Ohio State-Illinois Notes

March 6, 2009

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Ohio State

  • Ohio State is 21-13 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament with Friday's win against the Fighting Illini.
  • Head coach Jim Foster is now 10-5 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • No. 1 seeds improve to 13-2 in Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal games.
  • Ohio State leads the all-time series with Illinois 39-17 and has won all three meetings this season.
  • Ohio State is 19-0 this year when leading at the half.
  • Nine different Ohio State scored during the opening half.
  • Sophomore center Jantel Lavender finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds with three assists for her 21st double-double of the season and the 34th of her career. The Buckeyes are 28-6 over the past two years when Lavender records a double-double.
  • Lavender's 34 career double-doubles are the most among active Big Ten players.
  • Lavender has 109 points in six career games against Illinois (18.2 ppg).
  • Lavender has scored 10 or more points in all 61 career games, the fourth-longest active streak in Division I.
  • Lavender now has 1,175 career points and needs 20 more to break Katie Smith's record of 1,194 points in her first two seasons as a Buckeye.
  • Ohio State made 11 of its first 12 shots (91.7 percent) to start the game and led 26-10 at the second media timeout.
  • Senior forward Star Allen scored ten points with nine rebounds on Friday. She also recorded three steals with two assists.
  • Over the last six games, Allen has scored 101 points and is shooting 41-of-71 (.577 percent) from the field.
  • Freshman guard Samantha Prahalis dished out nine assists and now has 176 on the season. Prahalis' nine assists passes Kim Wilburn's Ohio State freshman record of 168 set during the 2002-03 season. Her nine assists breaks Wilburn's program mark (3/9/03) for most assists in a single Big Ten Tournament game.
  • Sophomore guard Brittany Johnson had 16 points, shooting a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor. Johnson shot 2-of-2 from behind the three-point line, adding two assists.


  • Illinois dips to 13-15 all-time in Big Ten Tournament games
  • No. 9 seeds are 1-7 all-time against No. 1 seeds in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. The lone exception came last year when Illinois pulled off a 64-58 win over the Buckeyes.
  • After three consecutive losses in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament (2002-04), Illinois has now advanced to at least the quarterfinals in each of the last five years.
  • Illinois falls to 0-6 against ranked opponents this season.
  • Junior center Jenna Smith had 23 points and eight rebounds against the Buckeyes, marking her 14th 20-point game this season. Smith also extended her double-digit scoring streak to 39 games.
  • Smith has led the team in scoring in 26 of 31 games this season. She now has 1,545 points in her career, which moves her to fifth on the all-time career points list in program history, passing Mandy Cunningham (1,536 from 1990-94).
  • Smith played in all 40 minutes of the game against Ohio State. Coming into the tournament, Smith was ranked fourth in the nation in minutes per game (38.7).
  • Illinois shot 14-of-16 from the free throw line.
  • Junior forward Lacey Simpson had 12 points and nine rebounds with four assists.
  • Illinois had three different players finish in double-digit scoring.
  • Freshman guard Lydia McCully had 14 points with two assists and was one point away from tying her career-high of 15 points set against South Dakota State (11/27/08).
  • Head coach Jolette Law is 4-2 in Big Ten Tournament games. In her second season, Law is 30-36 overall at Illinois.