Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 29-30, 2008
St. John Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Saturday, Nov. 29
Central Michigan (3-1, 0-0 Mid-American) vs. Dayton (3-2, 0-0 Atlantic 10) – Noon
Ohio State (3-1, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. Boston University (3-2, 0-0 America East) – 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 30
Boston vs. Central Michigan/Dayton – 11:30 a.m.
Ohio State vs. Central Michigan/Dayton – 2 p.m.
Radio/Internet – WOSU 820-AM/www.wosu.org
P-by-P: Marty Bannister; Analyst: Toni Roesch
Television – Ohio State’s 2 p.m. game Sunday will be televised live on the Big Ten Network
Setting the Stage
Game one of the 2008 Buckeye Classic features the Central Michigan Chippewas (3-1) against the Dayton Flyers (3-2) at Noon with Ohio State (4-1) facing Boston University (3-2) at 2 p.m. or 30 minutes after. Sunday’s games will be determined by the outcomes of Saturday. The Buckeyes will play in the 2 p.m. game Sunday regardless of its outcome Saturday due to Big Ten Network obligations. If the Buckeyes win Saturday, they will meet the winner of Game one at 2 p.m. Sunday. If the Buckeyes lose to Boston, they will play the loser of game one at the same time on Sunday.
About the Buckeye Classic
The Buckeye Classic is a tournament hosted by Ohio State that dates back to 1983. The event ran from 1983 until the 1994-95 season, skipping 1993-94. The 2003-04 season marked the first time in nine years the Buckeye Classic has been held in Columbus and the first time under head coach Jim Foster. The tradition continued in 2004-05 with Bradley, Detroit, Ohio State and Yale meeting Thanksgiving weekend in historic St. John Arena.
The Buckeye Classic rebirth turns its sixth season this weekend, welcoming Central Michigan, Dayton and Boston University to St. John Arena Nov. 29-30.
BUCKEYE CLASSIC CHAMPIONS
2006 Ohio State
2005 Ohio State
2004 Ohio State
2003 Ohio State
1994 Ohio State
1992 Ohio State
1991 Penn State
1990 Nebraska<br>1989 Ohio State
1988 Illinois State
1987 Ohio State
1986 North Carolina State
1985 Ohio State
BUCKEYE CLASSIC MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS
2007 Whitney Boddie, Auburn
2006 Jessica Davenport, Ohio State
2005 Jessica Davenport, Ohio State
2004 Jessica Davenport, Ohio State
2003 Brandie Hoskins, Ohio State
1994 Katie Smith, Ohio State
1992 Katie Smith, Ohio State
1991 Kathy Phillips, Penn State
1990 Sue Hesch, Nebraska
1989 Mindy Smith, Ohio State
1988 Leslie Ferrell, Illinois State
1987 Tracey Hall, Ohio State
1986 Annemarie Treadway, N.C. State
1985 Tracey Hall, Ohio State
1984 Teresa Edwards, Georgia
1983 Janet Harris, Georgia
Jantel Lavender, the Big Ten player of the week two weeks running, leads the Big Ten in scoring (22.4 ppg) and is second in rebounding (12.2 rpg) as of Nov. 28. Lavender had a career-high seven assists in the overtime loss at Auburn Sunday.
Lavender has scored in double-figures in all 36 career games and has recorded a double-double in every game this season. She has 18 for her career.
Freshman point guard Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten with 5.4 assists per game. She had a season-high eight dimes in the overtime loss at Auburn and seven dimes in the win over Army. She also is second in the conference in assist/turnover ratio (+1.42) and is third in 3FG percentage (.500).
Sophomore guard Brittany Johnson recorded career bests of 15 points and four 3FG’s in the win over Syracuse. She has 27 points and six 3-pointers in her last three games.
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 82-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 80-consecutive games at home against unranked opponents. The last unranked team to win in Columbus was Penn State, Feb. 3, 2002.
Ohio State is 69-3 at home since the start of the 2004-05 season. The Buckeyes are 96-7 all-time at home under head coach Jim Foster.
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.
Lavender Named Big Ten Player of the Week Once Again
Jantel Lavender is this week’s Big Ten player of the week once again, sharing the honor with Purdue’s FahKara Malone. This is Lavender’s sixth career POW award in her young career, which is tied for sixth all-time in the Big Ten. She is also tied for second at Ohio State with Nikita Lowry (6). Jessica Davenport holds the Ohio State record with 14. Lavender recorded a pair of double-doubles and two 20-point games as Ohio State defeated Syracuse and dropped a close overtime decision to No. 20 Auburn on the road last week. The sophomore has recorded a double-double with at least 20 points in each of her four games this season. Against Syracuse on Wednesday, Lavender scored 22 points on .818 shooting, also grabbing 10 rebounds, dishing out two assists, swatting three blocks and recording one steal. At Auburn on Sunday, the 6-4 center netted another 20 points while grabbing 12 boards and tallying a career-high seven assists. The weekly award is her second this season and the sixth of her career, tying her for sixth on the Big Ten’s all-time chart.
Last Time Out
Jantel Lavender scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Ohio State rebound from its first loss of the season and beat Hartford, 63-45. Lavender also had five assists and two blocked shots for the Buckeyes, who lost 87-80 in overtime at Auburn two days before. It marked Lavender’s fifth double-double in as many games this season and the 18th of her career. Samantha Prahalis added 11 points and Ashlee Trebilcock added 10 points. Star Allen chipped in with 12 rebounds as the Buckeyes held a 40-33 edge on the boards. The Buckeyes shot 54 percent from the field in building a 38-23 halftime lead and never trailed again. They were on top by 25 points midway through the second half.
Buckeyes Face Tough Non-Conference Slate
Ohio State does not face a team in the non-conference portion of the season that recorded fewer than 18 wins last season. Below is a breakdown of the Buckeyes’ non-conference foes and their 2006-07 record:
Butler 20-10, 10-8 Horizon League
Army 18-12, 9-5 Patriot League
Syracuse* 22-9, 10-6 Big East
Auburn* 20-12, 7-7 SEC
Hartford* 28-6, 14-2 America East
Boston U 20-12, 11-5 America East
North Carolina* 33-3, 14-0 ACC
Nebraska* 21-12, 9-7 Big 12
Cleveland State* 19-14, 10-8 Horizon
* 2008 NCAA tournament team
Good as Advertised
Through five games this season, freshman guard Samantha Prahalis has been everything the Buckeyes have hoped for and more. Since the first game of the season, she has performed like a seasoned veteran, running Ohio State’s offense, finding the open teammate and coming up with one big shot after another. She leads all Big Ten freshman and is among the conference leaders with 13.2 ppg and also leads all conference players with 5.4 assists. She has had four or more assists in every game, including a season-high eight in the overtime loss at Auburn. She scored 15 of her season-high 17 points in the win over Syracuse and hit three from downtown.She has hit 53 percent of her shots this season, including 10-of-20 from 3-point range.
Johnson Settling into Starting Role
Sophomore Brittany Johnson is starting to show the kind of form that enabled her to score more than 4,000 points in high school. Over the last three games, Johnson has scored 27 points and has six 3-pointers. She had the best game of her career with 15 points and four 3-pointers in the win over Syracuse last week.
OSU Tough at Home Under Foster
Since the start of the 2004-05 season, Ohio State has amassed a remarkable 69-3 record at home and a 62-2 record at Value City Arena (7-1 at St. John Arena). The Buckeyes have posted two perfect home records under head coach Jim Foster, going 14-0 in his first year in 2002-03 and 17-0 in 2004-05.
Buckeyes at home in the Foster Era: 96-7
Foster Picks Up Win No. 650
Head coach Jim Foster, the ninth-winningest active coach in Division I, earned his 650th career win with an 89-53 victory over Penn State Jan. 28. In doing so, he became just the 13th Division I women’s basketball coach to win at least 650 games. Foster, who coached Vanderbilt to the 1993 Final Four, finished his 30th year as a collegiate coach last season with stops at St. Joseph’s (1979-91) and Vanderbilt (1992-2002) along the way. Two seasons ago, he became the 15th fastest D-I women’s coach to reach 600 wins. He is tied for eighth all-time with 22 20-win seasons.
Buckeyes Boast Trio of McDonald’s All-Americans
Ohio State has three McDonald’s High School All-Americans on its 2008-09 roster. Jantel Lavender and Alison Jackson played in the 2007 contest in St. Louis while freshman Samantha Prahalis played in the 2008 game in Milwaukee.
Foster Records Ninth-Consecutive 20-Win Season
The win over Iowa at home last season gave Ohio State its sixth-consecutive 20-win season. It marked the 22nd of coach Foster’s career, his ninth-consecutive overall and his sixth at OSU, tying Nancy Darsch who had six in 12 years as head coach from 1985-97. Foster has done it each year at OSU since his first season in 2002-03, including a 30-win season in 2004-05.
Jantel Lavender felt right at home as a freshman last season, due in large part to having her twin sister, Jazmine, sitting right down at the end of the team bench as a team manager. Though 46 minutes older than Jantel, Jazmine is 7 inches shorter than her twin. You can read a read a feature story on the Lavenders at www.bigten.org.
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 welcomes second-ranked North Carolina to Value City Arena at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 for the 2008 ACC/Big Ten Challenge.