COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jantel Lavender scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Ohio State (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) rebound from its first loss of the season and beat Hartford 63-45 on Tuesday night.
Lavender also had five assists and two blocked shots for the Buckeyes (4-1), who lost 87-80 in overtime at Auburn on Sunday.Samantha Prahalis added 11 points and Ashlee Trebilcock added 10 points. Star Allen chipped in with 12 rebounds as the Buckeyes held a 40-33 edge on the boards.MaryLynne Schaefer was the lone Hartford player in double figures with 15 points. Diana Delva had 10 rebounds for the Hawks (3-2), who upset then-No. 6 Duke 53-51 last week in the DePaul Invitational.The Buckeyes shot 54 percent from the field in building a 38-23 halftime lead and never trailed again. They were on top by 25 points midway through the second half.