Buckeyes will take on the Hawkeyes at 8:30 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network; Ohio State is looking to advance to its fifth Big Ten tournament championship game and third in the past four years
No. 1 Ohio State (25-5) takes on No. 4 Iowa (21-9) in Saturday’s second semifinal game.
Ohio State is looking to advance to its fifth tournament championship game and its third in the past four years.
Ohio State defeated No. 9 Illinois Friday while Iowa defeated No. 5 Minnesota in the last quarterfinal.
Ohio State is 21-13 all-time in the Big Ten tournament.
Head coach Jim Foster is 10-5 all-time in the Big Ten tournament.
Jantel Lavender needs five more rebounds to tie and six to break the school record for rebounds in a season. Lavender has 320 this year and is nearing Jessica Davenport’s record of 325 set during the 2004-05 season.
The all-time series between Ohio State and Iowa is tied at 25-25.
Iowa won the only meeting this season, 85-75, Feb. 12 in Iowa City.
Jantel Lavender scored a season-high 32 points in the loss at Iowa this season. She scored Ohio State’s first 13 points and tied career highs wih 15 made field goals and four blocked shots.
Previously, Ohio State had won the last 10 meeting with the Hawkeyes.
Iowa and Ohio State have met only once before in the Big Ten tournament back in the quarterfinals of the 1998 tournament. Iowa won, 72-54.
Postgame Notes from quarterfinal win over Illinois
The 17-point victory was Ohio State’s third-largest margin of victory in the history of the tournament. Its largest all-time is 24 points when the Buckeyes defeated Wisconsin in the 2005 quarterfinals, 70-46.
Ohio State made its first 10 shots to start the game and 11 of its first 12 (91.7 percent).
The Buckeyes shot 66.7 percent in the opening half and 57.4 for the game.
Nine different Buckeyes scored in the opening half.
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Illinois 39-17 and won all three meetings this season.
Ohio State is 19-0 this year when leading at the half and 9-3 away from home.
Freshman Samantha Prahalis dished out nine assists and now has 176 on the season. She breaks Kim Wilburn’s Ohio State freshman record of 168 assists set during the 2002-03 season.
Prahalis’ 9 assists also set an Ohio State Big Ten tournament record, breaking the old mark of 8 which also was set by Wilburn against Penn State (3/9/03)
Prahalis has 17 games this year with six or more assists and four with nine or more.
Sophomore Jantel Lavender finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds for her 21st double-double of the season and the 34th of her career. The Buckeyes are 28-6 over the past two years when Lavender gets a double-double.
Lavender’s 34 career double-doubles are the most among active Big Ten players in only her sophomore season.
Lavender has scored 10 or more points in all 61 career games, the fourth-longest active streak in Division I.
Lavender now was 1,175 career points and needs 20 more to break Katie Smith’s record of 1,194 points in her first two seasons as a Buckeye.
Sophomore Brittany Johnson hit all seven of her shots from the field, including two 3-pointers. She finished with 16 points
Star Allen finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. In the last six games, Allen has scored 101 points (16.8 ppg). Her season average is 10.9.
Ohio State outscored Illinois 46-16 in the paint and 15-0 in fastbreak points.
The 31 made field goals by Ohio State ties for the second most this season.