2009 Big Ten Tournament Championship Game
Conseco Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, Ind.
No. 1 Ohio State (26-5) vs. No. 3 Purdue (22-9)
TV/Radio: ESPN2/WOSU 820 AM/ www.osu.org
Ohio State is playing in its third tournament championship in the past four years all against Purdue and its fifth overall.
Ohio State is 22-13 all-time in the Big Ten tournament.
Head coach Jim Foster is 11-5 all-time in the Big Ten tournament.
Ohio State has won the Big Ten Tournament only once, a 63-60 win over Purdue in 2006.
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Purdue, 35-25, and have won the last three meetings overall, including both regular-season meetings this year.
The Buckeyes and the Boilermakers are meeting for third time in the past four years in the tournament.
The Buckeyes are 2-5 against Purdue all-time in the Big Ten tournament.
Postgame Notes from semifinal win over Iowa
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Iowa, 26-25, and have won 11 of the last 12 meetings overall.
Ohio State is 21-1 this season when they make more free throws than its opponent and 39-1 over the last two seasons when accomplishing that feat.
Freshman Samantha Prahalis dished out five more assists and now has 181 on the season, improving on her Ohio State freshman record.
Sophomore Jantel Lavender finished with 21 points and 17 rebounds for her 22nd double-double of the season and the 35th of her career. The Buckeyes are 29-6 over the past two years when Lavender gets a double-double.
Lavender now holds the Ohio State single-season record for rebounds with 337, breaking the old mark of 325 set by Jessica Davenport in 2004-05.
Lavender also set a new Ohio State Big Ten tournament record with her 17 rebounds, breaking the old mark of 14 set by three other Buckeye players.
Her 17 boards also tie for the second-most in a Big Ten Tournament game. She just missed the record of 18.
Lavender’s 35 career double-doubles are the most among active Big Ten players in only her sophomore season.
Lavender has scored 10 or more points in all 62 career games, the fourth-longest active streak in Division I.
Lavender now was 1,196 career points, breaking Katie Smith’s record of 1,194 points in her first two seasons as a Buckeye.
Star Allen finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season and the 11th of her career.
In the last seven games, Allen has scored 114 points (16.2 ppg). Her season average is 10.6 ppg.
Defensive player of the year Shavelle Little recorded six steals and five assists in 26 minutes of action. She has 15 games with three or more steals.
Ohio State is 20-0 this year when leading at the half.
Ohio State is 10-3 this season away from home.
Postgame Notes from quarterfinal win over Illinois
The 17-point victory was Ohio State’s third-largest margin of victory in the history of the tournament. Its largest all-time is 24 points when the Buckeyes defeated Wisconsin in the 2005 quarterfinals, 70-46.
Ohio State made its first 10 shots to start the game and 11 of its first 12 (91.7 percent).
The Buckeyes shot 66.7 percent in the opening half and 57.4 for the game.
Nine different Buckeyes scored in the opening half.
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Illinois 39-17 and won all three meetings this season.
Freshman Samantha Prahalis dished out nine assists and now has 176 on the season. She breaks Kim Wilburn’s Ohio State freshman record of 168 assists set during the 2002-03 season.
Prahalis’ 9 assists also set an Ohio State Big Ten tournament record, breaking the old mark of 8 which also was set by Wilburn against Penn State (3/9/03)
Prahalis has 17 games this year with six or more assists and four with nine or more.
Sophomore Jantel Lavender finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds for her 21st double-double of the season and the 34th of her career.
Sophomore Brittany Johnson hit all seven of her shots from the field, including two 3-pointers. She finished with 16 points
Ohio State outscored Illinois 46-16 in the paint and 15-0 in fastbreak points.
The 31 made field goals by Ohio State ties for the second most this season.