March 2, 2009
BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
So., C, 6-4, Cleveland, Ohio/Central Catholic
Lavender collects her fifth Player of the Week award this season after leading the Buckeyes to their fifth consecutive Big Ten Championship. The sophomore dropped 21 points on 8-of-13 (.615) shooting, while also grabbing 13 boards and adding an assist and a block as Ohio State beat Wisconsin on Thursday to clinch at least a share of the title on Thursday. Against Penn State on Sunday, the 6-4 center scored 28 points, shooting 58 percent (11-of-19) from the field, recording 12 boards, a pair of assists and a steal in the 74-63 OSU win that gave the Buckeyes the outright conference crown. For the week, Lavender averaged 24.5 points while shooting 59.4 percent from the floor with 12.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Her five weekly awards tie the Big Ten’s single-season record and give her nine in her career, tying her for third on the Big Ten’s all-time list.
Last OSU POW: Jantel Lavender (Star Allen, Feb. 24, 2009)