Lavender’s free throw with 6.2 seconds to go is difference as Ohio State sweeps regular season and postseason conference crowns; Lavender named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Ohio State didn’t need any more award-winning performances Sunday. They just wanted to win a Big Ten tournament title. 

Now the gritty Buckeyes are heading to the NCAA tournament with both.
Jantel Lavender made one of two free throws with 6.2 seconds left to give No. 12 Ohio State a 67-66 lead, and the Buckeyes’ relentless defensive pressure never gave Purdue a good look at a buzzer-beating winner, sending some Ohio State players leaping into the arms of teammates.

“I don’t come to the tournament looking to be the MVP,” said Lavender, who added that award to her two conference player of the year titles. “I just come out and play for my teammates, and we all come to play for each other.”

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