Lavender helps Buckeyes down Purdue

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jantel Lavender had 19 points and 13 rebounds and Ohio State (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) pulled away from a halftime deficit Thursday night to beat Purdue 59-47.

Lavender, who leads the Big Ten in scoring and rebounding, stretched her career double-figure scoring streak to 53 games the same night she topped 1,000 in career points.

Star Allen chipped in with 14 points and Samantha Prahalis had 11 for Ohio State (19-3, 10-1), which won its fifth in a row to preserve a two-game lead in the conference. Prahalis and Maria Moeller had big 3-pointers in the second half as the Buckeyes pulled away.

Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton led Purdue (15-8, 8-4) with 20 points.

Down a point at the half, the Buckeyes took the lead for good with a 12-2 run.