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#7/7 Ohio State (4-0) vs. UNC Wilmington (4-0)
Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010 – 2 p.m. ET
Value City Arena
Columbus, Ohio – (AP/USA Today rankings)

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• The Buckeyes have opened the season 4-0 after posting road wins at Temple and LSU and home victories over Eastern Michigan and ETSU
• Jantel Lavender is averaging a Big Ten-best 25.0 points per game and 11.3 rebounds. She scored a career-high 37 points in the victory at Temple
• Ohio State is 129-10 at home overall under Jim Foster and 102-6 since the start of 2004-05
• Ohio State has won 112 of 114 at home against unranked opponents
• Sunday is the second meeting between UNCW and Ohio State with the Buckeyes winning the only other meeting, 70-42, on Nov. 25, 2003 in Columbus
• OSU is averaging 74.2 pppg and lead the Big Ten in free throw percentage at .813 percent
• Lavender needs 18 rebounds to tie and 19 to break Tracey Hall’s 22-year-old school record of 1,115 set from 1982-85
• Lavender (868 FGs) needs seven field goals to tie and eight to break Jessica Davenport’s record of 875 set from 2004-07
• Lavender has scored 10+ points in all 106 career games, the longest active streak in Division I

Scouting UNCW
The UNC Wilmington Seahawks are a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) with an enrollment of around 12,500 students. The Seahawks, 12-19 in 2009-10, are 4-0 on the season with wins at UNC-Greensboro (62-58), East Carolina (84-73) and Wofford (81-48) and at home against High Point (72-69). Senior Brittany Blackwell leads the team in scoring so far this season at 18.3 ppg while junior Kristen Hanzer is second with 15.3 per contest. Blackwell led the Seahawks with 28 points on 13-of-17 shooting in the win over High Point Nov. 22.

Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is in her first season has head coach. She took over the helm of the Seahawk program following a successful five-year stint at Prairie View A&M in Central Texas. The former college great, Olympic gold medalist and WNBA Most Valuable Player was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this past August. Cooper-Dyke captured gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, led the Comets to four consecutive WNBA championships and was named WNBA Finals MVP four times.

Buckeyes Dominate ETSU in Prahalis’ Return
The Buckeyes were off and running in an 80-47 victory against East Tennessee State last Monday. Samantha Prahalis had 18 points and eight assists in her return while Jantel Lavender recorded her 60th career double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds as No. 7 Ohio State improved to 4-0 on the young season. Prahalis had her first basket 2 1/2 minutes into the game but her flair showed moments later when she dished the ball to the left corner. As Brittany Johnson unleashed a 3-pointer, Prahalis backpedaled toward the center circle with three right fingers in the air before the ball swished the net. The Buckeyes trailed 20-19 with 7 minutes left in the first half before scoring the final 17 points leading into the break. Prahalis helped the cause with a no-look layup from the left side as she was fouled. She made the free throw for a 32-20 lead but Tayler Hill was the catalyst during the streak with eight points. Hill, who played all 120 minutes in the first three games in Prahalis’ absence, finished with 18 points. Natalie Pickwell had 16 points for the Lady Buccaneers (2-2) but cold shooting doomed ETSU late in the opening half. They missed their final 11 shots from the floor, two free throws and committed seven turnovers as OSU took a 16-point lead.

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