|Ohio State vs. #16 Iowa
|Date:||February 10, 2019
|Venue: ||Value City Arena -- Columbus, Ohio
|Game Notes:||Ohio State | Iowa | Big Ten
|Special Events||Pink Day
Giveaways: 2,500 Pink Pom-Poms along with 1,000 Pink Yowees
Youth Dance Day
Hoops Hour Pregame
Phyllis Bailey & Barbie Tootle Award Recognition
Tim Horton Parachute Cup Drop
Postgame Meet & Greet: Dorka Juhasz, Janai Crooms, and Karlie Cronin
Noting Ohio State
- Ohio State looks to get back to .500 on the season when it hosts No. 16 Iowa on Sunday.
- Sunday is the Buckeyes’ annual Pink Day.
- The Buckeyes have won their Pink Day game each of the last four seasons.
- Ohio State is right in the middle of the Big Ten standings at 6-6.
- OSU needs to finish the regular season 4-2 over the final six games to assure a .500 or better record heading into the Big Ten Tournament.
- The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Iowa 35-32 and have won four out of the last five meetings.
- Iowa won the lone meeting last year which came in Iowa City.
- The Buckeyes have scored a season-high 78 points in each of the last two home games against Illinois and Penn State.
- In those two games, Makayla Waterman has notched the two highest scoring games of her career. She scored 18 points vs. Illinois and then went 10-of-14 from the foul line in the decisive fourth quarter and finished with 19 points vs. Penn State.
- Carly Santoro is tied for the team lead in scoring at 11.8 points per game and has a team-high four games of 20 or more points. She has scored in double figures in each of the last six games.
- Point guard Carmen Grande notched the 800th assist of her career last Wednesday vs. Penn State. She is the NCAA active assist leader, men or women.
- Grande is tied for the lead in the Big Ten at 5.0 assists per game.
- Freshman guard Janai Crooms has scored nine or more points in nine of the last 10 games and she is averaging nearly 12 points per game over that stretch.
- Dorka Juhász has recorded a team-high seven double-doubles this season. She also has eight games of 10 or more rebounds and leads the team in both scoring and rebounding.
Series History vs. Iowa
- Sunday’s game will be the 68th meeting all time between Ohio State and Iowa.
- The Buckeyes hold a slim 35-32 edge in the series.
- Each team has dominated on their home floor, with the Buckeyes leading 21-8 in Columbus and Iowa leading 21-9 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 game at Iowa in 2016 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.
- The teams have met seven times in the Big Ten tournament with the Buckeyes winning four of those contests.
- In their last meeting, Iowa scored 103 points, the most in the series history, to claim their first victory in the last five contests.
McGuff vs. Iowa
- Head coach Kevin McGuff is 4-5 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 in 2016 and 2017 before dropping the game last year.
Last Year vs. Iowa
- Stephanie Mavunga and Linnae Harper recorded double-doubles and Kelsey Mitchell scored 27 points but the Buckeyes just weren’t able to get over the hump and would fall on the road at No. 25 Iowa 103-89.
- Mavunga battled foul trouble most of the night and finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out early in the fourth quarter.
- Harper scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to go along with four steals.
- The two top scorers in the conference, Mitchell and Megan Gustafson lived up to the billing. Mitchell scored 27 points and made three shots from long range while Gustafson notched a game-high 29 points on 11-of-14 from the foul line.
- Senior Asia Doss was 6-of-9 shooting and finished with 14 points, three steals and two assists.
- Makayla Waterman also gave the Buckeyes good minutes, finishing with seven points and six rebounds but she too fouled-out midway through the fourth.
- The Buckeyes got in an early hole, trailing 20-6 midway through the first quarter but did not quit.
- OSU battled back behind threes from Mitchell and Waterman and good free throw shooting to close to within five at the end of one.
- The Hawkeyes led by seven for most of the second quarter and after beating the buzzer for the second-straight quarter, Iowa led 53-44 at the break.
- The lead swelled to as many as 14 once again early in the third but again the Buckeyes clawed back, this time to within two.
- Iowa had an answer every time and Doyle beat the buzzer with a three for the third time in the game and the lead was eight, 77-69.
- The Buckeyes weren’t able to get any closer than five in the final quarter as Iowa answered