Jan. 24, 2018
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Ohio State heads to No. 25 Iowa this Thursday in search of a second-straight win in Iowa City and its fifth-straight win over the Hawkeyes. The game will tip at 8 p.m. ET and can be seen online on BTN2Go.
NOTING OHIO STATE
- Ohio State remains on the road this Thursday as it travels to Iowa for an 8 p.m. ET tip with the No. 25 Hawkeyes.
- The Buckeyes are reeling a bit, having dropped its last two contests to No. 19 Michigan and No. 14 Maryland.
- Ohio State is third in the country and tops in the Big Ten in scoring at 86.8 ppg.
- After losing five-straight in the series, the Buckeyes have won the last four meetings with Iowa and will look for a second-straight win in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday.
- The last time Ohio State won two-straight games in Iowa City was 10 years ago back in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.
- The Buckeye starting five accounts for 88.7 percent of the team’s scoring and combine to average 77.0 ppg which is tops in the country.
- Kelsey Mitchell is one of just 13 players in NCAA history with 3,000 career points. She needs just 45 more points to become the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer.
- Mitchell is second in the country in scoring at 24.8 ppg and is fourth in the country with 74 three-point field goals.
- Mitchell has made the most three-pointers by any female in NCAA history with 442.
- Stephanie Mavunga is one of just three players in the country with five games of 16 or more rebounds.
- Mavunga is the only active player in the country with over 1,000 career points, 1,000 career rebounds and 250 career blocks.
- Mitchell, Mavunga and Harper are the highest scoring trio in the country at 55.3 ppg.
- Linnae Harper is grabbing 8.8 rebounds per game which is tops in the country for players at 5-8 or shorter.
- Harper is doing a little bit of everything for the Buckeyes She is one of just six players in the country to average 15 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals per game.
Series History vs. Iowa
- Thursday’s game will be the 67th meeting all time between Ohio State and Iowa.
- The Buckeyes hold a slim 35-31 edge in the series.
- Each team has dominated on their home floor, with the Buckeyes leading 21-8 in Columbus and Iowa leading 20-9 in Iowa City.
- The Buckeyes had lost five-straight games in Iowa City before claiming a 98-81 victory in 2016.
- The 98 points in their last game at Iowa were the most points scored by an OSU team 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.
- Overall, Ohio State has won the last four meetings in the series.
- 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 an even 4-4 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.
- He then led the Buckeyes to wins in the team’s lone meetings the last two years.
Last Year vs. iowa
- Kelsey Mitchell and Shayla Cooper scored 20 points each and No. 13 Ohio State beat Iowa 88-81 on Feb. 12, 2017 at Value City Arena.
- Cooper added a season-high five assists and a team-high eight rebounds.
- Sierra Calhoun knocked-down five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points while Kiara Lewis put up 11 points for the Buckeyes.
- The turning point in the game came with 3:30 to play in the fourth quarter. Lewis scored inside and then she and Mitchell added fastbreak buckets for a 6-0 spurt that took all of 37 seconds. That turned a tie game into a 78-72 OSU edge.
- Linnae Harper, who finished the game with a season-high five steals, had back-to-back steals which led to lay-ups by Mitchell and Cooper with under two minutes to play to stretch the lead to 84-74.
- Ally Disterhoft scored 22 points, Megan Gustafson had 17 points and 10 rebounds for her 13th double-double this season to lead Iowa.
- The game featured 10 ties and 11 lead changes, including four in the fourth quarter.
- Ohio State freshman Tori McCoy, who started in place of the injured Stephanie Mavunga, scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and swatted a season-high tying four shots.
Last Visit to Carver-Hawkeye Arena
- The Buckeyes had five players in double-figures and shot 58 percent for the game to run away with a 98-81 victory on Feb. 11, 2016.
- The win was the first for the Buckeyes at Iowa since Jan. 6, 2008. The Buckeyes had lost five-straight games in Iowa City.
- Ameryst Alston scored her 2,000th career point in the game as she finished with 18 points.
- 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 and Kelsey Mitchell each netted a team-high tying 20 points.
- Chelsea Mitchell added a then season-high four points
- 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.
Two of Big Ten’s Best
- Thursday’s game will feature a matchup of two of the conference’s best players this season in Kesley Mitchell and Megan Gustafson.
- The duo is 1-2 in the conference in scoring as Mitchell is at 24.8 ppg and Gustafson is averaging 23.6 ppg.
- Mitchell leads the conference in three-pointers made (74) and is tops in the league in free throw percentage (89.2).
- Gustafson also leads the conference in rebounds per game at 12.8 rpg and overall field goal percentage at 67.1.
- Of the 11 Big Ten Player of the Week honors this season, Mitchell or Gustafson has earned the award in eight of those weeks including sharing the award on Dec. 18.