Ohio State (13-9, 4-6) vs. Purdue (16-8, 6-5)
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2011 – 6 p.m. ET
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• Ohio State will be playing in its second regular-season game at Nationwide Arena Thursday. They are 3-0 all-time at Nationwide after winning first and second round NCAA tournament games in 2009.
• Ohio State and Purdue will be meeting for the first time this season. They will square off again in West Lafayette Sunday, Feb. 20 in a game televised on ESPN2.
• Ohio State has won the last five meetings with Purdue in Columbus. The Boilers last win in Columbus was Jan. 22, 2004 at VCA.
• With the win over No. 9 Michigan State Jan. 16, Ohio State picked up its first win over a top 10 opponent since Dec. 20, 2006 when No. 8 Ohio State defeated No. 3 Oklahoma in Norman, 74-67. Ohio State is 3-2 against ranked teams this season, defeating No. 9 Michigan State, No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 18 Iowa, while falling to No. 1 UConn and No. 21 Iowa on the road.
• Ohio State ranks second in the Big Ten with 72.6 points per game this year.
• Jantel Lavender is the second-leading active scorer in the NCAA (2,537) behind UConn’s Maya Moore (2,740).
• Lavender has scored 10+ points in all 124 career games, the longest active streak in Division I. She is one shy of the NCAA record of 125.
• Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten and is fourth in the nation with 6.5 assists per game.
• Prahalis recorded her first career triple-double with 13 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds against Northwestern. She dished out her 600th career assist Jan. 27 vs. Michigan and is only the second Buckeye to record at least 1,000 points and 600 assists.
• Brittany Johnson needs two points to reach 900 for her career and two more 3FGs to tie Jamie Lewis for fifth all-time.
Series Record: OSU leads 37-26
Series in 2009-10: 1-1
Last Meeting: 2/11/10, OSU, 75-45 at OSU
Next Meeting: 2/20/11 at Purdue
In Columbus: OSU leads 18-8
The Boilermakers enter Thursday’s game 16-8 overall and in fifth place in the Big Ten standings with a 6-5 record. They have won three of their last four and five of seven after falling at #11 Michigan State Sunday. Purdue leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.775) and field goal percentage defense (.365) while ranking second in blocked shots per game (4.6).
Junior Brittany Rayburn leads the Purdue attack this season with 13.9 points per game. She is followed by Courtney Moses’ 12.5 ppg and Drey Mingo’s 10.5 ppg. Rayburn also leads the Big Ten and ranks seventh nationally in free throw percentage at 91.7 percent (111-of-121).
In the series history, Ohio State leads 37-26 overall and has won five of the last six meetings. OSU leads 18-8 all-time in games played in Columbus.
Head coach Sharon Versyp is in her fifth season in West Lafayette with a record of 106-57 overall. She has led Purdue to two Big Ten tournament championships and two NCAA tournament Elite Eight appearances..
Last Time Out
Ohio State suffered its third straight defeat Feb. 6, dropping a 74-68 decision to Northwestern at Value City Arena. Ohio State led by eight, 52-44, with 13:05 left before a 19-2 by Northwestern over the next 10 minutes put the Wildcats in control, 63-54, with 3:50 left. The Wildcats went inside early and often to senior Amy Jaeschke, who scored 19 of her game-high 29 in the second half. The Buckeyes, who shot well at 50.9 percent, slowly chipped away at Northwestern’s lead, but 10 second-half turnovers and the inability to get stops defensively ultimately let the Wildcats escape with the win. Jantel Lavender (16) and Ashley Adams (18) combined for 34 points and Samantha Prahalis notched her first career triple double with 13 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. Tayler Hill chipped in with 11, four assists and four steals. A seesaw first half saw six ties and 12 lead changes as Ohio State led 34-32 at the break. The Buckeyes shot 57.1 percent in the first 20 minutes, dominating the paint area as Adams (10) and Lavender (11) combined for 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting.
Last Time vs. Purdue
Jantel Lavender had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Buckeyes held Purdue scoreless for more than 12 minutes to coast to a 75-45 win in Columbus, Feb. 11, 2010. Tayler Hill added 14 points and Samantha Prahalis had nine points and 11 assists for the Buckeyes who ran their home record to 18-0 — the best in program history. No one scored in double figures for Purdue (led by KK Houser’s nine points), which had two lengthy scoring droughts in the first half even before going 12:20 without scoring a point and going almost 14 minutes without a field goal over another span. Purdue shot just 23 percent from the field and had 19 turnovers. The Buckeyes shot 57 percent in taking a 41-16 lead at the half and ended up shooting 52 percent.
Noting The Buckeyes
• Ohio State currently has an RPI ranking of No. 28 according to Realtimerpi.com and boasts the fifth-toughest schedule in the country.
• In its four Big Ten wins, Ohio State is scoring 75.5 points per game while holding opponents to 61.8 ppg (+13.7), 34.0 percent from the field and 14.9 percent from three. In its six losses, the Buckeyes have scored 64.2 ppg while opponents have averaged 73.3 points (-9.1), shot 43.8 percent from the field and 42.0 percent from three-point range.
• Coach Jim Foster used his fifth different starting lineup combination Jan. 24 vs Iowa, inserting freshman Ashley Adams for the injured Sarah Schulze who is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a severe right knee sprain.
• Nine of Ohio State’s 12 non-conference opponents – Temple, LSU, Eastern Michigan, ETSU, Virginia, Oklahoma, Syracuse, UConn and Duquesne – each won at least 20 games last season, including five that went to the NCAA tournament, two to the Final Four and three to the WNIT.
• With the win over No. 9 Michigan State Jan. 16, Ohio State picked up its first win over a top 10 opponent since Dec. 20, 2006 when No. 8 Ohio State defeated No. 3 Oklahoma in Norman, 74-67.
• Ohio State is 3-2 this season against ranked teams, defeating No. 9 Michigan State, No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 18 Iowa while falling to No. 1 UConn and No. 21 Iowa on the road.
• Ohio State is averaging 72.6 points per game this season, second best in the Big Ten. They have scored 70 or more 12 times, at least 80 eight times and one 90-point game in a 95-84 win over No. 11 Oklahoma.
• Ohio State is 11-2 this season when scoring 70+ points and 2-7 when scoring fewer. They went 25-0 last season when scoring 70 or more and 6-5 when scoring fewer.
• Defensively, OSU has allowed just one team to shoot 50 percent this season. That team was No. 1 UConn (.500) Dec. 19 at Madison Square Garden. Ohio State also held No. 9 Michigan State, winners of 14 straight games coming in, to its second-lowest point total of the season while holding the Spartans to 29.0 percent shooting.
• Ohio State is 137-13 at home overall under Jim Foster and 110-9 since the start of 2004-05.
• Ohio State has made more free throws (347) than opponents have attempted (334) this season, which has been a recipe for success for the Buckeyes in recent years. Ohio State is 12-3 this year and 81-9 since the start of the 2007-08 season when they make more than its opponents at the line. Last season Ohio State made 125 more free throws (573) than opponents attempted (448) and went 27-3 when they made more than the opposition.
#42 JANTEL LAVENDER
• Lavender tied Katie Smith’s school record of 124 consecutive starts Sunday against Northwestern. Her next start will give her the record outright.
• Lavender ranks second in the Big Ten and eighth in the NCAA in scoring at 22.4 ppg. She also leads the Big Ten and ranks 13th in the NCAA with 11.0 rebounds.
• With 2,537 points, Lavender is 41 points shy of breaking Katie Smith’s school scoring record of 2,578. With 26 points at Penn State Jan. 30, she became just the second Buckeye and the third player in Big Ten history to eclipse 2,500 points. Lavender is on pace to break Katie Smith’s school record of 2,578 points with her career average of 20.5 ppg. She is 382 points shy of Kelly Mazzante’s Big Ten record of 2,919 points set from 2001-04 while at Penn State.
• Two weeks ago Jantel became the Big Ten’s all-time leading rebounder in the game against Michigan. She now has 1,295 entering Thursday’s game. She broke the 26-year-old record of 1,273 previously held by Indiana’s Denise Jackson.
• Lavender recorded 22 points and 22 rebounds in the win over Indiana Jan. 5. Her 22 boards set a Value City Arena record and were the most by a Buckeye since Martha Baker grabbed 22 in a game back in 1976.
• Lavender has scored in double figures in all 124 career games, the longest active streak in Division I and one shy of the NCAA record. The NCAA record for most consecutive double-figure scoring games is 125 by Mississippi State’s LaToya Thomas from 1998-2002, doing so in all 125 career games. The record for most double-figure scoring games overall is 134 by Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris from 2006-2009 (137 games).
#21 SAMANTHA PRAHALIS
• Prahalis notched her first career triple-double with 13 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds against Northwestern Feb. 6. It marked the first triple-double since Jessica Davenport in 2007.
• Prahalis is second on the team with 14.0 ppg and leads the Big Ten with 6.5 assists per game — good for fourth in the NCAA.
• Prahalis scored a season-high 25-points against Michigan Jan. 27 when she tied a career high with five made three-point field goals.
• Prahalis scored 23 points in the win over Indiana Jan. 5, hitting three 3FG’s. Against No. 18 Iowa, she recorded 10 points, 8 assists and 3 steals while holding Iowa’s top scorer, Jamie Printy, to just 2-of-8 from the field and 1-of-5 from three.
• Prahalis (616 assists) is just the second Buckeye to record 1,000 points and 600 assists in a career, joining Jamie Lewis. Prahalis is currently second on Ohio State’s all-time list in only her junior season, trailing Lewis’ record of 643.
#4 TAYLER HILL
• Hill is averaging 12.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals.
• Hill scored a season-high 18 points in the loss at Penn State Sunday, going 4-of-5 from the field and 9-of-10 from the free throw line.
• Hill has went to the free throw line a team-high 137 times this season, shooting 76.6 percent from the stripe overall.
#40 BRITTANY JOHNSON
• Johnson is the team leader with 48 3FGs. She has 24 3FGs in her last seven games and 20 in her last five.
• Johnson scored a season-high 22 on a career-high tying seven 3-pointers in the win at Illinois Jan. 20.
• Johnson needs two points to reach 900 for her career. She is on pace to reach the 1,000-point mark by season’s end if she maintains her 10.7 ppg average.
#33 ASHLEY ADAMS
• Over the last five games freshman Ashley Adams has recorded 56 points (11.2 ppg), 31 rebounds, 13 assists, 10 blocked shots and five steals.
• In her last outing she scored a season-high 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting against Northwestern.
• Adams came off the bench in the win over Illinois Jan. 20 to record 13 points, nine boards, four assists, five blocks and three steals. That game earned her first career start the next game against No. 18 Iowa where she scored 16 points while grabbing seven rebounds, handing out three assists and recording two more steals in the process. She then won Big Ten freshman of the week honors for her efforts.
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