Lavender’s 29 points and 11 rebounds paced the Buckeyes
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jantel Lavender had a season-high 29 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 18 Ohio State to a 68-35 victory over Delaware State on Tuesday night in the final non-conference game before Big Ten play.
Lavender’s only miss among 13 field-goal attempts was a 17-foot jumper 3:13 into the game. She has a double-double in all 11 games this season and 24 in her career.
Ohio State (9-2) held the Lady Hornets without a field goal for almost 9 minutes and took a 34-16 halftime lead as Lavender nearly outscored Delaware State herself. She had all of her 15 points in the first 11 minutes, and it took Candice Stewart’s layup at the buzzer for the Hornets to surpass her total.
The Buckeyes shot 61 percent for the game. Maria Moeller and Sarah Schulze combined to shoot 5 of 6 from 3-point range as the Buckeyes shot 6 of 10 from deep as a team.
Keyhana Wakefield hit a 3-pointer to give the Hornets (2-6) their only lead at 3-2 before Ohio State scored 11 straight points.
Cortney Crockett had 10 points for Delaware State.
The Buckeyes face Michigan at 2 p.m. Sunday at Value City Arena.
Tuesday was the first meeting with Delaware State.
Ohio State shot 61 percent for the game. The last time the Buckeyes shot 60 percent in a game was March 4, 2007 in a 73-71 win over Penn State.
The 35 points allowed by the Buckeyes were the fewest this season and the fewest since holding Colgate to 26 points last season.
Sophomore Jantel Lavender was 12-of-13 from the field for a 92.3 percent clip. It was the second-highest FG percentage by a Buckeye since Tracey Hall shot an identical 92.3 percent (12-of-13) Nov. 29, 1984 in a win over Cincinnati. Jessica Davenport holds the Ohio State record for FG percentage (minimum 10 attempts) in a game when she shot 10-for-10 in a 73-67 win over West Virginia in the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
Lavender recorded her 11th double-double in as many games this season and the 24th of her career. She finished with a season-high 29 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Buckeyes are now 19-5 when Lavender records a double-double.
Lavender had 15 points and seven rebounds in the first 10 minutes of the game.
Lavender leads the Big Ten with nine 20-point games this season.
Lavender has scored in double figures in all 42 career games.
Freshman Samantha Prahalis, who finished with a game-high five assists, has dished out four or more in all but one game this season.
In the five games Prahalis has failed to score in double-figures this season she has recorded a total of 40 assists an average of 8.0 per game.
Ohio State has won 84-consecutive games in Columbus against unranked opponents. The last unranked team to win in Columbus was Penn State Feb. 3, 2002.
Ohio State is 73-4 in Columbus since the start of the 2004-05 season and 100-8 all-time in Columbus under head coach Jim Foster.
Ohio State is 7-0 this year when leading at the half.
Ohio State shot 63 percent in the first half to build a 34-16 lead at the half.
The Buckeyes outrebounded the Hornets, 37-21.
Jim Foster, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“I thought we played good defensively all game and played well offensively at points too. The first half the floor was too compact and we didn’t spread the floor in transition. We picked it up coming out of the break and played a good game.”
On the styles of Delaware State and Cleveland State
“We’ve played two athletic teams who play two entirely different styles of basketball. Outside of 10 minutes last night, we played well over both games.”
On Jantel Lavender’s performance
“She got great looks and finished. She concentrated on free throws which in turn makes her a good free throw shooter. I know she would probably like some more assists on the box score too, but she made the right passes and just couldn’t get the finishes.”
Sarah Schulze, sophomore forward
On playing games on back-to-back nights
“I was happy with our turnaround from a night ago. We played hard all night and came out with a win.”
On the success of the outside shooting
“We reversed the ball well and got wide open shots. It’s obviously easier to make wide-open shots rather than contested shots.”
Jantel Lavender, sophomore center
On her performance
“I was focused and the passes were there. I was able to get open and finish.”
On tonight’s game
“We played better in the second half (than last night). I thought we really kept the pressure and intensity up. It was mainly defense and reversing the ball that made the difference.”
On the difference between last night’s game and tonight
“Our energy wasn’t there last night because it was another arena. We need to learn to play like we do in the Schott in all arenas. We know we had lapses and we can’t let that happen again.”
Andrea Walker, junior center
On last night and tonight’s game
“The energy was high (tonight) and we were able to keep it higher than the other team. Last night we had times where our energy got down. Tonight was much better.”