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Stokes’ defense on final play helps OSU women to victory

Amber Stokes (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

Amber Stokes, daughter of former Ohio State basketball star Ronnie Stokes, knows her job on the women’s team is to play a specific role and that is defense.

Like her dad during his playing days, she is cat-quick.

She came out of the final timeout in the Breslin Center with the Buckeyes leading by one point over #10 Michigan State and one job to do.

With 10 seconds left, #10 Michigan State got the ball to Jasmine Thomas on the inbounds pass beneath the Ohio State basket, Stokes picked her up so tight on defense that Thomas just kept dribbling the ball around while the clock was winding down. Thomas got the shot off but it did not go in.

The new Big Ten champion Spartans lost to the old Big Ten champion Buckeyes in front of 7,029 fans as their team lost 54-53.

The win was the fifth in a row for Ohio State (18-9, 9-6) and could help them get into the NCAA tournament.

Michigan State (24-4, 12-3), who clinched the Big Ten title outright after the game when Penn State lost to Purdue, made only one field goal the final 10:36 of the game.

Jantel Lavender led Ohio State with 24 points and 9 rebounds.

Info compiled from Ohio State news

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)