COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jantel Lavender scored 24 of her game-high 28 points in the first half to lead No. 18 Ohio State to a 92-58 victory over Army Sunday in Columbus where the Buckeyes are 67-3 since the start of the 2004-05 season.
The Buckeyes were in control from the outset and led 45-32 at halftime until Alison Jackson’s layup at the 17:02 mark of the second half sparked a 19-0 run to blow the game wide open. Jackson had six points during the run while Star Allen addded nine.
Allen finished with 14 points and Ashlee Trebilcock had 11. Jackson finished with nine in her second career start.
“Offensively, I think we could have a played a little different, but we will learn as the season goes on,” Ohio State coach Jim Foster said. “I think we played hard. We adjusted some things in the second half and did a better job.”
Ohio State’s defense was equally impressive, forcing 25 turnovers and turning them into 38 points.
“We played full court man-to-man defense today,” Foster said. “You’ll see us do a lot of pressing this season. We’ll extend the zone. This season, they’ll be some zones and pressing to go with man-to man.”
Erin Anthony scored 14 and Alex McGuire added 12 for the Black Knights (0-2).
Freshman guard Samantha Prahalis had nine points, seven assists and three steals for the Buckeyes despite picking up her fourth foul with 16:21 remaining in the game.
Lavender was nearly unstoppable in the first half. She was 9-for-10 from the field and hit six of seven free throws. She finished 11-of-13 overall and recorded the 15th double-double of her career.
Ohio State is back in action Wednesday, Nov. 19 when they play host to Syracuse. Game time is 7 p.m.
The Associated Press contributed to this story
Friday was the second meeting between Ohio State and Army. OhioState also won Nov. 12, 2006 in West Point, 77-41.
Winning 48-37 with 17:13 left in the game, Ohio State used a 19-0run spanning more than 7 minutes to take a 67-37 lead.
Ohio State has won 78-consecutive games at home against unrankedopponents.
Ohio State is 67-3 at home since the start of the 2004-05season.
The Buckeyes are 94-7 all-time at home under head coach JimFoster.
The 92 points scored by the Buckeyes were the most since scoring 97on Dec. 17, 2006 in a 97-52 win against Howard.
Ohio State scored 47 second-half points, the most since scoring 47last year in the first half against Penn State Jan. 28, 2008 inColumbus.
Jantel Lavender had 24 points in the first half and finished with28 in the game on 11-of-13 shooting.
Lavender recorded her second double-double in as many games and the15th of her career with 28 points and 10 rebounds. She is averaging24.0 points and 14.5 rebounds through the first two games.
Lavender has scored in double figures in all 33 career games.
Star Allen finished with 14 points and five rebounds and was 5-of-7from the floor.
Ohio State made 27-of-34 FT’s. They are 47-60 at the linethrough the first two games.
Freshman Samantha Prahalis dished out seven assists in her secondcareer start to go along with nine points, despite sitting most ofthe second half from foul trouble.
Dave Magarity, Army head coach
On the game
“We knew coming in that it was going to be a huge challenge. Just the size difference was huge. I mean we have some height, 6’2”, but it really was big. And (Jantel Lavender) is really an amazing player. I’m shocked that she only had 28 points after scoring 24 in the first half.”
On Ohio State’s full court pressure
“I’m a little concerned about that pressure. I thought what the heck is (Jim Foster) doing? But I’m glad that we had to learn how to face that kind of pressure today.”
On Army’s performance
“We’re better than we played tonight. But Ohio State is going to be something special this year.”
Ohio State head coach Jim Foster
On the game
“Offensively, I think we could have a played a little different, but we will learn as the season goes on. I think we played hard. We adjusted some things in the second half and did a better job.”
“We played full court man-to-man defense today. You’ll see us do a lot of pressing this season. We’ll extend the zone. This season, they’ll be some zones and pressing to go with man-to man.”
“Dave has a young team and what I like about them is they kept doing what they do well. They run the hand-off well and we had to defend that for 40 minutes. They have discipline and they understand what they need to do to be successful.”
Alison Jackson, sophomore guard
On her second start
“This being my second game, it took some pressure off. It was my first college start (Friday). Today, I went in there and tried to eliminate the jitters and the turnovers.”
“We try to mix it up in practice. We play with the starting five to see different looks and to get some experience playing against different players.”
Jantel Lavender, sophomore center
On the game
“The first game everyone was nervous and excited to play. Today I was ready from the beginning. I was prepared for the traps. Today, I was more aware of my teammates. I found my teammates and finding Star instead of dribbling and getting trapped.”
On the game
“We were patient and we tried to reverse the ball more. When we reverse the ball, it opens the court more. When we’re patient, we can be a very effective team and when I’m low and deep at the post, I can be a very effective player.”
Star Allen, senior forward
On the team
“This team is more athletic than the team two years ago. We figure a lot out as we go, we don’t figure out everything, but we figure out a lot.”
On the younger players
“We have a lot of faith in the younger kids on the team. Jantel moves a lot more which forces me to move around a lot more.”