Lavender Leads No. 5 Ohio State Over Michigan
Jan. 21, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP)--Jantel Lavender had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 5 Ohio State win its 12th straight game with a 58-56 victory over Michigan on Thursday night.
Samantha Prahalis added 13 points and nine assists for Ohio State (20-1, 8-0 Big Ten).
Carmen Reynolds scored 20 for Michigan (10-8, 2-6), which was trying to beat its rival at home for the first time since 1999.
Trailing by three, Lavender scored to make it 50-49 with 6:23 left. Andrea Walker's layup gave the Buckeyes the lead. Michigan continued to struggle offensively, but Reynolds' 3-pointer pulled them within two. After a shot-clock violation by Ohio State, the Wolverines had the ball with 23.8 seconds left.
Krista Phillips missed a 3-pointer and the Buckeyes couldn't corral the rebound giving Michigan one more chance. Reynolds though turned the ball over while driving the lane, allowing Ohio State to hold on.
Michigan jumped out to a 17-12 lead behind eight points from Jenny Ryan and seven from Reynolds, but neither scored again in the half. That helped Ohio State take a 32-27 advantage at the intermission. Prahalis had nine points and five assists in opening 20 minutes.
Reynolds scored another seven points in the first six minutes of the second half as Michigan regained the lead. The Wolverines led by as many as seven before Ohio State rallied.