#25 Ohio State (12-6, 3-3) vs. #18 Iowa (15-4, 3-3)
Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 – 7:02 p.m. ET
Value City Arena
TV: ESPN2 (Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck)
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• Ohio State has won 13 of the past 15 meetings with Iowa, though the Hawkeyes won the last meeting Jan. 8 in Iowa City, 89-76.
• Ohio State leads the all-time series in Columbus, 17-7.
• In last year’s meeting in Columbus, the Buckeyes won in a shootout, 86-82, behind 22 points from Samantha Prahalis and 18 each from Jantel Lavender and Brittany Johnson.
• Jim Foster is 13-2 against Iowa in his Ohio State career.
• Ohio State currently has an RPI ranking of No. 16 according to Realtimerpi.com and boasts the fifth-toughest schedule in the country.
• Jantel Lavender leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth in the NCAA with 23.3 ppg. She also leads the Big Ten and ranks 9th in the NCAA with 11.4 rebounds.
• Lavender is three (3) field goals away from becoming just the second player in Big Ten history to eclipse 1,000 field goals.
• Lavender set a Value City Arena record with 22 rebounds against Indiana Jan. 5.
• Lavender is the second-leading active scorer in the nation (2,463) behind UConn’s Maya Moore (2,600).
• Lavender has scored 10+ points in all 120 career games, the longest active streak in Division I.
• Lavender is 16 boards away from becoming the Big Ten’s all-time leading rebounder.
• Samantha Prahalis leads the Big Ten and is ninth in the nation with 6.3 assists per game.
Scouting the Hawkeyes
No. 18 Iowa is 15-4 on the season and 3-3 in the Big Ten after winning three of its last four. They started the season 12-1, with their only loss coming against North Carolina on the road. Individually, Jamie Printy leads the Hawkeyes with 16.2 points per game and also ranks second in the Big Ten with 46 three-point field goals. Senior Kachine Alexander is one of the most versatile players in the Big Ten with her 13.7 ppg and 9.3 rebounds. Lisa Bluder is in her 11th season as the head coach at Iowa with a 204-127 record and a 560-267 record overall.
Series Record: OSU leads 28-26
Series in 2009-10: OSU, 2-0
Last Meeting: 1/8/11, OSU, 66-64
In Columbus: OSU leads 17-7
Last time vs. Iowa
Jaime Printy scored 25 points, Kamille Wahlin added 18 and No. 20 Iowa beat No. 21 Ohio State 89-76 on Jan. 8 in Iowa City. Kachine Alexander had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who snapped a three-game losing streak to the Buckeyes with a late 10-2 run after Ohio State had closed to 77-72 with 4:08 left. Ohio State’s Samantha Prahalis had 22 points for the Buckeyes and Jantel Lavender was held to 14 points while battling foul trouble in the second half, though she grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked four shots. Lavender, who torched Iowa for 35 points in the Big Ten title game last March, picked up her third foul late in the first half as the Hawkeyes attacked the Buckeyes center. Iowa’s Morgan Johnson beat Lavender with layups on back-to-back possessions — the first off a perfect post feed from Alexander — to put the Hawkeyes ahead 77-68 with 5:01 left. Ohio State quickly closed within five, but the Hawkeyes held the Buckeyes to just one field goal for next 3½ minutes. Ohio State finished just 4 for 22 from 3-point range.
Last Time Out
Brittany Johnson scored 22 points and Jantel Lavender added 19 and 12 boards to help No. 25 Ohio State beat Illinois 71-62 on Thursday night. Johnson tied a career high with seven three-pointers while the Buckeyes also got a lift off the bench from freshman center Ashley Adams. The Siloam Springs, Ark., native played with confidence and poise, nearly recording a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds. She also had five blocks, four assists and three steals. Sophomore Tayler Hill went 0-of-10 from the field, but stayed aggressive and wound up with 10 points and 10 rebounds. After a slow start, the Buckeyes (12-6, 3-3 Big Ten) built a 38-29 halftime lead behind 15 first-half points from Johnson, who hit 5-of-6 from behind the arc in the opening half.
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