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#7/7 Ohio State (2-0) at LSU (0-1)
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 – 7/8 p.m. ET
Pete Maravich Center
Baton Rouge, La. – (AP/USA Today rankings)
Radio: The Fan 1460 AM (Marty Bannister, Toni Roesch)
• The Buckeyes opened the season Friday with an 84-75 win at Temple before defeating Eastern Michigan Sunday at home, 74-62
• Senior Jantel Lavender scored a career-high 37 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the victory at Temple
• Lavender was named the Big Ten player of the week after scoring 63 points and grabbing 21 rebounds in the two wins
• Wednesday is the sixth meeting between Ohio State and LSU, with the Lady Tigers owning a 4-1 advantage. LSU won the last meeting 75-51 in Baton Rouge Dec. 10, 2006
• Ohio State is 23-36 all-time vs. SEC teams and 4-5 in the Foster era
• Ohio State has been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for 116 straight weeks
• Senior All-American Jantel Lavender has scored in double-figures in all 104 career games — the longest active streak in the nation
• Ohio State has 170 wins over the last six full seasons, the sixth most among NCAA Division I teams in that span. The .841 winning percentage is the seventh best in that span
LSU is 0-1 on the season after dropping its season opener at Northwestern on Sunday, 71-62. They return four starters from a team that went 21-10 last season, finished tied for third in the SEC with a 9-7 mark before advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament. In the loss at Northwestern, Adrienne Webb led the Lady Tigers with 17 points and five rebounds while Latear Eason chipped in with 12 and three assists. Van Chancellor is in his fourth season at LSU with a record of 71-28 and 510-182 in his 23rd season overall. Chancellor is the 15th winningest active coach in Division I with a .738 winning percentage.
LSU owns a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series and has won the last three meetings overall:
March 20, 1986 LSU 81, OSU 80 (NCAA)
Dec. 3, 1989 OSU 86, LSU 73 (H)
Dec. 18, 1990 LSU 97, OSU 78 (A)
Dec. 15, 2005 LSU 64, OSU 48 (H)
Dec. 10, 2006 LSU 75, OSU 51 (A)
Noting the Win vs. EMU
• Ohio State is 128-10 at home overall under head coach Jim Foster and is 101-6 since the start of the 2004-05 season.
• Ohio State has won 111 of 112 games at home against unranked opponents.
• Senior All-American Jantel Lavender has scored in double figures in all 104 career games – the longest active streak in the nation. Against Eastern Michigan, Lavender scored 26 points and had nine rebounds.
• Lavender tied her career-high in assists with seven vs. Eastern Michigan. Lavender previously recorded seven assists at Auburn Nov. 23, 2008.
• Lavender has 63 points (31.5), 21 rebounds (10.5), 10 assists and five blocks in the first two games. She is shooting 66.7 percent from the field and 91.7 from the free throw line this season.
• After playing a career-high 38 minutes last season vs. Michigan State (Feb. 21, 2010), sophomore Tayler Hill has played 40 minutes in back-to-back games this season at point guard.
• For the third time in her career, senior Alison Jackson tied her career-high in rebounds with five. She previously recorded five rebounds last season vs. UNCG Nov. 25, 2009.
• Freshman Martina Ellerbe came off the bench for the Buckeyes and scored six points and had five rebounds. Her first points of her collegiate career came off a 3-pointer at the 9:43 mark in the first half.
• Ohio State shot 60.0 percent in the second half and 88.9 percent from the free throw line.
Noting The Buckeyes
• Ohio State is averaging 79.0 points per game so far this season while shooting just under 55 percent from the field and 87.5 percent from the free throw line.
• Starters Lavender, Hill, Jackson, Johnson and Schulze have combined to play 362 of a possible 400 minutes through the first two games of the season.
• Ohio State has made more free throws (35) than opponents have attempted (26) so far this season. Last season Ohio State made 125 more free throws (573) than opponents attempted (448), going 27-3 in those games. Ohio State is 71-5 over the last three-plus years when they make more than their opponents at the line.
• Ohio State plays eight teams ranked or receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Preseason Coaches poll.
#42 Jantel Lavender
• Lavender scored a career-high 37 points and recorded her 58th career double-double with 12 rebounds in the win at Temple Nov. 12. She was 16-of-22 from the field and hit all five FT attempts. She also added three assists and two blocks. She then added 26 points, nine boards and seven assists in the win over EMU to earn Big Ten player of the week honors.
• Lavender has scored in double figures in all 104 career games, the longest active streak in Division I. She also scored in double-figures throughout every game in high school as well.
#40 Brittany Johnson
• Johnson connected on four 3FGs in the win at Temple. She finished the game with 16 points.
#4 Tayler Hill
• Hill has started the past two games at point guard for the Buckeyes, playing all 80 minutes, scoring 29 points, grabbing nine rebounds, dishing out seven assists and recording seven steals. She also is shooting 92.3 percent from the free throw line.
• 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 recorded a career-best eight assists in the win at Temple Nov. 12, more than doubling her previous best of three.
• 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. She ranked fourth in the Big Ten with a .413 3FG percentage and was second on the team with 57 3FGs.
#12 Alison Jackson
• Jackson stepped into the starting lineup at Temple Nov. 12 and was solid with 11 points and four rebounds in 35 minutes of play.
• Jackson is averaging 9.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 53 percent from the field.
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