Jan. 13, 2009
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GET TO KNOW HER
Janessa Wolff, Penn State
Janessa Wolff has excelled in the classroom as a Lady Lion as she posted a 4.0 in each of her first two semesters at Penn State. One of seven children, it is no surprise that she is majoring in child psychology. Wolff's talents are not just limited to the classroom and the basketball court, she surprised her teammates by singing the National Anthem at "Senior Day" last season, bringing down the house and the crowd to their feet.
With a win at Illinois on Monday, Ohio State extended its overall winning streak to eight games, which is tied for 12th among active streaks in all of NCAA Division I. The streak is the third-longest in the conference this season, trailing Wisconsin’s 10-gamer and Indiana’s nine-game run. During this eight-game stretch, the Buckeyes are out-scoring opponents by almost 18 points per game and out-rebounding their foes by over eight boards per contest.
Top 10 List
When NCAA stats were released on Monday, Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender ranked as the only player in NCAA Division I to rank in the nation’s top 10 in scoring and rebounding. The sophomore center leads the Big Ten with 21.2 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. In fact, no other player in the NCAA ranked in the top 30 in scoring and rebounding. The next closest was Long Island’s Ashley Palmer who is 32nd in scoring and 28th in rebounding.
The 500 Club
With four assists against Indiana on Sunday, Penn State’s Brianne O’Rourke became the 22nd all-time member of the Big Ten’s 500 career assists club. With 503 helpers to her name, she is the only active conference player with over 500 assists and the fourth Lady Lion on the Big Ten’s list. In Penn State history, O’Rourke is the eighth player to reach the 500 assists plateau. She currently ranks third in the conference with 4.93 assists per game.
Within the top-six RPI conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, SEC and Pac-10), Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender (21.2 ppg, 11.5 rpg) is the only player to lead a conference in both scoring and rebounding. With Lavender and Northwestern’s Amy Jaeschke (16.0 ppg, 9.1 ppg) both among the conference’s top five in scoring and rebounding, the Big Ten joins the Big 12 and Pac-10 as the only three top-six conferences that boasts two players ranking among the conferences’ top five in both scoring and rebounding.
Illinois’ Jenna Smith has scored in double figures in each of her last 25 games, while Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender has accomplished the feat in each of her 47 career contests. Each player ranks among the NCAA’s current top 10 in double-digit scoring streaks with Lavender in sixth and Smith in 10th.
Glad to Assist You
Ohio State’s Samantha Prahalis leads the conference and ranks ninth in the NCAA with 6.3 assists per game, making her the only freshman in the top 10 of that category. Furthermore, Prahalis was the only freshman to rank in the top 10 of any of the three major offensive categories (points, rebounds, assists) when NCAA stats were released on Monday. The next highest freshman on the list was Tulane’s Brett Benzio, who is 13th in the nation in rebounds.
DeHaan Swats the Competition
Already one of the most prolific shot blockers in Michigan State, Big Ten and NCAA history, junior Allyssa DeHaan could become the conference’s all-time leader in just 10 games. With 349 swats to her name, DeHaan is blocking shots at a rate of 3.63 per game. She is currently 18 blocks behind Michigan’s Trish Andrew (1989-93) and at her current pace, would tie the second-place mark of 367 in five games and overtake it in six. DeHaan is 35 blocks shy of Ohio State’s Jessica Davenport’s record-setting mark of 384, needing 10 more games at her current pace to become the conference’s new leader.
Northwestern’s overtime loss to Purdue on Sunday marked the team’s 11th game decided by 10 or fewer points this season, which is a Big Ten-high. The Wildcats are 3-8 in those games. Included in that record are one win and six losses to teams ranked or receiving votes at the time of the contest. The chart below outlines Northwestern’s close margins versus top teams.
Team Rank Result Margin
Kansas State rv/rv L -5
Marquette rv/- L -1
at DePaul rv/rv L -9
Ohio State 17/17 L -9
Wisconsin rv/rv W +3
Purdue -/rv L -10 (OT)
Four Named to Naismith Watch List
Four Big Ten women’s basketball players were named to the Naismith Trophy early season watch list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Dec. 19. Illinois’ Jenna Smith, Michigan State’s Allyssa DeHaan, Northwestern’s Amy Jaeschke and Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender are among the 50-member list currently in the running for one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards. Jaeschke and Lavender are two of eight sophomores to make the cut.
Blogging with the Big Ten
The Big Ten Conference launched its women’s basketball blog last week. The blog is a one-stop-shop for all things Big Ten women’s basketball including previews, recaps, box scores and highlights. The blog can be found here: http://bigten.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/010609aaf.html
Get ‘Em While They’re Hot
All-session tickets for the 2009 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament are on sale now at all 11 Big Ten university ticket offices, the Conseco Fieldhouse box office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (317) 239-5151. All-session tickets are on sale for $45 for the first 45 days of the public sale, which is a $20 discount from the regular price of $65. The $45 in 45 days promotion ends Jan. 19. For more information, visit www.BigTen.org.