COLUMBUS — Hallie Thome scored 27 points and No. 19 Michigan rallied to beat No. 8 Ohio State 84-75 on Tuesday night, handing the Buckeyes their first Big Ten loss.
Katelynn Flaherty had 21 points and Nicole Munger added a career-high 20 for Michigan (16-4, 5-2), which trailed by five at halftime. The Wolverines earned their third straight win and avenged an overtime loss to the Buckeyes 10 days ago.
Ohio State (16-3, 5-1) shot 36.1 percent (26 for 72) in its first loss since Nov. 30. Stephanie Mavunga paced the Buckeyes with 21 points.
The Buckeyes went 3 for 17 from the field in the third quarter, helping the Wolverines grab the lead. Kelsey Mitchell made two foul shots with 9:21 left to get Ohio State within two, but Michigan held on.
Michigan: The Wolverines haven’t been ranked this high since they were No. 18 on the final day of 2001. They could move up after a critical conference win.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes’ offensive struggles in the second half puts them in danger of dropping out of the top 10.