Sinclair's 27 not enough for Indiana women vs. OSU 

Aulani Sinclair gave Jasmine McGhee credit for helping her set a new career scoring high.

Sinclair scored 27 points in Indiana's 73-55 loss to No. 9 Ohio State on Thursday night. McGhee had just nine points on 3-for-16 shooting, but her presence was enough to draw attention away from Sinclair. McGhee is the team's season leader in scoring, and Ohio State was aware of her potential.

"Jasmine McGhee helped me out a lot because she's a great driver for us," Sinclair said. "She drove to the basket, and they had to come over to stop her because if they didn't, she'd get an easy two."

Sinclair made five 3-pointers for the Hoosiers (5-16, 0-8 Big Ten). The junior forward has averaged 20.3 points in her past three games. Unfortunately, it has translated into three blowout losses because her teammates struggle to shoot. The rest of the Hoosiers made just 12 of 51 shots against the Buckeyes.

Even with the poor shooting by Indiana's other players on Thursday, coach Felisha Legette-Jack said the defense let the team down the most.

"You can't give up 73 points," she said. "Our goal was 59. You give up 59, you're in a battle."

Samantha Prahalis had 18 points and nine assists for Ohio State (20-1, 7-1). Tayler Hill, the Big Ten's leading scorer, had all 18 of her points in the second half, and Ashley Adams had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State, the conference's highest-scoring team at nearly 79 points per game, trailed 26-25 at halftime. The Buckeyes shot 60 percent from the field in the second half and held Indiana to 28 percent shooting after the break. Ohio State scored 25 points off 16 turnovers.

Sasha Chaplin added six points and 11 rebounds for the Hoosiers, who lost their eighth consecutive game.

Indiana jumped out to a quick 11-6 lead by making five of its first eight shots. The Hoosiers extended their advantage to 20-12 before Ohio State finally rallied.

The Buckeyes began trapping late in the first half, and it rattled the Hoosiers. A 3-pointer by Raven Ferguson cut Indiana's lead to one late in the half, but the Hoosiers held on to the slimmest of leads at the break. Indiana outrebounded the Buckeyes 30-16 in the first half and held them to 34 percent shooting.

Prahalis gave Ohio State the lead with a jumper less than a minute into the second half, and she was just getting started. She either scored or assisted on Ohio State's first nine points of the half. A steal and layup by Hill, her first points, gave the Buckeyes a 36-26 lead with 16:36 remaining. Indiana went scoreless for more than four minutes at the start of the second half.

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