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Jantel Lavender's Bio

About Jantel Lavender

Jantel Lavender

WNBA CAREER CAPSULE
● WNBA Champion (2016)
● WNBA Sixth Woman of the year (2016)
● WNBA All-Star (injury replacement player in 2015)

2018 (Los Angeles): Lavender played in 30 games and started seven during the Sparks 2018 regular
season. Lavender missed the first four games due to overseas commitments. Lavender scored a
season-high 23 points against the Indiana Fever on 7/20/18.

2017 (Los Angeles): Played 32 games off the bench… Averaged 17.3 mpg, 7.3 ppg, and 3.0 rpg… She
was the fifth leading scorer for the Los Angeles Sparks… Shot 22-26 (84.6%) from the free-throw line…
Scored in double-figures 9 times… Played a season-high 28 minutes vs. Seattle on 7/25… Had a
season-high 18 points @ San Antonio on 7/28.

2016 (Los Angeles): Named 2016 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year… Appeared in all 34 games as a
reserve… Averaged 9.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1.3 apg… Ranked 10th in the league in field goal percentage
(.538) – sixth consecutive season shooting 50 percent or better from the field… Ranked fourth on the
team in scoring, second in field goal percentage and third in rebounding… Scored in double figures on 17
occasions, including three games of 20 or more points… Tied her career high with 25 points at
Connecticut (7/15).

2015 (Los Angeles): Averaged 14.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 blocked shots in 34 regular
season games played – single-season career-high in each category… Selected as WNBA All-Star injury
replacement player, first All-Star nod in career… Only Sparks player to have played and started in all 34
games this season, a single-season career-high … Recorded 12 double-doubles – tied with forward
Candace Parker for most in the WNBA this season… Ranked second in minutes played (33.8 mpg)
among league leaders… Ranked fourth in total rebounds (281) and rebounds per game (8.3 rpg) among
league leaders… Ranked fifth in field goal percentage (.525) – fifth consecutive season shooting 50
percent or better from the field… Ranked seventh in blocked shots (1.2 bpg) among league leaders…
Recorded career-highs in defensive rebounds (11), blocked shots (5) and minutes played (43) this
season… Scored a season-high 24 points on August 30 versus San Antonio… Tied a career-high 13
rebounds twice this season… Recorded her 1500th point on August 30… Recorded her 100th blocked
shot on July 31 against Chicago.

2014 (Los Angeles): Started 27 of 34 games played…Averaged 11.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5
assists in 28.3 minutes per game…Finished ninth in league in field goal percentage (.527).

2013 (Los Angeles): Played in all 34 games and started three…Averaged career-high 7.2 points,
career-high 4.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists in career-high 16.8 minutes per game.

2012 (Los Angeles): Played 34 games, starting one contest…Averaged 5.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.5assists.

2011 (Los Angeles): Averaged 6.6 points and 3.1 rebounds during her rookie campaign, registering 11
double-digit scoring efforts and making three starts.

College: Attended Ohio State where she was the only player, male or female, to be selected Big Ten
Conference Player of the Year four straight seasons (2007-08 through 2010-11)… Scored in double
figures in each of her 136 games as a Buckeye, an NCAA record… Schools all-time career scoring leader
(2,818 points), while 1,422 rebounds are a Big Ten record… Holds OSU’s record for most consecutive
starts (136), which she obtained while leading the Buckeyes to three consecutive Big Ten tournament
championships… Four-year career averages of 20.7 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game…
Led Buckeyes to four straight NCAA Tournaments, including the Sweet 16 her final two years…
(2010-11): Named WBCA/State Farm and USBWA All-America for the third consecutive year… Named
Associated Press First Team All-America for the second straight season… (2009-10): Named Big Ten
Tournament Most Outstanding player for the second year in a row… First-ever Buckeye to eclipse 2,000
points as a junior… (2007-08): Became the first Big Ten freshman – male or female – to win Player of the
Year honors while averaging 17.6 ppg, 9.9 rpg and shot 51 percent from the field.

Personal: Born on Nov. 12, 1988 in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio… Daughter of Freddie and Robin
Lavender, has one brother, Freddie, and a twin sister, Jazmine… Brother played college football and
basketball… Attended Cleveland Central Catholic H.S. (Ohio), where she compiled 1,978 points, 1,278
rebounds and 527 assists in four varsity seasons; became the school’s all-time leading scorer and
rebounder as a junior and led her school to the 2007 Ohio Division III state title… Selected as Gatorade
Ohio Player of the Year (2007)…. Also played volleyball in high school and was named all-state and
all-league.

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