COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State freshman center Jantel Lavender has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week in recognition of her performance in wins over Tennessee State and Boston University last week. She averaged 22.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks while shooting 92.3 percent (12-of-13) from the free throw line and 52 percent from the field.
Lavender is the first Ohio State freshman to receive Big Ten Player of the Week honors since Katie Smith during the 1992-93 season.
In the win over Tennessee State Nov. 14, Lavender dominated, scoring 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting with five boards and three blocks — in only 22 minutes. She scored 12 points in the first eight minutes as the Buckeyes opened up a comfortable 19-0 lead.
Then in the win at Boston University Saturday, Lavender recorded 21 points, seven rebounds and two blocks and drained all nine of her free throw attempts as Ohio State held off BU 83-68.
The Cleveland Central Catholic native is fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (19.0 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (8.7 rpg). She is shooting 50 percent from the field and an impressive 88.2 percent (15-of-17) from the line.
In her first collegiate game against Marist Nov. 11, she recorded a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds.