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Buckeyes survive Badgers

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Associated Press
February 19, 2010
— Samantha Prahalis scored 25 points and Jantel Lavender had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 7 Ohio State in an 83-78 victory over Wisconsin here Thursday night.

The Buckeyes (26-3, 14-2 Big Ten), who have already clinched their sixth straight conference title, beat the Badgers for the 16th straight time and lead the all-time series 43-14.


Prahalis scored four points during a 7-0 run over the final 1:18 of the first half to give Ohio State a 37-32 lead. The Badgers pulled within two points twice in the final minute of the second half, but the Buckeyes made 7 of 8 free throws to hold on for the victory.


Alyssa Karel scored 21 points for Wisconsin (18-8, 8-7), and Taylor Wurz scored 10 of her 18 points in the first half.


The scrappy Badgers pulled within two points twice in the final minute of regulation, but the Buckeyes made 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.


There were six ties in the first half and the teams traded the lead seven times before Prahalis scored four points during a 9-0 run over the final 2:14 to give Ohio State a 37-32 lead at halftime.


Karel drained a 3-pointer from the right wing to help the Badgers pull within two points at 76-74 with 35 seconds left in the game.


Rae Lin D’Alie’s lay-up maintained a two-point margin at 78-76 with 29 seconds left, but the Badgers never got any closer.



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