Jantel Lavender thinks Ohio State should have sent a double team on Drey Mingo sooner.
But the Buckeyes picked the perfect time -- and it helped spark a 76-74 victory over Purdue.
Mingo scored 12 consecutive points for Purdue to give it a 72-68 lead with about 1:35 to play.
After Ohio State made a basket, Mingo again got the ball in the post. But then the Buckeyes brought a double team with Lavender and Ashley Adams. Mingo made the right play and kicked the ball out to Courtney Moses on the wing. But Moses missed the three-pointer.
It was the only possession that didn't produce points for either team in the last two minutes. (Not counting Purdue's last-ditch inbounds pass with .7 seconds left.)
"I wanted to double extremely hard on her to make her make a decision out of that because she hadn't seen that all night," Lavender said. "So it came at the perfect time for us."
Brittany Johnson, who made the game-winning three-pointer with 0.7 second left, called the decision to double Mingo and Moses' miss the turning point in the game.
Mingo did touch the ball on Purdue's next possession -- after Ohio State made a three to take a 73-72 lead -- but she didn't get it deep in the paint.
She was in the high post and handed it off to Antionette Howard. Howard drove and got the go-ahead basket -- until Johnson's late three-pointer.
Mingo made 7 of 11 shots from the field and 10 of 12 from the line for a career-high 25 points. She also had nine rebounds, a block and a steal.
But she was clearly upset about the loss, fighting off tears when the team sang the fight song after the game in front of Purdue's band.
"I just tried to do everything I could to help my team," she said.
Brittany Rayburn, who had 14 points for Purdue, said it was easy to decide what to do on offense late: Get the ball to Mingo.
"She was not able to be stopped," Rayburn said. "If you have somebody on like she was, you just keep feeding her. It's like a machine. She was working hard down low and getting herself open. When a post works that hard, you have to give them the ball."