Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 5 p.m. ET
Mackey Arena West Lafayette, Ind.
# 19/17 Ohio State
(15-3, 6-1 Big Ten) at Purdue (13-6, 6-2 Big Ten)

Radio/Internet – WOSU 820-AM/ (Marty Bannister, Kristin Watt)

Television – ESPN2 (Beth Mowins, Mary Murphy)

Series Information
Series Record: OSU leads, 33-25
Last meeting: 2/18/08, OSU, 72-56 in Columbus
In West Lafayette: OSU leads, 14-12
Current streak: OSU-1
Next meeting: Feb. 5, 2009 in Columbus
2007-08 Series: Split, 1-1

COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 19/17 Ohio State (15-3, 6-1 Big Ten) travels to West Lafayette, Ind., at 5 p.m. ET Sunday for a nationally televised game against the Purdue Boilermakers (13-6, 6-2 Big Ten) on ESPN2.

Both teams are within a game of first-place Indiana in the Big Ten standings. Ohio State (6-1) is currently a half game behind Indiana (7-1) while Purdue and Michigan State sit at 6-2 heading into the weekend.

Closing in on 1,000
Sophomore Jantel Lavender has 936 points in 49 career games and has a chance to tie the great Katie Smith as the fastest Ohio State women’s basketball player to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Smith scored her 1,000th point in her 52nd career game and Lavender needs 64 points (21.3 ppg) over the next three games to tie Smith.
Ohio State players quickest to 1,000 points:
Katie Smith             1993-94 seasons (52 games)
Frani Washington   1978-79 seasons (56 games)
Jessica Davenport 2004-05 seasons (63 games)
Jantel Lavender     2008-09 seasons (936 points though 49 games)

Scouting Purdue
The Boilermakers are 13-6 and 6-2 in Big Ten play entering Sunday’s game. Their only two losses in conference play have been to Michigan State at home in overtime, 68-62, and last week on the road at Indiana, 71-57. Purdue’s resume includes a 66-55 win over then-No. 8 Texas on Jan. 5 in West Lafayette.

Senior Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, the 2007 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, is back this season after sitting out last year because of ACL surgery. She leads the team in both scoring and rebounding with 13.0 ppg and 9.3 rebounds. Lakisha Freeman is second in scoring with 11.5 ppg, followed by freshman Brittany Rayburn (9.7 ppg) and Danielle Campbell (8.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg).

Sharon Versyp is in her third season as head coach at Purdue with a 63-27 record in West Lafayette and 180-92 in nine seasons overall. Last season she led Purdue to the Big Ten tournament title and to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

The Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Purdue, 33-25. The two teams split the season series last year with each team winning on its home court. Last year at Purdue, the Buckeyes lost in the final seconds, 68-67, before winning in Columbus 12 days later, 72-56. Ohio State has a narrow edge in games played in Columbus, 14-12.

Fastbreak Points
Ohio State is currently ranked No. 11 in the latest RPI rankings and has the 11th-toughest schedule in the country according to Two of Ohio State’s three losses are to teams currently ranked in the Top 10 (No. 6 Auburn, No. 2 North Carolina).

Ohio State leads the Big Ten in scoring margin (+14.4) and FG percentage (.445) and ranks either second or third in scoring (69.7), fewest points allowed (55.3), FT percentage (.756), FG percentage defense (.352), rebounding (39.9), rebounding margin (+5.8), assists (16.0) and assist/turnover ratio (0.93).

Sophomore center Jantel Lavender leads the Big Ten in scoring (21.6 ppg) and rebounding (11.3 rpg) and ranks in the Top 10 nationally in both categories — the only player in NCAA Division I to rank in the Top 10 in both categories. She also leads the Big Ten with 13 20-point games this season and is third in the league in FG percentage (.529).

Lavender’s 27 career double-doubles in 49 career games trails only Indiana senior Whitney Thomas (29) for the career lead among active Big Ten players. Lavender has a Big Ten-best 14 this season.The Buckeyes are 22-5 when she records a double-double.

Lavender has scored in double-figures in all 49 career games. That streak currently ranks sixth in Division I among active players according to STATS, Inc.
   Current consecutive games of 10+ points:
   1.  Courtney Paris, Oklahoma 119
   2.  Robyn Fairbanks, Utah Valley St. 68
   3.  Rachele Fitz, Marist  54
   4.  Megan Frazee, Liberty 53
   5.  Morgan Warburton, Utah 52
   6.  Jantel Lavender, Ohio State 48

Freshman point guard Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten and ranks 13th nationally with 5.9 assists per game. She had a season-high 13 assists in the 9-point loss to No. 2 North Carolina Dec. 3. She is the only freshman in Division I to rank in the Top 15 in either scoring, rebounding or assists.

Prahalis’ 9.9 ppg is best among all freshmen in the Big Ten and is 23rd overall among all conference players. She also is among the league leaders in steals (1.89) and assist/turnover ratio (+1.45).

Prahalis has 107 assists on the season and is 61 shy of breaking Kim Wilburn’s freshman record of 168 assists set back in 2002-03.

Senior guard Ashlee Trebilcock is second in the Big Ten in 3FG percentage (.490, 24-49) while classmate Star Allen is second in the Big Ten in FG percentage (.568).

Junior Shavelle Little, the 2008 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, is third in the league with 2.65 steals per game. She has a total of 21 steals through her six Big Ten games, a Big Ten-best 3.5 per game in conference action.

Ohio State had its 86-consecutive game win streak against unranked teams at home snapped with its 59-56 loss to Minnesota Jan. 15. The last unranked team to win in Columbus was Penn State, Feb. 3, 2002.

Ohio State owns the seventh-best winning percentage (.838) and has the ninth-most wins (109) in all of women’s basketball during the last four full years.

The 19th-ranked Buckeyes have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for 89-consecutive weeks.

Ohio State owns the most Big Ten titles with 11. This season they are attempting to become the first team to win five in a row since the Ohio State teams from 1983-87.

Ohio State has had four Big Ten Player of the Year selections the last four seasons; Jessica Davenport in 2005-07 and Jantel Lavender in 2008.

Ohio State has won 69 of its last 79 (.873) Big Ten regular-season games and 37 of its last 39 (.948) at home. The Buckeyes won the last six games of the 2003-04 season, went 14-2 in 2004-05, 15-1 in 2006 and 2007 and went 13-5 during the expanded 18-game conference schedule last season.

Foster Going for 10th-Consecutive 20-Win Season
With five more wins, Ohio State will record its seventh-consecutive 20-win season. It would also mark the 23rd of coach Foster’s career, his 10th-consecutive overall and his seventh at OSU, the most of any coach at Ohio State. Last year he tied Nancy Darsch, who had six 20-win seasons in 12 years as head coach from 1985-97. Foster has done it each year at Ohio State since his first season in 2002-03, including a 30-win season in 2004-05.

Last Time Against Purdue in West Lafayette
A then career-best 30 points from freshman Jantel Lavender was not enough to lift the Buckeyes past Purdue in a battle for the top spot in the Big Ten Feb. 7, 2008 at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers held off Ohio State in the second half for the 68-67 victory and claimed a share of the No. 1 spot in the conference. Ashlee Trebilcock chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds for OSU. Guard Shavelle Little added seven points and a game-high seven steals for the Buckeyes. Purdue’s FahKara Malone scored a career-high 23 points. She was 5-of-7 from 3-point range and had five assists and five steals for the Boilermakers. Freeman put Purdue up 68-67 with a driving layup with 20 seconds left. OSU had a chance to win in the closing seconds, but Purdue’s Kalika France stole the ball, and the Boilermakers ran out the clock. Purdue took its first lead of the game when Malone hit a 3-pointer with 14:35 to play that made it 50-48. But later, a bucket and a 3-pointer by Trebilcock helped the Buckeyes trim Purdue’s lead to 58-57. Sarah Schulze scored from in close to give the Buckeyes a 59-58 lead with just under 7 minutes to go, and Lavender quickly followed with two baskets to increase the edge to 63-60. The Buckeyes maintained the lead until Malone drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key to put Purdue ahead, 66-65 with 1:24 to play. Lavender answered with a hook shot off the glass with a minute to go, and OSU took a 67-66 lead. The Buckeyes did not score again  OSU took a 27-13 lead in the first half before Purdue went on a 12-0 run. The Boilermakers held the Buckeyes scoreless for 5 1/2 minutes to cut their deficit to 27-25. OSU used a 7-0 run to go up, 38-30, but Purdue scored the last four points of the half and Ohio State led, 40-36, at the break.

Last Time Out – Buckeyes Bounce Back Behind Lavender’s 30 points
Jantel Lavender had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 19 Ohio State past Illinois 68-51. Lavender finished 15 of 24 from the field. The rest of the Buckeyes were just 14 of 36. Lavender had 18 points at the half as the Buckeyes grabbed a 36-27 lead. Aggressively looking for shots and grabbing almost every available rebound, she made 9 of 15 shots and also had eight rebounds. Jenna Smith had 19 points and Lydia McCully 11 for Illinois, which lost its 10th straight. Star Allen added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Ohio State, which had rolled over the Illini 67-35 on the road 11 days prior. Shavelle Little, last year’s Big Ten defensive player of the year, missed the loss to the Golden Gophers after injuring a knee. She returned to play 13 minutes. The Buckeyes bounced back from the rare home loss, 59-56 to Minnesota. That ended an eight-game winning streak and a string of 86 consecutive home victories over unranked opponents. Unlike the first game, the Illini stuck around. In the loss at home to Ohio State, they had trailed just 27-20 at the half but were outscored 40-15 in the second half. Down 8-6 early, the Buckeyes took the lead for good with a 7-0 run. Samantha Prahalis had a three-point play, Ashlee Trebilcock hit a 12-foot baseline jumper and Lavender scored inside. Illinois cut what had been a 16-point lead to 55-47 on a three-point play by Smith with 5:19 left. But the Buckeyes countered with two free throws by Allen, a perimeter jumper by Sarah Schulze and Maria Moeller’s three-point play to push the lead back to 62-47 with 3:53 left.

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