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Jay LaPrete, Associated Press
Illinois' Adrienne Godbold, left, and Ohio State's Darryce Moore fight for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Samantha Prahalis scored eight straight points down the stretch for No. 10 Ohio State on Sunday, leading the Buckeyes past pesky Illinois 96-84.

Prahalis finished with 28 points, Tayler Hill added 26 and Amber Stokes 16 for the Buckeyes (19-1, 6-1 Big Ten), who have won four in a row since their lone loss.

After Hill hit a late 3-pointer to give the Buckeyes the lead for good, Prahalis — Ohio State's only senior — hit two 3s and another outside jumper.

Karisma Penn had 23 points, Adrienne GodBold 18, Amber Moore 13 and Ivory Crawford 12 for the Illini (6-14, 0-7), who added to their list of close losses in conference play.