Athletes of the Week
Freshman center Jantel Lavender averaged 22.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while going 12-of-13 from the FT line as Ohio State went 2-0 last week with wins over Tennessee State and Boston University to earn her first Big Ten Player of the Week recognition. Lavender is the first Buckeye freshman to receive Big Ten Player of the Week honors since Katie Smith during the 1992-93 season.

In the win over TSU, Lavender dominated, scoring 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting with five boards and three blocks in only 22 minutes of action. Then in the road win at BU Saturday, she scored 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds, had two blocks and hit all nine of her FT’s as OSU held off BU 83-68.

Junior Matthias Sigrist led the men’s swimming team to a victory last week over Miami with two wins in the 200-yard freestyle (1:40.79) and 200 butterfly (1:51.70) in Oxford, Ohio. Sigrist, a native of Schaffhausen, Switzerland, is unbeaten in both the 200 freestyle and 200 butterfly in three dual meets this season. The Buckeye has also helped Ohio State to two relay wins this year, taking the 400 medley relay (3.23.93) vs. the RedHawks and the 400 free rely (3:06.75) against Kenyon Nov. 2.

Athletics Good Stuff

Men’s Basketball (2-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Thad Matta
Ohio State advanced to the semifinals of the Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off Nov. 13 after defeating Columbia, 68-54, in Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes went 2-0 in the early rounds of the preseason NIT after also beating Wisconsin-Green Bay, 91-68, in the first round in Value City Arena Nov. 12.
Ohio State has won the last 26-regular season games at Value City Arena. Thad Matta holds a record of 50-3 at VCA and a 52-3 mark in Columbus in four years, including a school-record 18-0 campaign in 2006-07.
At the helm of the Buckeyes, Matta is 34-4 in regular-season nonconference games.
Up Next: Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off
vs. Syracuse, 9 p.m. Nov. 21 in New York, N.Y.
vs. TBA, 4:30 (consolation) or 7 p.m. (championship) Nov. 23 in New York, N.Y.

No. 16 Women’s Basketball (3-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Foster
The Buckeyes posted a 2-0 record during the week, beating Tennessee State, 88-41, in Value City Arena Nov. 14 before dropping Boston, 83-68, on the road Nov. 17.
The 47-point win against Tennessee State marks the largest winning margin for the Buckeyes since Ohio State outscored Eastern Kentucky, 85-38, Nov. 21, 2006.
Against Boston, Marscilla Packer (24) and Jantel Lavender (21) combined for 45 points. As a team, the Buckeyes shot 55 percent for the game and hit 16-of-17 free throws.
Ohio State defeated Southern, 79-38, Monday at home in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes recorded 26 assists on 30 field goals. Packer and Ashlee Trebilcock tied for the team lead with six helpers a piece. Four members of the Scarlet and Gray had four or more assists.
Ohio State forced the Jaguars into 18 first-half turnovers while committing only eight. The Buckeyes turned those Southern turnovers into 21 points. The Scarlet and Gray’s turnovers only resulted in three first-half points for the Jaguars.
Up Next: Klosterman Buckeye Classic
vs. Colgate, 2 p.m. Nov. 24 in St. John Arena
vs. TBA, Nov. 25 in St. John Arena

Men’s Cross Country
Head Coach: Robert Gary
Ohio State competed at the 2007 NCAA Championships on Monday in Terre Haute, Ind., and finished tied with Iowa State for 30th-place with 636 points.
The Buckeyes were led by senior co-captain John Ealy, who was competing in his fourth NCAA championship. Ealy finished in 64th-place in a time of 31:00 and was followed by junior Jeff See, who claimed 81st-place in a time of 31:07. Senior co-captain Alex Bailey rounded out his Ohio State cross country career and the team’s Top 3 with a 134th-place finish in a time of 31:41.

Field Hockey
Head Coach: Anne Wilkinson
Senior midfielder Yesenia Luces was named to the Longstreth/NFHCA First Team All-America Monday, becoming only the second Buckeye in Ohio State field hockey history to earn multiple first team All-America awards. She joins former Buckeye great Sue Marcellus, who collected three first-team awards during her prestigious career.
Also recognized was junior midfielder Linda Haussener, who garnered Second Team All-America honors by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

No. 5 Football (11-1; 7-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Tressel
Ohio State posted a 14-3 win over No. 23 Michigan in Ann Arbor Nov. 17 to clinch the Big Ten Conference title in front of the second-largest crowd in Michigan Stadium history.
The win Saturday gives Ohio State its 32nd Big Ten championship and first back-to-back outright Big Ten titles since 1954-55.
For the third time in school history, Ohio State has defeated Michigan four-consecutive years. Previously, the Buckeyes notched four-consecutive wins against Michigan from 1934-37 and 1960-63.
Sophomore Chris “Beanie” Wells rushed for a career-high 222 yards on a career-high 39 carries. His rushing attempts and yards are the most by a Buckeye against Michigan in the 104-game series. With 222 yards, Wells moved into second place all-time among Ohio State sophomore rushers.
Junior defensive end Vernon Gholston notched his 11th, 12th and 13th quarterback sacks of the season to tie the Ohio State single-season sacks record held by Mike Vrabel in 1995.
Linebacker James Laurinaitis was named as the 2007 Big Ten defensive player of the year by both the coaches and media voters, while the coaches selected Vernon Gholston as the defensive lineman of the year in the conference.
Laurinaitis and Gholston were joined on the all-conference first team by offensive tackle Kirk Barton, running back Chris “Beanie” Wells and defensive back Malcolm Jenkins. Quarterback Todd Boeckman was a first-team selection of the media voters.
Offensive tackle Alex Boone was selected for the Big Ten second team, as was linebacker Marcus Freeman by the league coaches. Receiver Brian Hartline was recognized as a Sportsmanship Award winner.
National Awards Watch List
Todd Boeckman – semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award (top quarterback)
Malcolm Jenkins – semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back)
James Laurinaitis – finalist for Butkus Award (top linebacker), finalist for Bronko Nagurski Trophy (top defensive player), finalist for Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman), semifinalist for Lott Trophy (Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year), Walter Camp 2007 Player of the Year Award
Ryan Pretorius – semifinalist for Lou Groza Award (top place kicker)
Brian Robiskie – semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award (top wide receiver)
A.J. Trapasso – semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award (top punter)
Jim Tressel – semifinalist for Bryant College Head Coach of the Year

No. 4 Men’s Gymnastics
Head Coach: Miles Avery
Philip Onorato and Alexy Bilozertchev, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 2 junior recruits, respectively, have signed NCAA National Letters of Intent to join the 2008-09, Miles Avery announced Monday. Both Onorato, 2004 and ’05 Level 10 Junior Olympic National all-around champion, and Bilozertchev, 2007 VISA junior all-around title holder, bring routines tested at the national and international level.

Men’s Hockey (2-9-1; 0-6-0 CCHA)
Head Coach: John Markell
The Buckeyes skated to a 5-5 tie vs. nonconference foe Robert Morris Nov. 16 in Pittsburgh, Pa., to end an eight-game losing streak. Ohio State went on to drop a 4-3 decision to the Colonials Nov. 18 in game two at Value City Arena.
In game one, freshman Kyle Reed scored the first goal of his Buckeye career. He ended the game with a goal and career-best two assists for three points, marking a season high for the Buckeyes this season. Fellow freshman Shane Sims’ assist in game one was his first point as a Buckeye.
Junior Nick Biondo had the first multiple-point game of his Buckeye career with a goal and an assist in game one. Biondo had his second-consecutive two-point game with a career-best two assists in game two. He led the squad with four points on the weekend (1g, 3a) and is on a three-game scoring streak (1g, 4a).
Sergio Somma’s two goals in game two were a career best and Ohio State’s second two-goal game of the season, joining Todd Rudasill (2 PPG vs. Ferris State Nov. 4).
Seven student-athletes have signed NCAA National Letters of Intent to attend Ohio State and play hockey for the Buckeye beginning in 2008-09, John Markell announced Monday. The group, with four forwards and three defensemen, includes five players from the British Columbia Hockey League, a U.S. National Team Development Program product and a United States Hockey League player.
Up Next: at Western Michigan, 7:35 p.m. Nov. 23 in Kalamazoo, Mich.
at Western Michigan, 7:35 p.m. Nov. 24 in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Women’s Hockey (7-5-2; 4-4-2 WCHA)
Head Coach: Jackie Barto
Ohio State completed the two-game sweep of nonconference opponent Providence Nov. 16-17 in the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes beat the Friars, 2-1, in game one and then went on to win game two, 4-1.
Sophomore Michele Tonnessen led the Buckeyes with two points in game one, scoring the opening goal and assisting on Jenna Kilpatrick’s gamewinner.
Senior Erin Keys paced Ohio State in game two with two goals and an assist to help the Buckeyes record their second series sweep of the season.
Up Next: vs. St. Cloud State, 7:07 p.m. Nov. 23 in OSU Ice Rink
vs. St. Cloud State, 4:07 p.m. Nov. 24 in OSU Ice Rink

No. 14 Men’s Soccer (13-3-5; 4-1-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: John Bluem
Big Ten champion Ohio State earned a fifth-seed to the 2007 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship after recording a 13-3-5 overall and earning an automatic bid to the tournament with the conference championship.
The Buckeyes will have a first-round bye and host Duke or Louisville in a second-round game Wednesday, Nov. 28 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Kickoff time is to be announced.
Ohio State is making its fifth NCAA tournament appearance and its first as a seeded team. The Buckeyes are unbeaten in their last 11 games (8-0-3) and have allowed only three goals during that stretch, but they will have to overcome a 17-day layoff when they take on the Cardinals or Blue Devils, who meet in a first-round game Friday in Louisville, Ky.
Up Next: 49th Annual Division I Men’s Soccer Championship
First Round, Nov. 23 or 24, on campus sites
Second Round, Nov. 28, on campus sites

Women’s Soccer (12-10-1; 5-5-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Lori Walker
The Buckeyes’ season came to an end Nov. 16 after dropping a 1-0 decision to Hofstra in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in State College, Pa.
OSU keeper Lauren Robertson made six stops for the Buckeyes.

No. 15 Men’s Swimming and Diving (3-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Bill Wadley
Ohio State coasted to a 127-74 win over Miami Nov. 16 in Oxford, Ohio.
Junior Matthias Sigrist led the Ohio State squad with two wins in the 200-yard freestyle (1:40.79) and 200 butterfly (1:51.70). Also having a big night were freshmen Phil Seleskie and Elliott Keefer. Seleskie claimed his first collegiate win in the 200 individual medley in a time of 1:53.74. Keefer picked up a victory in the 200 breaststroke (2:04.70) for his first win as a Buckeye.
In the sprints, senior Matt Voelker came away with a win in the 50 freestyle in a time of 21.00. Freshman Itai Chammah won the 200 backstroke (1:50.16) and sophomore Stefan Sigrist got the win in the 500 freestyle (4:32.79).
The 400 medley relay team opened up the meet with a win for Ohio State. The squad, comprised of senior Daniel Novak, junior Felipe Travesso, Sigrist and sophomore Joel Elber, touched the wall first in a time of 3:23.93.
Up Next: vs. Cleveland State, 5 p.m. Nov. 20 in McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion
OSU Invitational, TBA Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Women’s Swimming and Diving (1-3; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jeanne Fleck
The Buckeyes fell to No.15 USC, 126-113, Nov. 16 at the McDonald’s Swim Stadium in Los Angeles.
Freshman Anita Beck and the 400 freestyle relay squad of senior Annie Rennebohm, Beck, freshman Maggie O’Brien and freshman Samantha Cheverton recorded first-place finishes for the Buckeyes. Beck finished with a season-best time of 2:03.69 in the 200-yard butterfly, while the relay team recorded a time of 3:30.02.
The divers were led by freshman Bianca Alvarez, who took first in both the one- and three-meter events with scores of 326.63 and 324.00, respectively. Junior Chelsea Davis took second in the one-meter (302.55), while freshman Kristen Asman placed second in the three-meter (289.95).
Up Next: OSU Invitational, TBA Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Women’s Volleyball (13-13; 7-10 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Stone
With its three outside hitters combining for 66 points, Ohio State defeated Illinois, 3-1, Nov. 16 in St. John Arena.
Senior Danielle Meyer recorded a match-high 29 points with freshmen Kristi Hunter and Katie Dull adding 18.5 each for the Buckeyes. Meyer had a match-high 23 kills adding two ace serves, two solo blocks and four assists. Hunter recorded a career-high 17 kills, adding three assist blocks and Dull had 14 kills, an ace serve, a solo block and five assists.
The team dropped a 3-0 (30-21, 30-19, 30-14) decision to ninth-ranked Wisconsin (23-4, 15-3) Monday night in St. John Arena. Ohio State’s Kristi Hunter scored a team-high 12.5 points with 11 kills and three assist blocks for the Buckeyes.
Up Next: vs. Penn State, 8 p.m. Nov. 21 in St. John Arena

No. 15 Wrestling (3-1; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Tom Ryan
Led by a perfect day from three Buckeyes in J.D. Bergman, Reece Humphrey and J Jaggers, the eighth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team posted a 2-1 record at the Chattanooga Duals Nov. 10 at Maclellan Gym. Moving to 3-1 on the year, the Buckeyes beat Anderson, 44-3 and Cumberland, 39-16, before falling to No. 21 Chattanooga, 19-16.
Up Next: vs. Rutgers, 7 p.m. Nov. 26 in St. John Arena
at Las Vegas Invitational, All Day Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Las Vegas

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Nov. 20-26

Tuesday, Nov. 20
Men’s swimming vs. Cleveland State, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Wednesday, Nov. 21
Women’s volleyball vs. Penn State, 8 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Preseason NIT
Men’s basketball vs. Syracuse, 9 p.m.
New York, N.Y.

Friday, Nov. 23
Preseason NIT
Men’s basketball vs. TBA, TBA
New York, N.Y.

Women’s volleyball at Michigan, 5 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s hockey vs. St. Cloud State, 7:07 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
OSU Ice Rink

Men’s hockey at Western Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich.

Saturday, Nov. 24
Klosterman Buckeye Classic
Women’s basketball vs. Colgate, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Women’s hockey vs. St. Cloud State, 4:07 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
OSU Ice Rink

Men’s hockey at Western Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich.

Sunday, Nov. 25
Klosterman Buckeye Classic
TBA vs. TBA, 11 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Klosterman Buckeye Classic
TBA vs. TBA, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Men’s basketball vs. VMI, 8 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Monday, Nov. 26
Wrestling vs. Rutgers, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena