No.3 Ohio St. 94, Illinois 78
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) _ Katie Smith scored 26 points as No. 3 Ohio beat Illinois 94-78 Saturday in women’s basketball and tied Iowa for the Big Ten title.
The Fighting Illini (12-15, 7-11) trailed 60-48 in the second half before spurting to take a 71-70 lead with 8:30 on a 3-pointer by Kris Dubbs. But the Buckeyes regained their composure and went on a 24-7 run that closed the game.
Ohio State (24-3, 15-2) built a 34-15 first-half lead, but the Illini cut the advantage to 54-44 at intermission.
Nikki Keyton scored 21 points for the Buckeyes. Audrey Burcy scored 20 points and Averrill Roberts added 17.
Dupps led the Illini with 17 points. Jill Estey and Robbyn Preacely scored 13 each.