#7/7 Ohio State (0-0) at Temple (0-0)
Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 – 5 p.m.
Liacouras Center (10,200)
Philadelphia, Pa. – (AP/USA Today rankings)
Radio: WBNS 1460 AM (Marty Bannister, Kristin Watt)
• Ohio State has won its last 15 regular-season openers and has not lost an opener since 1994.
• Ohio State is 35-10 all-time in season openers.
• Friday will be the first meeting between Temple and Ohio State.
• Ohio State is 31-5 all-time against current teams from the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Buckeyes also face A10 opponent Duquesne Dec. 28 at Value City Arena.
• Ranked No. 7 in both preseason polls, the Buckeyes enter the season having been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for 116 consecutive weeks.
• The Buckeyes return all five starters from a team that won a school-record 31 games in 2009-10.
• Ohio State’s returning starters have exactly 300 career starts between them entering the season.
• Senior All-American Jantel Lavender has scored in double-figures in all 102 career games — the longest active streak in the nation.
• Ohio State has 169 wins over the last six seasons, the sixth most among NCAA Division I teams in that span. The .841 winning percentage is the seventh best in that span.
Lavender Voted Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year, Buckeyes Picked First
Two-time All-American and three-time Big Ten player of the year Jantel Lavender was chosen as the 2010-11 Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year by the conference coaches and a selected media panel at the Big Ten media days in Chicago in October. Lavender earns the preseason honor for the third straight season. She was the coaches’ unanimous choice for the preseason honor and was a unanimous member of the coaches’ and media’s preseason all-Big Ten team. The senior also is a member of the preseason Wade, Wooden and Naismith award watch lists.After winning their sixth straight Big Ten championship a season ago, Ohio State was tabbed to win its seventh consecutive title by the coaches and media. The Buckeyes return all five starters from the 2009-10 season, in which they finished 31-5 and claimed the Big Ten tournament title in addition to their conference championship. Also returning for the Buckeyes is junior Samantha Prahalis, who was named to the coaches’ and media’s preseason all-Big Ten team.
Lavender Named Preseason AP All-American
Lavender also has been named to the Associated Press’ 2010-11 Preseason All-America Team, voted on from a 65-member national media panel. It marks the second straight year the Cleveland native has been named to the preseason team. Lavender, a two-time WBCA All-American and candidate for the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, averaged 21.4 points, 10.3 rebounds last season.
Temple returns three starters and six letterwinners from a team that finished the 2009-10 season with a 25-9 record after making its seventh straight NCAA tournament appearance. First team Atlantic-10 performer Kristen McCarthy returns as the Owls’ leading scorer at 14.8 points per game and was the Big 5 Player of the Year. Senior Qwedia Wallace was named to the A-10 preseason third team. She was second on the team in scoring last season with 10.6 ppg. Tonya Cardoza is in her third season at Temple with a 46-19 record.
Noting The Buckeyes
• Ohio State won a record-setting sixth-consecutive Big Ten regular season championship and its 13th overall with a 15-3 mark in the Big Ten. No team – men’s or women’s – has ever won six straight Big Ten regular season titles.
• The Buckeyes won a program-record 31 games (31-5), their second season with at least 30 wins under head coach Jim Foster. Ohio State also won 30 games in 2004-05.
• Ohio State won its second-consecutive Big Ten tournament championship.
• The Buckeyes earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, its eighth straight appearance in the Big Dance and the program’s 19th overall. The two-seed was the highest for the Buckeyes since they were a No. 1 seed in the 2006 tournament.
• The Buckeyes led the NCAA in 3-point shooting at 40.2 percent last season. They also ranked in the top 15 in scoring (8th, 78.0), assists (11th, 17.2), assist-turnover ratio (7th, +1.15) and fewest fouls (5th, 13.1). The Buckeyes also shot 45.8 percent overall, good for 12th in the NCAA and tops in the Big Ten. They shot 50 percent or better 10 times, including three games of 60 percent or better.
• Ohio State made 125 more free throws (573) than opponents attempted (448). The Buckeyes were 27-3 last year and 69-5 over the last three years when they make more than their opponents at the line.
• The Buckeyes connected on a school record 238 three-pointers last season, breaking the old mark of 191 set in 2004-05.
• The Buckeyes hit a Big Ten-record 17 three-pointers in the win at Penn State, breaking the old mark of 14. They shot 65 percent from long range (17-of-26) and hit 9-of-13 in the second half.
• Ohio State finished 19-1 at home last year, setting a program record with 19 home wins in a season.
• Ohio State is 127-10 at home overall under Jim Foster and 100-6 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 48-3 in Big Ten games at Value City Arena and 85-14 in Big Ten play overall.
• Ohio State has won 110 of 112 at home against unranked opponents.
• Ohio State is 9-2 in its last 11 postseason games, having won the last two Big Ten tournaments and going 3-2 in NCAA tournament play the last two seasons.
• Ohio State went 25-0 last season when scoring 70 or more and went 6-5 when scoring fewer than 70.
• Ohio State plays eight teams ranked or receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Preseason Coaches poll.
#42 Jantel Lavender
• Jantel Lavender was named a WBCA All-American for the second-consecutive season in 2009-10. She also took home USBWA and first team Associated Press All-America honors. Sophomore point guard Samantha Prahalis was named honorable mention.
• Lavender became the fifth WBCA All-America selection at Ohio State in the past six years. Tracey Hall (1997, ‘98), Katie Smith (1993, ‘96) and Jessica Davenport (2005, ‘06, ‘07) are the only Buckeyes to win the award multiple times.
• Lavender led the Big Ten ranked 10th nationally with 21.4 ppg. She is already third on the school’s all-time scoring list with 2,044 points. If Lavender continues at her career average of 20.0 ppg she will break Katie Smith’s school record of 2,578 points next season.
• Lavender ranked third in the Big Ten with 10.3 rebounds per game and led the conference with a .514 field goal percentage.
• Lavender was one of only three players in Division I to average at least 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and shoot 50.0 percent.
• Lavender has scored in double figures in all 102 career games, the longest active streak in Division I. She also scored in double-figures throughout every game in high school as well.
• Lavender finished the season with 20 double-doubles and now has 57 in her career, the most among active Big Ten players. The Buckeyes are 47-10 overall in her career when she records a double-double.
• Lavender is just the second player in Ohio State program history to record at least 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 125 blocked shots in a career. Three-time Big Ten player of the year Jessica Davenport (2004-07) is the other.
#21 Samantha Prahalis
• Prahalis, an honorable mention WBCA All-American, led the Big Ten and finished second nationally with 8.0 assists per game behind NCAA leader Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga (9.4). Prahalis had 10 games with 10 or more and has dished out at least eight 19 times. Prahalis recorded a career-high 14 assists in the win over then-No. 15 California and again in the regular-season finale against Northwestern Feb. 25. She had 12 in the win at Penn State and set an Ohio State NCAA tournament record with 13 in the win over St. Francis, Pa.
• Prahalis set a Big Ten single-season record with 289 assists this season, breaking the old mark of 283 held by Penn State’s Tina Nicholson during the 1995-96 season. With 492 in her career, she is already fourth on Ohio State’s all-time list through only her sophomore season.
• Prahalis was one of eight finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate point guard in Division I women’s basketball. The criteria for the award are the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills that personified Hall of Famer, Nancy Lieberman during her career.
• Prahalis accounted for nearly 50 percent of Ohio State’s offense this season on either field goals or assists. She had 201 field goals and 289 assists, which made up 490 of Ohio State’s 998 field goals this season (49.0 percent).
• Prahalis ranked third in the Big Ten with 18.2 ppg in Big Ten play. She had a 32-point performance in the win at Michigan State, 26 in the win at Penn State, 25 on the road at Wisconsin and 29 in the Big Ten tournament semifinal win over the Badgers. Prahalis hit a career-high five three’s in the win at Penn State on six attempts.
• Prahalis notched her ninth double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 assists in the NCAA first round win over St. Francis, Pa. Against Northwestern Feb. 25, she recorded her eighth with 14 points and 14 assists and had her seventh of the season with 26 points and 12 assists in the victory at Penn State. She had 23 points, 10 assists and no turnovers in the win over Minnesota Jan. 28, marking the first game in her Ohio State career in which she committed zero turnovers.
• Prahalis is just the second Division I player since 1999-2000 to average at least 16.0 points and 8.0 assists per game. La’Terrica Dobin (16.0, 8.1) from Northwestern State was the only other player to do it in 2003-04.
• Prahalis had her Ohio State-record streak of consecutive free throws snapped at 48 Feb. 21 vs. Michigan State. It was the second-longest streak in Big Ten history and the fifth-best in NCAA history.
#40 Brittany Johnson
• Johnson shot 48.1 percent from long range this season, the best in the Big Ten and second-best in the NCAA. She hit 18 3FG’s over a five-game stretch in Big Ten play and led the Buckeyes with 77 total. In November, Johnson scored a career-high 23 points in the WNIT championship game against Oklahoma State and hit seven 3FG’s, second-best on OSU’s single-game list.
• Johnson set an Ohio State single-season record for the best 3FG percentage in a season with her .481 clip, breaking the old mark of .462 held by Marscilla Packer in 2005-06.
#4 Tayler Hill
• Hill started all 36 games as a freshman last season, marking the fourth straight year a freshman started every game for the Buckeyes. Maria Moeller started every game at point guard in 2006-07, Lavender in 2007-08, Prahalis in ‘08-09 and Hill last season.
• Hill ranked third on the team with 92 free throws made last season. She averaged 8.5 points and shot .423 percent from the field to go along with 62 assists and 37 steals.
#43 Sarah Schulze
• Schulze started all 35 games in which she played last season in her first year as a full-time starter. She averaged 7.3 points and was second on the team with 5.9 rebounds per game.
• Schulze ranked fourth in the Big Ten with a .413 3FG percentage. She was second on the team with 57 makes from long range.
Seniors Set Win Record
Last year’s seniors Shavelle Little, Andrea Walker, Maria Moeller and Cherise Daniel set a program-record with 110 wins, breaking the old mark of 109 set by the class of 2008 (Packer, Riley, Jamen).
Lavender Wins Third Big Ten Player of the Year Honor, Prahalis First Team All-Big Ten
Jantel Lavender was named the 2010 Big Ten Player of the Year for the third-consecutive season by both the coaches and the media. She joins former Buckeye Jessica Davenport as the only three-time recipient of the award. Also honored was sophomore Samantha Prahalis, who, along with Lavender, were unanimous selections for first team All-Big Ten honors on both sides. Junior Brittany Johnson, one of the top three-point shooters in the country, was an honorable mention selection from the media while Shavelle Little earned her third-consecutive all-defensive team honor.
Buckeyes Win Second Straight Big Ten Tournament Title; Lavender Named Tournament MOP
Ohio State won the 2010 Big Ten Tournament title last March with a dramatic come-from-behind win over Iowa in the championship game, 66-64. The Buckeyes trailed by as much as 16 points, but used a 29-11 run to regain the lead with 3:51 to go. Jantel Lavender, who set a tournament record with 35 points in the championship game, was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament after averaging 27.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and shooting 88.5 percent (23-of-26) from the free throw line. Samantha Prahalis joined Lavender on the all-tournament team after averaging 16.0 points, 6.3 assists, recording seven steals and hitting all 15 of her free throw attempts. She had 29 points and went 11-of-11 from the line win the semifinal win over Wisconsin. As a team, the Buckeyes shot 90.5 percent (57-of-63) from the line in the three tournament wins.
Lavender Passes 2,000 Career Points in Junior Season
With her fourth free throw with 3:51 left in the Big Ten tournament championship game, Lavender eclipsed 2,000 points in her 100th career game, becoming the first Buckeye in program history to reach the milestone in her junior season. She joined former Buckeye All-Americans Katie Smith (2,578) and Jessica Davenport (2,303) as the only other Buckeyes in the 2,000 Point Club. She also became the 15th Big Ten player to reach the milestone. Lavender tied a tournament single-game record with 35 points in that game, going 14-of-25 from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the line.
Foster Makes 24th NCAA Appearance, 11th Straight
Head coach Jim Foster made his 11th consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament and his 24th overall last season. He is 32-24 all-time in the Big Dance. In Foster’s eight seasons at Ohio State, the Buckeyes have earned No. 1 (2006), No. 2 (2005, 2010), No. 3 (2009), No. 4 (2003, 2007) and No. 6 (2004, 2008) seeds in the tournament. Ohio State has earned at least a second-round finish in five of seven seasons under Foster, including a trip to the Round of 16 in 2005 and 2009.
Buckeyes Boast Four McDonald’s All-Americans
Ohio State will once again boast four McDonald’s High School All-Americans on its 2010-11 roster. Jantel Lavender and Alison Jackson played in the 2007 contest in St. Louis while Samantha Prahalis played in the 2008 game in Milwaukee and freshman Tayler Hill in 2009.
More Milestones for Foster
Ohio State recorded its eighth-consecutive 20-win season last year, marking the 24th of Coach 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 two 30-win seasons (2004-05, 2009-10). Foster won his 700th game Dec. 31, 2009 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 716-277 in his 33rd season. He is just the second collegiate coach — men’s or women’s at any level — 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 where he is 212-52 in his eighth season. Foster also earned his 100th Big Ten victory with the win over Indiana Jan. 17. He is 108-26 in Big Ten regular season games at Ohio State.
OSU Tough at Home Under Foster
Since the start of the 2004-05 season, Ohio State has amassed a remarkable 100-6 record at home and an 87-5 record at Value City Arena (12-1 at St. John Arena, 1-0 at Nationwide Arena). The Buckeyes have posted two perfect home records under head coach Jim Foster, going 14-0 in his first year in 2002-03 and 17-0 in 2004-05.
Ohio State Selected to Host 2011 NCAA First, Second Rounds
The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee has selected the first and second round and regional sites for the 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. Among the sites is Columbus, Ohio with the games being played in St. John Arena. The first- and second-round sites will host games Saturday, March 19, and Monday, March 21. Ohio State will play in Columbus if it is selected to play in the NCAA tournament.
Big Ten and Big 12 Announce Formation of Annual Women’s Basketball Challenge
The Big Ten and Big 12 Conferences announced the formation of an annual inter-conference challenge for women’s basketball, which will span at least two years and will begin in the fall of 2010. The series will feature a home-and-home format over the initial two-year agreement, and each of the Big 12’s teams will play in each Challenge, while one Big Ten team, Wisconsin, will play two Challenge games each year. The 2010 Challenge will be played Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5, with the exception of the Kansas at Wisconsin game, which will be played on Nov. 21. Matchups for the 2010 and 2011 Challenges can be found below. Ohio State will host Oklahoma in 2010 and travel to the Sooner state in 2011.
Lavender a Candidate for Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award
Jantel Lavender has been selected as candidates today for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in basketball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Lowe’s will announce the women’s basketball Senior CLASS Award winner at the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Indianapolis.The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 men’s and 10 women’s finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.