Big Ten Freshman of the year in 2008 has biggest supporter on Buckeye bench

Ohio State looks to climb back in the win column Tuesday vs. Hartford at 6:30 p.m. in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes, coming off an overtime loss at No. 20 Auburn Sunday, can be seen tonight live on Big Ten Network. Fans also can listen to the action on Buckeye Vision at

Best of Friends

by Larry Watts

Jantel Lavender’s toughest critic has a reserved seat right on the bench of the Ohio State women’s basketball team.

No, it’s not head coach Jim Foster, although he would rank right up there. Nor is it any of Foster’s trusted assistants.

Lavender’s No. 1 critic, and her biggest fan, is one of the team managers — twin sister Jazmine.

~ The full story is available in the Official Game Day Magazine tonight vs. Hartford. Magazines are available for purchase on the main concourse of Value City Arena. ~

Game Day Fact:

Johnson Settling into Starting Role
Sophomore Brittany Johnson is starting to show the kind of form that enabled her to score more than 4,000 points in high school. Over the last two games, Johnson is averaging 10.0 points and has connected on six 3-pointers.

Game Day Vitals

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008 – 6:30 p.m. ET
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
No. 20 Ohio State (3-1, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. Hartford (3-1, 0-0 America East)

Radio/Internet – WOSU 820-AM/
P-by-P: Marty Bannister; Analyst: Toni Roesch

Television – Big Ten Network
Leah Secondo, Stephanie White