#6 Ohio State (16-1, 4-0 Big Ten) at #19 Michigan State (11-4, 2-2 Big Ten)
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, 2:05 p.m. ET
Breslin Center • East Lansing, Mich.
Radio/Internet: WOSU 820-AM/www.wosu.org (Marty Bannister, Kristin Watt)
Television: CBS (Beth Mowins, Deb Antonelli)
Live Stats: www.MSUSpartans.com
Series Record: OSU leads, 45-22
Series in 2008-09: Tied, 1-1
Last Meeting: 2/8/09, MSU, 52-46
In East Lansing: OSU leads, 17-10
Current Win Streak: MSU, 1
Next Meeting: 2/21/10 in Columbus
Foster Wins No. 700
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 in his 32nd season. Foster spent 13 seasons at St. Joseph’s (248-126) and 11 at Vanderbilt (256-99) and before coaching Ohio State where he has won 80.4 percent of his games with a record of 197-48 in his eighth season. Foster is 97-23 (.808) in Big Ten play at Ohio State.
Lavender Named Big Ten Player of the Week for third time in ’09
Jantel Lavender earned her third Big Ten player of the week honor of the season and the 12th of her career after leading the Buckeyes to a pair of wins last week, including a road victory against Illinois. The junior averaged 25.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while shooting 63.9 percent from the floor. On Monday, she tallied 31 points against the Illini, marking her third 30-point game this season and the seventh of her career. Earlier in the week, Lavender put up 20 points in just 23 minutes against Western Illinois, also contributing eight boards, three assists, a block and a steal.
Last Time Out: Buckeyes Edge Wolverines, 59-56
Jantel Lavender had 18 points and 15 rebounds and Samantha Prahalis hit a 10-foot jumper with 9 seconds left to lead No. 6 Ohio State past Michigan 59-56 Jan. 3. The Wolverines almost tied the game on Courtney Boylan’s 30-foot heave at the buzzer that hit the front edge of the rim. Michigan, which lost its third in a row, scored the first eight points and never trailed by more than four points. Veronica Hicks’ 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2:17 left cut Ohio State’s biggest lead of the game to 57-56. After Ohio State’s Maria Moeller missed from long range, Hollins drove the lane and appeared to have an easy layup before Lavender moved across the lane to force Hollins to change the arc of her shot. Lavender then got the rebound. The teams traded possessions before Prahalis fed Shavelle Little for a baseline drive. Little was pinned in on the baseline by Michigan defenders and kicked the ball out to a surprised Prahalis, who was unguarded just inside the free-throw line. Michigan hurried the ball down the court after a timeout, but the Buckeyes had fouls to give and used one to disrupt coach Kevin Borseth’s called play with 2 seconds left. With the Wolverines forced to inbound near their bench, the ball went to Boylan, who turned and tossed up a shot that just skipped off the front of the rim and bounded away as the buzzer sounded.
Scouting Michigan State
Michigan State is 2-2 to start Big Ten play, with losses to Wisconsin on the road and Indiana at home before winning its last two against Michigan at home and Indiana on the road. The Spartans have posted non-conference wins over Oklahoma State, North Carolina, Xavier and St. Bonaventure and lost to Notre Dame by one, 68-67, in the third game of the season. The Spartans are led by senior Allyssa DeHaan’s 12.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 47 blocked shots, the sixth-most in Division I. Michigan State features a balanced scoring attack with six other players averaging six points or more, led by Lykendra Johnson’s 10.2 ppg and Kalisha Keane’s 9.4. Suzy Merchant is in her third season as the head coach in East Lansing with a record of 66-29 and 257-149 in her 15th season overall.
Last Time vs. Michigan State – 2/8/09 in East Lansing
Allyssa DeHaan scored 16 points and Lykendra Johnson had 14 points and 11 rebounds to help Michigan State beat No. 14 Ohio State 52-46 Feb. 8, 2009 in East Lansing. DeHaan was 6-for-8 from the field and had the only two 3-point baskets for the Spartans. Jantel Lavender had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Buckeyes, who shot just 31 percent from the field in the second half and never led in the game. The Buckeyes tied the game three times in the second half, but did not capitalize off 20 Michigan State turnovers. They were 1-of-14 from three. It was a totally different game from the teams’ first matchup on Jan. 4, when the Buckeyes grabbed a 35-10 lead and won 67-49 in Columbus. Michigan State took a 32-27 lead when DeHaan hit her team’s first 3-point basket with 17:25 left. But Ohio State began to turn up the defensive pressure on a team that had 12 turnovers in the first half. Despite giving the Buckeyes plenty of chances with their turnovers, the Spartans played just enough defense to pull off the upset. The Spartans were without starting point guard Brittney Thomas, who was sidelined for the season with a torn ACL.
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