COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sophomore center Jantel Lavender picked up her second conference honor in as many weeks when she was named the Big Ten co-player of the week Tuesday by the Big Ten conference. The Cleveland, Ohio, native was recognized for her performance last week against Syracuse and No. 20 Auburn. She shares the honor this week with Purdue’s FahKara Malone.
Lavender recorded a pair of double-doubles and two 20-point games as Ohio State defeated Syracuse and dropped a close overtime decision to No. 20 Auburn on the road last week. The sophomore has recorded a double-double with at least 20 points in each of her four games this season. Against Syracuse on Wednesday, Lavender scored 22 points on .818 shooting, also grabbing 10 rebounds, dishing out two assists, swatting three blocks and recording one steal.
At Auburn Sunday, Lavender netted another 20 points while grabbing 12 boards and tallying a career-high seven assists. With her latest efforts, Lavender has scored in double-digits in each of her 35 career games while tallying 17 career double-doubles. The weekly award is her second this season and the sixth of her career, tying her for sixth on the Big Ten’s all-time chart.
The Buckeyes are in action at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Value City Arena against Hartford. You can watch the game live on the Big Ten Network.