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#7/9 Ohio State Buckeyes (23-3, 11-2 Big Ten) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (13-11, 8-5 Big Ten)
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, 7:30 p.m. ET
Value City Arena • Columbus, Ohio

Radio/Internet: WOSU 820-AM/www.wosu.org (Marty Bannister, Toni Roesch)
Television: Big Ten Network (Tom Werme, Mary Murphy)
Live Stats: www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com

Series Record: OSU leads, 36-26
Series in 2008-09: OSU, 3-0
Last Meeting: 1/25/10, PU, 63-61 at Purdue
In Columbus: OSU leads, 17-8
Current Win Streak: Purdue, 1

FASTBREAK POINTS

  • At 11-2, Ohio State can clinch at least a share of its 13th and record-setting sixth-consecutive Big Ten championship with a win over the Boilermakers (8-5). No team – men’s or women’s – has ever won six straight Big Ten regular season titles. Ohio State also won five in a row from 1983-87.
  • Ohio State (23-3, 11-2) holds a three-game lead in the conference standings ahead of second-place Purdue (13-11, 8-5) and a four-game lead over Wisconsin and Penn State, both at 7-6. Michigan State sits in fifth place at 6-6.
  • The Buckeyes hit a Big Ten record 17 three-pointers in the win at Penn State Sunday, 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 is a perfect 17-0 at home this year, which is tied for the best home mark in program history. The Buckeyes also went 17-0 at home back during the 2004-05 season. Foster and the Buckeyes also went undefeated in 2002-03 with a 14-0 mark.
  • Ohio State is 125-9 at home overall under Jim Foster and 98-5 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 46-2 (.958) in Big Ten games at Value City Arena and 82-13 (.863) in Big Ten play overall.
  • Ohio State has won 23 straight games at home and 108 of 109 at home against unranked opponents.
  • Ohio State leads the all-time series with Purdue, 36-26, and has won four of the last five overall. The Buckeyes have a 17-8 lead in games played in Columbus and have won the last four at Value City Arena. Purdue’s last victory in Columbus was back on Jan. 22, 2004, 74-68.
  • The Buckeyes will be looking to avenge an earlier loss at Purdue this season when they fell 63-61 in West Lafayette back on Jan. 25. Ohio State jumped out to a 16-0 lead before Purdue came back.
  • The Buckeyes now lead the NCAA in 3-point shooting at 41.9 percent. They also rank in the Top 10 in scoring (7th, 79.4), assists (8th, 17.7), assist-turnover ratio (6th, +1.2) and fewest fouls (4th, 13.2). The Buckeyes are shooting 46.2 percent on the season, good for 15th in the NCAA and tops in the Big Ten. They have shot 50 percent or better eight times, including three games of 60 percent or better.
  • Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten and is second nationally with 8.0 assists per game behind NCAA leader Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga (9.0). Prahalis has seven games with 10 or more and has dished out at least eight 15 times. Prahalis recorded a career-high 14 assists in the win over then-No. 15 California and had 12 in the latest win at Penn State. With 410 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 18.8 ppg in Big Ten play. She has 188 points (20.8 ppg) in her last nine games, including a 32-point performance in the win at Michigan State and 26 in the win at Penn State Sunday.
  • Prahalis hit a career-high five three’s in the win at Penn State on six attempts. She is shooting 70 percent (7-of-10) from long range in her last two games.
  • Prahalis notched her seventh double-double of the season with 26 points and 12 assists in the victory at Penn State. She also had 23 points and 10 assists in the win over Minnesota Jan. 28, marking the first game in her Ohio State career in which she committed zero turnovers.
  • Jantel Lavender leads the Big Ten and is 10th nationally with 20.8 ppg. She is already fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,816 points. She needs three more points to pass Averrill Roberts (1,818; 1990-93) for fourth. Tracey Hall (1985-88) is third with 1,912 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 also is second in the Big Ten with 10.3 rebounds per game and is first with a .507 field goal percentage.
  • Lavender has 14 double-doubles this season, the third most in Division I, and 51 in her career, the most among active Big Ten players. The Buckeyes are 42-9 overall in her career when she records a double-double.
  • Lavender has scored in double figures in all 92 career games, the longest active streak in Division I.
  • Junior guard Brittany Johnson is shooting 57.1 percent (20-of-35) from long range in her last six games. She hit 4-of-5 in the loss at Purdue, finishing with 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal and had 18 points and four more 3FG’s in the win over Iowa. Johnson leads the Big Ten in 3FG percentage at 50.4 percent in all games, good for sixth nationally.
  • Ohio State has made 100 more free throws (418) than opponents have attempted (318) this season. The Buckeyes are 22-2 this year and 64-4 since the start of the 2007-08 season when they make more than their opponents at the free throw line.
  • Ohio State hit a season-high 28-of-34 free throws in the win over Iowa Feb. 4, marking the most FT’s made in a game since the Buckeyes made an identical 28-of-34 in a win at Michigan on Feb. 25, 2007.
  • Ohio State is 18-2 after a loss since the 2004-05 season and 26-6 overall under Jim Foster in regular-season games. Ohio State had its 12-game win streak snapped with its 63-61 loss at Purdue Feb. 25.
  • 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 Top 25 in No. 9 West Virginia (21-3) and No. 15 Oklahoma State (18-5) in the preseason WNIT. Another note-worthy win came on Dec. 13 when Ohio State picked up a 79-77 win at Mississippi. The Lady Rebels are receiving votes in both polls with a 15-8 overall record and a 6-4 mark in the SEC. They have picked up key SEC wins over No. 23 LSU, twice, and at No. 19 Georgia.
  • The Buckeyes have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for 110-consecutive weeks.

Ohio State’s Big Ten titles
1982-83*
1983-84
1984-85
1985-86
1986-87*
1988-89*
1992-93*
2004-05*
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08*
2008-09
* co-championship

Scouting Purdue
The Boilermakers enter Thursday’s game winners in four of their last five to climb their way to second in the conference standings at 8-5 and 13-11 overall. Purdue averages just 60.5 ppg, but give up the second-fewest points in the league at 58.0 ppg. The Boilermakers are led by Brittany Rayburn’s 15.2 ppg, followed by Jodi Howell’s 8.3. FahKara Malone, one of the Big Ten’s top defenders, is averaging 6.3 ppg, ranks second in the league with 2.7 steals and is third with 4.2 assists. Head Coach Sharon Versyp is in her fourth season at her alma mater with a record of 88-43 and 205 and 108 in her 10th season overall.
 
Last Time vs. Purdue – PU 63, OSU 61
No. 4 Ohio State had its 12-game win streak snapped Jan. 25 with a 63-61 loss at Purdue. Jantel Lavender led the Buckeyes with 17 points and 10 rebounds, Brittany Johnson scored 16 and Samantha Prahalis added 11. Purdue freshman guard K.K. Houser scored a career-high 18 points and Sam Ostarello, another freshman, added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Boilermakers. Prahalis missed an open layup at the buzzer that would have forced overtime. Her chance to tie was set up when Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn missed a free throw with 7.6 seconds left, the only free throw the Boilermakers missed in 15 tries. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 16-0 lead when Johnson made three consecutive 3-pointers. The Buckeyes held the Boilermakers scoreless for the first 6:40 as Purdue missed its first 10 shots. But the Boilers came back to cut the Buckeyes led 32-29 at halftime. Purdue twice took one-point leads in the early minutes of the second half, but the Boilermakers went cold, and Johnson hit another three to put the Buckeyes up 44-37 with 13 minutes to play. A three-point play by Rayburn tied the score at 48 with just under eight minutes to play, and a three-point play by Houser one minute later gave the Boilermakers a 51-48 lead. The teams traded unsuccessful possessions before Ohio State’s Sarah Schulze was fouled with 16.4 seconds left. She made both free throws to make it 61-58. Houser got fouled with 13.2 seconds to play, and she made both free throws to push Purdue’s lead to 63-58. Prahalis quickly answered with a 3-pointer to make it a two-point game with 7.8 seconds to go. The Buckeyes fouled Rayburn immediately and sent her to the free throw line. She missed the first free throw, and Ohio State rebounded to set up the final sequence.

Last Time Out: OSU 86, PSU 73
Ohio State’s 3-pointers kept falling and the Buckeyes shot past Penn State on Sunday. Samantha Prahalis scored 26 points and the Buckeyes hit a school-record 17 3-pointers to beat Penn State 86-73. Prahalis hit five from behind the arc and Maria Moeller and Tayler Hill connected for three each. Jantel Lavender added 18 points and eight rebounds for Ohio State. Ohio State shot 65 percent (17-of-26) from behind the arc, including 9-of-13 in the second half to turn a 15-point deficit into a victory. Tyra Grant led the Lady Lions with 22 points, while Alex Bentley added 20, but just four after halftime. Led by Bentley, the Lady Lions attacked the basket with success in the first half. Grant hit big 3s, and the whole team scraped for rebounds and loose balls against the flustered Buckeyes, who had 18 turnovers alone in the opening 20 minutes. They finished with 25 in the game. But 3-point shooting kept Ohio State in the game, and when the Buckeyes got more careful with the ball after halftime, the long-range barrage didn’t stop. Moeller hit back-to-back 3s, her second at 5:58 giving Ohio State its first lead at 70-69 since early in the afternoon. Two free throws by Grant gave Penn State a 71-70 lead with 5:36 left before the Buckeyes closed with a 16-2 run. Hill hit a 3 from the corner, then Prahalis sank a trey in transition after Lavender tipped away an entry pass on defense to put the Buckeyes up 79-71 with 2:52 left. Nearly everything went Penn State’s way early on with Ohio State so careless with the basketball. Bentley scored 16 first-half points on 8-for-8 shooting as the Lady Lions led by as many as 15 late in the half before going into halftime up 48-37. But Bentley hit just one more field goal the rest of the way and committed all six of her turnovers in the second half. It was the opposite story for Prahalis, her point guard counterpart with the Buckeyes. The standout sophomore looked flustered early after committing eight first-half-turnovers. She was also whistled for a technical foul that led to free throws by Grant to put Penn State up 14 with 17:18 left. But Prahalis settled down after halftime with just one turnover.

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