Athletes of the Week
• Jantel Lavender, a junior center on the women’s basketball team, was named Big Ten Player of the Week and Big Ten Player of the Year on the same day. It was her fourth Player of the Week award this season and her third Big Ten Player of the Year award in as many seasons. Lavender dropped in 26 points on 70.6 percent shooting (12-of-17), also grabbing 12 rebounds, blocking two shots, and dishing a pair of assists in the Buckeyes’ only game of the week, a 78-47 win over Northwestern.

• Men’s volleyball middle blocker Grayson Overman earned Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association defensive player of the week honors after averaging 3.00 blocks, 2.25 points, .67 kills while hitting .300 in matches against George Mason and UC Santa Barbara. The freshman recorded an OSU match record 14 block assists against George Mason.

• The men’s swimming and diving team won their first Big Ten championship in 54 years. The Buckeyes totaled 860.5 points, the second-most at a conference meet. George Markovic (500 free), Elliott Keefer (100 breaststroke), Andrew Elliott (100 backstroke), Stefan Sigrist (1650 freestyle) and the 200 freestyle relay team of Joel Elber, Lincoln Fahrbach, Andrew Olson and Tim Phillips were each Big Ten champions and Bill Wadley was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year.

• Five Buckeyes competing in the 2010 Winter Olympics earned medals in hockey. On the women’s side, OSU alums Tessa Bonhomme (Canada) won gold, Lisa Chesson (USA) silver and Emma Laaksonen and current freshman Minttu Tuominen picked up bronze with Finland. Ryan Kesler of the U.S. men’s hockey team earned silver in the championship game.

No. 13 Baseball (5-1)
Head coach: Bob Todd
• No. 13 Ohio State went 2-1 in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge, Feb. 26-28 in Florida. The Buckeyes picked up a 4-2 comeback victory over South Florida behind a strong performance by ace Alex Wimmers Feb. 26 in St. Petersburg.
• OSU then won 10-2 win over Notre Dame Feb. 27. Dean Wolosiansky picked up the win, going six innings, giving up two earned runs while fanning three. Michael Stephens was the star at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and a pair of runs scored. The Buckeyes concluded the event with a 12-3 loss to Cincinnati Feb. 28.

No. 9 Men’s Basketball (23-7, 13-4 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• Evan Turner is among the 30 finalists for the Naismith Trophy, given annually to college basketball’s player of the year.
• Behind 25 points from Turner and 18 from David Lighty, the Buckeyes outlasted Penn State, 75-67, Feb. 24 in State College, Pa. Then on Feb. 27, William Buford scored 24 points and Turner added 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Ohio State past Michigan 66-55. The victory kept the Buckeyes in the thick of the Big Ten race heading into the final week.

No. 10/12 Women’s Basketball (27-4, 15-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis are among the 30 midseason candidates for the 2010 Women’s Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Feb. 25.
• Prahalis had 14 assists on a variety of behind-the-back and over-the-head passes and Lavender scored 26 points and had 12 rebounds as the Buckeyes closed the regular season with a 78-47 victory over Northwestern Feb. 25.

Men’s Golf
Head coach: Donnie Darr
• Ohio State concluded the second tournament of the spring schedule in a tie for 13th place at the Puerto Rico Classic Feb. 23. The Buckeyes closed out with a team score of 12-over 876 on the par 72, 6,902-yard Rio Mar River Course.
• Bo Hoag led the squad with rounds of 74-69-73 to finish in a tie for 25th place at even-par 216.

No. 24 Women’s Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
• Rosie Jones, a 13-time winner on the LPGA Tour and former Buckeye, was selected captain of the 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup Team Feb. 24. The 2011 Solheim Cup will be played at Killeen Castle in County Meath, Ireland from Sept. 23-25.
• At the Central District Invitational, Ohio State battled to post their second-consecutive Top 5 finish, moving up to tie for fifth Feb. 23 with a total of 898 (+34). The Buckeyes shaved 10 strokes off their second round score.
• Freshman Amy Meier and junior In Hong Lim tied for 14th at 222.

No. 7 Men’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Miles Avery
• No. 7 Ohio State earned a huge Big Ten Conference win Feb. 27 in St. John Arena, defeating No. 5 Penn State, 353.600-347.100, after earning event wins on pommel horse, rings, parallel bars and high bar.
• For the Buckeyes, Ty Echard won pommel horse, Brandon Wynn won rings and Justin Myers won the parallel bars.

Women’s Gymnastics (3-6, 1-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• Winning three out of four events, Ohio State defeated No. 14 Penn State, 194.950-193.850, Feb. 27 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes were backed by eight season highs and three career bests en route to their third win in Columbus.
• Sophomore Casey Williamson recorded a career high 39.075 in the all-around and senior Hillary Dow notched a season-best 39.050 in all combined events.

Men’s Hockey (12-16-6, 10-12-6-4 CCHA)
Head coach: John Markell
• Ohio State dropped a 6-2 decision to No. 2-ranked Miami Feb. 26 in Steve Cady Arena. Zac Dalpe and Sergio Somma each scored for the Buckeyes.
• Behind 38 saves from Dustin Carlson, the Buckeyes skated to a scoreless tie with No. 2 Miami in the regular-season finale Feb. 27 in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes went on to win the shootout, 2-0 in three rounds, with goals from Somma and Peter Boyd and a save from Carlson.
• Ohio State will now host Notre Dame in the first round of the CCHA tournament next weekend in the OSU Ice Rink in a best-of-three series.

Women’s Hockey (17-14-5, 12-13-3-1 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• Forward Hokey Langan earned her fourth WCHA Rookie of the Week award Feb. 23 after becoming the first Buckeye to win the league’s scoring title. The Chatham, Ontario native had 43 points in 28 conference games, including tying for first in goals with 21 against league opponents.
• Natalie Spooner led the charge, scoring all three Buckeye goals including the overtime game-winner, in Ohio State’s 3-2 victory over 10th-ranked Wisconsin Feb. 26 at Eagle’s Nest Arena in Verona, Wis.
• The Buckeyes completed the sweep of the Badgers in a second overtime victory, 4-3, Feb. 27. Langan had the second hat trick for OSU in as many games, with senior Raelyn LaRocque scoring the gamewinner.

Men’s Lacrosse (2-1)
Head coach: Nick Myers
• Ohio State jumped out to a 6-2 first-quarter lead and led 10-2 at halftime en route to a 16-7 win over Detroit Feb. 27 inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
• Buckeye freshman Logan Schuss had a team-best six points with a hat trick and team-high three assists. Sophomore Mike Smail had a hat trick in the win, with senior Mario Ventiquattro adding two goals and two assists for four points.

Women’s Lacrosse (2-2)
Head coach: Sue Stimmel
• Bolstered by eight points from Britney Zerhusen, No. 19-ranked Ohio State rolled over California 19-5 Feb. 26 in Berkeley, Calif. Zerhusen finished the day with six goals and two assists. Alayna Markwordt was not far behind, tallying three goals and four assists, while seven other Buckeyes added at least one score.
• No. 15 Stanford edged the 19th-ranked Buckeyes, 11-10, in overtime Feb. 28 in Stanford, Calif. Gabby Capuzzi scored a career-high four goals in the loss, including the first and last tallies of the contest.

Pistol (10-1)
Head coach: Jim Sweeney
• Ohio State closed out its regular season with a 5,294-4,274 victory over Purdue Feb. 20 in Converse Hall. The Buckeyes finished first in each of the open events, shooting a 1,002 in free pistol (30 shot), a 2,113 in standard pistol and a 2,179 in air pistol.
• Blake Reburn took first place in free pistol with a 272 and teammate Kelsey Imig won air pistol with a 555. Imig finished first in both the women’s air (367) and women’s sport (564) pistol.

Rifle (16-5)
Head coach: Pat Cherry
• Freshman Amanda Furrer has qualified as an individual smallbore shooter for the 2010 NCAA Rifle Championship at Texas Christian University. She is one of four individuals and eight teams to compete in smallbore rifle March 12.

No. 16/17 Softball (10-5)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• No. 16/17 Ohio State went 4-1 at the Cathedral City Classic, Feb. 26-28 in Palm Springs, Calif. The Buckeyes topped No. 19/21 Fresno State (4-1), Oregon State (8-7 in 8 inn.), Cal State Fullerton (5-2) and No. 3/5 UCLA (7-0) with the lone loss coming against No. 22 Tennessee (3-0).
• The Buckeyes had two strong outings by redshirt junior Lindsay Bodeker in the final day of the event. She shut out UCLA, who had averaged 8.25 runs a game heading into the game after defeating Cal State Fullerton, 5-2.

No. 9 Men’s Swimming and Diving (9-1)
Head coaches: Bill Wadley & Vince Panzano
• Ohio State totaled 860.5 points, the second-most at a conference meet, to win the 2010 Big Ten championship at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Feb. 27. The championship was the first in 54 years with the great Mike Peppe’s 1956 team the last from Ohio State to hoist a championship trophy. Bill Wadley was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year.
• 2010 Big Ten champion Buckeyes included George Markovic (500 free), Elliott Keefer (100 breaststroke), Andrew Elliott (100 backstroke), Stefan Sigrist (1650 freestyle) and the 200 freestyle relay team of Joel Elber, Lincoln Fahrbach, Andrew Olson and Tim Phillips. All were named All-Big Ten.
• Four were named second-team All-Big Ten for runner-up performances: Andrew Bretscher and Sam Pelkey (as part of the 200 medley relay), Stephen Sakaris (800 free relay) and Wes Wieser (10-meter platform).
• Ohio State and the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion host the NCAA men’s swimming and diving championships March 25-27.

No. 17 Women’s Tennis (11-3)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• No. 17 Ohio State won the first of its doubleheader matches Feb. 28 over Oregon, 4-1, at home in the OSU Varsity Tennis Center in front of the biggest crowd this season.
• The Buckeyes concluded the doubleheader with a 7-0 shutout win over the California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans. The Buckeyes are now 6-0 in doubleheaders this season.

No. 20 Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• 20th-ranked Ohio State finished second Feb. 28 at the 2010 Big Ten Championships, its highest indoor finish since the 1996 season. Head coach Robert Gary and the Buckeyes put together an outstanding two-day performance at University Fieldhouse on the Minnesota campus, capturing four individual Big Ten titles on their way to a total team score of 112.50.
• Ohio State defended its 2009 indoor and outdoor titles in the 4x400m – Thomas Murdaugh, Elon Simms, Brandon Woodard and Stephen Robinson brought the win home to Columbus with an NCAA provisional run of 3:11.18, a University Fieldhouse record. Stephen Robinson won the 200m dash and Murdaugh took the 400m dash crown.

Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• Ohio State captured second place Feb. 28 at the 2010 Big Ten Championships hosted by Penn State, the Buckeyes’ highest team finish in nine years. A year removed from placing ninth, the Scarlet and Gray used a balanced team effort to take the conference by storm.
• Christina Manning had two runner-up finishes and an individual title in the 60m hurdles.

No. 13 Men’s Volleyball (10-6, 5-1 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• No. 13 Ohio State defeated George Mason, 3-0 (30-12, 30-16, 30-25) Feb. 26 in the first semifinal of the 23rd annual Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic in Springfield, Mass. Ohio State’s John Klanac posted a match-high 22 points with Shawn Sangrey adding 20.5.
• The Buckeyes fell, 3-0 (34-32, 32-30, 30-17) to UC Santa Barbara Feb. 27 in the championship match of the Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic. Sangrey had a team-high 21 points on 21 kills (.395) with Klanac adding 17.5 points with 14 kills (.344), two ace serves, a solo block and one assist block.


Ohio State Athletics Schedule
March 1-15

March 1-2
Women’s golf at UK-KSU Invitational, TBA
Valdosta, Ga.

March 2
Men’s basketball vs. Illinois, 9 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

March 3
Men’s tennis vs. Louisville, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Men’s volleyball vs. Penn State, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

March 4-7
Women’s basketball at 2009 Big Ten Tournament, TBA
at Indianapolis, Ind.

March 5
Men’s track and field at Alex Wilson Invitational, TBA
South Bend, Ind.

Men’s track and field at Iowa State Last Chance Meet, TBA
Ames, Iowa

Softball vs. East Tennessee State at Cal-Riverside Tournament, 11:30 a.m.
Riverside, Calif.

Baseball vs. Duquesne at Buckeye Tournament, 1 p.m.
Port Charlotte, Fla.

Women’s tennis at Penn State, 3 p.m.
State College, Pa.

Women’s lacrosse at Duquesne, 4 p.m.
Pittsburgh, Pa.

March 6-7
Wrestling at Big Ten Championships, TBA
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Fencing at Midwest Conference Chamionships, TBA
South Bend, Ind.

March 6
Men’s track and field at Alex Wilson Invitational, TBA
South Bend, Ind.

Men’s track and field at Iowa State Last Chance Meet, TBA
Ames, Iowa

Softball vs. Notre Dame at Cal-Riverside Tournament, 9 a.m.
Riverside, Calif.

Men’s gymnastics vs. California, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Men’s lacrosse vs. Penn State, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

Baseball vs. St. Louis (DH) at Buckeye Tournament, 1 p.m.
Port Charlotte, Fla.

Women’s gymnastics at Illinois, 2 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

Softball vs. Cal-Riverside at Cal Riverside Tournament, 2:30 p.m.
Riverside, Calif.

Women’s hockey at Minnesota – Semifinal game WCHA Final Faceoff, 3:07 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s volleyball at IPFW, 7 p.m.
Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Men’s hockey vs. Notre Dame – 1st Round CCHA Playoffs, 7:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
OSU Ice Rink

March 7
Softball vs. East Tennessee State at Cal-Riverside Tournament, 9 a.m.
Riverside, Calif.

Baseball vs. Fairleigh Dickinson at Buckeye Tournament, 11 a.m.
Port Charlotte, Fla.

Men’s swimming and diving at Ohio State Last Ditch, 12 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Men’s tennis vs. Texas A&M, 12 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Women’s hockey at WCHA Final Faceoff Championship, 12:07 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Men’s volleyball vs. Mt. Olive, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

March 9
Men’s lacrosse at Robert Morris, 3 p.m.
Moon Township, Pa.

March 10-14
Rifle at NCAA Championships, TBA
Ft. Worth, Texas

March 11-13
Synchronized swimming at U.S. Collegiate National Championships, TBA
Palo Alto, Calif.

March 11-14
Men’s Basketball at Big Ten Tournament, TBA
Indianapolis, Ind.

March 12
Women’s track and field at NCAA National Championships, TBA
Fayetteville, Ark.

Men’s track and field at NCAA Indoor Championships, TBA
Fayetteville, Ark.

Women’s hockey at NCAA Regional, TBA

Women’s tennis at Purdue, 1 p.m.
West Lafayette, Ind.

Baseball vs. Marshall at University of Tennessee Tournament, 1 p.m.
Knoxville, Tenn.

Men’s Tennis vs. Purdue, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

March 13
Men’s track and field at NCAA Indoor Championships, TBA
Fayetteville, Ark.

Fencing at NCAA Regional Qualifier, TBA
Evanston, Ill.

Men’s lacrosse vs. Albany, 12 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

Women’s lacrosse vs. Lousville, 3 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

Men’s gymnastics vs. Oklahoma, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Women’s gymnastics vs. Auburn, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Baseball at Tennessee, 5 p.m.
Knoxville, Tenn.

March 14
Baseball vs. Connecticut at University of Tennessee Tournament, 12 p.m.
Knoxville, Tenn.