In 2011, Northwestern beat Ohio State twice, adding to the team’s rocky 24-10 finish.
That was last season.
Though the score remained within a few points for most of the game, the Buckeyes (16-1, 3-1) were able to pull away for the 10 point finish over the Wildcats (11-6, 1-3). Turnovers were costly for Northwestern, as Ohio State scored 3o of its 82 points off 17 of them. Tayler Hill lead the team with 24 points, followed by Samantha Prahalis with 20.
OSU’s Ashley Adams and Northwestern’s Morgan Jones got things rolling with back-to-back jumpers in the first two minutes. The game stayed close until Danielle Diamant nailed a three to put the Lady Cats up 13-7. But after a six point run by Prahalis, the Buckeyes tied it up 13-13. Neither team came within three points of each other until the 9:30 mark when Emilee Harmon made a two-point layup from an offensive rebound by Prahalis to make the game 27-22. After a few missed shots and a Northwestern turnover, Prahalis furthered the lead 30-22.
The party didn’t last long though. Northwestern went on a 9-0 run, led by Tailor Jones with seven of the nine points. Then it was Ohio State’s turn to answer. Adams knocked in two following a Morgan Jones turnover to put the Buckeyes back on top 31-30. The turnovers and missed shots continued for the Wildcats as the Buckeyes were able to pull away 38-31 and led 38-35 at the half.
Hill opened the second half with a layup assisted by Adams, but the Buckeyes failed to get a basket from three offensive rebounds. Northwestern went on a 5-0 run to tie the game 40-40 and scored another five to pull ahead 45-41. The game continued to remain close until about the 8 minute mark when Hill nailed a three pointer. Hill was on fire the rest of the way, scoring 15 of the final 27 points for OSU. The Wildcats never fully recovered and played sloppy the rest of the way. Northwestern continued to turn the ball over and ended the game with a few costly fouls.
The No. 11 Buckeyes travel to East Lansing to face Michigan State Sunday. Game time is at 4 and will be broadcast on ESPN2. Also, if you were in any way bored or disappointed with my recap (I hope that’s not the case, but hey, can’t please everybody), do not fear because Charles will be making his return.