THANK YOU FANS!
A total of 11,827 fans were in attendance for Sunday’s overtime thriller with Michigan State in front of a nationally-televised audience on ESPN2. It marked the second-largest crowd at Value City Arena for a women’s game and was the seventh-largest in program history!
#10/12 Ohio State Buckeyes (26-4, 14-3 Big Ten) vs. Northwestern Wildcats (16-11, 7-9 Big Ten)
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, 6:30 p.m. ET
Value City Arena • Columbus, Ohio
Radio/Internet: WOSU 820-AM/www.wosu.org (Marty Bannister, Kristin Watt)
Television: Big Ten Network (Craig Coshun, Vera Jones)
Live Stats: www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Series Record: OSU leads, 36-15
In Columbus: OSU leads, 16-9
Last Meeting: 12/31/09, OSU, 86-60 in Evanston
Last Meeting in Columbus: 2/15/09, OSU, 81-55
Series in 2008-09: OSU, 2-0
Current Win Streak: OSU, 18
- Seniors Shavelle Little, Andrea Walker, Maria Moeller and Cherise Daniel will be playing their final game Thursday at Value City Arena. All four will be honored prior to the start of the game. They have 105 wins going into Thursday, four shy from tying the program record of 109.
- The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Northwestern, 36-15, and have won the last 18 meetings overall, including an 86-60 win over NU in Evanston on New Year’s Eve when Coach Foster recorded his 700th career win. OSU’s average margin of victory over the 18-game streak is +22.2 points. The last Northwestern victory in the series was a 48-41 win Jan. 17, 1999 in Evanston. The Buckeyes are 16-6 vs. the Wildcats in Columbus. Northwestern’s last win in Columbus was back on Feb. 7, 1997.
- Ohio State clinched its 13th and record-setting sixth-consecutive Big Ten championship outright with its win at Minnesota. No team – men’s or women’s – has ever won six straight Big Ten regular season titles. The Buckeyes will be the No. 1 seed in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament for a record sixth-consecutive season and will play in the quarterfinal round at 6 p.m. ET next Friday.
- Ohio State clinched a share of the title Feb. 11 with its win over Purdue, becoming the earliest team to clinch the regular season title, both in terms of calendar days and in terms of games remaining. Previously, the earliest was Purdue clinching on Feb. 12 in 1999. In addition, no team has ever clinched with four or more games remaining on the schedule.
- In regular-season games, Ohio State is 18-2 after a loss since the 2004-05 season and 26-6 overall in eight seasons under Jim Foster.
- Ohio State played in an overtime game for the first time this year and for the first time since Nov. 23, 2008 at Auburn. It was the first overtime game at Value City Arena since Feb. 11, 2001, a double-overtime loss to Purdue.
- Sophomore Samantha Prahalis had her Ohio State-record streak of consecutive free throws snapped at 48 on Sunday. It was the second-longest streak in Big Ten history and the fifth-best in NCAA history.
- The Buckeyes have connected on a school record 195 three-pointers this season, breaking the old mark of 191 set during the 2004-05 season.
- The Buckeyes hit a Big Ten-record 17 three-pointers in the win at Penn State Feb. 7, breaking the old mark of 14. They shot 65 percent from long range (17-of-26) and hit 9-of-13 in the second half.
- The Buckeyes rank second in the NCAA in 3-point shooting at 40.2 percent. They also rank in the top 10 in scoring (9th, 78.5), assists (10th, 17.0), assist-turnover ratio (9th, +1.13) and fewest fouls (4th, 13.1). The Buckeyes are shooting 45.9 percent overall, good for 12th and tops in the Big Ten. They have shot 50 percent or better nine times, including three games of 60 percent or better.
- Ohio State is 18-1 at home this year after its overtime loss to the Spartans Feb. 21. The loss also snapped Ohio State’s 24-game home win streak.
- Ohio State is 126-10 at home overall under Jim Foster and 99-6 since the start of the 2004-05 season.
- Since the start of Ohio State’s Big Ten championship run in 2004-05, the Buckeyes are 47-3 in Big Ten games at Value City Arena and 84-14 in Big Ten play overall.
- Ohio State has won 109 of 111 at home against unranked opponents.
- Ohio State is 22-0 this season when scoring 70 or more and 4-4 when scoring fewer than 70.
- Jantel Lavender leads the Big Ten and is 10th nationally with 20.7 ppg. She is already fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,897 points, needing three more to hit 1,900 and 16 to pass Tracey Hall (1,912) for third place. If Lavender continues at her career average of 19.8 ppg she will challenge Katie Smith’s school record of 2,578 points.
- Lavender also is third in the Big Ten with 10.4 rebounds per game and is first with a .511 field goal percentage.
- Lavender is one of only three players in Division I to average at least 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and shoot 50.0 percent.
- Lavender has scored in double figures in all 96 career games, the longest active streak in Division I.
- Lavender has 17 double-doubles this season, the third most in Division I, and 54 in her career, the most among active Big Ten players. The Buckeyes are 44-10 overall in her career when she records a double-double.
- Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten and is second nationally with 8.0 assists per game behind NCAA leader Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga (9.3). Prahalis has eight games with 10 or more and has dished out at least eight 17 times. Prahalis recorded a career-high 14 assists in the win over then-No. 15 California and had 12 in the win at Penn State. With 440 career assists, she is already seventh on Ohio State’s all-time list in only her sophomore season and needs five more to pass Katie Smith (444) for sixth place.
- Prahalis ranks third in the Big Ten with 18.5 ppg in Big Ten play. She had a 32-point performance in the win at Michigan State, 26 in the win at Penn State and 25 on the road at Wisconsin. Prahalis hit a career-high five three’s in the win at Penn State on six attempts.
- Prahalis notched her seventh double-double of the season with 26 points and 12 assists in the victory at Penn State. She also had 23 points and 10 assists in the win over Minnesota Jan. 28, marking the first game in her Ohio State career in which she committed zero turnovers.
- Prahalis is just the second Division I player since 1999-2000 to average at least 16.0 points and 8.0 assists per game. La’Terrica Dobin (16.0, 8.1) from Northwestern State was the only other player to do it in 2003-04.
- Brittany Johnson is shooting 48.8 percent from long range this season, the best in the Big Ten and fifth-best in the NCAA. She hit 4-of-5 in the loss at Purdue, finishing with 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal and had 18 points and four more 3FG’s in the win over Iowa at home. In November, Johnson scored a career-high 23 points in the WNIT championship game against Oklahoma State. She hit seven 3FG’s, second-best on OSU’s single-game list.
- Ohio State has made 121 more free throws (494) than opponents have attempted (373) this season. The Buckeyes are 24-3 this year and 66-5 over the last three years when they make more than their opponents at the line.
- Ohio State hit a season-high 28-of-34 free throws in the win over Iowa Feb. 4, marking the most FT’s made in a game since the Buckeyes made an identical 28-of-34 in a win at Michigan on Feb. 25, 2007.
- Ohio State’s game with No. 19 Michigan State Jan. 9 marked the third ranked opponent Ohio State has played this season. Ohio State defeated then-No. 15 Cal, 83-71, in Columbus before dropping an 83-67 decision to No. 11 Duke Dec. 3 in Durham. The Buckeyes also defeated two other teams currently ranked in the Top 25 in No. 8 West Virginia (24-3) and No. 23 Oklahoma State (18-8) in the preseason WNIT. Another note-worthy win came on Dec. 13 when Ohio State picked up a 79-77 win at Mississippi. The Lady Rebels are 15-10 overall and 6-6 in the SEC. They have picked up key SEC wins over No. 23 LSU, twice, and at No. 20 Georgia.
- The Buckeyes have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for 112-consecutive weeks.
Ohio State’s Big Ten titles
Last Time vs. Northwestern – OSU 86, NU 60
Ohio State coach Jim Foster earned his 700th career victory as the Buckeyes surged to an 86-60 win over Northwestern Dec. 31. Sarah Schulze and Samantha Prahalis each scored 16 points. The Buckeyes used a 28-3 run in a 7:34 span starting late in the first half and opened a 53-20 lead with 17:16 to play and led by as many as 41 points later in the half. Jantel Lavender had 14 points and nine rebounds for Ohio State while Tayler Hill added 12 points. Dannielle Diamant scored a game-high 20 points for the Wildcats. Amy Jaeschke had 13 points and two rebounds. Ohio State, which came in averaging 84.5 points per game, shot 52.2 percent (35 of 67) from the field and 50 percent (9 of 18) on 3-pointers. Northwestern shot just 37.9 percent (22 of 58) from the field but outrebounded the Buckeyes 37-35.
Last Time Out: MSU 71, OSU 68 OT
Brittney Thomas scored 19 points, including a basket to trigger an 8-0 run and two clinching free throws in overtime, to lead Michigan State to a 71-68 victory over the seventh-ranked Buckeyes on Sunday. Jantel Lavender, who led the Buckeyes with 24 points and 11 rebounds, said she was stunned by the loss, before the second-largest crowd (11,827) to witness a women’s game at Value City Arena. Ohio State trailed by 13 points with under 10 minutes left, but had two shots to win the game in regulation — an off-balance Prahalis drive and a tip by Sarah Schulze. The Buckeyes also had a look at a tying 3 at the end of overtime, but Schulze’s attempt was short and wide of the mark. Ohio State led by four in the overtime — its largest lead of the game — before Thomas hit a perimeter jumper. Porsche Poole scored on two drives (the second with 1:10 left in the overtime giving the Spartans the lead for good) with Aisha Jefferson adding a bank shot with 33 seconds remaining. After Prahalis, who had 17 points, hit a 3-pointer, Thomas made two foul shots with 15.3 seconds left to set up the drama at the end.
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