Ohio State (14-9, 5-6) at Minnesota (11-13, 3-8)
Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011 – 2/3 p.m. ET
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Series Record: OSU leads 49-10
Series in 2009-10: OSU, 2-0
Last Meeting: 2/14/10, OSU 64-59
Next Meeting: Only meeting this season
In Columbus: OSU leads 24-1
In Minneapolis: OSU leads 19-7
Current Win Streak: OSU – 3
The Gophers are 11-13 this season and 3-8 in the Big Ten after a last-second loss to Iowa Thursday snapped a three-game win streak. Minnesota started off 0-7 in the Big Ten before notching three straight wins vs. Northwestern, Michigan and at Indiana.
Kiara Buford leads the team this season with 15.3 points per game with Leah Cotton averaging 12.5 ppg off the bench. China Antoine, who is averaging 7.3 ppg and is third in the Big Ten with 4.4 assists, led the Gophers with 19 points on five 3FGs at Iowa while Jackie Voigt grabbed 11 rebounds.
Pam Borton (Defiance, 1987) is in her 10th season at Minnesota with a record of 176-103 and is 245-119 overall.
Last Time Out
Behind swarming defensive pressure and a potent offensive attack, the Buckeyes raced their way to a 90-67 win over visiting Purdue in front of 4,611 fans downtown at Nationwide Arena Thursday. Jantel Lavender led five Buckeyes in double-figures with 21 points, Tayler Hill and Brittany Johnson each scored 17 and Samantha Prahalis added a double-double with 12 points and 12 assists as Ohio State snapped a three-game losing streak. The Buckeyes forced a season-high 22 turnovers and hit 22-of-28 from the line while committing just nine turnovers. Already up 48-32 with 18:16 remaining, the Buckeyes wasted no time putting the game away with a 15-4 run, capped off by a Hill three-pointer to put Ohio State up by 27 with 13:34 to go. A Johnson three-pointer 5 minutes later gave Ohio State its biggest lead at 77-47. Freshman Ashley Adams had another solid game with 10 points, six boards and three blocks. Classmate Martina Ellerbe chipped in off the bench with eight points while Lavender just missed her 14th double-double of the season with nine boards. Ohio State raced out to a 44-27 lead in the first half behind a balanced scoring attack. Lavender led all scorers with 12 while Hill, Prahalis and Johnson each scored eight and Ashley Adams six. Johnson capped off the opening 20 minutes with a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Buckeyes shot 45.5 percent from the field in the first half and made 12-of-15 at the line while Purdue made zero trips to the stripe. Defensively, Ohio State forced 13 first-half turnovers into 14 points.
Last Time vs. Minnesota
Tayler Hill scored 13 points as the Buckeyes topped Minnesota 64-59 Feb. 14, 2010 in Minneapolis, capturing the outright Big Ten title for Ohio State. The Buckeyes became the only Big Ten men’s or women’s basketball program to win six consecutive conference titles. Sunday’s win guaranteed Ohio State’s fourth outright Big Ten crown during that stretch. Hill scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half to supplement Samantha Prahalis’ game-high 19 points. Jantel Lavender also finished in double figures with 14. Sophomore Jackie Voigt led Minnesota with 15 points and Zoe Harper chipped in 10. The Gophers lost for the seventh time in their last eight games, but hung with the Big Ten’s best after losing 81-58 in Columbus on Jan. 28. The Buckeyes’ 8-0 run to snap a 45-45 tie was the decisive blow after the Gophers led for nearly 30 minutes. Ohio State shot
just 35.3 percent from the floor and went 2-for-12 from the 3-point line, but a 26 of 30 showing from the free-throw line was enough to capture the victory it’s record-setting Big Ten title.
Closing in on History
Senior Jantel Lavender (2,558) is 20 points away from tying Katie Smith’s all-time scoring record of 2,578 points. The record has stood for the past 15 years since the end of the 1996 season. She and Lavender are the only Buckeyes to score more than 2,500 points in a career.
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