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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jantel Lavender had 18 points and Ashlee Trebilcock and Brittany Johnson added 12 each to lead Ohio State (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) to a 68-54 victory over Cleveland State on Monday night at Nationwide Arena.
Lavender also added a game-high 11 rebounds for her 10th double-double in as many games this season.
Kailey Klein had 22 of her 30 points in the second half for Cleveland State, who trailed 38-18 at halftime.
Ohio State (8-2) held the Vikings without a field goal for nearly 9 minutes to increase a seven-point lead to 44-18 before Stephaine Crosley hit a jumper for the Vikings (4-5) with 17:11 left.
The Buckeyes’ largest lead was 56-26 with 12 minutes left, but Cleveland State whittled it to 59-41 on a field goal by Klein 5 minutes later. Ohio State got a 3 from Cherise Daniel and a field goal from Trebilcock to return the lead to 23 before the Vikings made a run in the final 3 minutes.
The Buckeyes shot 51 percent in the opening half and hit 4-of-7 from behind the arc.
Both teams were coming off nine-day breaks.
Monday was the fifth meeting in the all-time series with Cleveland State. Ohio State has won all five meetings.
Jantel Lavender recorded her 10th double-double in as many games this season and the 23rd of her career. She finished with 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Buckeyes are now 18-5 when Lavender records a double-double.
Lavender has scored in double figures in all 41 career games.
Samantha Prahalis, who finished with a game-high seven assists, has dished out four or more in all but one game this season.
Prahalis finished with six points. In the four games Prahalis has failed to score in double-figures this season se has recorded a total of 35 assists an average of 8.7 per game.
Ohio State has won 83-consecutive games in Columbus against unranked opponents. The last unranked team to win in Columbus was Penn State Feb. 3, 2002.
Ohio State is 72-4 in Columbus since the start of the 2004-05 season and 99-8 all-time in Columbus under head coach Jim Foster.
Ohio State is 6-0 this year when leading at the half.
Sophomore Brittany Johnson finished with 12 points. She has scored a total of 33 points in the last two games since coming off the bench.
Junior Ashlee Trebilcock finished with 12 points and has scored 36 points in her last three games, including eight 3-pointers.
Ohio State shot 52 percent in the first half to jump out to a 38-18 lead.
Kate Peterson Abiad, Cleveland State head coach
On the game
“First off, Ohio State was very good tonight. They are deserving of their ranking. They have lots of weapons and we didn’t shoot well enough to offer competition. We came out in the first half and could not attack. I thought in the second half we came out and attacked better.”
On how to approach games against ranked opponents
“Teams at the mid-major level want to play perfect in big games. They aren’t expected to come in and beat Ohio State and they hesitate. We want to free them up and play aggressive.”
On if games against teams like Ohio State are good for her team
“Absolutely. We want to prepare our team to win the Horizon League and make the NCAA tournament. Last season, we didn’t play well in the tournament. Games like this will get us ready for the league and beyond.”
Jim Foster, Ohio State head coach
On the first half
“We played aggressive in the first half. I thought we forced too much in the post and we didn’t reverse well, but overall I thought we played fine in the first half.”
On the lineup
“You have got to have synchronization. We took too many jump shots and we can’t be a jump shooting team. We are going to have to buckle down the lineup and get more cohesion.”
On Brittany Johnson
“She was solid tonight. She got layups. When you shoot layups, your shooting percentage goes up. When you shoot layups, you get foul shots. It means you are doing something good in another aspect on the game, usually being aggressive. That being said, she needs to rebound better.”
Jantel Lavender, sophomore center
On CSU’s defense
“They gave me a different look tonight by running another post player underneath to try and cut me off. It was frustrating in the first half but I feel like I did better at times in the second. I’ll definitely need to work on that more in practice.”
On the lack of patience on offense
“If we are taking shots with 24 or 15 seconds left on the shot clock, then we probably aren’t getting good looks. It also doesn’t give us time to get in position to rebound. We know we can find better shots than we took tonight.”
On the team’s overall performance
“It was frustrating to see a 30 point lead go all the way down to 14. We need to keep the fire and intensity that we played with at the beginning of the half and sustain it throughout, from start to finish. We just did not play to the best of our ability tonight.”
Brittany Johnson, sophomore guard
On creating shots
“If there is an opening I’ll take it and if not I’ll look for another option. We knew they were going to play good help D’ and they made it hard to get those open looks. Tonight I was really trying to create shots for myself and others instead of letting them come to me.”