(25) Ohio State 71

(12-6, 3-3 Big Ten)

Illinois 62

(7-12, 2-4 Big Ten)

    8:00 PM ET, January 20, 2011

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    #25OSU 38 3371
    ILL 29 3362

    Top Performers

    Ohio State: B. Johnson 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Stl

    Illinois: K. Penn 26 Pts, 18 Reb, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

    Brittany Johnson helps Ohio State earn road win vs. Illinois

    Associated Press

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Brittany Johnson scored 22 and Jantel Lavender added 19 to help Ohio State (No. 25 AP) beat Illinois 71-62 on Thursday night.

    After a slow start, the Buckeyes (12-6, 3-3 Big Ten) built a 38-29 halftime lead behind 15 first-half points from Johnson, who hit 5-of-6 from behind the arc.

    "I was feeling good, I thought we all came out and played hard," Johnson said. "It was just a fun game. I had some good looks because [Illinois] was doubling down."

    Karisma Penn added 26 points and 18 rebounds for the Illini (7-12, 2-4), who have now lost seven straight games to the Buckeyes. This marks Penn's 12th double-double of the season, which leads the Big Ten.

    The Illini jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first 2:25. Lana Rukavina made two layups and Penn added a bucket of her own to put the Illini up early.

    Ohio State took its first lead of the game, 26-24, on a 3-pointer from Johnson with 4:03 to play, but Illinois' Blinn answered right back with a 3-pointer of her own, retaking the lead for the Illini.

    "Brittany got great looks, took her time, and I thought, defensively, she did a great job," Ohio State coach Jim Foster said.

    Ohio State's Adams then hit a layup to put the Buckeyes up by one. On the next trip down the court for the Buckeyes, Johnson nailed another 3-pointer to increase their lead to 31-27 with 2:54 to play in the half. Adams' jumper with five seconds remaining in the half put the Buckeyes up 38-29.

    Illinois dissolved Ohio State's lead midway through the second half on a three-point play from Lydia McCully, giving Illinois the lead, 50-49, with 9:30 to play. That lead wouldn't last long as Johnson sank yet another 3-pointer to put Ohio State back on top for good.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 71 62
    FG Made-Attempted 22-60 (.367) 24-73 (.329)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-17 (.412) 2-19 (.105)
    FT Made-Attempted 20-27 (.741) 12-19 (.632)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 12 6

    Game Leaders

    PointsB. Johnson 22K. Penn 26
    ReboundsJ. Lavender 12K. Penn 18
    AssistsS. Prahalis 5A. Moore 5
    StealsA. Adams 3K. Penn 4
    BlocksA. Adams 5K. Penn 1

    2010-11 Season

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