No. 16 Ohio State looks to up its record to 3-0 when they travel to Boston University (2-0) for a 4 p.m. tip Saturday at BU’s Agganis Arena. Ohio State knocked off Marist and Tennessee State this week while Boston picked up its two victories at Siena College (70-66) Nov. 10 and against Rhode Island (77-56) Nov. 13 at home.
The Buckeyes and Terriers are meeting for the second time. Ohio State won the only meeting 79-49 in Columbus Dec. 12, 1999.
Last Time Out
No. 16 Ohio State scored the game’s first 19 points and the Buckeyes cruised to an easy 88-41 win against Tennessee State at Value City Arena. Freshman center Jantel Lavender was dominant, scoring 14 first half points and finishing with 23 on 10-of-15 shooting. She also recorded five rebounds and three blocks in just 22 minutes of play and went 3-of-4 from the line. The Buckeyes used a swarming defense to create 14 first half turnovers by TSU and 27 for the game. They outscored TSU 46-12 in points off turnovers and 28-12 inside. Maria Moeller came off the bench with nine points in the opening period. TSU missed its first 15 shots and committed five turnovers before Meredith Stafford hit a 3-pointer with 11:23 left in the half. The Lady Tigers shot just 30.4 percent for the game. The Buckeyes shot 55 percent from the field and went 7-of-9 from long range. Ashlee Trebilcock hit back-to-back three’s in the second half and finished with six points. Brittany Johnson, Cherise Daniel, Maria Moeller and Marscilla Packer all hit their only shots from behind the arc. Packer finished with 11 points while Daniel finished with a career-high seven points as did Johnson. Shavelle Little turned in a solid defensive effort for the second-straight game, recording five steals to go with six points and two assists.
Great Start For Lavender
The Buckeyes could not have asked for a better start to the season for freshman center Jantel Lavender, the 2007 Ohio Player of the Year. In her debut she posted a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds against Marist Nov. 11. She was 5-of-11 from the field and also notched two steals to lead the Buckeyes to a 63-57 victory. Then in the win over Tennessee State Nov. 14, Lavender was dominant, scoring 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting to go along with five boards and three blocks in only 22 minutes of action. She ranks among the Big Ten leaders with 18.0 points and 9.5 rebounds as of Nov. 16.
The Terriers are off to a 2-0 start after victories against Siena on Nov. 10, 70-66, and Rhode Island 77-56. BU is led by a trio of double-digit scorers in senior forward Kasey Devine (16.0 ppg), junior forward Jesyka Burks-Wiley (14.0, 8.5 rpg) and junior guard Christine Kinneary (13.0). The Terriers are averaging more then 73 points per game. Boston was 15-15 overall last season with a fifth-place finish in the America East Conference (7-9).
Kelly Greenberg is in her fourth season as head coach with a 50-43 overall record. She led the Terriers to the America East Championship title game in each of her first two seasons. Greenberg served as the head coach at Penn for five seasons before taking over at BU in July 2004. Prior to Penn, Greenberg was the top assistant at Holy Cross for seven seasons, including three years as the associate head coach.
Buckeyes In The Big Ten
Though early, the Buckeyes have already established themselves among the leaders in several Big Ten statistical categories. Jantel Lavender ranks second in the league in scoring (18.0 ppg), fifth in rebounding (9.5) and eighth in FG percentage (.577).
Marscilla Packer is second in the league in scoring with an 18.5 ppg clip, tied for first in FT percentage (10-for-10, 1.000) and fourth in 3FG made.
Sophomore Shavelle Little is fifth in the league in steals (2.5) and 12th with 3.0 assists per game.
As a team, Ohio State ranks among the top 3 in the league in several areas, most notably scoring offense (75.5), scoring margin (+26.5), FG percentage (.487), 3FG percentage (.444), fewest points allowed (49.0) and assists per game (14.5).
Ohio State returns home to face the Southern Jaguars at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 before hosting the Buckeye Classic Nov. 24-25 at historic St. John Arena. Ohio State will play Colgate on the 24th at 2 p.m. and either Auburn or Winston-Salem Sunday the 25th.
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