#24/23 Ohio State (13-7, 4-4) at Penn State (17-5, 6-2)
Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 – 2 p.m. ET
Bryce Jordan Center – University Park, Pa.
TV: Big Ten Network (Tom Hart, Theresa Grentz)
Radio: The Fan 1460 AM (Marty Bannister, Kristin Watt)
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• Ohio State had its three-game win streak snapped with a 69-66 loss to Michigan Thursday.
• The Buckeyes (4-4 Big Ten) are tied with Iowa and Purdue for fifth in the Big Ten and are two games behind Michigan State, Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin (6-2) for first place.
• Penn State leads the all-time series with Ohio State, 30-19. However, the Buckeyes have won the last 11 meetings overall.
• Ohio State and Penn State met just once last season, an 86-73 OSU win in University Park on Feb. 7, 2010 when Ohio State set a Big Ten record with 17 3-point field goals to come back from a 15-point deficit.
• Jim Foster is 12-3 against Penn State in his Ohio State career.
• Ohio State currently has an RPI ranking of No. 18 according to Realtimerpi.com and boasts the third-strongest schedule in the country.
• Jantel Lavender is second in the Big Ten and seventh in the NCAA with 22.6 ppg. She also leads the Big Ten and ranks 9th in the NCAA with 11.4 rebounds per game.
• Lavender became the Big Ten’s all-time leading rebounder with 14 in the loss to Michigan. She now has 1,279.
• Lavender also became just the second player in Big Ten history to eclipse 1,000 field goals with nine in the win over Iowa Monday.
• Lavender has 122 consecutive starts, two shy of Katie Smith’s school record of 124.
• Lavender set a Value City Arena record with 22 rebounds against Indiana Jan. 5.
• Lavender is the second-leading active scorer in the nation (2,495) behind UConn’s Maya Moore (2,645).
• Lavender has scored 10+ points in all 122 career games, the longest active streak in Division I.
• Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten and is sixth in the nation with 6.4 assists per game.
• Prahalis dished out her 600th career assists Thursday vs. Michigan and is only the second Buckeye to record at least 1,000 points and 600 assists.
• Brittany Johnson has connected on 16 three-pointers in her last three games.
Series Record: PSU leads 30-19
Series in 2009-10: OSU, 1-0
Last Meeting: 2/7/10, OSU, 86-73 at PSU
Next Meeting: 2/17/11 at OSU
In Columbus: PSU leads 11-8
In State College: PSU leads 16-6
Scouting Penn State
The Lady Lions are coming off a 67-65 victory over Illinois Thursday that moved them into a four-way tie for first place in the Big Ten standings at 6-2 and 17-5 overall. They are one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten, winning five of their last six.
Freshman guard Maggie Lucas is a front-runner for Big Ten freshman of the year honors, leading the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game while sophomore guard Alex Bentley is second on the team with 14.6 points and second in the Big Ten with 5.4 assists. Sophomore Mia Nickson leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage at 57.9 percent while averaging 10.3 points and 6.3 boards.
As a team, PSU leads the conference in scoring (80.4), field goal percentage (.449), three-point field goal percentage (.446), steals (10.8) and rebounding (42.0).
Coquese Washington (Notre Dame, 1993) is in her fourth season as head coach with a record of 58-55.
Last time vs. Penn State
Samantha Prahalis scored 26 points and the Buckeyes hit a Big Ten-record 17 3-pointers to beat Penn State 86-73 on Feb. 7, 2010 in University Park. Prahalis hit five from behind the arc and Maria Moeller and Tayler Hill connected for three each. Jantel Lavender added 18 points and eight rebounds. Ohio State shot 65 percent (17-of-26) from behind the arc, including 9-of-13 in the second half to turn a 15-point deficit into a victory. Tyra Grant led the Lady Lions with 22 points, while Alex Bentley added 20, but just four after halftime. Led by Bentley, the Lady Lions attacked the basket with success in the first half. Grant hit big 3s, and the whole team scraped for rebounds and loose balls against the flustered Buckeyes, who had 18 turnovers alone in the opening 20 minutes. They finished with 25 in the game. But 3-point shooting kept Ohio State in the game, and when the Buckeyes got more careful with the ball after halftime, the long-range barrage didn’t stop. Moeller hit back-to-back 3s, her second at 5:58 giving Ohio State its first lead at 70-69. The Buckeyes would close the game with a 16-2 run.
Last Time Out
Rachel Sheffer scored five of her 23 points down the stretch and Michigan rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat No. 24 Ohio State 69-66 Thursday night in Columbus. With under 2 minutes to play, Sheffer made a basket and free throw to pull Michigan within 66-65. After Brittany Johnson missed a jumper, Sheffer made a pair of foul shots with 29.2 seconds left. Samantha Prahalis, who led Ohio State with 25 points, missed a shot but Alison Jackson was fouled going for the rebound with 3.4 seconds left. Jackson missed both free throws and Jenny Ryan was fouled by Prahalis. Ryan made both free throws and Johnson missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer after a timeout. Ohio State and Prahalis couldn’t miss in the first half as the Buckeyes raced out to a 46-33 lead. Prahalis was a perfect 7-of-7 from the field and hit all five of her 3-pointers, including one at the buzzer that brought the VCA crowd to its feet at intermission. But Ohio State’s offense stalled in the second half, scoring just 20 points and shooting 26.9 percent after shooting 57.7 in the first 20 minutes. Veronica Hicks added 14 points for the Wolverines. Johnson finished with 14 points and Jantel Lavender had 10 points for the Buckeyes. Lavender became the Big Ten’s all-time leading rebounder, breaking the 26-year-old record previously held by Indiana’s Denise Jackson.
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