Lindsey Pulliam scored 23 points and Ohio State had trouble with turnovers as Northwestern pulled away in the second half for a 76-59 victory Sunday in a Big Ten women's basketball game in Evanston, Illinois.
Pulliam, who is fourth in the conference in scoring, hit 8 of 17 from the field and 7 of 8 free throws.
Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah notched her sixth consecutive double-double and 14th of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Wildcats (14-8, 7-4).
Dorka Juhasz led Ohio State (9-11, 5-6) with 14 points, seven rebounds and a season-high four steals.
Janai Crooms and Carly Santoro each scored 10 points for Ohio State, which hit 13 of 15 from the free-throw line but committed 20 turnovers. Adreana Miller had seven points and Aaliyah Patty added six points and six rebounds.
Northwestern, which had 14 steals, scored 25 points off turnovers.
Jordan Hamilton scored eight straight points early in the fourth quarter as Northwestern, which led 34-27 at halftime, extended its lead to 20 points.
A 15-0 run by the Wildcats in the fourth quarter pushed the lead to 76-46 before the Buckeyes went on a 13-0 run over the final 4:29 of the game.
Northwestern closed the first quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 16-12 lead.
A 13-2 run helped Northwestern extend its lead to as many as 12 points midway through the second quarter.
Ohio State scored the final five points of the first half to cut its deficit to seven at halftime.
Northwestern hit its first five shots to open the second half and mounted an 11-3 run that extended the lead to 45-30.
Northwestern led 57-42 to close the quarter. Pulliam contributed 10 points in the third, while the Wildcats shot 9 of 14 from the field.