#4/6 Ohio State (21-2, 9-1 Big Ten) at Indiana (11-10, 4-6 Big Ten)
Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, Noon ET
Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.
Radio/Internet: WOSU 820-AM/ www.wosu.org (Marty Bannister, Kristin Watt)
Television: Big Ten Network (Leah Secondo, Stephanie White, Katie Smith)
Live Stats: www.IUHoosiers.com
Series Record: OSU leads, 45-20
Series in 2008-09: OSU, 2-0
Last Meeting: 1/17/10, OSU, 81-64 in Columbus
In Bloomington: IU leads, 13-5
Current Win Streak: OSU, 3
- Ohio State bounced back from its first conference defeat with a resounding 81-58 win over Minnesota Thursday night in Columbus.
- Samantha Prahalis notched her sixth double-double of the season with 23 points and 10 assists in the victory. It also marked the first game in her Ohio State career in which she had zero turnovers.
- Ohio State is now 17-2 after a loss since the 2004-05 season and 25-6 overall under Jim Foster in regular-season games. Ohio State had its 12-game win streak snapped with its 63-61 loss at Purdue Monday night.
- The Buckeyes rank third in the NCAA in 3-point shooting at 40.8 percent. They also rank in the Top 10 in assist-turnover ratio (3rd, +1.21), fewest fouls (4th, 13.3), assists (6th, 17.7), scoring (7th, 79.6) and scoring margin (8th, 19.7). The Buckeyes are shooting 46.5 percent on the season, good for 10th in the NCAA and tops in the Big Ten. They have shot 50 percent or better seven times, including three games of 60 percent or better.
- Over the last five games the Buckeyes are shooting 46 percent (36-of-79) from 3-point range and tied a season high with 10 makes in the win over Minnesota Thursday.
- Ohio State (9-1) holds a two-game lead on Penn State (7-3) in the Big Ten standings with eight games remaining. The Buckeyes and Lady Lions face each other just once this season when Ohio State travels to State College Sunday, Feb. 7. Wisconsin and Purdue are tied for third at 6-4 with Michigan State sitting in fifth at 5-5.
- The Buckeyes are 45-20 all-time against the Hoosiers and have won 11 of the last 12 meetings overall, including an 81-64 win in Columbus back on Jan. 17. Indiana, however, holds a 13-5 lead in games played in Bloomington. Coach Jim Foster is 11-2 against the Hoosiers in his Ohio State career.
- Ohio State is looking to close out the month of January with a 7-1 record. They were 8-0 in November and 7-1 in December.
- With a record of 202-49 (.804) in his eighth season at Ohio State, head coach Jim Foster is just the second coach — men’s or women’s — to win at least 200 games at three different schools (C. Vivian Stringer is the other). Foster spent 13 seasons at St. Joseph’s (248-126) and 11 at Vanderbilt (256-99) before coaching at Ohio State.
- Foster won his 700th game Dec. 31 with an 86-60 win at Northwestern. Foster is the ninth-winningest active coach in Division I and is 12th all-time with a record of 706-274 in his 32nd season.
- Foster earned his 100th Big Ten victory with the win over Indiana Jan. 17. He is 102-24 (.809) in Big Ten regular season games at Ohio State.
- Ohio State is 16-0 at home this season, 124-9 at home overall under Jim Foster and 97-5 since the start of the 2004-05 season. The best home record in program history is 17-0, set back during the 2004-05 season.
- Since the start of Ohio State’s Big Ten championship run in 2004-05, the Buckeyes are 45-2 (.957) in Big Ten games at Value City Arena and 80-12 (.869) in Big Ten play overall.
- Ohio State has won 22 straight games at home and 107 of 108 at home against unranked opponents.
- Ohio State is 26-2 in its last 28 regular season games and 31-3 overall dating to last season.
- Ohio State’s game with No. 19 Michigan State Jan. 9 marked the third ranked opponent Ohio State has played this season. Ohio State defeated then-No. 15 Cal, 83-71, in Columbus before dropping an 83-67 decision to No. 11 Duke Dec. 3 in Durham. The Buckeyes also defeated two other teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25 in No. 15 Oklahoma State (17-3) and No. 16 West Virginia (19-2) in the preseason WNIT. Another note-worthy win came on Dec. 13 when Ohio State picked up a 79-77 win at Ole Miss. The Lady Rebels are receiving votes in both polls with a 14-6 overall record and a 5-2 mark in the SEC and have picked up wins over No. 12 LSU and No. 9 Georgia.
- Jantel Lavender leads the Big Ten and is 11th nationally with 21.1 ppg. She is already fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,760 points. If Lavender continues at her career average of 19.8 ppg she will challenge Katie Smith’s school record of 2,578 points. She also leads the Big Ten with 10.3 boards per game and is first with a .514 field goal percentage.
- Lavender is just the third player in program history to record at least 1,700 points, 900 rebounds and 100 blocked shots in a career. Tracey Hall (1985-88) and Jessica Davenport (2004-07) were the first two.
- Lavender has 13 double-doubles this season, the second most in Division I, and 50 in her career, the most among active Big Ten players. The Buckeyes are 42-8 overall in her career when she records a double-double.
- Lavender has scored in double figures in all 89 career games, the longest active streak in Division I.
- Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten and is second nationally with 7.8 assists per game behind NCAA leader Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga (9.2). Prahalis has six games with 10 or more and has dished out at least eight 13 different times. Prahalis recorded a career-high 14 assists in the win over No. 15 California. With 383 career assists, she is already seventh on Ohio State’s all-time list in only her sophomore season.
- Prahalis ranks third in the Big Ten with 18.2 ppg in Big Ten play. She has 126 points (21.0 ppg) in her last six games, including a 32-point performance in the win at Michigan State.
- Junior guard Brittany Johnson is shooting 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from long range in her last three games. She hit 4-of-5 in the loss at Purdue, finishing with 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal. Johnson leads the Big Ten in 3FG percentage at .500 in all games.
- Ohio State has made 83 more free throws (368) than opponents have attempted (285) this season. The Buckeyes are 20-2 this season and 62-4 since the start of the 2007-08 season when they outshoot their opponents at the free throw line.
- The Buckeyes have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for 108-consecutive weeks.
Indiana comes into Sunday’s game looking to snap a two-game skid after losses at Michigan last Sunday and home against Wisconsin Thursday. The Hoosiers are 11-10 and 4-6 in the Big Ten. They have posted conference wins at Michigan State and at home against Illinois, Michigan and Northwestern.
Junior guard Jori Davis leads the team and ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 18.0 ppg in conference play, including 21 points in the loss to the Badgers Thursday. She also is second in the team with 6.5 rebounds. Senior guard Jamie Braun is second on the team with 11.4 ppg and is tied with Davis with a team-leading 7.0 rebounds in Big Ten play from the guard position.
Head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her fifth season at Indiana with a record of 69-50 and 123-113 in her ninth season overall.
Last Time vs. Indiana – 1/17/2010
Samantha Prahalis scored 23 points and Jantel Lavender added 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the fifth-ranked Buckeyes past stubborn Indiana Jan. 17 in Columbus, 81-64. Sarah Schulze had 13 points and nine rebounds and Andrea Walker added 11 rebounds for the Buckeyes, who never trailed but had difficulty pulling away to their 11th win in a row. Jori Davis had 17 points, Jamie Braun 11 and Hope Elam 10 for the Hoosiers, who played on even terms for most of the game but could never quite catch up after falling being 8-0. The Buckeyes led 31-26 at the break, scored the first five points of the second half and the lead hovered around eight for most of the rest of the way before Ohio State finally pulled away.
Last Time Out: OSU 81, Minnesota 58
Samantha Prahalis had 23 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and no turnovers in 31 minutes for Ohio State in an 81-58 victory over Minnesota. Jantel Lavender added 20 and 11 rebounds for the Buckeyes, who rebounded from a heartbreaking loss at Purdue Monday. Kiara Buford led Minnesota with 14 points and Zoe Harper had 13. Prahalis was all over the court against the Gophers and had 19 points and nine assists in the first half as Ohio State took a 55-26 lead. Among Prahalis’ passing gems were a half-court chest pass to Lavender; a full-length lob to a streaking Tayler Hill and a no-look, between the legs back pass to Sarah Schulze that gave the Buckeyes a 24-13 lead. The Gophers were trying to match last season’s 59-56 win in Columbus — Ohio State’s only loss at home to an unranked team in 108 games — and were at 19-13 after 7 minutes thanks to hitting all three 3-pointers. But Ohio State’s transition game was too much for the Gophers, who trailed by 35 with 5:30 to play.