IOWA CITY, Iowa – Sophomore forward Dorka Juhasz scored 22 points and grabbed a career-high tying 16 rebounds but the Buckeyes couldn’t get a shot to fall in the closing minutes and fell on the road to No. 19 Iowa Thursday 77-68.
Janai Crooms made a driving lay-up to knife the Iowa (16-3, 7-1) lead to 68-64 with 2:12 to play. Iowa answered with a pair of free throws and the Buckeyes (11-8, 4-4) had four three-point attempts rattle in and out in the final two minutes. Iowa took advantage and made 12-of-13 free throws in the fourth quarter.
The double-double for Juhasz was her third of the season and the 15th of her career. She was 7-of-15 from the floor and also tied a career-high with three three-pointers.
Sophomore guard Janai Crooms had her best offensive game of the season, scoring a season-high 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting. This was also the first game of her career that she had zero turnovers.
Freshman Jacy Sheldon got the Buckeyes started early with a three and a couple of nice finishes around the rim. She ended up with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Fellow freshman Kierstan Bell was the fourth Buckeye in double figures as she scored 10 points to go along with three assists and three rebounds. Bell and Sheldon have each scored in double figures in five of the last seven games.
Iowa was led by Kathleen Doyle with a game-high 26 points. She was 9-for-9 from the free throw line and as a team, the Hawkeyes were 19-of-21 from the stripe.
The first half was a back and forth tussle. Iowa started hot and took a 13-6 lead but the Buckeyes came back and led 23-21 at the end of an eventful first quarter. Madison Greene and Juhasz hit late threes in the second quarter to give the Buckeyes their largest lead of the half at 39-32. But Iowa closed the half with a three and the OSU advantage was 39-35 at the break.
The Buckeyes pushed the lead back out to six points early in the third quarter. Iowa then countered with a 12-3 run over six minute span to take a 53-49 lead late in the third. The Hawkeyes held that lead until a couple of Juhasz lay-ins at the start of the fourth quarter evened the game at 56-56. The final tie was 58-58 as Iowa then scored six quick points to grab a 64-58 lead with 4:03. The Hawkeyes wouldn’t relinquish the advantage the rest of the way as they executed down the stretch for their seventh consecutive victory.
The Buckeyes will now have a week off to prepare for a big game with No. 20 Maryland at home next Thursday. The Terrapins erased a seven-point deficit to go on to a 72-62 victory in the team’s first meeting this season on Jan. 6.