EVANSTON, Ill. — Ohio State’s shooting woes continued Thursday night in Evanston in a 64-53 loss to Northwestern, giving the Wildcats their first victory over the Buckeyes since 1999.
The loss drops Ohio State to 10-6 and 1-3 in the Big Ten heading into Sunday’s game with No. 9 Michigan State at home.
Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis each scored 19, but Ohio State shot just 30.5 percent from the field overall, including several missed layups, and shot just 18.2 percent (4-of-22) from three. They also went 3-of-12 from the free throw line in a night where nothing seemed to fall for the Buckeyes.
Northwestern appeared in command with a 53-33 lead after an Allison Mocchi shot off the glass with 8:17 to play, but Lavender answered with a layup seconds later and Ohio State was off on a 10-1 run.
The Buckeyes would eventually cut the deficit to 58-51 on Prahalis’ jumper with 61 seconds to play, but got no closer.
Wildcats forward Kendall Hackney added 11 points while Jaeschke had a game-high 12 rebounds.
Lavender, this week’s Big Ten player of the week, and Sarah Schulze each had 10 rebounds.
Ohio State jumped out to an 11-4 lead in the first 6 minutes, but cold shooting doomed the Buckeyes the rest of the half as Northwestern finished the half on a 19-5 run and led 23-16 at the half. Ohio State shot just 21.2 percent in the first 20 minutes, including 1-of-7 from behind the arc.