BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 4/6 Ohio State women’s basketball team dropped its second-consecutive road game Sunday in a 67-62 loss to Indiana at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.
The loss drops the Buckeyes to 21-3 overall and 9-2 in the Big Ten, while Indiana improves to 12-10 and 5-6 in league play. The Buckeyes still hold a two-game lead in the conference after Penn State (7-4) lost on Sunday at Michigan.
Down by three points, Ohio State had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but Brittany Johnson’s deep three fell short and Indiana sealed the win with two more free throws in the final seconds.
Jantel Lavender once again led the Buckeyes with a double-double on 20 points and 15 rebounds, though she scored only three points after halftime. Samantha Prahalis had 14 points and eight assists (all in the first half), while senior Andrea Walker chipped in with a career-high 15 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
“Our ball reversal stopped a little bit, so getting the ball in a good position where they weren’t able to double-team was becoming difficult, and we just got out of the flow of our game,” Lavender said.
The Hoosiers held the Buckeyes to 6-of-27 shooting in the second half and outscored Ohio State 32-20 after halftime.
“This is the second game in a row where Sammy has had a lot of assists in the first half and not in the second,” Ohio State coach Jim Foster said. “We’re just not in that flow.”
Jori Davis scored 19 points and Danilsa Andujar added the go-ahead basket with 3:45 left. Andujar also pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds.
Lavender nearly recorded a double-double in the first half with 17 points and eight rebounds in the first 20 minutes as the Buckeyes led 42-35 at halftime. Prahalis had nine points and eight assists in the first 20 minutes after dishing out nine assists and scoring 19 points in the first half against Minnesota Thursday night. Walker had five rebounds and eight points off the bench, including a putback at the halftime buzzer.
Ohio State jumped out to a 14-7 lead, sparked by two quick three-pointers from Johnson and six from Lavender, but IU answered with a 9-2 run to tie the score at 16-all at the 11-minute mark. An old-fashioned three-point play by Lavender then sparked a 7-2 run to put the Buckeyes back out in front 23-18 with 9:32 left.
Ohio State is back in action this Thursday when they take on Iowa at 7:30 p.m. in Columbus.