Iowa's Solverson and Ohio State's Lavender Share Weekly Honors

March 3, 2008

Johanna Solverson, IOWA
Sr., F, 6-2, Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich

Solverson takes home her second career weekly honor and her second of the season after helping Iowa clinch a share of the Big Ten Conference title. Against Northwestern on Thursday, Solverson netted 13 points on .500 (6-of-12) shooting with six assists, four rebounds and three steals. On Sunday at Wisconsin, the senior scored a career-high 31 points on a career-high 12 field goals, adding three boards, two helpers and one steal as the Hawkeyes clinched their first Big Ten title since 1998. On the week, Solverson averaged 22 points, 3.5 rebounds, four assists and two steals while shooting .563 from the field and .455 from beyond the arc.

Last IOWA POW: Johanna Solverson (2/11/08)

Jantel Lavender, OSU
Fr., C, 6-4, Cleveland, Ohio/Central Catholic

Lavender takes home her fourth career weekly award after helping the Buckeyes claim a share of the Big Ten title. Lavender averaged 19.3 points, 11.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists over three games last week, posting double-doubles against Penn State and Northwestern to close out the season. The freshman's best performance came on the road against the Lady Lions on Thursday when she netted a career-high 36 points, grabbed 16 boards and dished out six assists in a three-point Buckeye win. Lavender has accumulated 12 double-doubles this season, which ranks among the best totals in the nation for a freshman. She has also scored in double digits in each of Ohio State's 29 games this year. Lavender is the first freshman in Big Ten history to earn four Player of the Week honors.

Last POW: Jantel Lavender (1/14/08)