Feb. 20, 2015
Setting the Scene
The Buckeyes close out the home portion of the regular season schedule on Saturday night against No. 13/11 Iowa.
Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. from Value City Arena.
Ohio State (18-9, 10-5) rebounded from one of its worst offensive games with ones of its best in a 92-60 rout of Purdue last Tuesday. The Buckeyes are tied for fourth in the B1G standings.
Iowa (21-5, 12-3) is coming off just its third B1G loss of the season on Tuesday, a 93-80 setback at Minnesota. The Hawkeyes are alone in second in the B1G.
The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Lisa Byington and Debbie Antonelli will have the call.
The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Saturday's game will feature the No. 2 and 3 ranked scoring teams in the B1G.
The majority of both team's scoring comes from the perimeter as they are No. 1 and 2 in three-shooting in the conference.
Iowa makes a B1G-best 8.2 three-pointers per game and shoots a conference leading 39.2 percent from behind the arc as a team.
The Buckeyes make 7.6 threes per game.
Buckeye freshman Kelsey Mitchell has made the most three-pointers in the country this year at 101. Iowa guard Melissa Dixon is right behind her at 98.
No other player in the country has made more than 81 three-pointers this season.
Quick Buckeye Did You Knows??
Kelsey Mitchell is the first player in the country to score 600 points as she is at 673 points. She is sixth on the OSU single-season point list.
Alexa Hart has a .745 shooting percentage over the last seven games (41-of-55).
Alexa Hart is second in the B1G with 99 blocked shots and is also second on the OSU single-season blocks list.
Kelsey Mitchell (24.9 ppg) and Ameryst Alston (20.1 ppg) make up the top-scoring back court in the country.
Mitchell and Alston are the only two set of teammates on the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List.
Alston has 14 20-point games this season.
Mitchell and Alexa Hart are the highest scoring freshman combo in the country.
Ohio State is No. 8 in the country in scoring offense at 79.6 ppg.
The Buckeyes lead the conference and are seventh nationally in blocked shots per game at 6.4.
A Quick Look At Iowa
Iowa had its four-game win-streak snapped last Tuesday with a 93-80 setback at Minnesota.
The Hawkeyes are 21-5 overall and alone in second place in the B1G at 12-3.
This will be the second time the Hawkeyes have lost the game immediately before playing Ohio State as they also lost at Maryland preceding the Feb. 5 contest.
The Hawks are third in the conference in scoring at 79.3 ppg and lead the B1G in three-point shooting at 39.2.
Melissa Dixon is second in the country in three-pointers made with 98 and is second on the team in scoring at 15.3 points per game. She is making 45.4 percent of her shots from beyond the arc.
Ally Disterhoft tops the squad in scoring at 15.5 ppg and is second on the squad with 62 assists.
All-B1G guard Samantha Logic is averaging 12.3 points per game and tops the B1G with 203 assists.
Series History vs. Iowa
Saturday's game will be the 63rd meeting all time between Ohio State and Iowa.
The series is dead even at 31-31.
Each team has dominated on their home floor, with the Buckeyes leading 19-8 in Columbus and Iowa leading 20-8 in Iowa City.
Iowa has won the last five meetings between the two teams including a 73-65 victory on Feb. 5 in Iowa City.
McGuff vs. Iowa
Head coach Kevin McGuff is 0-4 lifetime against the Hawkeyes, having dropped three meetings last season and the first meeting this season.
Last Time vs. Iowa
Ohio State trailed by just one late in the second half but the Buckeyes just couldn't get over the hump as No. 16 Iowa held on down the stretch for a 73-65 victory.
The story of the night for the Buckeyes was turnovers. OSU came into the game averaging just 14 turnovers per contest and committed 21 on the night.
Offensively, four Buckeyes finished in double figures led by Kelsey Mitchell's 15 points. She was just 4-of-12 from the floor but did have four assists.
Freshman Alexa Hart had 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds. She also blocked four shots.
Shayla Cooper finished the game with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Junior Ameryst Alston battled foul trouble most of the night and finished with 11 points and two assists.
Iowa also had four players finish in double figures. Ally Disterhoft had 21 points while Bethany Doolittle added 19 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
The game could not have started any worse for the Buckeyes. Iowa jumped all over the Buckeyes sloppy play and raced out to a 32-12 lead. OSU settled down a bit and went on a 12-2 run and after an Alston three-pointer from the corner, the Buckeyes had cut the lead to eight at 37-29 with three minutes left in the half.
In the second half, the Buckeyes slowly worked their way back into it. Lisa Blair finished-off a nice pass by Mitchell to trim the Iowa lead to 55-54 with 8:55 to play. The lead stayed around three for the next four minutes but the Buckeyes made just one field goal over the final five minutes of the game allowing Iowa to pull away late.
Last Time Out
After a sluggish first 10 minutes, Ohio State went on a 19-2 run and never slowed down en route to a 92-60 victory over Purdue at Value City Arena.
All eight Buckeyes inked their names in the scorebook as junior guard Ameryst Alston led the way with 26 points. Alston also grabbed seven rebounds and dished-out a season-high eight assists.
Freshman Kelsey Mitchell was 4-of-8 from beyond the arc and finished with 17 points. Like Alston, she dished-out a season-high eight assists and also added eight rebounds.
The Buckeyes dominated in paint as well, as Alexa Hart scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds while Lisa Blair came off the bench to score six points, grab eight boards and swat a career-high six shots.
Ohio State had good ball movement on offense most of the night which led to 23 assists, one-off it's season-high. Purdue had just four assists in the game which was a season-low.
The Boilermakers were led by Whitney Bays' 24 points and six rebounds.
Ohio State shot over 49 percent for the game despite a slow start. The Bucks missed their first five shots and neither team could shake loose for the first 10 minutes. Leading 19-15, Alston and Mitchell knocked-down back-to-back three-pointers in a span of 22 seconds to ignite a huge Buckeye run. The spurt spanned the rest of the half leading to a 52-29 OSU lead.
Alston had 16 points while Alexa Hart with 7-of-8 from the floor for 15 points in the first 20 minutes.
The second half was more of the same. Ohio State came out on a 14-5 run and pushed the lead to 32 points in the first five minutes. Blair then got into the act with a couple of lay-ins and three blocks. Alston's season-high tying fifth three-pointer of the game gave the Buckeyes their largest lead of the night at 87-52 with 5:41 left in the contest.
Saturday's game will be the final home game for med student Amy Scullion.
Scullion graduated last May with a degree in nutrition and decided to forgo her final season of eligibility to enroll in med school at Ohio State.
After the Buckeye roster was hit with a rash of injuries in October, Scullion volunteered to help the team and rejoined the squad in mid-November.
Her selflessness and sacrifice for the team immediately won over her teammates new and old.
In her first game this season, Scullion grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in just 14 minutes in the win over VCU.
She has played in a total of 20 games this season.
Her best game was an 11-point showing at Michigan when she was 4-of-4 from the floor and made all three of her three-pointers in just nine minutes of action.
Saturday's game will be Scullion's 95th as a Buckeye. She has made 34 starts and has averaged over two points and two rebounds per game during her career.