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Feb. 7, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior defenseman Lisa Chesson of the ninth-ranked Ohio State women’s hockey team was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Tuesday. It is the first such honor for Chesson in her career and the seventh time a Buckeye has been named conference player of the week this season.

Chesson, a native of Plainfield, Ill., recorded three points in the sweep at North Dakota, Feb. 2-3, to lead all Buckeyes in scoring in the series. She assisted on the second goal in each game and sealed the victory Saturday with an empty net goal. With a goal and assist, she notched her seventh multiple-point game of the season.

In the last eight games, Chesson has 12 points (5g, 7a) and in the 15 games since Nov. 25, she has been held without a point just three times. She is tied for third on the team in points (31), tied for second in assists (20) and ranks fourth in goals (11). Chesson is tied for second in the league with 20 power play points after picking up another assist with the man-advantage Friday.

Chesson is tied for third in WCHA in overall defenseman scoring and is seventh in the nation with 1.03 points per game. She is just one of three blueliners in the nation to have 20 or more assists.

Along with Chesson’s award, junior defenseman Tessa Bonhomme has earned three defensive player of the week awards this season while senior goaltender Erika Vanderveer has received one. Junior forward Erin Keys has been named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week twice.

Ohio State (16-10-4, 11-9-4 WCHA) next travels to No. 2 Wisconsin (25-1-4, 19-1-4 WCHA) for its final road trip of the regular season. Games begin at 2:07 p.m. (CT) Friday and 11:07 a.m. (CT) Sunday at the Kohl Center.