COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Marscilla Packer scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half to help Ohio State (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) beat Purdue 72-56 on Monday night.
Ohio State (19-6, 10-4 Big Ten) moved ahead of Purdue (14-12, 10-5) and trails first-place Iowa by a half-game. The Buckeyes host the Hawkeyes on Thursday night.
Jantel Lavender added 13 points while Tamarah Riley had 12 and Ashlee Trebilcock and Shavelle Little had 11 each.
FahKara Malone scored 17 for Purdue. Seven came in the final three minutes after she had been held scoreless for 28 minutes. Samantha Woods scored 13 points off the bench and Danielle Campbell and Lakisha Freeman had 10 apiece.
Packer, averaging 14.7 points, had three points in a 68-67 loss to Purdue on Feb. 7.
In the last game against Purdue, Lavender had 30, Trebilcock 14 and no other Buckeyes player had more than seven. The difference in the rematch Monday was rebounding.
Ohio State held Purdue to just four offensive rebounds Monday night after the Boilermakers had 15 in the game on Feb. 7.