BLOOMINGTON, Ind. No. 18 Ohio State saw its three-game win streak come to a halt Monday night at Indiana, falling to the Hoosiers in overtime, 69-61, at Assembly Hall. The loss drops Ohio State (20-7, 11-5) back into a tie for first place with Iowa (18-9, 11-5) with two games remaining.
Remaining games for Iowa include a home game with Northwestern before finishing up on the road at Wisconsin while the Buckeyes wrap up the regular season at Penn State Thursday and Northwestern at home Sunday, March 2. The Buckeyes, who swept the Hawkeyes this season, seek their fourth conference title in as many years.
With Ohio State trailing, 54-52, with under a minute to go in regulation, Jantel Lavender sent the game into overtime with a hook shot off the glass with 29 seconds left as the Buckeyes clamped down on the defensive end of the floor as time expired.
The overtime was a see-saw affair in the opening minutes as the lead changed hands six times in the first three minutes. Marscilla Packer, who scored all seven in the overtime and finished with 14 points, drained a deep 3-pointer from the top of the key to put the Buckeyes up 59-58. Then, after IU’s Amber Jackson put the Hoosiers back up with a layup inside, Packer hit a runner off the glass on OSU’s next possession to put the Buckeyes back in front, 61-60 with 2:20 left. The Buckeyes would not score again as Indiana scored the last nine points.
After leading by one at the half, Ohio State opened the second half on a 17-6 run, highlighted by 3-pointers from Packer, Shavelle Little and Ashlee Trebilcock to go up, 43-31, with 13:39 left. Ohio State built its lead thanks in large part to senior Tamarah Riley who finished with a career-high 16 rebounds 10 in the first half and 15 points.
Ohio State still led by 10 with under 8 minutes remaining before Indiana, behind a game-high 19 points from Jamie Braun, began to chip away at Ohio State’s lead. Indiana went on a 12-0 run to take the lead 54-52, before Lavender sent the game into overtime. Lavender’s basket was the only Ohio State field goal in the last 7:41 of regulation.
The Buckeyes outrebounded the Hoosiers, 43-38, but committed 20 turnovers and gave up 21 points off those miscues. Indiana also made a living at the free throw line, hitting 21-of-24 attempts while Ohio State made only 6-of-8.
The loss drop Ohio State back into a first-place tie with Iowa at 11-5 with two games remaining.
Tamarah Riley recorded a career-high 16 rebounds 10 in the first half and recorded the third double-double of the season with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting before fouling out in the second half.
Jantel Lavender finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. She is now one rebound shy of tying Martha Baker’s OSU freshman record for rebounds in a season (260) set back in 1976.
Lavender has scored in double-figures in all 27 games this season.
Ohio State opened the second half on a 17-6 run to open a 43-31 lead, highlighted by back-to-back 3-pointers by Marscilla Packer and Shavelle Little the first 3FG of Little’s career.
With 14 points, Marscilla Packer passed LaToya Turner (1,146; 2000-04) and Lauren Shenk (1,155; 1999-2002) on the OSU all-time scoring list. Packer is now 20th with 1,157 points.
Ohio State played in an overtime game for the first time since Dec. 3, 2005 when they defeated Boston College, 66-61.
Ohio State lost for just the ninth time in its last 70 Big Ten regular-season games.
The loss snaps an eight-game win streak against the Hoosiers.
Ohio State Head Coach Jim Foster
On the Buckeyes being up by 10 with under six minutes to play
“I think they played very well. I think they really took it to our guards, beat us off the drive, off the dribble. I thought their guards played very well.
On the play of Indiana’s Jamie Braun
“She is just a very good offensive player. She has a game; she has a sense of who she is and knows what her strengths are. She doesn’t shy away from wanting the ball in her hands when the game is on the line. She just made some big-time plays.”
On Shavelle Little playing just 20 minutes with a knee injury
“It is bothering her. I think when she is right, her defensive intensity… I thought she took good care of the ball, except when she went down there on the baseline a couple of times. But we lose that, the start of our defense, the pressure.
On the play of Tamarah Riley
“Well if Tam wasn’t here tonight this game would have been a blowout. She kept us in the game. Jantel (Lavender) struggled, I think, for the first time this year. Tam was there to pick up a lot of what was left.
On Tamarah Riley fouling out before overtime
“I think it hurt significantly. She was a consistent player out there.
On Indiana’s advantage at the free throw line
“I think they were putting the ball on the floor and I think we weren’t rotating.”
Senior Forward Tamarah Riley
On the game
“Personally I don’t really feel good about the game at all because when the team loses, you lose too. It doesn’t matter how good you played (individually). I think we all need to get in the gym and we all need to pick up and look at film and see what we lacked at today and pick it up for the rest of the season.”