COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sophomore center Jantel Lavender was named to the 2009 Associated Press All-America Second Team Monday. This marks the second consecutive season Lavender has been honored by the AP after taking home honorable mention honors last season as a true freshman.
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.
Other notable accomplishments:
Named Big Ten player of the week a record-tying five times
Became the second-fastest player in the history of Ohio State women’s basketball to score 1,000 points
Averaged 22.7 points, 13.7 rebounds and shot 64 percent from the field in three Big Ten tournament wins
Scored 1,275 career points in her first two seasons, breaking Katie Smith’s school record of 1,194 points scored in her first two seasons as a Buckeye
Scored a season-high 32 points and tied a career highs with 15 made FG’s and four blocked shots at Iowa Feb. 12 … shot 71 percent from the field in that game with 10 rebounds and three assists
Scored 30 points and tied a career-high with 15 field goals in the win over Illinois Jan. 22
Buckeye Classic MVP Nov. 30 after recording 40 points, 24 rebounds, six assists, four blocks and hitting 16-of-18 from the FT line in wins over Boston and Dayton
Grabbed a career-high 19 boards in the season-opener against Butler
As a freshman Lavender was an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American … Big Ten Player of the Year (coaches), becoming the first Big Ten freshman – men’s or women’s – to win player of the year honors
Maya Moore, Connecticut
Courtney Paris, Oklahoma
Angel McCoughtry, Louisville
Kristi Toliver, Maryland
Renee Montgomery, Connecticut
DeWanna Bonner, Auburn
Jayne Appel, Stanford
Marissa Coleman, Maryland
Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
Tina Charles, Connecticut
Shavonte Zellous, Pittsburgh
Ashley Walker, California
Epiphanny Prince, Rutgers
Chante Black, Duke
Alysha Clark, Middle Tennessee State
Whitney Boddie, Auburn; Jessica Breland, North Carolina; Sha Brooks, Florida; Kristi Cirone, Illinois State; Robyn Fairbanks, Utah Valley; Rachele Fitz, Marist; Megan Frazee, Liberty; Danielle Gant, Texas A&M; Alexis Gray-Lawson, California; Allison Hightower, LSU; Ify Ibekwe, Arizona; Briann January, Arizona State; Laura Kurz, Villanova; Shalee Lehning, Kansas State; Lyndra Littles, Virginia; Rashanda McCants, North Carolina; Danielle McCray, Kansas; Mandy Morales, Montana; Deirdre Naughton, DePaul; Ashley Paris, Oklahoma; Ta’Shia Phillips, Xavier; Tracy Pontius, Bowling Green; Andrea Riley, Oklahoma State; Danielle Robinson, Oklahoma; Takia Starks, Texas A&M; Morgan Warburton, Utah; Jennifer Warkenthien, South Dakota State; Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga; Danielle Wilson, Baylor; Christina Wirth, Vanderbilt; Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, Purdue; Monica Wright, Virginia