Jantel Lavender and Star Allen each record double-doubles in the win
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jantel Lavender had 16 points and 15 rebounds to help Ohio State (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) beat Wisconsin 55-42 Thursday night.
It was the seventh straight win for the Buckeyes (13-2, 4-0 Big Ten), who took sole possession of first place in the Big Ten with Indiana’s 70-62 loss at Minnesota.
Lin Zastrow scored 11 points for the Badgers (12-4, 2-3), who missed their first six shots during a four-minute scoring drought at the start of the second half. Wisconsin also missed its final 10 shots of the game.
Lavender, the Big Ten scoring leader who came into the game averaging 22.1 points per game, has scored in double figures in all 46 games of her career at Ohio State.
The Buckeyes shot 33 percent (10-of-30) from the field in the first half, but opened the second half with a 7-0 run to gain control. They also outrebounded the Badgers, 46-30.
Seniors Star Allen and Ashlee Trebilcock scored 11 points each for the Buckeyes, who have won the 13 straight meetings against the Badgers.
Ohio State led 26-19 at the half behind 10 points and eight rebounds from Lavender and seven points from Allen. The Buckeyes trailed by five early, but held the Badgers without a field goal for more than eight minutes as they jumped to a 24-15 lead at the 5:45 mark.
Ohio State is back in action next Monday at Illinois.
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Wisconsin 40-14 and have won the last 13 meetings overall. Ohio State leads 15-9 all-time in games played in Madison.
The 42 points by Wisconsin was their lowest point total of the season.
The Buckeyes held Wisconsin guard Alyssa Karel (14.3 ppg coming in) to just five points on 1-of-11 shooting and limited the Badgers to just 25 percent shooting overall.
Ohio State outrebounded the Badgers, 46-30, and is 9-0 this season when they win the battle on the boards.
The Buckeyes held the Badgers without a field goal for more than 8 minutes in the first half.
The win was the seventh-straight for Ohio State and the 10th in the last 11 games. The seven-game streak is the longest since the 2006-07 season when the Buckeyes won 17 in a row.
Head coach Jim Foster is 82-20 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 67 of its last 76 overall.
Jantel Lavender recorded her 12th double-double of the season and the 25th of her career with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Lavender has scored in double figures in all 46 career games.
Lavender now 872 career points in only 46 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.
Senior Star Allen recorded her second straight double-double and the eighth of her career with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Freshman Samantha Prahalis, who finished with a game-high four assists, has dished out four or more in all but one game this season.
Junior guard Shavelle Little had four more steals Thursday, giving her a Big Ten-best 17 (4.25 per game) so far in four conference games.
Ohio State is 11-0 this season when leading at the half.
Ohio State is 11-0 this season when they make more free throws than its opponents and were 18-0 last year.