COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sophomore center Jantel Lavender was named to the 11-member 2009 USBWA All-America Team Wednesday, marking the fourth USBWA All-America honoree in the past five years under head coach Jim Foster.
Jessica Davenport was a three-time USBWA All-American from 2005-07.
Yesterday, Lavender was named to the five-member Associated Press All-America second team. She also is a leading candiate for the State Farm/WBCA All-America team, which will be officially announced Saturday in St. Louis.
Lavender was named the Big Ten Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, becoming the sixth player in Big Ten women’s basketball history to earn the award in back-to-back seasons. She also was named the 2009 Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player and set a single tournament record with 41 rebounds in the three wins over Illinois, Iowa and Purdue as the Buckeyes also took home the tournament trophy.
Lavender became only the second player in conference history to complete the statistical triple crown, leading the conference in points (20.0), rebounds (9.9) and a shooting percentage (.549) in conference games while averaging 20.8 points and 10.7 rebounds with 24 double-doubles and a .541 shooting percentage in all games played. She was the only Division I player to rank in the Top 20 in both scoring, rebounding and FG percentage despite constant double and sometimes triple teams while her 374 rebounds was a Big Ten single-season record, breaking the old mark of 368 held by Janel McCarville of Minnesota in 2004.
The Cleveland, Ohio, native scored in double-figures each game and has done so in all 66 career contests, tying for the longest active streak in Division I with Utah’s Morgan Warburton who was a senior this season. Lavender led the Buckeyes in scoring in 28 of 35 games and led the Big Ten with 21 games of 20 or more points.
Lavender led the Buckeyes to a 29-6 overall record (15-3 Big Ten), a record-tying fifth straight Big Ten regular season championship and a berth in the NCAA Sweet 16.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association, formed in 1956, has named a women’s All-America team since the 1996-97 season. The association has also named a national player of the year since 1987-88 and a national coach of the year since 1989-90. In 2002-03, the USBWA initiated an award for the nation’s top freshman. For more information about the USBWA and its annual awards, contact Executive Director Joe Mitch in the Missouri Valley Conference office at 314-421-0339.