Feb. 5, 2004
Tonight’s loss snapped a five-game winning streak and stopped a 15-game home winning streak to Ohio State.Iowa lost its first game this year (9-1) when having the lead at halftime. In addition, the loss was only Iowa’s fifth (57-5) when leading at the break under Coach Bluder the last four years.Jamie Cavey posted career highs in points (33) field goals made (14) and attempted (25) in tonight’s defeat. The 14 field goals made and 25 attempted were a season high for an Iowa player this year. She has posted 20 points or more the last three games. Cavey’s 33 points mark the first time an Iowa player tallied 30 points or more since Jennie Lillis scored a career-high 32 points at Penn State on Feb. 10, 2002.Johanna Solverson posted her first career double-double tonight, which she nearly accomplished in the first half. Solverson finished with 12 rebounds and a season-high 17 points. The sophomore scored 10 points and collected nine rebounds in the first stanza. She has pulled down double figures in rebounding three times this year.Iowa converted 91.7 percent (11-12) of its free throws tonight, which is a season best. The Hawkeyes have shot 90 percent or better from the charity stripe in their last two contests. Iowa converted 90 percent (18-20) at Michigan State last Sunday.Ohio State scored 93 points, its third highest scoring output this season. The 93 points are the most points Iowa has yielded in a game played in regulation this year. The Hawkeyes allowed 101 points to Iowa State in two overtimes on Dec. 3.Jennie Lillis finished with 13 points and nine rebounds, which moves her up two notches in career scoring at Iowa. The senior is now tied with Toni Foster for fifth place in career scoring at Iowa with 1,606 points. Her 14 points also move her above 300 points this season (307). Lillis is one of only three Hawkeyes to register 300 points or more in all four years. She is the only Hawkeye to score in double figures in every game this year. For the first time this year and only the six time in her career, Jennie Lillis did not attempt a free throw. She has attempted at least one free throw in 107-of-113 games she has played during her four-year career. The two-time all-Big Ten performer has converted 388-516 (.752) free throws in her career. She is the school record holder for free throws attempted (516) and is only three free throws made from breaking the school record, which is held by Amy Herrig (390).Lillis was 1-2(.500) from beyond the arc tonight. Lillis has made at least one triple in Iowa’s last six games and has attempted at least one 3-pointer in 11 of the Hawkeyes’ last 12 contests.Kristi Faulkner tallied 16 points (5-11 FG, 4-4 FT) and dished out four assists. Faulkner was 4-4 from the charity stripe and has converted her last 19 free throw attempts over a span of seven games.Four players scored 96 percent of its offense tonight (Cavey, 33; Solverson, 17; Faulkner, 16; Lillis, 13). The only other Hawkeye to score any points was sophomore Crystal Smith (3).Iowa out-rebounded Ohio State (35-26), but gave up too many fast break buckets. The Buckeyes out-scored the Hawkeyes 18-8 in transition.Ohio State entered tonight’s game shooting at a 62.7 percent clip from the free throw line. The Buckeyes drained 82.6 percent (19-23) against the Hawkeyes.Ohio State had six players collect double figures in points, led by junior Caity Matter (25). No Buckeye player collected more than four rebounds — three players recorded four.The Hawkeyes have made five or more triples in 11 of the last 12 contests. Iowa has made at least one three-pointer in 168 consecutive games. It is a streak that has occurred over a span of seven seasons. The last time the Hawkeyes did not make a three-pointer was against Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament, March 1, 1998.Iowa allowed 57 second half points to Ohio State, which are the most points it has ever yielded in a game in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The previous record was 54 by Wisconsin in 2000. Ohio State’s second half scoring output was one shy of an overall record set by Stanford (58) during the 1988-89 season.Ohio State trailed by four at halftime (40-36), but started the second frame on an 11-0 run scoring on its first nine possessions and 11 of its first 12.Ohio State recorded only 13 fouls, which was a season low for an Iowa opponent this season.Iowa finished its regular season with a 3-1 record against conference teams it plays only once (Wins over Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern and a loss to Ohio State).Iowa hosts No. 6 Purdue on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 7:06 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Boilermakers are the only Big Ten team the Hawkeyes have not faced yet this season. The game will be telelvised live to a regional cable audience on Fox Sports Chicago.