The Buckeye Women

Last night Kish and I decided to take it easy and stay at home, and I decided to watch some basketball.  As I did some channel-surfing I stumbled upon the Big Ten network and the pregame show for a semi-final game in the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament between Ohio State and Wisconsin.  Basketball is basketball, so I decide to watch a bit.

Jantel Lavender

It turned out to be an exciting, offense-oriented, up-and-down game, and I watched it from beginning to end.  After trailing for virtually the entire game, Ohio State finally pulled away at the end, winning 82-73.  I came away very favorably impressed by the skills and athleticism of the women on both teams.  In Ohio State’s case, the team seems to be well-stocked with excellent players, led by unflappable low-post star Jantel Lavender, who seems able to hit bank shots from anywhere around the key and drains her free throws, and Samantha Prahalis, a scrappy, emotional, dribble-between-the legs point guard who can hit the three-pointer, make the no-look pass, or drive to the hoop.  Together, they scored 56 points.

Not having a daughter, I’ve never followed women’s sports.  I know some guys don’t like women’s basketball because there are no dunks, but I appreciate the kind of team basketball that was on display in yesterday’s game.  The Buckeyes will play Iowa for the tournament championship at 4:30 this afternoon.  The game will be televised on ESPN2, and I’ll be watching.

UPDATE:  The Buckeye women came from 16 points down to edge Iowa in the closing seconds.  Jantel Lavender was tremendous, scoring a career high 35 points to lead the Buckeyes to victory.

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