No. 4 Ohio State (24-9) vs. No. 1 Tennessee (33-2)
Saturday, March 26, 2011
12:04 p.m. ET
University of Dayton Arena (12,979) – Dayton, Ohio
TV: ESPN (Dave Fleming, Rebecca Lobo, Todd Harris )
Radio: The Fan 1460 AM (Marty Bannister, Kristin Watt)
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Setting the Stage
No. 4 seed Ohio State (24-9) is making its second Sweet 16 trip in three years this weekend when it takes on No. 1 seed Tennessee (33-2) at Noon Saturday at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio. The game will be televised on ESPN with Dave Fleming and Rebecca Lobo on the call and Todd Harris on the sideline.
The winner will advance to the Elite Eight at 7 p.m. Monday where they will take on the winner of No. 2 seed Notre Dame (28-7) and No. 6 seed Oklahoma (23-11).
Ohio State will be facing the Lady Vols for the 10th time in the all-time series. Tennessee leads the series, 8-1, including a win in the last meeting in the 1996 NCAA Tournament in Knoxville.
The Buckeyes are on an 11-game win streak entering the regional, winning their last six games of the regular season, sweeping through the Big Ten tournament to win its record-tying third consecutive title and winning its first and second round games last weekend.
Did You Know?
The Dayton Regional head coaches have a grand total of 2,778 career wins between them: Tennessee’s Pat Summitt (1,070), Ohio State’s Jim Foster (740), Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw (642) and Oklahoma’s Sherri Coale (326).
Buckeyes Advance with Second Round Win Over Georgia Tech
Ohio State shot a season-best 59.5 percent from the field and Jantel Lavender scored 17 of her 21 points in the second half to set an NCAA record with her 135th straight double-figure scoring game, leading Ohio State past Georgia Tech 67-60 in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Lavender also had 11 rebounds Samantha Prahalis added 16 points and eight assists, and Ashley Adams scored 11 for the Buckeyes. Down 35-34 after Sasha Goodlett scored inside for GT with 17:42 left, the Buckeyes took over the game. Lavender hit an 8-foot jumper for the lead, then scored on consecutive fastbreak passes from Prahalis to push the lead to 40-35. After a basket by Chelsea Regins for Georgia Tech, Lavender had nine points and Tayler Hill the other four in a 13-3 run that stretched the lead to 53-40. The Yellow Jackets never got closer than seven points again.
• Ohio State’s 11-game win streak is the longest since winning 12 in a row last season.
• Jim Foster is 34-24 all-time in the NCAA tournament in his career.
• Ohio State is 14-2 in its last 16 postseason games (9-0 at the Big Ten tournament and 5-2 in NCAA play).
• Ohio State shot a season-high 59.5 percent from the field in the win over Georgia Tech, including 63.6 in the second half.
• Ohio State is now 8-2 against ranked teams this season and 13-3 against teams that made the NCAA tournament.
• With her eighth assist in the win over the Yellow Jackets Monday, Samantha Prahalis recorded her 700th career assist.
• Ohio State is now 15-2 this season when Prahalis records 7 or more assists.
• Ashley Adams tied an Ohio State NCAA tournament record with five blocked shots in the first round win over Georgia Tech.
• Ohio State boasted the fourth-toughest schedule in the country according to RealtimeRPI.com.
• Ohio State is 8-2 against ranked teams this season, defeating #11 Oklahoma, #9 Michigan State, #18 Iowa, #23 Penn State, #10 Michigan State on the road, #24 Iowa and #11 Michigan State on back-to-back days in the Big Ten tournament and #24 Georgia Tech in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Its two losses came to No. 1 UConn Dec. 19 at Madison Square Garden and at No. 21 Iowa.
• With the win over No. 9 Michigan State Jan. 16, Ohio State picked up its first win over a top 10 opponent since Dec. 20, 2006 when No. 8 OSU defeated No. 3 Oklahoma in Norman, 74-67.
• The win at No. 10/8 Michigan State Feb. 24 marked the first time since the 2004-05 season that Ohio State recorded two wins over top 10 teams. That year, Ohio State defeated No. 6 Michigan State (68-54) and No. 7 Rutgers (52-50).
• Ohio State ranked second in the Big Ten with 74.1 points per game this year and first with 72.4 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes scored 90 points for the second time this season in a 90-67 win over Purdue Feb. 10.
• Jantel Lavender (2,799 points) became Ohio State’s all-time leading scorer Feb. 13 at Minnesota, breaking Katie Smith’s previous mark of 2,578 points.
• Jantel Lavender holds the NCAA record with 135 consecutive double-figure scoring games.
• Lavender is the second-leading active scorer in the NCAA (2,799) behind UConn’s Maya Moore (2,937).
• Lavender holds NCAA records with 10 or more points in 135 consecutive and overall games — every game of Lavender’s collegiate career. Lavender scored in double-figures in every game throughout high school as well.
• Samantha Prahalis led the Big Ten and is third in the nation with 6.9 assists per game.
• Prahalis totaled 18 assists in the first two NCAA tournament wins over UCF and Georgia Tech.
• Prahalis became Ohio State’s all-time assists leader (now with 700) with 11 in the win over No. 23 Penn State Feb. 17. She broke the old record of 643 held by Jamie Lewis. Prahalis did it in 93 career games, compared to Lewis’ 643 in 117 games.
• Prahalis is the fifth player in Big Ten history to record at least 700 assists and is the only Buckeye to record at least 1,000 points and 700 assists.
• Prahalis recorded her first career triple-double with 13 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds against Northwestern.
• Brittany Johnson became the 29th player in school history to record 1,000 points in the win over UCF March 19.
• Johnson hit five second-half 3FGs in the win at Purdue, including the game winner with 0.7 seconds remaining, and hit seven in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinal win over Iowa. She is now fourth on Ohio State’s all-time list with 206 makes.
Foster Making 25th NCAA Appearance, 12th Straight Overall
This is head coach Jim Foster’s 12th-consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament and his 25th overall with a record of 34-24 all-time. In Foster’s nine seasons at Ohio State, the Buckeyes have earned No. 1 (2006), No. 2 (2005, 2010), No. 3 (2009), No. 4 (2003, 2007, 2011) and No. 6 (2004, 2008) seeds in the tournament. Ohio State has earned at least a second-round finish in seven of nine seasons under Foster, including trips to the Sweet 16 in 2005, 2009 and 2011.
Besides the 1993 Final Four trip, the Buckeyes have advanced twice to the Elite Eight (1985, 1987) and have been “Sweet 16” participants on six occasions (1986, 1988, 1989, 2005, 2009, 2011). Ohio State’s participation also includes five first (1982, 1984, 1999, 2007, 2008) and six second round (1990, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010) finishes.
No. 1 Seed and the Furthest Trip
In 1993, Ohio State received its first No. 1 seed, playing in the East regional hosted in Richmond, Va. The Buckeyes defeated Western Kentucky and Virginia and became the first Big Ten team to advance to a Final Four and to play in a national championship game (vs. Texas Tech). The Buckeyes fell two points shy of the Red Raiders (84-82) in the final game. Ohio State also was the No. 1 seed in 2006, losing in the second round to Boston College (79-69) in West Lafayette, Ind.
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