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Junior becomes the fourth two-time All-American in OSU history after winning the honor as a sophomore in 2009; Samantha Prahalis earns honorable mention honors

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and State Farm announced the 2010 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team. Among the honorees for the second-consecutive season is Ohio State junior center Jantel Lavender who also took home USBWA and first team Associated Press All-America honors this week. Sophomore point guard Samantha Prahalis was named honorable mention.

The 10-member team is decided from a group of 40 finalists by the selection committee at an in-person meeting at the 2010 WBCA National Convention.

Lavender’s honor is the fifth WBCA All-America selection at Ohio State in the past six years. Tracey Hall (1997, ’98), Katie Smith (1993, ’96) and Jessica Davenport (2005, ’06, ’07) are the only Buckeyes to win the award multiple times.

This season Lavender averaged 21.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and shot 51.4 percent from the field in leading Ohio State to a record 31 wins, a sixth straight Big Ten regular season and second straight tournament title. Lavender, who became the first Buckeye to score 2,000 points in her junior season, won Big Ten player of the year honors for the third year in a row and is one of 12 finalists for the State Farm Wade Trophy. She also was the Big Ten tournament most outstanding player after setting a tournament championship game record with 35 points in the win over Iowa.

Prahalis, also an honorable mention pick by the Associated Press this week, was a unanimous first team All-Big Ten performer this season after averaging 16.3 points and 8.0 assists per game, second best in Division I. She is just the second D-I player since the 1999-2000 season to average at least 16.0 points and 8.0 assists. This season she set a Big Ten record with 289 assists and is one of eight finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding point guard. She also set a school record with 48-straight free throws and recorded nine double-doubles.

Ohio State WBCA All-Americans
Jantel Lavender (2009, 2010)
Jessica Davenport (2005, 2006, 2007)
Katie Smith (1993, 1996)
Nikita Lowry (1989)
Tracey Hall (1987, 1988)
Frani Washington (1979)

The members of the 2010 NCAA Division I State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team are as follows:

Name Institution Year Pos. Height
Jayne Appel Stanford University Sr. C 6’4
Tina Charles University of Connecticut Sr. C 6’4
Victoria Dunlap University of Kentucky Jr. F 6’1
Kelsey Griffin University of Nebraska Sr. G 6’2
Amber Harris Xavier University Jr. F 6’5
Jantel Lavender The Ohio State University Jr. C 6’4
Maya Moore University of Connecticut Jr. F 6’0
Nnemkadi Ogwumike Stanford University Soph. F 6’2
Danielle Robinson University of Oklahoma Jr. G 5’9
Monica Wright University of Virginia Sr. G 5’11