No. 17/18 Ohio State (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. Syracuse (2-0, 0-0 BIG EAST)
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008 – 7 p.m. ET
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Radio/Internet – WOSU 820-AM/www.wosu.org
P-by-P: Marty Bannister; Analyst: Kristin Watt
Television – BigTenNetwork.com
Series Record: OSU leads, 8-0
Last Meeting 12/14/93, OSU 85-61 in Syracuse
No. 18/19 Ohio State opened the season with two impressive wins last weekend over Butler and Army and now shifts its focus to Syracuse Wednesday at Value City Arena. Both teams enter the game 2-0.
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 Buckeyes have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for 81-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 Sate has won 78-consecutive games at home against unranked opponents. The last unranked team to win in Columbus was Penn State, Feb. 3, 2002.
Ohio State is 67-3 at home since the start of the 2004-05 season. The Buckeyes are 94-7 all-time at home under head coach Jim Foster.
Jantel Lavender, the reigning Big Ten player of the week, is leading the Big Ten in scoring with 24.0 points per game and 14.5 rebounds through the first weekend of action.
Lavender has scored in double-figures in all 33 career games.
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.
Ohio State has made a living at the free throw line through the first two games. So far they are 47-of-60 from the stripe. Against Butler they made 20-of-26 and went 27-of-34 versus Army.
Lavender Named Big Ten Player of the Week
Sophomore Jantel Lavender earned the first Big Ten player of the week honor of the season Nov. 18 after leading the Buckeyes to wins over Butler and Army. The sophomore recorded the 14th and 15th double-doubles of her career while dropping 20 or more points in each game to extend her double-digit scoring streak to 33 games. In Ohio State’s season-opener against the Bulldogs Nov. 14, Lavender recorded 20 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, also adding four blocked shots and three steals as the Buckeyes earned the 75-56 win. Versus the Black Knights Nov. 16, the Cleveland, Ohio, native shot 11-for-13 (.846) from the floor, scoring 24 of her game-high 28 points in the first half. She also grabbed 10 boards and had four blocks in the 92-58 win. On the weekend, the 6-4 center shot .621 from the floor and .667 from the free throw line to combine for 48 total points. The weekly honor is the fifth of Lavender’s career.
Syracuse University, located in Syracuse, N.Y., is a member of the BIG EAST Conference with an enrollment of 12,400 students. Last season SU finished 22-9, 10-6 in conference play and advanced to the first round of the NCAA tournament. This year the Orange have started off 2-0 with wins on the road at Siena (89-75) and Maryland-Eastern Shore (68-28). They return four starters, including senior forward Chandrea Jones who averaged 15.1 points and 7.9 rebounds last season. In two games this season Jones is averaging 24.5 points and 9.5 rebounds while junior guard Juanita Ward is averaging 14.0 points and 14.5 boards in their two wins. Syracuse is just outside the Top 25, receiving votes in both major polls this week. The Orange is led by third-year head coach Quentin Hillsman who is 33-29 overall.
In the season-opener against Butler, head coach Jim Foster started a freshman (Prahalis), three sophomores (Lavender, Johnson, Jackson) and one senior (Allen). Among the five, Lavender is the only regular starter from last season. Prahalis and Jackson each started for the first time in their careers while it was only Johnson’s second. Allen started all 32 games her sophomore season, but had only 10 last season after sitting out winter quarter to focus on academics.
Butler, Army Game Recaps
After shooting just 31 percent in the opening half of the season, the Buckeyes regrouped at halftime and shot 58.6 percent in the second half to power past visiting Butler. Freshman Samantha Prahalis, a 2008 McDonald’s All-American, added 14 points in her debut to complement Lavender’s 20 points and 19 boards. A top point guard recruit from Commack, N.Y., Prahalis also had four assists, including a nifty no-look feed for a basket by Lavender midway through the second half. Prahalis also had four assists and hit 6-of-9 shots from the field, including two from deep. Andrea Walker came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points and Star Allen had 10. Ohio State went on a 10-2 run to start the second half Prahalis hitting two baskets and assisting on one by Lavender. The Buckeyes then pulled away with a 14-2 run with Lavender scoring eight points, Walker four and Prahalis two.
In the win over Army, Lavender scored 24 of her game-high 28 points in the first half to lead Ohio State to a 92-58 victory. The Buckeyes were in control from the outset and led 45-32 at halftime until Alison Jackson’s layup at the 17:02 mark of the second half sparked a 19-0 run to blow the game wide open. Jackson had six points during the run while Allen added nine. Allen finished with 14 points and Ashlee Trebilcock had 11. Jackson finished with nine overall in her second career start. Ohio State’s defense was equally impressive, forcing 25 turnovers and turning them into 38 points. Prahalis had nine points, seven assists and three steals for the Buckeyes despite picking up her fourth foul with 16:21 remaining in the game. Lavender was nearly unstoppable in the first half. She was 9-for-10 from the field and hit six of seven free throws. She finished 11-of-13 overall and recorded the 15th double-double of her career.
Tickets On Sale Now for NCAA First and Second Rounds in Columbus
The Ohio State University is proud to be hosting the First and Second Rounds of the 2009 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament on March 21 and 23 at Nationwide Arena. All-session passes are on sale now. Adult all-session tickets are available for $32.50. Student All-Session tickets are $21.50. Single session tickets go on sale March 18, 2009.
Two easy ways to order tickets:
In person at the Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office (located in SE corner of the Jerome Schottenstein Center near corner of Lane Ave. and Olentangy River Rd.) or call 1-800-GO-BUCKS.
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