#8/9 Ohio State Buckeyes (22-3, 10-2 Big Ten) at Penn State Lady Lions (15-7, 7-5 Big Ten)
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, 1 p.m. ET
Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, Pa.
Radio/Internet: WOSU 820-AM/ www.wosu.org (Marty Bannister, Kristin Watt)
Live Stats: www.GoPSUSports.com
Series Record: PSU leads, 30-18
Series in 2008-09: OSU, 1-0
Last Meeting: 3/1/09, OSU, 74-63 in Columbus
In State College: PSU leads, 16-5
Current Win Streak: OSU, 10
Next Meeting: Only meeting this season
- The Buckeyes have won the last 10 meetings with Penn State, though the Lady Lions have a 30-18 edge in the all-time series. Ohio State won the only meetings last season in Columbus, 74-63.
- Penn State leads the all-time series, 16-5, in games played in State College. Sunday is the only meeting between the two teams this season.
- The last three meetings between the Buckeyes and the Lady Lions at the Bryce Jordan Center have been decided by a total of seven points — an average margin of 2.3 points. Five of the last six at the BJC have been in the single digits.
- Ohio State (10-2) holds a three-game lead in the conference standings ahead of Penn State, Wisconsin and Purdue who all are tied for second at 7-5 with six games remaining. Michigan State sits in fifth place at 6-5 in conference play.
- The Buckeyes rank fourth in the NCAA in 3-point shooting at 40.4 percent and tied a season high with 10 makes in the win over Minnesota Jan. 28. They also rank in the Top 10 in assist-turnover ratio (3rd, +1.21), fewest fouls (4th, 13.3), assists (9th, 17.5) and scoring (8th, 79.2). The Buckeyes are shooting 45.9 percent on the season, good for 14th in the NCAA and tops in the Big Ten. They have shot 50 percent or better seven times, including three games of 60 percent or better.
- Jantel Lavender leads the Big Ten and is 10th nationally with 20.9 ppg. She is already fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,798 points, needing two more to hit 1,800 for her career. If Lavender continues at her career average of 19.8 ppg she will challenge Katie Smith’s school record of 2,578 points. Lavender also is second in the Big Ten with 10.4 rebounds per game and is first with a .506 field goal percentage.
- Lavender has 14 double-doubles this season, the third most in Division I, and 51 in her career, the most among active Big Ten players. The Buckeyes are 42-9 overall in her career when she records a double-double.
- Lavender has scored in double figures in all 91 career games, the longest active streak in Division I.
- Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten and is second nationally with 7.8 assists per game behind NCAA leader Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga (9.1). Prahalis has six games with 10 or more and has dished out at least eight 14 different times. Prahalis recorded a career-high 14 assists in the win over No. 15 California. With 398 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 18.2 ppg in Big Ten play. She has 162 points (20.3 ppg) in her last eight games, including a 32-point performance in the win at Michigan State and 22 in the win over Iowa Thursday.
- Prahalis notched her sixth double-double of the season with 23 points and 10 assists in the victory over Minnesota Jan. 28. It marked the first game in her Ohio State career in which she committed zero turnovers. She then dished out eight assists, all in the first half, in the loss at Indiana.
- Junior guard Brittany Johnson is shooting 56.5 percent (16-of-29) from long range in her last five games. 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. Johnson leads the Big Ten in 3FG percentage at .495 in all games.
- Ohio State has made 98 more free throws (405) than opponents have attempted (307) this season. The Buckeyes are 21-2 this year and 63-4 since the start of the 2007-08 season when they outshoot their opponents at the free throw 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 a perfect 17-0 at home this year, tying the record for the best home mark in program history. The Buckeyes also went 17-0 at home back during the 2004-05 season. Foster and the Buckeyes also went undefeated in 2002-03 with a 14-0 mark.
- Ohio State is 125-9 at home overall under Jim Foster and 98-5 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 46-2 (.958) in Big Ten games at Value City Arena and 81-13 (.861) in Big Ten play overall.
- Ohio State has won 23 straight games at home and 108 of 109 at home against unranked opponents.
- 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. 10/11 Oklahoma State (18-3) and No. 11/8 West Virginia (20-2) in the preseason WNIT. Another note-worthy win came on Dec. 13 when Ohio State picked up a 79-77 win at Ole Miss. The Lady Rebels are receiving votes in both polls with a 14-7 overall record and a 5-3 mark in the SEC and have picked up wins over No. 12 LSU and No. 9 Georgia.
- The Buckeyes have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for 109-consecutive weeks.
Scouting Penn State
The Lady Lions (15-7) are looking to snap a three-game losing skid after starting the Big Ten season 7-2. They have since dropped to 7-5 in conference play after losses to Purdue at home in overtime and on the road at Michigan and Michigan State. Penn State is tied for second place in the league with Wisconsin and Purdue. Tyra Grant is one of the top offensive threats in the Big Ten at 19.2 ppg, including 20.4 ppg in Big Ten play. Alex Bentley is the only other Lady Lion in double figures with 11.5 ppg.
Last Time vs. Penn State – 3/1/2009
Star Allen scored a career-high 25 points in her final home game and Jantel Lavender added 28 points and 12 rebounds to power the Buckeyes past the Nittany Lions, 74-63. The Buckeyes were already the outright Big Ten champs even before tipoff, thanks to Purdue’s 57-55 home loss to Michigan State. Yet they still took care of business. Ohio State won its last five contests to capture a fifth straight league title by two full games. Samantha Prahalis added 11 points, five steals and five assists for Ohio State. Tyra Grant and Mashea Williams each scored 14 points and Julia Trogele had 10 for Penn State. The Lions got as close as six points in the final 20 minutes, cutting what was once a 20-point deficit to 63-57 on Williams’ free throw with 5:31 left. But the Buckeyes turned things around, Prahalis hitting two foul shots and then assisting on a lob pass to Lavender for a bucket to make it 68-59. Penn State never got closer than seven points again.
Last Time Out: OSU 86, Iowa 82
Brittany Johnson scored 13 of her 18 points in the second half to rally the Buckeyes to an 86-82 victory over Iowa Thursday. Prahalis finished with 22 points — 11 in each half — and Lavender added 18 to help Ohio State improve to 17-0 at home. The Hawkeyes were proficient on the perimeter, making 11 of 21 3-pointers while Ohio State was 8 for 17. However, the Buckeyes were 28 for 34 on free throws, and Iowa was just 9 of 13. After trailing by four, Ohio State tied the score at 69 with 6:15 left thanks to two 3s by Johnson around a layup by Wahlin. Lavender’s layup gave the Buckeyes the lead for good at 74-72 and Prahalis followed with 3. Iowa, which led 44-43 at halftime, was down 81-78 with the ball in the final minute but Shavelle Little stole the ball from Alexander. Prahalis was fouled with 26 seconds left and made both shots to push Ohio State’s lead to 83-78. Little stole the ball from Wahlin with 21 seconds left, was fouled and converted one free throw. Little, the conference defensive player of the year the past two seasons, had four steals in 10 minutes.
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