#7/9 Ohio State Buckeyes (26-3, 14-2 Big Ten) vs. Michigan State Spartans (18-8, 9-6 Big Ten)
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, 3 p.m. ET
Value City Arena • Columbus, Ohio
Radio/Internet: WOSU 820-AM/www.wosu.org (Marty Bannister, Toni Roesch)
Television: ESPN2 (Beth Mowins, LaChina Robinson)
Live Stats: www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Series Record: OSU leads, 46-22
In Columbus: OSU leads, 18-9
Last Meeting: 1/9/10, OSU, 65-62 in East Lansing
Last Meeting in Columbus: 1/4/09, OSU, 67-49
Series in 2008-09: Tied, 1-1
Current Win Streak: OSU, 1
- Ohio State clinched its 13th and record-setting sixth-consecutive Big Ten championship outright with its win at Minnesota last Sunday. 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.
- 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.
- Sophomore Samantha Prahalis has hit 47-consecutive free throws, which is a school record and the second-best mark in the Big Ten behind PSU’s Adrienne Squire who hit 60 from 2004-06. The NCAA record is 66 by Ginny Doyle of Richmond 1991-92. Prahalis has the longest active streak and the fifth-best mark overall in NCAA Division I. She made 12-of-12 at Minnesota, one shy of the school record held by Katie Smith (13-of-13). Prahalis is shooting 83.6 percent from the line, including 90.0 percent in Big Ten games, which is second best in the league.
- The Buckeyes set a single-season school record with 192 three-pointers with six makes in the win at Wisconsin Feb. 18, 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 40.9 percent. They also rank in the top 10 in scoring (8th, 78.9), assists (10th, 17.2), assist-turnover ratio (8th, +1.16) and fewest fouls (4th, 13.2). The Buckeyes are shooting 46.2 percent overall, good for 11th 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 leads the all-time series with the Spartans 46-22 and won the last meeting 65-62 Jan. 9 in East Lansing. The Buckeyes have an 18-9 edge in Columbus.
- Ohio State is a perfect 18-0 at home this year, the best home mark in program history. The Buckeyes also went 17-0 at home back during the 2004-05 season and 14-0 in 2002-03 under Foster.
- Ohio State is 126-9 at home overall under Jim Foster and 99-5 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 47-2 in Big Ten games at Value City Arena and 84-13 in Big Ten play overall.
- Ohio State has won 24 straight at home and 109 of 110 at home against unranked opponents.
- Ohio State is 22-0 this season when scoring 70 or more points.
- Jantel Lavender leads the Big Ten and is 11th nationally with 20.6 ppg. She is already fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,873 points. If Lavender continues at her career average of 19.7 ppg she will challenge Katie Smith’s school record of 2,578 points.
- Lavender also is second in the Big Ten with 10.3 rebounds per game and is first with a .510 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 95 career games, the longest active streak in Division I.
- Lavender has 16 double-doubles this season, the third most in Division I, and 53 in her career, the most among active Big Ten players. The Buckeyes are 44-9 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 434 career assists, she is already seventh on Ohio State’s all-time list in only her sophomore season.
- Prahalis ranks third in the Big Ten with 18.6 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 50.4 percent from long range this season, the best in the Big Ten and fourth-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 (477) than opponents have attempted (356) this season. The Buckeyes are 24-2 this year and 66-4 since the start of the 2007-08 season 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 is 18-2 after a loss since the 2004-05 season and 26-6 overall under Jim Foster in regular-season games. Ohio State had its 12-game win streak snapped with its 63-61 loss at Purdue Feb. 25.
- 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. 9 West Virginia (22-3) and No. 17 Oklahoma State (18-6) 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 111-consecutive weeks.
Ohio State’s Big Ten titles
Last Time vs. MIchigan State – OSU 65, MSU 62
Samantha Prahalis scored 32 points while Jantel Lavender had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Buckeyes in a 65-62 win in East Lansing Jan. 9. Michigan State missed two shots in the final seconds in a desperate attempt to tie the game. The Spartans had led by as many as 11 points in the first half. Michigan State took a 33-22 first-half lead, energized by a home crowd of 12,412 — third largest in school history. But Ohio State crawled back behind Prahalis and Lavender. Prahalis made 10-of-20 shots from the floor. Michigan State led 35-31 at the half. Sarah Schulze and Prahalis hit 3-pointers to open the second half and give Ohio State a 37-35 lead. The Buckeyes led by as many as five points midway through the second half but Michigan State was able to regain the lead. Prahalis tied the game at 61 with two free throws with 1:42 minutes left. Two more Prahalis foul shots gave the Buckeyes a 63-61 lead with 1:14 left. Michigan State’s Johnson cut the lead to 63-62 with a free throw. But Lavender answered with two foul shots with 35 seconds left to put the Buckeyes ahead 65-62. DeHaan, who finished with 12 points, missed a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left. Brittney Thomas got the rebound and was able to get off a partially blocked shot as time ran down, but she wasn’t in 3-point territory.
Last Time Out: OSU 83, Wisconsin 78
Samantha Prahalis scored 25 points and Jantel Lavender had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead Ohio State to an 83-78 victory over Wisconsin Thursday in Madison. The Buckeyes beat the Badgers for the 16th straight time and lead the all-time series 43-14. Prahalis scored four points during a 7-0 run over the final 1:18 of the first half to give Ohio State a 37-32 lead. The Badgers pulled within two points twice in the final minute of the second half, but the Buckeyes made 7 of 8 free throws to hold on for the victory. Alyssa Karel scored 21 points for Wisconsin, and Taylor Wurz scored 10 of her 18 points in the first half. The scrappy Badgers pulled within two points twice in the final minute of regulation. Karel drained a 3-pointer from the right wing to help the Badgers pull within two points at 76-74 with 35 seconds left in the game. Rae Lin D’Alie’s lay up maintained a two-point margin at 78-76 with 29 seconds left, but the Badgers never got any closer. Lavender scored 12 points in the second half for Ohio State, which shot 52 percent from the field in the victory.