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Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 8/9 p.m. ET
Kohl Center Madison, Wis.

#16/17 Ohio State (12-2, 3-0 Big Ten) at Wisconsin (12-3, 2-2 Big Ten)

Radio/Internet – WOSU 820-AM/www.wosu.org (Marty Bannister, Kristin Watt)

Television – Big Ten Network (Lisa Cornwell, Leslie Hill)

Series Information
Series Record:  OSU leads, 39-14
Last meeting:  2/10/08, OSU 80-77 in Madison
In Madison: OSU leads 14-9
Current streak: OSU – 12

COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 16/17 Ohio State (12-2, 3-0 Big Ten) goes for its seventh-consecutive win at 9 p.m. ET Thursday when they travel to take on the Wisconsin Badgers (12-3, 2-2 Big Ten) at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. The Buckeyes are coming off a 67-49 win over Michigan State in Columbus Sunday while Wisconsin suffered a 49-46 loss at Northwestern that same day.

Quickest to 1,000?
Sophomore Jantel Lavender has 856 points so far in 45 career games and has a chance to be the quickest Ohio State women’s player to reach 1,000 points. If she continues at her 22.1 average she will tie Katie Smith who scored her 1,000th point in her 52nd career game.
Ohio State players quickest to 1,000 points:
Katie Smith             1993-94 seasons (52 games)
Frani Washington   1978-79 seasons (56 games)
Jessica Davenport 2004-05 seasons (63 games)
Jantel Lavender     2008-09 seasons (856 points though 45 games)

Fastbreak Points
Ohio State is currently ranked No. 7 in the latest CollegeRPI.com ratings and has the 11th-toughest schedule in the country. Ohio State’s only two losses are to teams currently undefeated and ranked in the Top 10 (No. 9 Auburn, No. 2 North Carolina). As a conference, the Big Ten has the third-best RPI rating and the No. 1 strength of schedule (SOS).

Ohio State leads the Big Ten in scoring (72.1 ppg), scoring margin (+14.3), FG percentage (.450), assists (16.8) and assist/turnover ratio (0.98) and ranks second or third in free throw percentage (.736), rebounding (40.5), rebounding margin (+5.4) 3FG percentage (.380) and 3FG’s made (5.6).

Sophomore center Jantel Lavender leads the Big Ten in scoring (22.1 ppg) and rebounding (11.1 rpg) and ranks sixth nationally in scoring and 10th in rebounding. She also leads the Big Ten with 11 20-point games this season and is third in the league in FG percentage (.533).

Lavender has scored in double-figures in all 45 career games and has recorded a double-double in 11 games this season. She has 24 for her career and the Buckeyes are 19-5 in those games.

Lavender’s 24 career double-doubles in 45 career games trails only Indiana senior Whitney Thomas (26) and Illinois junior Jenna Smith (25) for the career lead among active Big Ten players.

Freshman point guard Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten and ranks 9th nationally with 6.3 assists per game. She had a season-high 13 assists in the 9-point loss to No. 2 North Carolina Dec. 3.

Prahalis’ 10.4 ppg is second among all freshman in the Big Ten and is 22nd overall among all conference players. She also is among the league leaders in steals (2.1) and assist/turnover ratio (+1.52).

Prahalis has scored in double-figures in all but six games, but has a total of 47 assists in those contests — an average of 7.8 per game.

Senior guard Ashlee Trebilcock leads the Big Ten in 3FG percentage (.550, 22-40) while classmate Star Allen is second in the Big Ten in FG percentage (.593).

Junior Shavelle Little, the 2008 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, is second in the league with 2.6 steals per game. She has a total of 13 steals through three Big Ten games, a Big Ten-best 4.33 per game in conference action.

Ohio State owns the seventh-best winning percentage (.838) and has the ninth-most wins (109) in all of women’s basketball during the last four full years.

The 16th-ranked Buckeyes have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for 88-consecutive weeks.

Ohio State owns the most Big Ten titles with 11. This season they are attempting to become the first team to win five in a row since the Ohio State teams from 1983-87.

Ohio State has won 86-consecutive regular-season games in Columbus against unranked opponents. The last unranked team to win in Columbus was Penn State, Feb. 3, 2002.

Ohio State has had four Big Ten Player of the Year selections the last four seasons; Jessica Davenport in 2005-07 and Jantel Lavender in 2008.

Big Ten Domination
Ohio State has won 66 of its last 75 (.880) Big Ten regular-season games and 36 of its last 37 (.972) at home. The Buckeyes won the last six games of the 2003-04 season, went 14-2 in 2004-05, 15-1 in 2006 and 2007 and went 13-5 during the expanded 18-game conference schedule last season.

Scouting Wisconsin
Wisconsin is one of the surprise teams in the Big Ten this season with a 12-3 overall record that has included a win over a Top 10 team in Baylor back in November. The Badgers opened Big Ten play with a 73-63 loss at home to Iowa, followed by back-to-back wins over Minnesota (62-52) and at Illinois (53-38) before losing at Northwestern on Sunday. A big reason for their success has been its play on the defensive end where they are holding opponents to a Big Ten-low 54.2 points per game. Sophomore Alyssa Karel leads the team and is sixth in the Big Ten in scoring with 14.3 ppg. She also leads the team in 3FG’s with 28 makes. Mariah Dunham is second on the team in scoring with 8.5 points per contest while Rae Lin D’Alie leads the Badgers with 48 assists, 24 steals and contributes 7.9 ppg. Lisa Stone is in her sixth season as head coach in Madison with an overall record of 84-81 entering Thursday’s game.

The Series
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with the Badgers, 39-14, and have won the last 12 meetings overall. Ohio State won a pair of tight games last season with a 79-74 win in Columbus before coming from behind to win in Madison, 80-77. Ohio State head coach Jim Foster is 11-0 against the Badgers since coming to Columbus. 

Last Time Against The Badgers
Marscilla Packer scored 23 points, Jantel Lavender added 22 and No. 19 Ohio State beat Wisconsin 80-77 Feb. 10, 2008. Buckeye guard Shavelle Little made two free throws with 18.8 seconds left, and Wisconsin’s Jolene Anderson, the Big Ten Conference’s leading scorer, missed two 3-point attempts in the final five seconds. The upset-minded Badgers led for nearly the entire first half and much of the second, before Ohio State rattled off a 25-6 run to take a 56-50 lead. Packer, who was 4-of-7 from 3-point range, scored 16 points in the second half, including a four-point play to kick off the Buckeyes’ extended run. Wisconsin fought back behind Anderson, who scored 20 points but missed all six of her 3-point attempts. The senior guard was 5-of-17 overall from the floor, but made 10 of 11 free-throw attempts. The Badgers pulled within a point with 19.5 seconds left after a wild sequence that ended with Danielle Ward scoring on Wisconsin’s sixth shot of the possession. The Badgers immediately fouled Little, a 47 percent free-throw shooter, who calmly made both shots at the other end. Wisconsin worked the ball to Anderson, whose forced 3 from the left wing was off the mark. Badgers guard Alyssa Karel secured the rebound and fed Anderson again, but another 3-pointer from the same spot hit off the side of the rim as time expired. Janese Banks led Wisconsin with 22 points and nine rebounds, but only scored four points in the second half as she sat out several minutes in foul trouble. Tamarah Riley added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Buckeyes.

Last Time Out
Jantel Lavender scored 20 points to hit double figures for the 45th game in a row and the Buckeyes took command early to beat Michigan State 67-49 Sunday. The Buckeyes went on a 16-0 run near the outset and were never threatened while winning their sixth in a row. Lavender chose to shoot from the outside rather than mix it up inside with the Spartans’ 6-foot-9 Allyssa DeHaan. When Lavender wasn’t moving to open spots for shots, power forward Star Allen was chipping in with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Lauren Aitch had 14 points for the Spartans, who never got closer than 14 points over the last 29 minutes. After Brittney Thomas took an assist from Kalisha Keane to tie the game at 2-2 at the 18:46 mark, the Spartans went without a point for the next 6:57. Over that span, they missed all four shots from the field, didn’t go to the free-throw line and had seven turnovers. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes were running off 16 points while hitting 6 of 13 from the field including two 3-pointers and both foul shots and committing just two turnovers. Ashlee Trebilcock made two 3-pointers and Lavender also had six points in the spurt. Ohio State didn’t take its foot off the gas, either, building the lead to 35-10 before the Spartans ran off seven points in the last minute of the half to go into the locker room down 37-17.   The Spartans had more turnovers than points through the first 19 minutes. Ohio State led by as many as 27 points before the Michigan State whittled it down to 16 points in the final minutes. Little created havoc defensively with four steals while adding six points and two assists. Prahalis hit just 2 of 14 shots from the field but had seven assists and four steals.

Up Next
Ohio State’s will travel to Champaign, Ill., Monday, Jan. 12 for an 7/8 p.m. ET tip against the Fighting Illini. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

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