Samantha Prahalis overcomes slow start to lead Buckeyes past Wash. St.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Samantha Prahalis overcame a slow start to spark a second-half run and Ohio State (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) surged to a 79-57 victory over Washington State on Thursday night.

Prahalis, averaging 17.8 points, had two in the first 20 minutes as the Buckeyes (13-0) clung to a 40-35 halftime lead. She had six points in the opening four minutes after the break then hit her second 3-pointer with 11:38 left to spark a 17-1 spurt that gave the Buckeyes a 70-45 lead.

Tayler Hill had 15 of her 21 points in the first half for the Buckeyes, while Prahalis finished with 20 points and 10 assists.

Carly Noyes scored 15 for the Cougars and Jazmine Perkins added 10.

The turning point came in the last 30 seconds of the first half, when Ohio State's Amber Stokes had four points and Maleeka Kynard made two free throws to turn a 35-34 deficit into a five-point advantage.