Northwestern 64, No. 24 Ohio St. 53

Amy Jaeschke scored 15 points, Brittany Orban added 12 and

Northwestern held off a late surge by No. 24 Ohio State for a 64-53

victory on Thursday night.

The win was the Wildcats’ first over the Buckeyes since 2000 and

snapped a 19-game losing streak in the series.

Big Ten scoring leader Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis

each scored 19 points for Ohio State.

The defending Big Ten champions (10-6, 1-3) dropped their second

straight overall and fifth in seven games, while Northwestern

(14-4, 3-2) has won three of four.

The Buckeyes, who trailed by as many as 20 points in the second

half, got as close as seven with 1:01 to play.

Both teams shot poorly in the first half, with the Buckeyes

going 7 of 33 for a season-low 21 percent from the field. Lavender

hit just 2 of 12 shots for four points.

The Wildcats were 9 of 25 (36 percent) but used a 17-3 run

through the final 10:42 of the half to open a 23-16 lead by

halftime.

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, which holds a 37-16 edge in the all-time series,

hosts No. 9 Michigan State on Sunday.