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Ohio State’s Prahalis named in Lieberman Award Final Eight

From OSU and wire reports

Sophomore Samantha Prahalis has been named one of eight finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate point guard in Division I women’s basketball.

The other final nominees include: Alison Lacey of Iowa State, Nadirah McKenith of St. John’s, DePaul’s Sam Quigley, Oklahoma State’s Andrea Riley, Oklahoma’s Danielle Robinson, Jasmine Thomas of Duke and Courtney Vanedsloot from Gonzaga.

An All-American and Big Ten player of the year candidate, Prahalis leads the Big Ten and ranks second nationally with 8 assists per game. She ranks third in the Big Ten with 18.5 ppg in conference play and has nine games with 20 or more points. The native of Commack, N.Y., scored a career-high 32 points in the win at No. 19 Michigan State January 9, earning Big Ten player of the week honors, an award she has won a team-high four times this season.  Samantha is just the second Division I player since 1999-2000 to average at least 16 points and 8 assists per game. Recently, she made a school- record 48 straight free throws, which was the second-best mark all-time in the Big Ten and fifth-longest in NCAA history.

The Nancy Lieberman Award committee announces the final nominees for the 11th Annual Award. The award is a national project of the Rotary Club of Detroit honoring the nation’s top collegiate point guard in women’s Division I basketball. The criteria for the award are for floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills that resembled the Hall of Famer, Nancy Lieberman during her career.

Sportswriters from across the country determines the final nominee list. They will select three finalists and one winner from this list at the beginning of August 2010. That announcement of the three finalists and one winner will be made during the Final Four Weekend, April 4-6, 2010.

This year’s award will be presented at a noon luncheon at The Detroit Athletic Club on April 21, 2010 in Detroit.

Samantha Prahalis (OSU)

Ohio State baseball coach Bob Todd gets 1,000th win

courtesy of OhioStateBuckeyes.com

Ohio State head coach Bob Todd picked up the 1,000th win of his career, a 20-9 victory over Richmond in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sunday afternoon. The ABCA Hall of Fame coach became just the 41st head coach in college baseball history to achieve the feat. Says Todd, “I have been in coaching for a long time and had some very talented players and assistant coaches.” “To win 1,000 is a great honor for me”.

12 Buckeyes had an RBI in the game including all nine starters. Matt Streng finished 2-5 with five runs scored and Chris Griffin finished 3-4 with a pair of RBI off the bench. Ryan Dews contributed three hits and two runs scored for the Buckeyes.

The baseball Buckeyes (3-0) will be back in action in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge Friday against South Florida in St. Petersburg, Fla., with game time being 4:30 pm.

GAME NOTES

For the second consecutive game, the Buckeyes forced their opponent to use a starting position player as a relief pitcher.

The last time an Ohio State team scored 40 runs in the first three games  was 1996.

Purdue deals Buckeyes key Big Ten loss

AP

When Ohio State looks back on their most recent loss, 60-57 to number 4 Purdue, several elements of the game will stick out: down 7-0 early, only nine field goals in the first half, 23 total points, 1 assist, 10 turnovers and most of all, a poorly played first 10 minutes of the game.

A sellout crowd of 19,049 knew that if it weren’t for Evan Turner’s 13 first half points, the halftime score would’ve been 36-10 instead of the actual 36-23.

The game started at an usual time of 6:30 pm, not the usual 7:00 start and it showed as Purdue dominated the first half, shooting 60 percent and were led by JaJuan Johnson with 15 points and reserve Keaton Grant scoring 11. Nowhere to be found was star forward Robbie Hummel, who blistered the Buckeyes in West Lafayette on January 12 for 35 points; he had O points and was in foul trouble with two.

Anyone who follows the Big Ten, knows that Purdue is very strong defensively. They hold opponents to 61.3 ppg and have forced several teams into long field goal droughts: Central Michigan into three droughts of 5 minutes each; held Alabama without a field goal the final 8:45 of regulation; Tennessee 7:58 of the second half; Penn State for a span of seven minutes and Wisconsin 6:51 of the second half. Ohio State felt the defensive pressure last night as well because they didn’t score a basket the first 3:19 of the game. The Buckeyes had three turnovers in a row and four of the first seven possessions.

In the second half, it was evident that Ohio State head coach Thad Matta had made key adjustments on offense as Evan Turner took control of the game and the defense employed a fullcourt press which made the Boilermakers very uncomfortable. Turner during the second scored on almost every possession and in the process, passed up Clark Kellogg on the OSU all-time scoring list and into 24th place.

William Buford, who took only two shots and scored no points in the first half, came out in the second and got open enough to score 5 straight points to cut the Purdue lead to 48-46 at the 9:44 mark.

After a Purdue time out at the 9:44 mark, the Buckeyes got too anxious and kept shooting threes the next four trips down the floor ended with no points. Purdue on the other hand, ran their offense and upped the lead to 60-52. They had a chance to tie the game at 60, but John Diebler’s 21-foot three-point shot hit high off the back of the rim and the Buckeyes lost their chance to take a half game lead on Michigan State and full game over Purdue. Instead, they’re trailing Purdue and Michigan State who are 10-3.

Purdue was led by center JaJuan Johnson with 24 points followed by E’twaum Moore with 15 and Keaton Grant adding 13. Ohio State was led by NBA prospect Evan Turner with a game-high 29.

Purdue now leads the series 82-81 and with the win, their first ever at Value City Arena (1-9) and the first in Columbus since February 7, 1998. The Boilermakers have won eight games in a row.

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GAME NOTEBOOK
Purdue’s Junior class trio of E’twaum Moore, JaJuan Johnson and Robbie Hummel are all 1,000 point scorers for the first time in a decade at the school. The trio are also team captains.

This is Purdue’s fourth straight 20-win season. In the Big Ten, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin join them in that group.

The senior tandem of Keaton Grant and Chris Kramer have the potential to rank among Purdue’s all-time leaders in terms of playing in Boilermaker victories. Currently they’ve won 96. The 1996 and 1997 classes lead the way with 98 wins.

Now in its 43rd year as the home of the Boilermakers, Mackey Arena has provided Purdue with one of the top home-court advantages in all of college basketball. Purdue won their 500th game there on January 5, beating Minnesota. The all-time record at Mackey is 504-115 (.814).

Ohio State sports in brief

compiled from staff and wire reports

WRESTLING

For the second time in four weeks, Lance Palmer, a senior wrestler, was named Big Ten wrestler of the week. The Buckeye from Columbia Station, Ohio. earned his first-career honor Jan 26.

This past weekend, the 149-pounder posted back-to-back pins against Top 20 opponents. Palmer downed number 18 Eric Terrazas of Illinois in 2:54 February 12 before pinning number 12 David Cheza of Michigan in 4:54 February 14 in St. John Arena on Senior Day.

Palmer enters his final regular-season match at Iowa with a 24-1 overall record and 7-0 ledger in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes will wrestle at 8 p.m. ET Friday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

BASEBALL

The preseason awards keep piling up for Ohio State junior catcher Dan Burkhart. This time it is first-team 2010 preseason All-America  from Rivals.com’s 2010 Baseball Team.

Rivals.com referred to Burkhart, last year’s Big Ten Conference Player of the Year after hitting .354 with 10 home runs and 62 RBI’s, as the “heart and soul of the Buckeyes” and “he is solid behind the plate and an excellent hitter.”

Burkhart had previously been named second-team preseason All-America by Ping! Baseball and by the National Baseball Writers Association of America.

Ohio State opens the 2010 season Friday in Jacksonville, Fla., at the University of North Florida. The Buckeyes will also play Florida  A& M and Richmond at North Florida’s home park, Harmon State over the weekend.

Lady Buckeyes Win Another Big Ten Title

By Dan Hock

MSN Staff Writer

The Ohio State women’s basketball team beat Minnesota at home on January 28, 81-58. On Sunday, the team and coaches knew that they would be in for a tougher fight in Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

With the score 45-45, OSU finally pulled away in the second half with an eight point run en route to an 64-59 win. The seventh ranked Buckeyes at 25-3 overall and 13-2 in the Big Ten which clinches another title.

The Buckeyes did not shoot the ball well at all from the field (35%) but made 26 of 30 from the free throw line which saved them.

Leading the way in scoring were Samantha Prahalis with 19 and Jantel Lavender adding 14.

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