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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and State Farm announced the 2009 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team. Among the honorees is Ohio State sophomore center Jantel Lavender who also took home first team USBWA and second team Associated Press All-America honors this week. Lavender and UConn’s Maya Moore were the only two sophomores selected by the coaches.

The 10-member team is decided from a group of 40 finalists by the selection committee at an in-person meeting at the 2009 WBCA National Convention.

Lavender is the fourth WBCA All-American at Ohio State in the past five years and the sixth different All-American under head coach Jim Foster in his career. Jessica Davenport was a three-time selection at Ohio State from 2005-07.

Lavender was 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 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. 

The only Division I player to rank in the Top 20 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage, Lavender set a Big Ten single-season record with 374 rebounds, breaking the old mark of 368 held by Janel McCarville of Minnesota in 2004. 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 took home the tournament trophy.

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.

The sophomore 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 members of the 2009 NCAA Division I State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team are as follows:

Jayne Appel, Stanford, Jr.
DeWanna Bonner, Auburn, Sr.
Tina Charles, Connecticut, Jr.
Marissa Coleman, Maryland, Sr.
Jantel Lavender, Ohio State, So.
Angel McCoughtry, Louisville, Sr.
Renee Montgomery, Connecticut, Sr.
Maya Moore, Connecticut, So.
Courtney Paris, Oklahoma, Sr.
Kristi Toliver, Maryland, Sr.

About State Farm
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About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women’s basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For additional information about the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.