Ohio State wins its fifth straight to improve to 11-2 and 2-0 in the Big Ten 

EVANSTON, Ill. Jantel Lavender scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds as No. 17 Ohio State fought off a stingy Northwestern squad 68-59 Wednesday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

The win was the fifth straight for Ohio State who improves to 11-2 and 2-0 in the Big Ten while NU dips to 4-10 and 0-3 in league play.

Samantha Prahalis added 11 points and six assists and Shavelle Little posted season highs with 10 points and six steals. Ashlee Trebilcock added nine points on three 3-pointers while Brittany Johnson scored eight off the bench.

After trailing by as much as 14 points, Northwestern cut the Ohio State lead to six points at the 9:42 mark with an 8-0 run. But Trebilcock’s third 3-pointer pushed the lead back to nine and the Wildcats never came within seven points the rest of the way.

Northwestern’s Amy Jaeschke scored a game-high 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting and the Wildcats shot 53.5 percent for the game.

The Buckeyes led 36-31 at the half, led by 10 points from Lavender as nine different Buckeyes scored in the first half.

The Buckeyes are back in action at 2 p.m. Sunday at Value City Arena against the Michigan State Spartans who play at Purdue Thursday

Postgame Notes

 Ohio State has won the last 16 meetings with Northwestern and leads the all-time series, 34-15. The Buckeyes lead 15-9 all-time in games played in Evanston. 
 Wednesday was head coach Jim Foster’s 100th Big Ten regular-season game. He is 80-20 overall in his seventh season.
 Ashlee Trebilcock finished 3-of-5 from 3-point range. She leads the Big Ten with a 55.6 percent clip from deep (20-of-36).
 Shavelle Little recorded season bests with 10 points and six steals.
 Ohio State has won 35 of its last 36 Big Ten regular-season games at home and 65 of its last 74 overall.
 Jantel Lavender has scored in double figures in all 44 career games. She finished with 15 and leads the Big Ten with 22.2 points.
 Freshman Samantha Prahalis, who finished with a game-high six assists, has dished out four or more in all but one game this season. She leads the Big Ten with 6.23 assists per game.
 Ohio State is 9-0 this year when leading at the half. 
 Ohio State is 9-0 on the season when they make more free throws than its opponents.