Jessica Davenport and Marscilla Packer each had 15 points as Ohio State broke open a defensive struggle with a strong second half in a 62-34 win over the visiting Wolverines before 7,180 Sunday at Value City Arena.
Neither team scored in the game's first four minutes and UM finally got on the board seven minutes into the game. Michigan briefly led late in the first half before OSU (13-2, 4-1) scored the final nine points of the half to go up 23-16 at the intermission. That capped a half where Michigan (6-11, 0-5) shot just 21.4 percent (6 of 28) from the floor.
The Buckeyes then broke the game open with a 17-4 run to open the second half to go up 40-20 with 12:36 left. OSU led by as many as 31 at 60-29 on Kim Wilburn's jumper with 5:12 left.
"Michigan had a week off and is a young team that played very well," said OSU coach Jim Foster. "We had to adjust as a veteran team. It was our third game in a week after an emotional win Monday night and a win against Iowa. It was important that we adjusted well. We played the second half well against an emotional, well-playing team."
For the game, OSU held Michigan to 25 percent shooting (14 of 56). Katie Dierdorf led UM with 10 points.
"We've been playing well defensively all year," Foster said. "You can't be a good offensive team without routing and being grounded on the defense."
Brandie Hoskins added 11 points, while Debbie Merrill scored 10. Davenport added nine rebounds. Star Allen added three points, while Wilburn, Alice Jamen, Stephanie Blanton and Tamarah Riley each had two points.
Pacher was 6 of 9 from the floor, including 3 of 5 on three-pointers.
"My responsibility is to call for the ball," Packer said. "Sometimes I don't do that, but today I just started calling for the ball and they found me."
Merrill, who added eight rebounds, was glad to see the Buckeyes come alive after the slow start.
"It was really frustrating the first five to six minutes," she said. "It felt like we couldn't get the flow offensively. After the first half we huddled and just said we need to box out and play hard."
* The Buckeyes have won four games in a row and seven of their last eight.
* OSU has now won 25 of its last 26 home games.
* Davenport reached double figures in scoring for the 35th straight game.
* OSU is now 40-6 all-time against Michigan, including 7-0 under Foster.
* The Buckeyes host Indiana Thursday at 7 p.m.