#5 Ohio State (18-1, 6-0 Big Ten) vs. Indiana (10-7, 3-3 Big Ten)
Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, 2:06 p.m. ET
Value City Arena • Columbus, Ohio
Radio/Internet: WOSU 820-AM/ www.wosu.org (Marty Bannister, Toni Roesch)
Television: Big Ten Network (Leah Secondo, Vera Jones)
Live Stats: www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Series Record: OSU leads, 44-20
Series in 2008-09: OSU, 2-0
Last Meeting: 2/22/09, OSU, 79-67 in Bloomington
In Columbus: OSU leads, 23-5
Current Win Streak: OSU, 2
- Ohio State takes on Indiana Sunday afternoon in front of a nationally televised audience on the Big Ten Network.
- The Buckeyes are 44-20 all-time against the Hoosiers and won both meetings last season. Ohio State has a 23-5 advantage in games played in Columbus.
- The Hoosiers have not won in Columbus since Jan. 31, 2002, a string of six games.
- Today’s game features the top two 3-point shooters in the conference in Brittany Johnson (.507) and Jori Davis (.463).
- With a record of 199-48 (.805) in his eighth season at Ohio State, coach Jim Foster needs one more win to become 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.
- Head coach Jim 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 703-273 in his 32nd season.
- Foster also is going for his 100th Big Ten victory with a record of 99-23 in his eighth season.
- Ohio State is 14-0 at home this season, 122-9 at home overall under Jim Foster and 95-5 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 43-2 (.955) in Big Ten games at Value City Arena and 78-12 (.867) in Big Ten play overall.
- Ohio State is 23-1 in its last 24 regular season games and 28-2 overall dating to last season.
- Ohio State has won 20 straight games at home and 105 of its last 106 at home against unranked opponents.
- Ohio State’s 18-1 start is the best since the 2006-07 season when the Buckeyes started a program-best 24-1.
- 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 (13-2) and No. 18 West Virginia (15-1) in the preseason WNIT.
- The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten and rank seventh nationally with 81.6 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 18.0 assists per game. The Buckeyes are shooting 47.9 percent on the season, good for fourth in the NCAA behind UConn, Baylor and Texas A&M 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 11th nationally with 21.5 ppg. She is already eighth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,683 points. If Lavender continues at her career average of 19.8 ppg she will challenge Katie Smith’s school record of 2,578 points.
- Lavender has 46 career double-doubles, the most among active Big Ten players. The Buckeyes are 39-7 overall in her career when she records a double-double. She has nine this season while teammate Samantha Prahalis is second on the team with five.
- Lavender has scored in double figures in all 85 career games – the longest active streak in Division I. She also hit double figures in every game throughout high school as well.
- With 873 career rebounds, Lavender sits in fifth place on Ohio State’s all-time list. She is second in the Big Ten with 10.2 boards per game. Lavender also is second in the Big Ten with a .530 field goal percentage.
- Samantha Prahalis, the reigning Big Ten player of the week, leads the Big Ten and is second nationally with 7.9 assists per game this season, behind NCAA leader Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga (9.1). Prahalis has five games with 10 or more and has dished out at least eight 11 different times. Prahalis recorded a career-high 14 assists in the win over No. 15 California. With 353 career assists, she is already eighth on OSU’s all-time list in only her sophomore season and needs two more to take over seventh place.
- Prahalis, who has 56 points in her last two games, ranks third in the Big Ten with 18.7 ppg in Big Ten play.
- 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 is outscoring opponents by an average margin of +21.8 points. The Buckeyes have won 11 games this season by 20 points or more and have scored at least 90 five times.
- Ohio State has made 75 more free throws (310) than opponents have attempted (235) this season. The Buckeyes are 17-1 this season and 59-3 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 106-consecutive weeks.
Indiana is 10-7 and 3-3 in the Big Ten. They had lost three of their last four, including a 77-71 loss in overtime at Penn State last Sunday before posting a 62-60 win over Michigan Thursday night in Bloomington. They have posted other conference wins at Michigan State and at home against Illinois with losses at Purdue, at Penn State and at home to the Spartans. Junior guard Jori Davis leads the team and ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 17.1 ppg. She also is second in the team with 6.4 rebounds and second in the Big Ten in three-point percentage (.463) behind Brittany Johnson. Senior guard Jamie Braun is second on the team with 11.8 ppg and has a team-best 9.0 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 68-47 and 122-110 in her ninth season overall.
Last Time Out: Buckeyes Sweep Illini for Second Straight Year
Samantha Prahalis scored 24 points and Maria Moeller came off the bench to hit two critical 3-pointers, pushing the No. 5 Buckeyes past Illinois 72-61 on Thursday night. The Illini held Jantel Lavender to 12 on 3-of-8 shooting from the field. But the rest of the Buckeyes hit 9 of 18 3-point attempts and almost 50 percent from the field overall. Prahalis, the reigning player of the week in the Big Ten, hit 9 of 14 shots from the field, including 2 of 3 from behind the arc, and added five assists and five steals. Moeller was perfect on both of her 3-point attempts and also both free throws, plus had two assists and two rebounds in 15 minutes. Illinois trailed by 17 points in the first half but got as close as three on two occasions in the second half and never buckled. The Illini scored 12 of the first 15 points after the break to cut their deficit to 40-37 with 16 minutes left. With the Buckeyes leading 42-39, Tayler Hill hit a foul shot, Prahalis made a fast-break pull-up from 12 feet, and Lavender banked in a fallaway while being fouled, converting the three-point play to make it 48-39. After Illinois regrouped to cut the lead to 50-44 on McCully’s 3-pointer from the left corner, Moeller came in to make 3-pointers on the Buckeyes’ next two possessions to push the lead back to 56-44. Toone scored eight of Illinois’ 11 points over one span, her 10-foot jumper with 3:55 left keeping her team within reach at 63-57. But then Prahalis hit a 3-pointer with 2 minutes left to make it 70-59 and give the Buckeyes their 10th win in a row.
Last Time vs. Indiana – 2/22/09 in Bloomington
Star Allen tied a career high with 22 points, Brittany Johnson set a then-career high with 18 points, and No. 20 Ohio State beat Indiana 79-67 on Sunday to move into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. Lavender finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds and only took seven shots for the Buckeyes. Allen shot 9-for-15 from the field and Johnson made 6-of-10 shots, including 2-for-5 on 3-pointers. Jori Davis scored 17 points, Amber Jackson scored 14 and Whitney Thomas added 10 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for Indiana. The Hoosiers ran out to a 23-13 lead midway through the first half, but a bank shot by Allen seconds before halftime tied the score at 33 at the break. Both teams shot 50 percent from the field in the first half. Ohio State led 63-50 in the second half before Ashlee Mells banked in a 3-pointer and Thomas made another three 11 seconds later to make it 72-67 with a minute left. The Buckeyes made 7 of 10 free throws in the final minute to pull away. Ohio State shot 56 percent in the second half and held Indiana to 34 percent shooting after the break. The Buckeyes outrebounded Indiana 38-31.
Foster Going for 11th-Consecutive 20-Win Season
With two more wins, Ohio State will record its eighth-consecutive 20-win season. It would also mark 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. Two years ago he tied Nancy Darsch, who had six 20-win seasons in 12 years as head coach from 1985-97. Foster has done it each year at Ohio State since his first season in 2002-03, including a 30-win season in 2004-05.
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