No. 3 seed Ohio State (29-5) 64, vs. No. 11 seed Mississippi State (23-10) 58
NCAA Second Round Berkeley Region
March 23, 2009
No. 3 seed Ohio State advances to the Sweet 16 for the first time since the 2005 season and for the eighth time in school history. Ohio State has made the Sweet 16 in 2009, 2005, 1993, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986 and 1985.
Head coach Jim Foster will be making the 10th Sweet 16 appearances of his career eight at Vanderbilt and two at Ohio State.
Monday was the first meeting between Ohio State and Mississippi State. The Buckeyes also played SEC foe Auburn Nov. 23, losing 87-80 in overtime.
The game featured 17 lead changes and eight ties.
Ohio State’s bench played a big role in the victory: Sarah Schulze finished with seven points, Ashlee Trebilcock added nine and Andrea Walker had seven boards, two blocks and a steal in 18 minutes.
Head coach Jim Foster is 31-22 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 7-6 at Ohio State.
Ohio State is 20-17 all-time in the NCAA Tournament in its 18th year.
The Buckeyes have won 10 in a row and 15 of their last 17.
Foster improves his overall record at Ohio State to 181-45 and 685-271 overall.
Lavender went over 700 points on the season and into second place on Ohio State’s single-season scoring list with 713. Katie Smith holds the record of 745 points in 1995-96.
Lavender now has 368 rebounds on the season, tying the Big Ten single-season record held by Janel McCarville of Minnesota during the 2003-04 season.
The Buckeyes are 5-0 in the postseason this year after going 0-2 last season.
Ohio State is 23-0 this year when leading at the half.
Ohio State is 24-1 this season when it makes more free throws than its opponent and 42-1 over the last two seasons when accomplishing that feat.
Ohio State is 23-1 this season when it outrebounds its opponent.
Freshman Samantha Prahalis dished out seven more assists and now has 197 on the season, improving on her Ohio State freshman record. She is second on Ohio State’s single-season list behind Jamie Lewis (257, 2000-01).
Lavender has scored 10 or more points in all 65 career games, the tying her with Megan Frazee of Liberty for the longest active streak in Division I.
Lavender moved into 16th place on Ohio State’s all-time scoring list with 1,260 points.
Star Allen recorded her sixth double-double of the season and the 12th of her career with 12 points and 10 rebounds.