Ohio State junior guard Samantha Prahalis recorded her first career triple-double Sunday, but the Buckeyes still fell at home 74-68 to Northwestern.
OSU (13-9, 4-6 in the Big Ten) has now lost three in a row and five of its last eight games. Hosting Purdue Thursday at 6 p.m., the Buckeyes have six games remaining before the conference tournament.
In a Q&A on the school's web site, Prahalis described this season as ''a rollercoaster.''
"We can’t find that groove,'' she said. "I thought we had it, but then it slipped away. I have a feeling we’re going to peak at the right time, though. I know we still have to actually do it, but I feel we’ll reach our potential come tournament time. I would rather be on track right now, but we’ve got to keep working.''
Asked her prediction for the rest of the season, Prahalis said, ''I see us winning more. We just need to play together and have it all come together because it hasn’t yet. I’m still having fun, but it’s not so much fun to lose.''
OSU coach Jim Foster was very critical after Sunday's defeat. The Buckeyes lost for the first time this season when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
"They imposed their will on us and we did not defend it,'' Foster said. "We let them do what they wanted to do and needed to do and we didn’t fight through it. We aren’t a team that fights through adversity.
"This team has not been able to weather the storms. Basketball is a game of stops. In all of these games there is a point where we just don’t get stops. Then our offense will try to play quickly and that’s counterproductive.''
Foster said OSU must change its mentality.
"We have to make an attitudinal adjustment in regards to guarding people and its importance,'' he said.
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