Rather than take a three-game losing streak into a two-week break, the Ohio State women’s basketball team rallied to beat Ole Miss 69-55 in front of 4,250 Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena in Columbus.
For the third game in a row, Jantel Lavender led the 19th-ranked Buckeyes in scoring. This time, however, she got some help.
While the 6-4 freshman center poured in a career-high 24 points, Ashlee Trebilcock found the range from behind the three-point arc. Trebilcock hit 5 of 12 three-pointers and finished with 18 points. The junior guard also had four assists in her 38 minutes.
At the eight-minute mark in the second half, Ohio State trailed by three. The Buckeyes outscored the Rebels 21-4 the rest of the way to snap a two-game losing streak.
Ole Miss led 51-48 after Shawn Goff made a layup at the 8:06 mark, but Lavender and Marscilla Packer split respective pairs of free throws before Trebilcock hit a trey to put Ohio State ahead by a deuce.
That opened the floodgates for the home team as the Buckeyes scored the next 12 points in the contest, including eight by Lavender during the run.
Trebilcock and Lavender received support from Star Allen (eight points, eight rebounds, two steals) and Maria Moeller, who handed out five assists in her first start of the season.
Lavender added a game-high 15 rebounds to post her fourth double-double and third in as many games.
The Buckeyes forced 20 turnovers and held Ole Miss to 31.7 percent shooting (20 of 63).
Shantell Black led the Rebels with 15 points and six assists. Elizabeth Robertson and Kayla Melson both scored 10 for the visitors, who dropped to 3-3.
The win moved Jim Foster’s Buckeyes to 6-2 on the season and came on the heels of consecutive losses to ranked teams. Then-No. 24 Auburn downed the Buckeyes 67-58 one week ago and No. 3 Maryland crushed them 77-53 at College Park Friday night on national television.
Ohio State improved to 21-34 all-time against the Southeastern Conference, including 1-1 this season and 2-3 under Foster.
After taking a break for exams, Ohio State does not take the court again until Dec. 16, when they travel to Seattle to take on Washington.