#24/23 Ohio State (13-6, 4-3) vs. Michigan (12-7, 5-2)
Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 – 7 p.m. ET
Value City Arena
TV: Big Ten Network (Tom Hart, Katie Smith)
Radio: The Fan 1460 AM (Marty Bannister, Toni Roesch)
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• Ohio State has won three in a row — two vs. ranked opponents — after starting the Big Ten season 1-3.
• The Buckeyes (4-3) are two games behind Michigan State (6-1) for first place in the Big Ten.
• Ohio State leads the all-time series with Michigan, 47-7, and have a 24-2 advantage in Columbus.
• Jim Foster is 12-1 against Michigan in his Ohio State career.
• OSU has won the last 8 meetings in Columbus. The last UM victory came on Jan. 21, 2001.
• In last year’s meeting in Columbus, the Buckeyes pulled out a 59-56 win on Jan. 3, 2010. Jantel Lavender had 18 points and 15 rebounds and Samantha Prahalis hit a 10-foot jumper with 9 seconds left. Courtney Boylan’s 30-foot heave at the buzzer hit the front of the rim.
• Ohio State currently has an RPI ranking of No. 9 according to Realtimerpi.com and boasts the fourth-toughest schedule in the country.
• Jantel Lavender leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth in the NCAA with 23.2 ppg. She also leads the Big Ten and ranks 10th in the NCAA with 11.2 rebounds per game.
• Lavender became just the second player in Big Ten history to eclipse 1,000 field goals with nine in the win over Iowa Monday.
• Lavender set a Value City Arena record with 22 rebounds against Indiana Jan. 5.
• Lavender is the second-leading active scorer in the nation (2,485) behind UConn’s Maya Moore (2,628).
• Lavender has scored 10+ points in all 121 career games, the longest active streak in Division I.
• Lavender is nine boards away from becoming the Big Ten’s all-time leading rebounder.
• Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten and is sixth in the nation with 6.4 assists per game.
• Brittany Johnson has hit 16 3-point field goals in her last four games, 12 in her last two.
• Ashley Adams was named the Big Ten’s freshman of the week after shooting 80 percent (12-of-15) from the floor while averaging 14.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.5 blocks.
The Wolverines enter the game 12-7 overall and 5-2 in Big Ten play, one game behind first-place Michigan State. They have won three in a row with victories over Wisconsin (75-59) and Purdue (57-45) at home with a road win at Northwestern (76-67) in between.
Michigan features a balanced scoring attack with Veronica Hicks (11.6 ppg), Carmen Reynolds (11.2), Rachel Sheffer (8.7) and Jenny Ryan (7.8). As a team, UM ranks second and third, respectively, in field goal (.438) and 3-point field goal percentage (.342). In the win over the Buckeyes Dec. 30, Michigan jumped out to a big first-half lead by hitting 7-of-16 from three in the first 20 minutes. They also do a great job of taking care of the ball in leading the Big Ten in assist-turnover ratio (+3.60).
Kevin Borseth (Lake Superior State, 1976) is in his fourth season at Michigan with a record of 62-55 and is 568-245 overall.
Series Record: OSU leads 47-7
In Columbus: OSU leads 24-2
Last Meeting: 12/30/10, UM, 64-51
Last Meeting in Columbus: 1/3/10, OSU, 59-56
Series in 2009-10: OSU, 2-0
Last Time vs. Michigan
Veronica Hicks had 17 points and eight rebounds as Michigan defeated No. 13 Ohio State 64-51 back on Dec. 30 in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines snapped a 14-game losing streak to Ohio State, beating them for the first time since 2001. Jantel Lavender had 18 points and 18 rebounds for Ohio State while sophomore Tayler Hill continued her solid play with 15 points, six assists, six rebounds and three steals. Michigan jumped out to a quick 24-4 lead as Ohio State missed 11 of its first 13 shots. The Buckeyes made it 28-20 late in the half, but the Wolverines scored the final six points. Michigan, which never trailed, outshot Ohio State 46 percent to 23 percent in the half. Ohio State struggled to keep its shooting percentage above 25 percent and Boylan’s 3-pointer gave the Wolverines a 48-34 lead with eight minutes left.
Last Time Out
Jantel Lavender hit double figures for the 121st consecutive game, scoring 22 points to lead No. 24 Ohio State to an 81-67 win over No. 18 Iowa. Almost as important as yet another good game for Lavender – she also had eight rebounds and six assists – was the play of fellow post player Ashley Adams. Adams, who took over two games ago when senior starter Sarah Schulze went out with a knee injury, chipped in with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists. The Buckeyes shot 72 percent from the field in the second half – including 14 of 17 (82 percent) on shots inside the arc – to turn a one-point deficit at the half into a comfortable win. Much of that is attributable to Adams and Lavender taking turns dumping lob passes into each other, or else flipping the ball out to wide-open teammates. Brittany Johnson added 15, Tayler Hill 13 and Samantha Prahalis 10 points to go with eight assists in Ohio State’s third consecutive win. Johnson hit 5 of 9 shots – all 3-pointers – to burn the Hawkeyes when they doubled up down low on one of the posts. Kelly Krei had 15 points, Morgan Johnson 14, Kamille Wahlin 13 and Jaime Printy 12 for the Hawkeyes (15-5, 3-4), who haven’t won in Columbus in 13 years. Kachine Alexander, who had nine points and 11 rebounds, said Ohio State’s twin towers caused all kinds of havoc. Adams had just 17 points in Ohio State’s first 17 games; she’s had 29 in the last two.
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