#5/4 Ohio State (20-1, 8-0 Big Ten) at Purdue (9-10, 4-4 Big Ten)
Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, 7 p.m. ET
Mackey Arena • West Lafayette, Ind.
Radio/Internet: WOSU 820 AM/ www.wosu.org (Marty Bannister, Toni Roesch)
Television: ESPN2 (Bob Wischusen, Carolyn Peck, Rebecca Lobo)
Live Stats: www.PurdueSports.com
Series Record: OSU leads, 36-25
Series in 2008-09: OSU, 3-0
Last Meeting: 3/8/09, OSU, 67-66 in Indianapolis
Next Meeting: 2/11/10 in Columbus
In West Lafayette: OSU leads, 15-12
Current Win Streak: OSU, 4
- Ohio State has won 12-consecutive games since its only loss of the season, Dec. 3 at No. 11 Duke.
- Ohio State’s 20-1 start is the best since the 2006-07 season when the Buckeyes started a program-best 24-1. Ohio State was the first team in Division I to win 20 games this season.
- The Buckeyes are 36-25 all-time against the Boilermakers and have won the last four meetings overall. Ohio State is 15-12 against Purdue in West Lafayette.
- The last seven meetings at Mackey Arena have been decided by an average of 5.2 points before last year’s 67-66 Ohio State victory in the 2009 Big Ten championship game last March. They have squared off in the Big Ten tournament final four of the last seven seasons.
- With a record of 201-48 (.807) 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 earned his 100th Big Ten victory with the win over Indiana. Jan. 17 He is 101-23 in Big Ten regular season games at Ohio State.
- Coach Foster won his 700th career game on New Year’s Eve with an 86-60 win at Northwestern. Foster is the ninth-winningest active coach in Division I (by wins) and is 12th all-time with a record of 705-273 in his 32nd season.
- Ohio State is outscoring opponents by an average margin of +20.6 points. The Buckeyes have won 11 games this season by 20 points or more and have scored at least 90 five times.
- Ohio State is 25-1 in its last 26 regular season games and 30-2 overall dating to last season.
- Ohio State is 15-0 at home this season, 123-9 at home overall under Jim Foster and 96-5 since the start of the 2004-05 season.
- Since the start of Ohio State’s Big Ten championship run in 2004-05, the Buckeyes are 44-2 (.956) in Big Ten games at Value City Arena and 79-12 (.868) in Big Ten play overall.
- Ohio State has won 21 straight games at home and 106 of its last 107 at home against unranked opponents.
- 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. 12/17 Oklahoma State (15-3) and No. 16/11 West Virginia (18-1) in the preseason WNIT.
- The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten and rank sixth nationally with 80.4 points per game, which includes a 99-point performance Dec. 22 in a win over Western Illinois in Columbus. Ohio State also leads the conference and is seventh in the NCAA with 17.9 assists per game. The Buckeyes are shooting 47.2 percent on the season, good for sixth 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.
- Jantel Lavender leads the Big Ten and is 10th nationally with 21.3 ppg. She is already eighth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,723 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 .532 field goal percentage.
- With 896 career rebounds, Lavender sits in fourth place on Ohio State’s all-time list. Only a junior, she needs four more rebounds and one more blocked shot to become just the third player in program history to record at least 1,700 points, 900 rebounds and 100 blocked shots.
- Lavender has 11 double-doubles this season and 48 in her career, the most among active Big Ten players. The Buckeyes are 41-7 overall in her career when she records a double-double.
- Lavender has scored in double figures in all 87 career games – the longest active streak in Division I. She also hit double figures in every game throughout high school as well.
- Samantha Prahalis, the reigning Big Ten player of the week two weeks running, leads the Big Ten and is second nationally with 7.8 assists per game this season, behind NCAA leader Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga (9.0). Prahalis has five games with 10 or more and has dished out at least eight 12 different times. Prahalis recorded a career-high 14 assists in the win over No. 15 California. With 367 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 18.5 ppg in Big Ten play. She has 92 points (23.0 ppg) in her last four games, including a 32-point performance in the win at Michigan State.
- Two-time Big Ten defensive player of the year Shavelle Little wrecked havoc in the win at Illinois Dec. 28 with a career-high eight steals off the bench. That is tied for the fourth-best performance on Ohio State’s all-time list and was the most since Kim Wilburn had eight in a win over Canisius Dec. 22, 2005.
- Ohio State has made 77 more free throws (333) than opponents have attempted (256) this season. The Buckeyes are 19-1 this season and 61-3 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 107-consecutive weeks.
Foster Earns 11th-Consecutive 20-Win Season
With the win at Michigan Jan. 21, Ohio State recorded its eighth-consecutive 20-win season. It also marked the 24th of Coach Jim Foster’s career, his 11th-consecutive overall and his eighth in Columbus, the most of any coach at Ohio State. Foster has done it each year at Ohio State since his first season in 2002-03, including a 30-win season in 2004-05.
Prahalis Named Big Ten POW for the Second Straight Week
Samantha Prahalis earned her second consecutive Big Ten player of the Week honor and her third of the season after leading Ohio State to wins over Illinois and Indiana last week. The sophomore averaged 23.5 points, 5.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 2.0 rebounds per game as the Buckeyes improved to 19-1 overall and 7-0 in Big Ten play. On Thursday against Illinois, Prahalis scored 24 points on 64.3 percent shooting, also with five assists, five steals and two rebounds in the 72-61 win. Against the Hoosiers on Sunday, she scored 23 points, shooting .500 from the floor, also with a pair of boards, five helpers and three steals as Ohio State recorded an 81-64 victory.
The Boilermakers enter Monday’s game 9-10 and 4-4 in league play. They have won all four of their Big Ten games at home against Minnesota, Indiana, Northwestern and Iowa. They are coming off a 72-54 loss at Michigan State Thursday. Purdue averages just 60.5 ppg, but lead the Big Ten in 3FG percentage defense (.261) while allowing the second-fewest points in the league at 56.8 ppg. Purdue is led by Brittany Rayburn’s 15.0 ppg, followed by Jodi Howell’s 8.6. FahKara Malone, one of the Big Ten’s top defenders, is averaging 7.1 ppg, ranks second in the league with 2.7 steals and third with 4.1 assists. Head Coach Sharon Versyp is in her fourth season at her alma mater with a record of 84-42 and 201 and 107 in her 10th season overall.
Last Time vs. Purdue – 3/8/09
Jantel Lavender made one of two free throws with 6.2 seconds left to give No. 12 Ohio State a 67-66 lead and the 2009 Big Ten Tournament title. Lavender posted her 23rd double-double of the season with 25 points and 13 rebounds and breaking the tournament record for rebounds with 41 in three games. After Lavender connected on the free throw, Shavelle Little forced a tie-up with 1.1 seconds left. Then Samantha Prahalis forced Purdue guard Brittany Rayburn to change her shot, which never got to the rim. OSU survived a series of runs, lead changes and foul trouble that made for an entertaining game. Lavender took over when Prahalis and Star Allen were in foul trouble, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the final 20 minutes. She also broke two ties by out-muscling Purdue’s defenders for rebounds and then scoring on putbacks in the last 3 1/2 minutes. Lavender made the final play work by catching a pass about five feet from the basket, spinning toward the baseline and drawing a foul on Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton. After Lavender missed the first free throw, the player of the year took a deep breath and knocked down the game-clincher with 6.2 seconds left.
Last Time Out: Buckeyes Edge Wolverines, 58-56, in Ann Arbor
Jantel Lavender scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Buckeyes rally to beat the Wolverines 58-56 Jan. 21 in Ann Arbor. Samantha Prahalis added 13 points and nine assists for Ohio State. Trailing by three, Lavender scored to make it 50-49 with 6:23 left. Andrea Walker’s layup gave the Buckeyes the lead. Michigan continued to struggle offensively, but Reynolds’ 3-pointer pulled them within two. After a shot-clock violation by Ohio State, the Wolverines had the ball with 23.8 seconds left. Krista Phillips missed a 3-pointer, but the Buckeyes couldn’t corral the rebound, giving Michigan one more chance. Reynolds, though, turned the ball over while driving the lane. The lost ball ended Michigan’s chances of ending both Ohio State’s winning streak and its own 14-game slide against the Buckeyes. Michigan jumped out to a 17-12 lead behind eight points from Jenny Ryan and seven from Reynolds, but neither scored again in the half. That helped Ohio State take a 32-27 advantage at the intermission.