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No. 13/13 Ohio State vs. Iowa

Date:

February 12, 2017

Time:

Noon

Arena:

Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio.

Watch:

BTN

Listen:

1460 AM

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Game Notes:

Ohio State | Iowa | Big Ten

Special Feature:

Alumni Day

Halftime:

Dance Day Halftime Performance
Former Player Recognition

Postgame:

Postgame Layups
Meet and Greet with Linnae Harper


Setting the Scene

  • • After an eight day break, the Buckeyes return to the court Sunday for its only matchup this season with the Hawkeyes of Iowa.
  • Tipoff is set for Noon from Value City Arena.
  • It's Alumni Day in Columbus as a number of Buckeye greats will be honored at halftime.
  • Ohio State is riding a season-high seven game win streak and is in search of its 12th-straight victory at home.
  • Iowa comes into the contest off a hard-fought 87-83 overtime win over Michigan State last Thursday night in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes are 15-9 on the season and 6-5 in the conference.
  • The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. The incomparable duo of Lisa Byington and Christy Winters Scott will call the action.
  • The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

 

Noting The Buckeyes

  • The Buckeyes enter Sunday's game with a 21-5 mark overall and an 11-1 mark in the conference.
  • Ohio State is ranked 13th in both the AP poll and coaches poll.
  • A victory on Sunday over Iowa would secure a top-4 seed and a double-bye for the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • Ohio State has had seven games this year in which every player on the bench that was available for the game scored a point including two games in which all 12 players scored.
  • The Buckeyes went three-straight games without scoring more than 75 points but in each of their last five games, the Buckeyes have scored 87 or more.
  • After scoring a school-record 86.0 ppg last season, the Buckeyes are fourth in the country in scoring at 87.2 ppg.
  • The Buckeyes have grabbed 50 or more rebounds in nine games this season -- the most since the 1981-82 season -- and are second in the country with 1,191 rebounds.
  • The Buckeyes took a blow as center Stephanie Mavunga suffered a foot injury in practice on Feb. 9 and will be out for the next couple of weeks.
  • Mavunga is atop the Big Ten and is seventh in the country in rebounding at 11.3 rebounds per game.
  • Mavunga has recorded a team-best 11 double-doubles this season.
  • Kelsey Mitchell has scored 2,364 career points and is third all-time in OSU history and seventh all-time in Big Ten history in scoring.
  • Mitchell has scored 22 or more points in each of the last six games.
  • Mitchell is also the school’s all-time three-point leader with 341 career three-pointers and is fourth all-time in Big Ten history.
  • Mitchell has been named to the prestigious Naismith Top-30 list this season.
  • Mitchell leads the Big Ten and is sixth in the country in scoring at 23.2 ppg.
  • Asia Doss has averaged nearly four assists per game over the last four games.

 

Noting Iowa

  • The Hawkeyes enter Sunday's contest with a record of 15-9 overall and 6-5 in the Big Ten.
  • Iowa has won two of its last three games including an 87-83 overtime victory over Michigan State last Thursday night in Iowa City.
  • The Hawkeyes are 12-3 at home this season and just 2-5 on the road.
  • Sophomore Megan Gustafson has scored in double figures in every game this season and is averaging a team-high 17.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
  • All-Big Ten guard Ally Disterhoft is averaging 16.4 points and has made a team-best 36 three-pointers.
  • The Hawkeyes suffered a blow when starting point guard Tania Davis torn her ACL on Feb. 5. Davis had started the first 23 games and averaged 10.9 points, 4.3 assists and 3.7 rebound per game.
  • Lisa Bluder, who Iowa’s all-time winningest coach, has 694 career wins and is quickly approaching career win No. 700. Bluder is in her 33rd season as a head coach and her 17th at the helm of the Hawkeyes.

 

Series History vs. Iowa

  • Sunday’s game will be the 66th meeting all time between Ohio State and Iowa.
  • The Buckeyes hold a slim 34-31 edge in the series.
  • Each team has dominated on their home floor, with the Buckeyes leading 20-8 in Columbus and Iowa leading 20-9 in Iowa City.
  • Ohio State snapped Iowa’s five-game win streak in the series with a win in the 2015 regular season and then topped the Hawkeyes for a second-straight time with an overtime win in the B1G Tournament.
  • Last year, the Buckeyes won in Iowa City for the first time since 2008.
  • The teams have met seven times in the Big Ten tournament with the Buckeyes winning four of those contests.

 

McGuff vs. Iowa

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 3-4 lifetime against the Hawkeyes.
  • The teams played three times in each of McGuff’s first two seasons at Ohio State.
  • McGuff dropped all three meetings the first year and went 2-1 in his second year.
  • The win last year was his first and only in Iowa City.

 

Last Year vs. iowa

  • The Buckeyes had five players in double-figures and shot 58 percent for the game to run away with a 98-81 victory at Iowa on Feb. 11, 2016.
  • Ameryst Alston became just the sixth Buckeye in school history to score 2,000 career points. She came into the game 12 points shy of 2,000 and scored 18 against the Hawkeyes.
  • Alexa Hart scored 13, grabbed eight rebounds and swatted five shots.
  • Asia Doss dished-out a career-high seven assists to go along with 12 points.
  • Shayla Cooper notched her fourth 20-point game this season, netting a team-high tying 20 points.
  • Chelsea Mitchell scored a season-high four points
  • Kelsey Mitchell scored a team-high tying 20 points.
  • Ally Disterhoft led the Hawkeyes with 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
  • This win was the first for the Buckeyes at Iowa since Jan. 6, 2008. The Buckeyes had lost five-straight games in Iowa City.
  • The Buckeyes shot 58 percent from the floor, marking their second-best shooting performance of the season.
  • The Buckeyes nearly matched their 85.7 point per game average through three quarters, leading 83-62 after three quarters.
  • Ohio State shot 72.2 percent (13-of-18) in the third quarter.