Athletics Good Stuff

Dec. 6, 2011

Athletes of the Week

  • Tayler Hill led the women's basketball team to two big wins last week over Florida State and on the road at #18 Oklahoma. She averaged 25.5 points per game, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 steals, 3.0 assists and hit six 3-pointers while playing 82 total minutes in two games. In the overtime win over LSU, Hill converted the tying basket at the regulation buzzer to send the game into overtime. She finished the game with a career-high 31 points and also registered career bests in FGs (11), 3FGs (4) and steals (6). In the win at Oklahoma Dec. 4, Hill played all 40 minutes, scoring 20 points and dishing out five assists. She was 8 of 9 from the FT line to help put the game away in the final minutes.

  • Mariah Booth, a middle blocker from Kennesaw, Ga., combined for 19 kills and 13 blocks last weekend and helped guide the Ohio State women's volleyball team to its second-consecutive Sweet Sixteen appearance at the 2011 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championships. In the Buckeyes' opening round win over Middle Tennessee State, Booth finished with three block assists and 10 kills, hitting a team-best .474 at the net. In the 3-2 upset over 14th-seeded Tennessee, the 6-2 junior totaled nine kills and led the team with 10 blocks (2s, 8a). Up 13-12 in the fifth set, a block and kill by Booth solidified the 15-12 victory and the match win. She finished the weekend hitting .341 at the net and also tallied three service aces.

    No. 2 Men's Basketball (8-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
    Head coach: Thad Matta

  • Jared Sullinger scored 21 points and three teammates were close behind as No. 2 Ohio State roared out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back in beating third-ranked Duke 85-63 Nov. 29 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
  • Evan Ravenel scored a career-high 11 points in place of Sullinger and No. 2 Ohio State beat Texas Pan-American 64-35 Dec. 3 to give coach Thad Matta his 300th career win.

    No. 17 Women's Basketball (7-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
    Head coach: Jim Foster

  • Ohio State senior point guard Samantha Prahalis has been named the Big Ten player of the week in recognition of her performance last week in wins over Howard, Stony Brook and LSU. Prahalis posted a pair of 20-point games, averaging 20.3 points, 8.7 assists and 6.0 rebounds while recording a +6.5 assist/turnover ratio with 26 assists and just 4 turnovers in three games as Ohio State improved to 5-0.
  • Prahalis has been named to the 2011-12 Naismith Women's watch list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Nov. 30.
  • Tayler Hill had a career-high 31 points, including 20 after halftime and five in overtime, to lead No. 17 Ohio State to a 78-75 win against Florida State Nov. 30 in the Big/Ten ACC Challenge.
  • Hill scored 20 points, Prahalis added 19 and Ohio State made its first nine shots of the game in a 69-63 win over No. 18 Oklahoma Dec. 4 in the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge.

    Football (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten)
    Head coach: Luke Fickell

  • Ohio State freshman quarterback Braxton Miller has earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors, the conference office announced Nov. 28. The Huber Heights, Ohio, native posted career highs in total offense (335 yards), completions (14) and passing yards (235) in a 40-34 loss at Michigan Nov. 26. Miller ran for 100 yards with a touchdown on 16 carries while completing 14 of 25 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith announced Nov. 28 that he has named alumnus Urban Meyer head coach of the University's football program. Meyer, who has the all-time 10th-highest winning percentage among head coaches, returns to the institution from which he earned his master's degree and where he began his collegiate coaching career.
  • Ohio State junior defensive lineman John Simon was named to the 2011 All-Big Ten First Team Nov. 28 by the coaches. Senior center Mike Brewster, senior linebacker Andrew Sweat and junior safety C.J. Barnett earned second team All-Big Ten honors by the coaches while Simon and senior offensive tackle Mike Adams garnered second team laurels from the media. Sweat also was named the Buckeyes' Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.
  • Miller, was named the Big Ten Conference's Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year Nov. 30. The award is named in honor of Darrell Thompson, from the University of Minnesota, and Indiana University's Antwaan Randle El.
  • The Ohio State Buckeyes will meet the Florida Gators in the 2012 Gator Bowl. The game will kick off at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2 in Jacksonville, Fla. The site is EverBank Field (77,511) and it will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

    Men's Gymnastics
    Head coach: Rustam Sharipov

  • Ohio State held its annual Scarlet and Gray Intrasquad Dec. 4 at Steelwood Athletic Training Facility. The Gray squad won 257.200-255.400 against Scarlet with the Top 3 scores on each event counted in the final results.

    No. 7 Men's Ice Hockey (12-3-1, 9-2-1 CCHA)
    Head coach: Mark Osiecki

  • No. 7-ranked Ohio State moved its winning streak to eight and unbeaten streak to 10 with a 5-2 victory over No. 11 Lake Superior State Dec. 2 in Value City Arena.
  • Buckeye sophomore Chris Crane's third-period goal broke a 1-all tie and carried No. 7-ranked Ohio State to a 2-1 victory over No. 11 Lake Superior State Dec. 3 in Value City Arena.

    Women's Ice Hockey (9-5-2, 6-5-1-1 WCHA)
    Head coach: Nate Handrahan

  • Ohio State senior forward Natalie Spooner was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Nov. 30. The honor is the second of the season for Spooner and the eighth of her career.
  • With both teams only scoring in the first period, Ohio State concluded game one of its series with Niagara in a 1-1 tie at the OSU Ice Rink Dec. 2.
  • Senior Laura McIntosh had four assists and five different Buckeyes scored to propel Ohio State to a 5-2 victory Dec. 3 in the final game of the two-game series with non-conference opponent Niagara at the OSU Ice Rink.

    Men's Swimming and Diving
    Head coach: Bill Wadley and Vince Panzano

  • Ohio State led start to finish against a strong field at this weekend's sixth annual OSU Invitational. Final team scores for the men: Ohio State 1567.5; Purdue 733.5; Penn State 629; Michigan State 418; Notre Dame (diving only) 83.

    Women's Swimming and Diving
    Head coach: Bill Dorenkott and Vince Panzano

  • With another meet record in a relay, Ohio State finished with a strong performance Dec. 4 to capture the team title at the sixth annual OSU Invitational. Final team scores for the women: Ohio State 981.50; Penn State 815; Purdue 759.5; Notre Dame 718; Michigan State 311.

    Women's Volleyball (21-14, 9-11 Big Ten)
    Head coach: Geoff Carlston

  • Ohio State women's volleyball junior Mari Hole was named to the 2011 All-Big Ten team and junior Emily Danks earned All-Big Ten Honorable Mention, the league office announced Nov. 29. The teams were selected by a vote of the conference coaches and were based on conference play.
  • Ohio State notched a 3-1 (25-23, 25-27, 25-21, 25-18) win over Middle Tennessee State to open the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship Dec. 1.
  • Ohio State battled its way to a Sweet Sixteen berth for the second-consecutive season with an upset victory over host and 14th-seeded Tennessee , 3-2 (23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 15-12), Dec. 2 at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn.

    Head coach: Tom Ryan

  • Behind five true freshmen and a pair of redshirt freshmen, sixth-ranked Ohio State captured the 2011 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational Dec. 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

    Ohio State Athletics Schedule
    Dec. 5-18

    Dec. 9
    Wrestling vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
    Pittsburgh, Pa.

    Men's Ice Hockey vs. Miami (OH), 7:05 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

    Men's Track at Kent State Early Bird, All Day
    Kent, Ohio

    Dec. 10
    Women's Basketball vs. Canisius, 12 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

    Women's Ice Hockey vs. Minnesota, 3:07 p.m.
    Minneapolis, Minn.

    Men's Basketball vs. Kansas, 3:15 p.m.
    Lawrence, Kan.

    Men's Ice Hockey vs. Miami (OH), 7:05 p.m.
    Oxford, Ohio

    Men's Track, Kent State Early Bird, All Day
    Kent, Ohio

    Dec. 11
    Wrestling vs. Kent State, 1 p.m.
    Kent, Ohio

    Women's Ice Hockey, 3:07 p.m.
    Minneapolis, Minn.

    Dec. 13
    Women's Basketball vs. Southern, 7:30 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

    Dec. 14
    Men's Basketball vs. South Carolina-Upstate, 7:30 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

    Dec. 17
    Men's Basketball at South Carolina, 12 p.m.
    Columbia, S.C.

    Women's Basketball at California, 5 p.m.
    Berkeley, Calif.

    Dec. 18
    Wrestling vs. Indiana, 2 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena