Cleveland native is the first Big Ten Player of the Week honoree this season, winning the award for the fifth time in her young career 

COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State sophomore center Jantel Lavender has earned the first Big Ten player of the week for the season in recognition of her performance last weekend with wins over Butler and Army.  She averaged 24.0 points and 14.5 rebounds in the two games.

Lavender recorded double-doubles in both games, making them the 14th and 15th double-doubles of her career, while dropping 20 or more points in each game to extend her double-digit scoring streak to 33. 

In Ohio State’s season-opener against the Bulldogs on Friday, Lavender recorded 20 points with a career-high 19 rebounds, also adding four blocked shots and three steals as the Buckeyes earned the 75-56 win. Versus the Black Knights on Sunday, the Cleveland, Ohio, native shot 11-for-13 (.846) from the floor to put in 28 points, also grabbing 10 boards with four blocks in a 92-58 win.  Lavender scored 24 of her points in the first half. 

On the weekend, the 6-4 center shot .621 from the floor and .667 from the free-throw line to combine for 48 total points. 

Lavender, who became the first Ohio State freshman to receive Big Ten Player of the Week honors since Katie Smith in 1993 last season, has now earned the award for her fifth time.

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