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Cleveland native shot 78 percent from the field and averaged 28.5 points and 9.5 rebounds

COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State sophomore center Jantel Lavender earned Big Ten player of the week honors for a third time this season in recognition of her performance last week in the wins over Delaware State and Michigan. Lavender averaged 28.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and shot 78.1 percent from the field as the 17th-ranked Buckeyes improved to 10-2 and 1-0 in the Big Ten.

In the 68-35 win over Delaware State Dec. 16, Lavender scored a season-high 29 points on 12-of-13 shooting (.923) tying her for the second-highest field goal percentage in school history (minimum 10 attempts). She also had four blocks and 11 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season and hit all five attempts from the free throw line.

Then in the conference opener against Michigan Sunday, Lavender netted 28 points on 13-of-19 from the floor and had eight rebounds as Ohio State defeated Michigan for the 11th-straight time, 70-50.

The weekly honor is the seventh of her young career, tying for fifth all-time in the conference records books. Kelly Mazzante of Penn State (2001-04) is the only other Big Ten player to earn seven player of the week selections in her freshman and sophomore seasons. Mazzante needed 26 weeks to accomplish the feat, while Lavender reached the mark in 23.

Lavender leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth nationally in scoring with 22.8 point per game. She also leads the conference in rebounding and is eighth in the NCAA with 11.5 boards per game. She has 11 double-doubles on the season is shooting 54 percent from the field.

Lavender and the Buckeyes are back in action at 2 p.m. ET Dec. 31 at Northwestern.