COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jantel Lavender, senior center on the Ohio State women’s basketball team, was named Big Ten Player of the Week the conference announced Monday. Lavender recorded back-to-back double-doubles in league play vs. Indiana and at Iowa and average 19.5 points and 18.0 rebounds while shooting 53.6 percent from the field as the Buckeyes went 1-1 last week.
It is Lavender’s fourth Big Ten Player of the Week honor this season, which ties her for the most career player of the week selections in conference history with 17.
In the win over the Hoosiers, Lavender scored 22 points and set a Value City Arena record with 22 rebounds – a career high – to go along with five assists. Her 22 rebounds also are tied for the sixth-most in a game in Big Ten history and the most by any conference player this season.
Against Iowa, she recorded 14 points and 17 rebounds and four blocked shots. In the process, she also moved into second on the Big Ten’s all-time rebounding list with 1,227 and became just the fourth player in Big Ten history to score more than 2,400 points.
Ohio State returns to action at 8 p.m. ET Thursday when it plays Northwestern. The Buckeyes will host Michigan State at noon Sunday in Value City Arena.