OSU Women's Cagers Squeak By Nebraska

Jantel Lavender notched yet another double-double as Ohio State went on the road to beat Nebraska 69-65 on Saturday afternoon in Lincoln. Lavender hat 20 points and 10 rebounds against the Cornhuskers.

The 18th-ranked Buckeyes improved to 7-2 with a strong defensive effort the helped them overcome their own shooting woes at Nebraska.

The Cornhuskers (6-2) led 36-26 at the half but shot just 24.1 percent (7 for 29) in the second half. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, hit 14 of 28 field goals and outscored their hosts 43-29 after the break.

Overall, Ohio State shot 41.4 percent (24 for 58) and made 7 of 15 threes (46.7 percent).

Jantel Lavender had 20 points and 10 rebounds, giving her nine double-doubles in as many games this season, and Ashlee Trebilcock made 4 of 5 three-pointers en route to 14 points. Brittany Johnson (11 points) was the third Buckeye in double figures. She made a pair of treys. Andrea Walker grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked two shots before fouling out.

Buckeye point guard Samantha Prahalis struggled with her shooting for a second straight game, missing both her three-point attempts and 6 of her 8 field goals overall, but handed out eight assists and nabbed five steals. She also had seven turnovers and fouled out in 34 minutes.

She was 3 for 13 in a 72-63 home loss to No. 2 North Carolina on Wednesday night.

Cory Montgomery led the ‘Huskers with 17 points and got help from Yvonne Turner (13 points) and Catheryn Redmon (10).

With the win, the Buckeyes broke a two-all tie in the all-time series between the schools. Ohio State beat Nebraska 86-74 in Columbus last season.

After playing nine games in the season's first 23 days, the Buckeyes will get more than a week off before returning to the court. They play host to Cleveland State (4-4) at Value City Arena in Columbus at 7 p.m. Dec. 15.

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