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While all eyes have been on the gridiron this last month, the most electrifying player in the state has been lurking in the shadows. Jacy Sheldon, starting guard for Ohio State women's basketball, has only played five games so far on the season. Despite an injury keeping her out of the last few games of the month, she is tied for second in the nation in steals with 30 and is first in steals per game, averaging six. She also is third on the team in scoring, averaging 16 points a game.
She has headlined a defense that has pulled off two Top 25 wins against Tennessee and Louisville in the first month of the season. The defense has also forced 203 turnovers in just seven games this season, which currently leads the nation. They are also top in the nation in turnover margin.
Ohio State women's basketball is ranked fourth in the nation, and Sheldon has been a huge part of that ranking. Her tremendous play has earned her the BelieveLand Player of the Month for Ohio State.