Michiganís women hit just two of their first 16 shots, yet built a seven-point lead with 11:26 remaining Thursday night at home. But Ohio State got hot from there and went on to a 61-50 victory.
Shannon Smith scored 17, Nicole Elmblad posted a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Cyesha Goree had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Wolverines (13-6, 4-2 Big Ten).
Raven Ferguson scored 16 to lead four in double figures for the Buckeyes (13-9, 3-3), who made 7 of 8 free throws in the final 1:46.
More state women
Illinois 61, (at) Michigan State 51: For the second straight game, the Spartans struggled in the second half, managing just 23 points.
Becca Mills scored 17 points and Tori Jankoska added 12 for Michigan State (12-7, 4-2 Big Ten), but it shot just 31 percent after the intermission and made only 1 of 12 3-point tries. Klarissa Bell had a season-high 11 rebounds.
Ivory Crawford scored 14 to lead the Illini (9-10, 2-4).
(At) Bowling Green 71, Eastern Michigan 57: Cha Sweeney and Janay Morton scored 18 apiece for the Eagles (12-5, 2-4 Mid-American). Alexis Rogers scored 24 to lead the Falcons (15-3, 5-1), who scored 43 in the second half on 55.6 percent shooting.
Oakland 73, (at) Cleveland State 62: Elena Popkey scored 17 points and Bethany Watterworth had 15 as the Golden Grizzlies (8-10, 3-2 Horizon) for the first time this season came back from a halftime deficit to win, shooting 52 percent in the second half.
Nola Anderson came off the bench to score 14 for Oakland (8-10, 3-2 Horizon), which shot 52 percent in the second half.
Imani Gordon had 27 points and 20 rebounds for the Vikings (8-10, 3-2).
(At) Valparaiso 85, Detroit 44: Senee Shearer had 10 points and five rebounds to lead the Titans (3-15, 0-5 Horizon), who scored just 13 points in the first half and made just 32 percent from the field and 5 of 12 free throws.
Abby Dean scored 20 for Valparaiso (3-15, 1-4).
Western Michigan 75, (at) Kent State 59: Shayne Whittington scored 18, David Brown had 17 points and Tucker Haymond 16 as the Broncos (10-7, 3-2 Mid-American) shot 50 percent from the field (26-of-52) and coasted to their first victory in three games.
Kris Brewer and Darren Goodson scored 10 each for Kent State (11-7, 2-3).