Ohio State (16-9, 7-6) at Purdue (18-9, 8-6)
Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011 – 5 p.m. ET
West Lafayette, Ind.
TV: ESPN2 (Beth Mowins, Tamika Raymond)
Radio: The Fan 1460 AM (Marty Bannister, Toni Roesch)
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Setting the Stage
Ohio State (16-9, 7-6) travels to West Lafayette, Ind., Sunday for a 5 p.m. ET tip with the Purdue Boilermakers (18-9, 8-6). The game will be televised on ESPN2.
These two teams met just 10 days ago Feb. 10 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus with Ohio State claiming a 90-67 win. Purdue is tied with Iowa (8-6) for fifth place in the Big Ten standings with Ohio State a half game back at 7-6. The top five finishers will receive a first-round bye in the upcoming 2011 Big Ten Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Ohio State, meanwhile, is starting to find its groove once again after three straight wins last week against Purdue (90-67), at Minnesota (83-76) and vs. No. 23 Penn State Thursday. Another road win Sunday at Purdue would go a long way in solidifying its NCAA tournament fate.
After Sunday the Buckeyes hit the road for the final time during the regular season when they take on No. 10 Michigan State Thursday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.
• Ohio State currently has an RPI ranking of No. 22 according to Realtimerpi.com and boasts the seventh-toughest schedule in the country.
• The Buckeyes are averaging 87.3 points per game over their current three-game win streak while giving up 70.0 (+17.3).
• Ohio State ranks second in the Big Ten with 74.4 points per game this year and are first with 73.0 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes scored 90 points for the second time this season in a 90-67 win over Purdue Feb. 10.
• Ohio State is 4-2 against ranked teams this season, defeating No. 9 Michigan State, No. 11 Oklahoma, No. 18 Iowa and No. 23 Penn State, while falling to No. 1 UConn and No. 21 Iowa on the road.
• With the win over No. 9 Michigan State Jan. 16, Ohio State picked up its first win over a top 10 opponent since Dec. 20, 2006 when No. 8 OSU defeated No. 3 Oklahoma in Norman, 74-67.
• Jantel Lavender (2,610 points) became Ohio State’s all-time leading scorer Feb. 13 at Minnesota, breaking Katie Smith’s previous mark of 2,578 points.
• Lavender is the second-leading active scorer in the NCAA (2,610) behind UConn’s Maya Moore (2,796).
• Lavender also now holds the NCAA record with 10 or more points in 127 consecutive games — every game of Lavender’s career.
• Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten and is second in the nation with 7.0 assists per game.
• Prahalis became Ohio State’s all-time assists leader with 11 in the win over No. 23 Penn State Feb. 17. She broke the old record of 643 held by Jamie Lewis. Prahalis did it in 93 career games, compared to Lewis’ 643 in 117 games.
• Prahalis has recorded 41 assists during the last four games, an average of 10.3 per game.
• Prahalis recorded her first career triple-double with 13 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds against Northwestern. She is only the second Buckeye to record at least 1,000 points and 600 assists.
• Brittany Johnson went over 900 career points with 17 in the win over Purdue Feb. 10 and now has 931. She hit five 3FGs and moved into fifth on Ohio State’s all-time list with 188 makes.
• Sophomore Tayler Hill is averaging 18.3 ppg and shooting 95.8 percent (23 of 24) from the FT line over the current three-game win streak.
The Boilermakers enter Sunday’s game 18-9 overall and tied for fifth place in the Big Ten standings at 8-6. They have won two in a row and five of seven after wins over Illinois and at Minnesota. Purdue leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.798) and field goal percentage defense (.379) while ranking second in blocked shots per game (4.4).
Junior Brittany Rayburn leads the Purdue attack this season with 14.2 points per game. She is followed by Courtney Moses’ 12.3 ppg and Drey Mingo’s 10.9 ppg. Rayburn also leads the Big Ten and ranks seventh nationally in free throw percentage at 89.7 percent (130-of-145).
Head coach Sharon Versyp is in her fifth season in West Lafayette with a record of 108-58 overall. She has led Purdue to two Big Ten tournament championships and two NCAA tournament Elite Eight appearances.
Last Time Out
Jantel Lavender had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Samantha Prahalis added 21 points and 11 assists, and Ohio State beat No. 23/25 Penn State 89-67 Thursday. With her eighth assist just before halftime, Prahalis broke Jamie Lewis’ career assist record with her 644th helper, marking the second straight game that an OSU record has fallen after Lavender captured the scoring title Sunday. Tayler Hill tied a career high once again 19 points for the second straight game to help the Buckeyes win their third straight. Still, Ohio State was eliminated from the contention for its seventh straight regular season conference title when Michigan’s State beat Northwestern 74-60. Zhaque Gray and Mia Nickson had 14 points for the Lady Lions (21-7, 10-4), who fell 1 1/2 games behind the Spartans. Ohio State had a 23-point lead with 14:40 to play. After Penn State pulled within 10, the Buckeyes scored seven consecutive points to increase the advantage to 74-57 with 6 minutes remaining. Defensively, Ohio State forced a season-high 27 turnovers in handing Penn State its worst loss of the 2010-11 season. The Buckeyes held PSU’s top two scorers, Maggie Lucas and Alex Bentley, to just 12 points total. The Nittany Lions, winless in their last six trips to Columbus, were looking for their first season series sweep since 2000-01.
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