni Roesch)
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• Ohio State will be looking to avenge a 64-53 loss at Northwestern Jan. 13. The Wildcats have never won at Value City Arena and have not won in Columbus since Feb. 7, 1997.
• Ohio State currently has an RPI ranking of No. 18 according to Realtimerpi.com and boasts the third-toughest schedule in the country.
• Jim Foster is 14-1 against Northwestern in his Ohio State career.
• Jantel Lavender leads the Big Ten and is fifth in the NCAA with 22.7 ppg. She also leads the Big Ten and ranks 13th in the NCAA with 11.1 rebounds per game.
• Lavender became the Big Ten’s all-time leading rebounder with 14 in the loss to Michigan. She now has 1,285.
• Lavender’s has 123 consecutive starts, one shy of Katie Smith’s school record of 124.
• Lavender set a Value City Arena record with 22 rebounds against Indiana Jan. 5.
• Lavender is the second-leading active scorer in the nation (2,521) behind UConn’s Maya Moore (2,679).
• Lavender has scored 10+ points in all 123 career games, the longest active streak in Division I.
• Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten and is sixth in the nation with 6.3 assists per game.
• Prahalis dished out her 600th career assist Jan. 27 vs. Michigan and is only the second Buckeye to record at least 1,000 points and 600 assists.
• Brittany Johnson needs five points to reach 900 for her career and three more 3FGs to tie Jamie Lewis for fifth all-time.
Series Record: OSU leads 37-16
Series in 2009-10: OSU, 2-0
Last Meeting: 1/13/11, NU, 64-53
In Columbus: OSU leads 17-6
The Wildcats are 15-8 and 4-6 in the Big Ten after their 80-79 win in the final seconds over Illinois Thursday in Evanston. They had lost four straight entering that game, with its last win coming against the Buckeyes in Evanston Jan. 13.
The Wildcats feature one of the more experienced backcourts in the Big Ten and lead the conference with 17.6 assists per game, just ahead of Ohio State’s 15.8. NU also leads the Big Ten with 5.4 blocked shots per game and ranks second in free throw percentage (.757), 3-point field goal percentage (.352) and assist-turnover ratio (+1.0).
Senior center Amy Jaeschke is just behind Jantel Lavender with 22.4 points per game and ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 9.1 rebounds. She leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth in the country with 3.8 blocked shots per game. Ohio-native Brittany Orban and Kendall Hackney are second on the team with 11.0 and 11.2 ppg, respectively, while senior Beth Marshall ranks fourth in the league with 4.3 assists and leads the league in assist-turnover ratio (+1.9).
Head Coach Joe McKeown (Kent State, 1979) is 40-46 in his third year at Northwestern and 549-220 in his 25th year overall.
Last time vs. Northwestern
Ohio State’s shooting woes continued Jan. 13 in Evanston in a 64-53 loss. Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis each scored 19, but Ohio State shot just 30.5 percent from the field overall, including several missed layups, and shot just 18.2 percent (4-of-22) from three. They also went 3-of-12 from the free throw line in a night where nothing seemed to fall for the Buckeyes. Northwestern appeared in command with a 53-33 lead after an Allison Mocchi shot off the glass with 8:17 to play, but Lavender answered with a layup seconds later and Ohio State was off on a 10-1 run. The Buckeyes would eventually cut the deficit to 58-51 on Prahalis’ jumper with 61 seconds to play, but got no closer. Wildcats forward Kendall Hackney added 11 points while Jaeschke had a game-high 12 rebounds. Ohio State jumped out to an 11-4 lead in the first 6 minutes, but cold shooting doomed the Buckeyes the rest of the half as Northwestern finished the half on a 19-5 run and led 23-16 at the half. Ohio State shot just 21.2 percent in the first 20 minutes, including 1-of-7 from behind the arc.
Last Time Out
Jantel Lavender scored 26 points and Tayler Hill added a season-high 18, but Ohio State couldn’t contain Penn State guards Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas who combined for 39 points as the Nittany Lions pulled out the 80-71 win last Sunday in State College. Bentley had 21 points and seven assists while Lucas added 18 points, hitting six 3-pointers for the Nittany Lions. Penn State, which led the NCAA hitting 44 percent of its 3-pointers coming into the game, made 7 of 12. The Nittany Lions capitalized on defense, scoring 20 points off of 13 turnovers. Penn State also had eight steals on the afternoon. Penn State remained tough on defense in anticipation of the Buckeyes going on a big run to regain the lead, much like their late 17-4 run to overcome a 15-point deficit in the team’s game last year. However, Ohio State trailed the whole game and was unable to put a large string of points together at any point. After trailing by six at the half, Ohio State cut the lead to three early in the second, but quickly found themsleves down 13 with 13:51 left after Lucas hit one of her six threes on the afternoon. Ohio State would play hard and eventually cut the deficit to seven several times, but came no closer as Penn State grabbed 11 second-half rebounds and hit its free throws down the stretch. Samantha Prahalis added 11 points and five assists for Ohio State while Brittany Johnson chipped in with nine, all on three-pointers.