Prahalis, OSU top Purdue, other scores
So it figured that when the No. 10 Buckeyes were badly in need of a bucket on Sunday against No. 16 Purdue, it was their most experienced player who supplied a dagger of a three-pointer with 41 seconds left to pave the way to an 80-71 victory.
“We grinded it out, we played as a team and we won,” said the Buckeyes’ point guard, who scored 21 of her 26 points after halftime.
Down as many as eight points earlier in the half, Ohio State fought back with a 12-3 run capped by a pair of free throws from Prahalis to take a 51-50 lead with 12:32 left. The teams then traded baskets and the lead to the finish.
The Buckeyes (22-3, 9-3 Big Ten) finally took the lead for good on a hustle play. With a loose ball sitting on the floor between two Purdue players in the Boilermakers’ backcourt, Prahalis swooped in, scooped it up and went the length of the court to put the Buckeyes up,
67-65 with 4:07 remaining.
But the Boilermakers (19-6, 9-3) wouldn’t go away. Courtney Moses hit a left-handed follow with just over a minute left to narrow what had been a six-point deficit to 73-71.
Ohio State called timeout with 43 seconds left. Prahalis, the Big Ten’s second-leading scorer at 21.4 points a game, tossed an inbound pass to center Ashley Adams, who quickly kicked it right back to her. Prahalis’ three-pointer from the right wing pushed the lead to five and spurred a clinching 7-0 run over the final minute.
Amber Stokes added 14 points and Adams had 13, while conference scoring leader Tayler Hill was limited to 12 points.
Brittany Rayburn had 22 points, and Sam Ostarello 12 points and 10 rebounds for Purdue.
Ohio State improved to 17-0 at home this season.
Highlighting other Top 25 games Sunday:
--- West Virginia 65, (2) Notre Dame 63—At South Bend, Ind., Brooke Hampton made two free throws with 4.6 seconds remaining and West Virginia snapped Notre Dame’s
21-game winning streak.
Asya Bussie had 22 points, including a turnaround jumper with 39 seconds to go that tied the game at 63, for West Virginia (18-6, 8-3 Big East).
Skyler Diggins had 32 points for Notre Dame (24-2, 11-1).
Diggins missed a contested layup that could have tied the score with less than 10 seconds to play. She fouled Hampton at midcourt as she went for a steal with 4.6 seconds to go.
Hampton then made the free throws.
Natalie Novosel of Notre Dame missed a 15-foot jumper at the buzzer.
--- (6) Miami 76, (8) Maryland 74—At College Park, Md., Stefanie Yderstrom scored a career-high 26 points and Shenise Johnson added 20 for Miami.
The Hurricanes (22-3, 11-1) have won 11 straight and remained a game behind Duke for the Atlantic Coast Conference lead.
Anjale Barrett’s layup with 54 seconds to go put Maryland (21-4, 8-4) ahead 72-71. But the Hurricanes took the lead for good on Sylvia Bullock’s jumper 15 seconds later.
--- St. John’s 61, (17) Rutgers 52—At Piscataway, N.J., Nadirah McKenith had 18 points, Da’Shena Stevens scored 16 and Shenneika Smith had 11 for St. John’s, which won its fourth straight.
The Red Storm (17-8, 9-3 Big East) led
32-19 at halftime, and Rutgers got as close as four points with 47 seconds to play.
Khadijah Rushdan had 17 points for Rutgers (17-7, 6-5), which missed 21 of its first 25 shots and lost its fourth consecutive game.
-- (18) Penn State 77, Northwestern 63—At Evanston, Ill., Alex Bentley scored 18 points to lead four players in double figures for Penn State.
Zhaque Gray scored 17 points, Maggie Lucas had 11 and Nikki Greene added 10 for the Lady Lions (20-5, 11-2 Big Ten), who won their fourth straight.
Morgan Jones scored 20 points and Kendall Hackney added 15 for the Wildcats (13-12, 3-9), who have lost three straight and six of seven.
NO. 21 GEORGIA 76, VANDERBILT 63
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Anne Marie Armstrong scored a career-high 23 points for Georgia.
Jasmine Hassell had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Jasmine James added 17 points for Georgia (19-6, 8-4 Southeastern Conference).
Christina Foggie had 22 points for Vanderbilt (19-6, 7-5), which had its five-game winning streak come to an end.
NO. 22 GEORGIA TECH 56, NO. 22 NORTH CAROLINA 54
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Sasha Goodlett had 13 points to lead Georgia Tech.
Metra Walthour added 11 points and Tyaunna Marshall had 10 for the Yellow Jackets (18-7, 8-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who earned their first win against a ranked team in eight tries this season.
Laura Broomfield had 15 points and 11 rebounds for North Carolina (17-8, 7-5), which has lost three straight — all to ranked teams.
It was the first game between teams with the same ranking in women’s basketball since Jan. 14, 2003, when No. 14 Mississippi State beat No. 14 Vanderbilt 78-75. STATS LLC does not have a record of a men’s game matching same-ranked teams.
NO. 24 SOUTH CAROLINA 62, FLORIDA 58
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Markeshia Grant hit five 3-pointers and scored 20 points for South Carolina.
The Gamecocks (19-6, 8-4 Southeastern Conference) led 45-35 but Florida tied the game at 54 on Deanna Allen’s jumper with 6:32 to go. Grant hit her fifth 3-pointer to break the tie and put South Carolina ahead for good.
Jennifer George led the Gators (16-9, 6-6) with 17 points.
Last updated: 2:22 pm Thursday, December 20, 2012