COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior center Jantel Lavender was named to the 2011 Associated Press All-America First Team Tuesday for the second consecutive year. The only four-time Big Ten player of the year was fifth in the NCAA with 22.8 points this season and led the Big Ten with 10.9 rebounds in leading the Buckeyes to their second Sweet 16 appearance in 2 years.
“To be named among the nation’s best is always a tremendous honor and it’s great to see your hard work pay off,” Lavender said. “We went through some ups and downs this season and I think that helped me stay focused and become an even stronger leader for my team. I definitely have to thank my coaches and teammates for helping me achieve this recognition. Without them this wouldn’t be possible.”
Lavender was the Big Ten co-player of the year (media) in 2011, becoming the first women’s or men’s basketball player in conference history to earn the award four times and the only women’s basketball player among the Big Ten, ACC, Big East, Big 12, Pac-10 or SEC to accomplish the feat. She was the Big Ten tournament Most Outstanding Player for a record third year after averaging 23.7 points per game, 12.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 63.8 percent from the field in the three wins. She also set a Big Ten tournament single-game scoring record with 37 points in the semifinal win over No. 1 seed Michigan State.
Lavender, who earned her bachelor’s degree in sport and leisure studies March 20, leaves as Ohio State’s all-time leading scorer with 2,818 points and the Big Ten’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,422. She scored in double-figures in all 136 career games, an NCAA record.
Maya Moore, Connecticut, 6-0, senior, Lawrenceville, Ga., 22.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 4.1 apg, 52.2 fg pct., 2.2 steals (39 first-team votes, 195 points)
Brittney Griner, Baylor, 6-8, sophomore, Houston, 23.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 55.0 fg pct, 4.7 blocks (38, 193)
Jantel Lavender, Ohio State, 6-4, senior, Cleveland, 22.8 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 54.8 fg pct. (17, 142)
Danielle Adams, Texas A&M, 6-1, senior, Kansas City, Mo., 22.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 48.5 fg pct (15, 136)
Jeanette Pohlen, Stanford, 6-0, senior, Brea, Calif., 14.6 ppg, 90.4 ft pct., 4.8 apg (18, 123)
Danielle Robinson, Oklahoma, 5-9, senior, San Jose, Calif., 18.3 ppg, 5.1 apg, 87.9 ft pct. (12, 108)
Amber Harris, Xavier, 6-4, senior, Indianapolis, 18.7 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 52.5 fg pct. (10, 108)
Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga, 5-8, senior, Kent, Wash., 19.6 ppg, 10.2 apg (11, 98)
Nnemka Ogwumike, Stanford, 6-2, junior, Cypress, Texas, 16.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 57.6 fg pct. (6, 88)
Jasmine Thomas, Duke, 5-9, senior, Fairfax, Va., 15.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.3 steals (5, 88)
Shekinna Strickland, Tennessee, 6-2, junior, Morrilton, Ark., 12.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 49.1 fg pct. (10, 82)
Shenise Johnson, Miami, 5-11, junior, Henrietta, N.Y., 19.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 48.8 fg pct. (5, 78)
Victoria Dunlap, Kentucky, 6-1, senior, Nashville, Tenn., 17.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 3.0 steals (0, 36)
Ta’Shia Phillips, Xavier, 6-6, senior, Indianapolis, 16.1 ppg, 12.4 rpg, 60.5 fg pct. (1, 33)
Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, 5-9, sophomore, South Bend, Ind., 14.2 ppg, 4.8 apg, 4.1 rpg (0, 30)
Kachine Alexander, Iowa; Angie Bjorklund, Tennessee; Kelsey Bolte, Iowa State; Jessica Breland, North Carolina; Cierra Brevard, Florida State; Kourtney Brown, Buffalo; Sydney Colson, Texas A&M; Jasmine Dixon, UCLA; Elena Delle Donne, Delaware; Dawn Evans, James Madison; Shante Evans, Hofstra; Briana Gilbreth, Southern Cal. Keisha Hampton, DePaul; Tiffany Hayes, Connecticut; Courtney Hurt; Virginia Commonwealth; Ify Ibukwe, Arizona; Amy Jaeschke, Northwestern; Jessica Jenkins, Hampton; Adrienne Johnson, Louisiana Tech; Melissa Jones, Baylor; Kalisha Keane, Michigan State; Kevi Luper, Oral Roberts. Deirdre Naughton, DePaul; Yinka Olorunnife, Idaho; Kayla Pedersen, Stanford; Jaime Printy, Iowa; Jence Rhoads, Vanderbilt; Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown; Odyssey Sims, Baylor; Meighan Simmons, Tennessee; Carolyn Swords, Boston College; Riquna Williams, Miami.