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#8/9 Ohio State Buckeyes (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten) vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (11-10, 4-6 Big Ten)
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, 7:30 ET
Value City Arena • Columbus, Ohio

Radio/Internet: WOSU 820-AM/ www.wosu.org (Marty Bannister, Toni Roesch)
Television: Big Ten Network (Mark Neely, Mary Murphy)
Live Stats: www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com

Series Record: OSU leads, 26-25
Series in 2008-09: Tied, 1-1
Last Meeting: 3/7/10, OSU, 72-56 in Indianapolis
Next Meeting: Only meeting
In Columbus: OSU leads, 16-7
Current Win Streak: OSU, 1

FASTBREAK POINTS

  • The Buckeyes own a slight edge in the all-time series with the Hawkeyes, 26-25, but have won 11 of the last 12 overall.
  • Iowa has never won in eight tries at Value City Arena. The Hawkeyes’ last win in Columbus was back on Feb. 20, 1998 during Ohio State’s final season at St. John Arena. Thursday is the only meeting between the two teams this season.
  • Ohio State closed out the month of January with a 6-2 record after going 8-0 in November and 7-1 in December.
  • Ohio State is a perfect 16-0 at home this year and will be looking to tie the record for most home wins in a season against Iowa Thursday. The best home record in program history is 17-0 set back during the 2004-05 season. Foster and the Buckeyes also went undefeated in 2002-03 with a 14-0 mark.
  • Ohio State is 124-9 at home overall under Jim Foster and 97-5 since the start of the 2004-05 season.
  • Since the start of Ohio State’s Big Ten championship run in 2004-05, the Buckeyes are 45-2 (.957) in Big Ten games at Value City Arena and 80-13 (.860) in Big Ten play overall.
  • Ohio State has won 22 straight games at home and 107 of 108 at home against unranked opponents.
  • Ohio State is 17-2 after a loss since the 2004-05 season and 25-6 overall under Jim Foster in regular-season games. Ohio State had its 12-game win streak snapped with its 63-61 loss at Purdue Feb. 25.
  • Ohio State (9-2) still holds a two-game lead on Penn State (7-4) in the Big Ten with seven games remaining. The Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions face each other just once this season when OSU travels to State College this Sunday, Feb. 7. Wisconsin and Purdue are tied for third at 6-5 with Michigan State in fifth at 5-5.
  • The Buckeyes rank fifth in the NCAA in 3-point shooting at 40.1 percent and tied a season high with 10 makes in the win over Minnesota Jan. 28. They also rank in the Top 10 in assist-turnover ratio (6th, +1.2), fewest fouls (5th, 13.2), assists (8th, 17.5) and scoring (9th, 78.9). The Buckeyes are shooting 46.0 percent on the season, good for 14th in the NCAA and tops in the Big Ten. They have shot 50 percent or better seven times, including three games of 60 percent or better.
  • Ohio State’s game with No. 19 Michigan State Jan. 9 marked the third ranked opponent Ohio State has played this season. Ohio State defeated then-No. 15 Cal, 83-71, in Columbus before dropping an 83-67 decision to No. 11 Duke Dec. 3 in Durham. The Buckeyes also defeated two other teams currently ranked in the Top 25 in No. 10/11 Oklahoma State (18-3) and No. 11/8 West Virginia (20-2) in the preseason WNIT. Another note-worthy win came on Dec. 13 when Ohio State picked up a 79-77 win at Ole Miss. The Lady Rebels are receiving votes in both polls with a 14-7 overall record and a 5-3 mark in the SEC and have picked up wins over No. 12 LSU and No. 9 Georgia.
  • Jantel Lavender leads the Big Ten and is 11th nationally with 21.0 ppg. She is already fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,780 points. If Lavender continues at her career average of 19.8 ppg she will challenge Katie Smith’s school record of 2,578 points. She also is second in the Big Ten with 10.5 boards per game and is first with a .513 field goal percentage.
  • Lavender has 14 double-doubles this season, the second most in Division I, and 51 in her career, the most among active Big Ten players. The Buckeyes are 42-9 overall in her career when she records a double-double.
  • Lavender has scored in double figures in all 90 career games, the longest active streak in Division I.
  • Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten and is second nationally with 7.8 assists per game behind NCAA leader Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga (9.2). Prahalis has six games with 10 or more and has dished out at least eight 14 different times. Prahalis recorded a career-high 14 assists in the win over No. 15 California. With 391 career assists, she is already seventh on Ohio State’s all-time list in only her sophomore season.
  • Prahalis ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 17.8 ppg in Big Ten play. She has 140 points (20.0 ppg) in her last seven games, including a 32-point performance in the win at Michigan State.
  • Samantha Prahalis notched her sixth double-double of the season with 23 points and 10 assists in the victory over Minnesota last week. It marked the first game in her Ohio State career in which she committed zero turnovers. She then dished out eight assists, all in the first half, in the loss at Indiana.
  • Junior guard Brittany Johnson is shooting 55 percent (12-of-22) from long range in her last four games. She hit 4-of-5 in the loss at Purdue, finishing with 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal. Johnson leads the Big Ten in 3FG percentage at .490 in all games.
  • Ohio State has made 83 more free throws (377) than opponents have attempted (294) this season. The Buckeyes are 20-2 this season and 62-4 since the start of the 2007-08 season when they outshoot their opponents at the free throw line.
  • The Buckeyes have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for 109-consecutive weeks.

Scouting Iowa
The Hawkeyes are riding a three-game win streak with victories at Illinois (74-65) and at home last week against Northwestern (78-69) and Purdue (70-50). They enter Thursday’s game with an 11-10 overall record and 4-6 in the Big Ten.

Iowa is led by Big Ten freshman of the year candidate Jaime Printy who leads her team and all Big Ten rookies with 14.8 ppg. She also leads all Big Ten players in free throw percentage (.892). Sophomore Kamille Wahlin (14.1 ppg) leads the Big Ten in three-point field goals with 55 (2.6 per game) with Printy third at 46 makes. As a team, Iowa leads the Big Ten with 7.3 three-pointers per game. Junior Kachine Alexander is averaging 13.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in Big Ten play.

Lisa Bluder (Northern Iowa, 1983) is in her 10th season at Iowa with a record of 180-119 and an overall mark of 536-261 in her 26th season.

Last Time vs. Iowa – 3/7/2009
The Buckeyes ran out to a 20-2 lead and eventually beat the Hawkeyes 72-56 in the Big Ten tournament semifinals. Star Allen had 13 points and 15 rebounds for the top-seeded Buckeyes. Kamille Wahlin and Kristi Smith each scored 11 points for the fourth-seeded Hawkeyes. The Buckeyes led 34-17 at halftime and increased its advantage to 25 with 12:13 to play. Ohio State followed a 57 percent shooting effort in its quarterfinal win over Illinois with 48 percent accuracy against the Hawkeyes. The Buckeyes also outrebounded Iowa, 41-34. Iowa shot just 37 percent against Ohio State, including a 29 percent effort in the first half. The Hawkeyes led the Big Ten in scoring and 3-point percentage during conference games, but didn’t get going until it was too late.

Last Time Out: IU 67, OSU 62
Ohio State dropped its second-consecutive road game with a 67-62 loss to Indiana at Assembly Hall in Bloomington Sunday. Down by three points, Ohio State had a chance to tie the game, but Brittany Johnson’s deep three fell short and Indiana sealed the win with two more free throws in the final seconds. Jantel Lavender once again led the Buckeyes with a double-double on 20 points and 15 rebounds, though she scored only three points after halftime. Samantha Prahalis had 14 points and eight assists (all in the first half), while senior Andrea Walker chipped in with a career-high 15 points and seven rebounds off the bench. The Hoosiers held the Buckeyes to 6-of-27 shooting in the second half and outscored Ohio State 32-20 after halftime. Jori Davis scored 19 points and Danilsa Andujar added the go-ahead basket with 3:45 left. Andujar also pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds. Lavender nearly recorded a double-double in the first half with 17 points and eight rebounds in the first 20 minutes as the Buckeyes led 42-35 at halftime. Prahalis had nine points and eight assists in the first 20 minutes.