#20/21 Ohio State (10-4, 1-1) at #21/22 Iowa (13-3, 1-2)
Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 – 3/4 p.m. ET
Iowa City, Iowa
TV: CBS (Dave Ryan, Debbie Antonelli)
Radio: The Fan 1460 AM (Marty Bannister, Kristin Watt)
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• The Buckeyes are coming off an 83-65 win over Indiana at home Wednesday
• Ohio State leads the all-time series with Iowa, 28-25, and has won 13 of the last 14 overall
• Ohio State won both meetings last season, including a 66-64 come-from-behind win in the Big Ten tournament championship game
• Ohio State currently has an RPI ranking of No. 13 according to Realtimerpi.com and boasts the fifth-toughest schedule in the country
• Ohio State is second in the Big Ten with 74.6 points per game
• Jantel Lavender leads the Big Ten and ranks second in the NCAA with 24.3 ppg. She also leads the Big Ten and ranks 12th in the NCAA with 11.3 rebounds
• Lavender set a Value City Arena record with 22 rebounds against Indiana Wednesday
• Lavender is the second-leading active scorer in the nation (2,387) behind UConn’s Maya Moore
• Lavender has scored 10+ points in all 116 career games, the longest active streak in Division I
• Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten and is second in the nation with 7.0 assists per game
Scouting The Hawkeyes
No. 21/22 Iowa is 13-3 on the season and 1-2 in the Big Ten after winning its first conference game Wednesday at Minnesota, coming back from a 13-point second-half deficit and snapping a two-game losing streak in the process. They started the season 12-1, with their only loss coming against North Carolina on the road.
Individually, Jamie Printy leads the Hawkeyes with 15.1 points per game and also ranks second in the Big Ten with 37 three-point field goals. Senior Kachine Alexander is one of the most versatile players in the Big Ten with her 13.9 ppg and 9.1 rebounds. Alexander had 20 points and eight rebounds in the win over the Gophers Wednesday.
Lisa Bluder is in her 11th season as the head coach at Iowa with a 202-126 record and a 558-268 record overall.
Series Record: OSU leads 28-25
Series in 2009-10: OSU, 2-0
Last Meeting: 3/7/09, OSU, 66-64
In Iowa City: Iowa leads 15-9
Current Win Streak: OSU – 3
Last Time vs. Iowa
Jantel Lavender scored a tournament record 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and helped Ohio State cap a remarkable second-half comeback by making two free throws with 1.9 seconds left to give No. 10 Ohio State the Big Ten tourney title, 66-64 over Iowa on March 7, 2010. Lavender was the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player for the second time. Lavender became the fastest Buckeye to top 2,000 career points on the same day the Buckeyes tied a school record for victories. Samantha Prahalis was slowed by foul trouble. Kamille Wahlin finished with 20 points to lead the Hawkeyes. Kelly Krei had 18 points and eight rebounds. Wahlin still had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but the shot from near midcourt just missed the rim. Iowa took control quickly, using a 13-3 run to take a 20-9 lead with 14:02 to go in the first half. They still led 41-33 at the half. The Hawkeyes kept the pressure on in the second half, taking just 95 seconds to make an 8-0 run for a 49-33 lead while drawing third fouls on Prahalis and Ohio State’s Brittany Johnson. But the Buckeyes rallied. Prahalis jump-started a 10-0 run that got Ohio State within 51-47 with 10:17 to go. Lavender made it a 2-point game with a 5-foot bank shot with 5:35 to go, and Prahalis followed with a nifty drive and scoop shot to tie the score at 60 with 5:04 left. Lavender followed that with two free throws to break the tie, and Iowa scored four straight points to retake a 64-62 lead with 2:34 left. Then Lavender tied it with a putback at 1:18. After an Iowa turnover, Ohio State went inside to Lavender, who drew the foul and made the free throws to win it for a second straight year.
Noting The Buckeyes
• The Buckeyes are 1-1 in the Big Ten, 10-4 overall on the season and ranked No. 20 and 21 in the latest Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls.
• Ohio State currently has an RPI ranking of No. 13 according to Realtimerpi.com and boasts the fifth-toughest schedule in the country.
• Nine of Ohio State’s 12 non-conference opponents – Temple, LSU, Eastern Michigan, ETSU, Virginia, Oklahoma, Syracuse, UConn and Duquesne – each won at least 20 games last season, including five that went to the NCAA tournament, two to the Final Four and three to the WNIT.
• Ohio State is averaging 74.6 points per game this season, second best in the Big Ten. They have scored 70 or more eight times, at least 80 seven times and one 90-point game in a 95-84 win over No. 11 Oklahoma.
• Ohio State is 9-0 this season when scoring 70+ points and 1-4 when scoring fewer. They went 25-0 last season when scoring 70 or more and 6-5 when scoring fewer.
• Defensively, Ohio State has allowed just one team to shoot 50 percent this season. That team was No. 1 UConn (.500) Dec. 19 at Madison Square Garden. Duquesne turned in the second-best at .453 percent and Oklahoma third at .446 percent.
• The Buckeyes rank second in the NCAA in fewest personal fouls per game (12.0) and 13th in assist-turnover ratio (+1.2).
• Ohio State is second in the Big Ten in assists per game (16.6) and lead the league with its +1.2 assist-turnover ratio.
• Ohio State is 135-11 at home overall under Jim Foster and 108-7 since the start of 2004-05.
• Ohio State has made more free throws (235) than opponents have attempted (183) this season, which has been a recipe for success for the Buckeyes in recent years. Ohio State is 10-2 this year and 79-8 since the start of the 2007-08 season when they make more than its opponents at the line. The only two times Ohio State failed to outshoot its opponent at the stripe this season resulted in a 75-66 loss at Syracuse Dec. 11 and a loss to No. 1 UConn Dec. 19. Last season Ohio State made 125 more free throws (573) than opponents attempted (448) and went 27-3 when they made more than the opposition.
#42 Jantel Lavender
• Lavender, the preseason Big Ten player of the year, leads the Big Ten and ranks second in the NCAA in scoring at 24.3 ppg. She also leads the Big Ten with 11.3 rebounds and is second with her .565 FG percentage.
• Lavender is coming off a 22-point, 22-rebound performance against Indiana Jan. 5. Her 22 boards set a Value City Arena record and were the most by a Buckeyes since Martha Baker grabbed 22 in a game back in 1976. The OSU single-game record is 25.
• With her 18 rebounds in the Big Ten opener at Michigan, Lavender is now averaging 20.0 rebounds per game in Big Ten play.
• Lavender has already set Ohio State records for field goals (965) and rebounds (1,210) in a career, breaking Tracey Hall’s 22-year-old record of 1,115 rebounds set from 1985-88.
• On the Big Ten list, Lavender (1,210) is now eight rebounds away from passing Illinois’ Jenna Smith (1,217) for second all-time and 64 away from IU’s Denise Jackson’s all-time record of 1,273.
• Lavender has scored 30 or more points three times this season, including a career-high 37 points in the win at Temple Nov. 12. She also posted 32 in the win over No. 11 Oklahoma and 33 vs. USCU. She scored 29 points in 21 minutes in the win over Bethune-Cookman.
• With 2,387 career points, Lavender has passed Jessica Davenport (2,303) for second on Ohio State’s all-time scoring list and moved into fourth on the Big Ten’s scoring list, passing Davenport, NU’s Anucha Browne (2,307) and UW’s Jolene Anderson (2,312).
• Lavender is on pace to break Katie Smith’s school record of 2,578 points with her career average of 20.6 ppg. She is 191 points away from Smith’s record and 532 points shy of Kelly Mazzante’s Big Ten record of 2,919 points set from 2001-04 while at Penn State.
• Lavender has scored in double figures in all 116 career games, the longest active streak in Division I. She also scored in double-figures throughout every game in high school as well. The NCAA record for most consecutive double-figure scoring games is 125 by Mississippi State’s LaToya Thomas from 1998-2002, doing so in all 125 career games. The NCAA record for most double-figure scoring games overall is 134 by Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris from 2006-2009 (137 games).
• Lavender has eight double-doubles this season and 65 in her career, the most among active Big Ten players. The Buckeyes are 54-11 overall in her career when she records a double-double.
• Lavender is the second player in Ohio State program history to record at least 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 150 blocked shots in a career. Three-time Big Ten player of the year Jessica Davenport (2004-07) is the other.
#21 Samantha Prahalis
• Prahalis is second on the team with 13.9 ppg and leads the Big Ten with 7.0 assists per game — good for second in the NCAA. She dished out a career-high 15 assists in the win over the 11th-ranked Sooners.
• Prahalis scored a season-high 23 points in the win over Indiana Jan. 5, hitting three 3FG’s.
• Prahalis scored her 1,000th career point in the win over No. 11 Oklahoma Dec. 5, becoming just the third Ohio State player to record at least 1,000 points and 500 assists in a career. The only other Buckeyes to record 1,000/500 in a career are Jamie Lewis (643 assists, 1,034 points, 1998-01) and Yvette Angel (562 assists, 1,563 points, 1982-85).
• Prahalis (569 assists) became the fastest player in Ohio State history to record 500 assists and became just the fourth player in program history to reach 500 with her eight against the Lady Bucs Nov. 22. She is currently second on Ohio State’s all-time list, trailing Jamie Lewis (643).
• Prahalis recorded her 12th career double-double and her third of the season with 10 points and 10 assists vs. Bethune-Cookman. She also had 15 points and 15 assists vs. Oklahoma and recorded 21 points and 11 assists in the win over UNCW.
#4 Tayler Hill
• Hill is averaging 12.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals. She tied her season high with 16 points in the win over Oklahoma and scored 14 in the loss to No. 1 UConn. She is coming off a 15-point, six-rebound, six-assist and three-steal game at Michigan.
• Hill has went to the free throw line a team-high 82 times this season, shooting 75.6 percent from the stripe overall.
• Hill started the first three games at point guard for the Buckeyes, playing all 120 minutes, scoring 44 points, grabbing 16 rebounds, dishing out 10 assists and recording seven steals.
• Hill converted the go-ahead basket at LSU with a driving layup in the final minute to give Ohio State the 59-55 victory.
#40 Brittany Johnson
• Johnson, the team leader with 23 3FGs, is averaging 10.6 ppg and has connected on 32-of-38 from the free throw line. Her .842 FT percentage is good for sixth best in the Big Ten.
#43 Sarah Schulze
• Schulze is second on the team and fifth in the Big Ten with 7.6 rebounds per game, including 11 in the road win at LSU and against Oklahoma and a career-high 14 in the win over UNCW.
#3 Amber Stokes
• Stokes, a speedy reshirt sophomore guard, has been playing increased minutes off the bench for the Buckeyes and has proven to be a difference maker defensively. In her last game she scored a career-high 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting against Indiana and also has seven steals in her last four games in just over 12 minutes per game.
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