COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No. 3 Ohio State is suspending two of its seniors, including two-time Big Ten defensive player of the year Shavelle Little, for the first three games of the season.
The suspensions, announced Wednesday night by coach Jim Foster, are a result of what a university statement termed "an NCAA secondary rules violation."
Little and Cherise Daniel will be permitted to practice with the team during the suspension.
Little has led the team in steals each of the last two seasons. Daniel, also a guard, has appeared in 52 games off the bench in her first three seasons.
The Buckeyes, five-time defending Big Ten champions, open their season on Friday at home against Eastern Illinois in the opening round of the Women's NIT.