CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois native Brittany Johnson put on one of her best performances of the season with 14 points on four 3-pointers and Jantel Lavender and Star Allen each recorded double-doubles for the second game in a row as No. 15 Ohio State won its eighth-straight game with a 67-35 win over Illinois at Assembly Hall.
The win improves Ohio State to 14-2 and 5-0 in the Big Ten while UI dips to 4-13 and 0-6.
Lavender, who leads the Big Ten in scoring with 21.3 ppg, scored 10 or more points for the 47th-consecutive game, the sixth longest streak in the nation.
Ashlee Trebilcock added 11 points and Samantha Prahalis dished out a game-high nine assists for the Buckeyes. Lavender finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds and Allen’s night included 13 points and 12 boards.
The Buckeyes overcame a slow start and 12 turnovers to lead 27-20 at the half. Ohio State shot 36 percent from the field before the break, but held Illinois to just 29 percent shooting.
The Buckeyes trailed 12-7 with 11 minutes left in the first half before going on a 15-2 run to take a 22-14 lead, the last nine of which came in transition. Ohio State would eventually lead 27-20 behind 10 points and seven boards from Lavender and seven points and 10 caroms from Allen.
The Buckeyes outrebounded the Illini 26-15 in the first half and allowed just four offensive rebounds.
Ohio State went on a 12-2 run to start the second period to put the game away, not allowing Illinois its first goal until almost 7 minutes in. The Buckeyes shot 64 percent from the field in the second half, and outrebounded the Illini 46-27 for the game.
The Buckeyes outscored the Illini 40-15 in the second half overall.
Jenna Smith led Illinois with 14 points. Lacey Simpson added 12 points for the Illini, who were 0-for-8 from 3-point range.
The Buckeyes return home Thursday to face Minnesota at 7 p.m. Fans can watch the game live on the Big Ten Network or listen to the Ohio State Radio Network call on Buckeye Vision.
The Associated Press contributed to this recap
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Illinois, 37-17.
Ohio State outrebounded the Illini 46-27 after outrebounding Wisconsin 46-30 last Thursday.
Ohio State is 10-0 this season when they win the battle on the boards.
The 25.0 percent shooting by the Illini is tied for the lowest percentage by an Ohio State opponent this season. Boston University also shot 25.0 percent back on Nov. 29.
The 35 points by Illinois also tied for the fewest by an opponent this season. Delaware State also scored 35 back on Dec. 16.
The Buckeyes held an opponent without a 3FG for the first time this season.
The win was the eighth-straight for Ohio State and the 11th in the last 12 games. The streak is the longest since the 2006-07 season when the Buckeyes won 17 in a row.
Head coach Jim Foster is 83-20 in Big Ten regular-season games at Ohio State.
Ohio State has won 36 of its last 37 Big Ten regular-season games at home and 68 of its last 77 overall.
Jantel Lavender recorded her 13th double-double of the season already matching her total from last season and the 26th of her career with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Ohio State is 21-5 when she gets a double-double.
Lavender has scored in double figures in all 47 career games. That streak is currently the sixth-longest in the country.
Lavender now 886 career points in only 47 games and is on pace to become the second-fastest player in Ohio State history to eclipse 1,000 points. Katie Smith was the fastest at 52 games while Frani Washington did it in 56.
Sophomore Brittany Johnson tied her career high with four 3-point field goals.
Senior Star Allen recorded her third straight double-double and the ninth of her career with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Freshman Samantha Prahalis, who finished with a game-high nine assists, has dished out four or more in all but one game this season.
Ohio State’s bench outscored Illinois, 22-3.
Ohio State is 12-0 this season when leading at the half.
Ohio State is 12-0 this season when they make more free throws than its opponents and were 18-0 last year.