Saturday's state hoops: Ross Pours in 37, West. Michigan downs Ohio 80-73

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Lauren Ross went off for 37 points and six rebounds to power Western Michigan to a 80-73 road victory at Ohio on Saturday afternoon. 

Ross' offensive surge for the Broncos (13-9, 7-6 MAC) included hitting 7 of 11 attempts from 3-point range.

Taylor Williams added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Broncos, who had four players finish in double-digit scoring.

After trading blows with the Bobcats the majority of the game, Western Michigan seized control down the stretch in the final four minutes of the game to pull away for the win. 

Erica Johnson recorded 23 points and six rebounds to lead Ohio (11-9, 5-6 MAC), who also had four players score in double figures. 

More state women

Parkside 64, (at) Wayne State 55: Wayne State hung tough to open the game, but fell behind in the second period and couldn't recover on their way to a 64-55 home loss to Parkside on Saturday.

Hannah Plockelman led the way for the Rangers (13-11, 10-6 GLIAC) in victory with a game-high 26 points and 13 rebounds, with Alyssa Nelson adding 16 points and six rebounds for Parkside.

Sam Cherney finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors (14-6, 10-5 GLIAC).

Milwaukee 57, (at) Oakland 41: After hanging tough in the first half, Oakland collapsed in the third quarter for a 57-41 loss to Milwaukee at home on Saturday. 

Megan Walstad led all scorers with 26 points and nine rebounds for the Panthers (10-13, 9-7 Horizon)

Breanne Beatty finished with 14 points to lead the way for the Golden Grizzlies (11-12, 9-7 Horizon).

(At) Miami (Ohio) 90, Central Michigan 77: Central Michigan had four players score more more than 13 points, but it wasn't enough as they fell to Miami (Ohio), 90-77 on the road on Saturday. 

Peyton Scott led the way for the RedHawks (8-14, 4-9 MAC) with 24 points, six rebounds and five assists. 

Molly Davis finished with 24 points and five rebounds to lead the way for the Chippewas (4-19, 2-12 MAC).

Akron 64, (at) Eastern Michigan 53: Eastern Michigan took control in the opening period, and then got blitzed to make way for a 64-53 loss to Akron at home on Saturday.

Jordyn Dawson finished with a game-high 22 points and eight rebounds to lead the Zips (11-8, 8-5 MAC)

Ce'Nara Skanes led the way for the Eagles (5-15, 2-11 MAC) with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Areanna Combs added 19 points and five rebounds. 

Green Bay 53, (at) Detroit Mercy 39: Detroit Mercy continued it's quest to nab its first victory of the season, as the Titans fell to Green bay for a 53-39 loss in Detroit on Saturday. 

Sydney Levy and Hailey Oskey both scored 10 points to lead the Phoenix (14-5,10-3 Horizon)

Janna Lewis recorded 10 points and six rebounds for the Titans (0-21, 0-14 Horizon)

State men

(At) Wayne State 72, Parkside 67: Wayne State held off Wisconsin-Parkside 72-67 in what was back and forth game all the way until the end. 

Ann Arbor native Avery Lewis scored 16 points and grabbed 13 boards to lead the host Warriors (4-14, 3-12 GLIAC), who had five players finish in double-digit scoring. 

Tray Croft led the way for Parkside (11-12, 8-8 GLIAC) with 28 points and five assists. 

Ohio 74, (at) Eastern Michigan 56: After taking a eight point lead into halftime, Eastern Michigan imploded in the second half, as the Ohio outscored the Eagles 49-23 en route to a 74-56 victory on the road on Saturday. 

Mark Sears led the charge for the visiting Bobcats (21-4,12-2 MAC) with 27 points, eight rebounds and five assists. 

Darion Spottsville finished with 12 points to lead the Eagles (8-16, 3-10 MAC).

(At) Western Michigan 77, Central Michigan: Lamar Norman Jr. had 25 points as Western Michigan snapped its 14-game losing streak, topping Central Michigan 77-63 on Saturday night.

Gus Etchison had 14 points for Western Michigan (5-20, 1-13 Mid-American Conference). Mileek McMillan added 12 points and three blocks. Markeese Hastings had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Western Michigan dominated the first half and led 47-24 at halftime. The Broncos' 47 first-half points marked a season high.

Kevin Miller had 24 points and seven rebounds for the Chippewas (6-16, 5-6). Brian Taylor added 12 points and nine rebounds. Ralph Bissainthe had 11 points.