COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior center Jantel Lavender has been named the Big Ten’s player of the week in recognition of her performance last week in wins over ETSU and UNC Wilmington.
The honor is the 15th of Lavender’s career, two shy of the Big Ten record of 17.
The two-time All-American averaged 22.5 points and 11.0 rebounds, shot 69.0 percent from the field (20-of-29) and recorded seven blocks in the two wins. Against ETSU she scored 20 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and recorded four blocked shots in 32 minutes of play. In the win over UNCW she scored 25, pulled down 11 more boards and had two assists and three blocks. In the process, she set an Ohio State record for field goals in a career with 879, breaking Jessica Davenport’s record of 875 set from 2004-07.
After recording 11 rebounds Sunday, Lavender now has 1,108 for her career, needing seven more to tie and eight to break Tracey Hall’s 22-year-old school record of 1,115 set from 1982-85. She has scored 10+ points in all 107 career games, the longest active streak in Division I.
The No. 7 Buckeyes (5-0) face a pair of tough tests this week as they host Virginia at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. John Arena in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and No. 10 Oklahoma at 6 p.m. Sunday at Value City Arena in the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge. Sunday’s game is on the Big Ten Network.
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