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Cleveland native shot 62.5 percent from the field and averaged 25.5 points and 9.5 rebounds

COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State sophomore center Jantel Lavender earned Big Ten co-player of the week honors for a fourth time this season in recognition of her performance last week in wins over Illinois and at Big Ten preseason-favorite Purdue.

Lavender averaged 25.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and shot 62.5 percent from the field as the 15th-ranked Buckeyes moved back into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings.

The sophomore opened the week with a season-high 30-point performance Thursday to lead the Buckeyes as they toppled Illinois, 68-51. Lavender tied her career-high with 15 field goals, shooting 62.5 percent from the floor, also grabbing 12 rebounds to record her Big Ten-leading 14th double-double of the year.

On the road against Purdue Sunday, the Cleveland, Ohio, native scored 15 of her 21 points in a closely contested second half to give Ohio State a 71-60 victory. She shot 62.5 percent (10-of-16) from the field and had seven rebounds and two blocks in the win.

Lavender upped her Big Ten-leading averages to 21.6 ppg and 11.1 rpg and is the only player in Division I to rank among the Top 10 in both categories.

The weekly honor is the eighth of her career, which ties her for fourth all-time in the conference and sets a new Big Ten record for awards won by a player in her freshman and sophomore seasons. She shares the weekly honor with Penn State’s Tyra Grant.

Ohio State is back in action Thursday at Michigan before returning home Sunday to face Indiana. Game time is set for 4 p.m.