Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008 – 1 p.m. ET
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
No. 18/19 Ohio State (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. Army (0-1, 0-0 Patriot)
Radio/Internet – WOSU 820-AM/www.wosu.org
P-by-P: Marty Bannister; Analyst: Kristin Watt
Television – None
Series Record: OSU, 1-0
Last Meeting 11/12/06, OSU 77-41 in West Point
No. 18/19 Ohio State plays its second game in three days when they welcome the Army Black Knights to Value City Arena at 1 p.m. Sunday. Ohio State won its opener Friday against Butler, 75-56, while Army fell on the road at Wagner, 59-58.
Fast Break Points
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 AP Top 25 for 80-consecutive weeks.
OSU owns the most Big Ten titles with 11.
Ohio Sate has won 77-consecutive games at home against unranked opponents.
Ohio State is 66-3 at home since the start of the 2004-05 season. The Buckeyes are 93-7 all-time at home under head coach Jim Foster.
Jantel Lavender grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds and recorded the 14th double-double of her career with 20 points in the win over Butler Friday.
Lavender has scored in double-figures in all 32 career games.
Ohio State has won its last 14 regular-season openers.
Ohio State is 34-10 all-time in season openers.
Ohio State has had four Big Ten Player of the Year selections the last four seasons.
Ohio State Downs Butler in Season Opener
Jantel Lavender recovered from a slow start to score 20 points and grab a career-high 19 rebounds, leading No. 18/19 Ohio State to a 75-56 win over Butler on Friday night as the Buckeyes won their 14th straight regular-season opener. Lavender hit just one of her first six shots from the field while surrounded by defenders. She made six of her last 10 as the Buckeyes outscored the Bulldogs 46-31 in the second half. The Buckeyes shot 58.6 percent in the second half compared to 31 percent in the first 20 minutes. Freshman Samantha Prahalis, a 2008 McDonald’s All-American, added 14 points in her debut. A top point guard recruit from Commack, N.Y., she 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. At one point in the first half, Ohio State missed 14 shots from the field in a row — and still led 13-8 because Butler had gone almost 5 minutes without making a shot of its own. The Bulldogs ended up going over 6 1/2 minutes without hitting a shot from the field, missing eight consecutive shots. The Buckeyes led by as many as 12 points, with the Bulldogs cutting it to 29-25 at the half with Melanie Thornton hitting two late shots. 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.
Army (0-1) is a member of the Patriot League and is located in West Point, N.Y., with an enrollment of 4,400 students. The Black Knights return three starters and eight letterwinners from their 2008 team that went 18-12 and finished fourth in the Patriot League with a 9-5 record. They were picked to finish fourth again in the league’s preseason poll. Senior guard Alex McGuire, a preseason All-Patriot League selection, is Army’s top returning player at 11.8 ppg. She will be flanked by senior forward Megan Evans (6.3 ppg) and sophomore guard Nalini Hawkins (7.1 ppg). Dave Magarity is in his third season at West Point after going 42-18 in his first two seasons at Army. He has an overall record of 355-352 in 25 seasons as a coach 23 of which were spent as a coach at the Division I men’s level at Marist and St. Francis (Pa.).
Lavender Named to Women’s Wooden Award Watch List
Sophomore center Jantel Lavender, the reigning Big Ten co-Player of the Year as a freshman in 2008, was one of 30 players named to the Women’s Wooden Award All-America Team and Player of the Year watch list Nov. 6. Lavender also was named to the list last year at midseason because freshman, transfers and medical redshirts are not eligible for the preseason list. She was the first Ohio State freshman to be named to the midseason list. In mid-January, the Wooden Award Committee will release the Midseason Top 20 list, followed in March by the National Ballot, consisting of approximately 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Women’s Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round during the NCAA Tournament.
Not In Our House
The Buckeyes have won 77-consecutive games at home against unranked opponents. The last unranked team to win in Columbus was Penn State, Feb. 3, 2002.
Foster Inks Two Top Ohio Recruits
Ohio State head coach Jim Foster announced the signing of two highly-touted Ohio recruits to National Letters of Intent Nov. 12. Among the two-member class are local product Emilee Harmon, a 6-foot, 2-inch forward from Pickerington Central and Brianna Sanders, a 5-foot, 11-inch guard from Princeton High School in Cincinnati. Harmon, an ESPN Top 100 recruit and one of the Top 5 prospects in the state, is a two-time first-team all-state honoree and two-time OCC Player of the Year. As a junior in 2008 she averaged 18.8 points and more than seven rebounds per game as Pickerington Central went 21-4 and finished No. 12 in the Associated Press poll. Harmon, a versatile player who can play the wing or on the block, was one of only three underclassmen invited to USA Basketball’s U18 Team Olympic Training Camp this past summer. Sanders is ranked the 14th best prospect in Ohio by ESPN Hoopgurlz. Sanders missed half of her junior season recovering from a torn ACL, but still took home second-team all-conference honors last season. As a sophomore at Princeton Sanders averaged 14.5 points while grabbing 5.0 rebounds and dishing out 5.0 assists. Before suffering her injury, Sanders was rated the No. 1 prospect in Ohio during her freshman and sophomore seasons for the Class of 2009 by the Ohio Girls Basketball Report and the 10th best prospect in the country by All-Star Girls Report as a sophomore.
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.
Ohio State remains at home Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Syracuse.