Hawkeyes, Buckeyes Meet Sunday in Columbus

Jan. 17, 2014

Iowa Game Notes: at Ohio State

The University of Iowa women’s basketball team (14-5, 2-3) continues Big Ten action on the road this weekend, playing at Ohio State (12-8, 2-2) on Sunday. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. (CT) at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Sunday’s contest will be televised nationally on BTN (BTN2GO). Kevin Lee and Shelley Till will call the action.

Game 20 | Iowa (14-5, 2-3) at Ohio State (12-8, 2-2)
Date: Sunday, Jan. 19 | 2 p.m. (CT)
Location: Columbus, Ohio | Value City Arena
TV: Big Ten Network (BTN2GO)
Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network
Live Coverage: GameTracker | Twitter Game Updates
All-Time Series: Ohio State leads, 30-27

Brent Balbinot and former Hawkeye All-Big Ten honoree Wendy Ausdemore will call the action for the Hawkeye Radio Network. Hawkeye fans can listen to the contest on AM-800 KXIC in Iowa City, AM-1360 KMJM in Cedar Rapids, AM-1040 WHO in Des Moines or on the Hawkeye All-Access page of hawkeyesports.com. Balbinot is in his 10th season as Iowa’s play-by-play voice.

Fans can also follow the action via live stats (Gametracker). The “GT” link can be accessed under the “Calendar” tab on the front page of hawkeyesports.com or on the women’s basketball schedule page. Follow @IowaWBB on Twitter for game updates.

Iowa has played 1,151 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 706-445 (.613). That includes a 350-181 (.660) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 344-99 (.776) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa is receiving votes in The Associated Press Top 25 poll this week and the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Hawkeyes have been ranked as high as No. 21/24 this season. Five Iowa opponents are ranked in the Associated Press/USA Today polls: Iowa State (13/11), Penn State (16/17), Nebraska (18/16), Colorado (21/20), and Purdue (22/19). In addition, Indiana, Michigan State, Syracuse and Michigan are receiving votes.

MidWestOne Bank has partnered with the Iowa women’s basketball team by purchasing 2,500 tickets to the “Go Red for Women” game against Indiana on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. The Iowa Hawkeyes are encouraging fans to “Go Red For Women,” but wear “Black & Gold” for Iowa.

Fans can pick up free tickets at any Johnson County branch of MidWestOne, while supplies last.

“Go Red for Women” is a nationwide movement encouraging and celebrating heart health among women. This year marks the 10th anniversary of “Go Red for Women” and during that time, about 650,000 women’s lives have been saved from Cardiovascular diseases.

Tickets are also available at the regular price of $10 for adults and $6 for youth by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS or visiting hawkeyesports.com. Tickets are free for UI students.

Lisa Bluder needs five wins to surpass Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer (269) as Iowa’s all-time winningest coach. Bluder — one of 13 active Division I coaches with 600 or more wins — is 265-161 all-time as the Hawkeye head coach.

Iowa is the only Big Ten team, and one of only 13 teams in the country, to have appeared in the last six NCAA Tournaments.

? Ohio State is 12-8 overall and 2-2 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes opened league play with a home victory over Purdue (89-78) on Jan. 2 before dropping a 64-49 decision to Michigan in Columbus on Jan. 5. Ohio State topped Indiana on the road (70-51) on Jan. 11, before dropping its last contest at Penn State on Jan. 16, 66-42.
? Ohio State is 10-3 at home this season.
? Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston leads the Buckeyes in scoring, averaging 16.7 points per contest. Senior center Darryce Moore, Ohio State’s second-leading scorer, leads the team in rebounding (6.3/game).
? Ohio State is coached by Kevin McGuff. He is in his first season at the helm of the program. McGuff completed his 11th year as a head coach in 2013, with the last two at the University of Washington and the previous nine at Xavier University. He has compiled an overall record of 267-107 and has reached the postseason each year.

? Iowa and Ohio State will also meet in Iowa City on Thursday, Feb. 27.
? The Buckeyes lead the all-time series, 30-27.
? Iowa dropped an 84-71 decision in the last meeting in Columbus on Jan. 2, 2012. Iowa led at the half, 40-39, but Ohio State remained undefeated (15-0) with a 45-point second half.
? Iowa and Ohio State have met once during the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes topped the Hawkeyes, 73-72, in overtime at the 1993 NCAA Final Four.

Iowa defeated Ohio State in the only meeting between the two teams last season, winning 77-71 in overtime inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Jan. 3, 2013. Four Hawkeyes (Theairra Taylor 19, Samantha Logic 17, Morgan Johnson 16, Jaime Printy 14) scored in double figures to lead Iowa past No. 24 Ohio State in last season’s Big Ten opener.

Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder, the dean of Big Ten coaches, is a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2001, 2008 and 2010). She has guided Iowa to nine upper-division finishes in the Big Ten in 13 seasons. Iowa won a share of the Big Ten regular season championship in 2008 and finished in a three-way tie for second in 2009. The Hawkeyes clinched a share of the title in 2008 with a win at Wisconsin in the regular season finale (March 2, 2008).

? Samantha Logic is the only player in the Big Ten to average 14 or more points (14.6), six or more rebounds (6.8), and six or more assists (6.9).
? She ranks 12th in scoring, 13th in rebounding, first in assists, and third in steals (2.2) and assist/turnover ratio (1.8).
? Logic is second in career assists (485) at Iowa. Cara Consuegra (1997-2001) is Iowa’s all-time assists leader (576).
? She has 132 assists this season, equaling Jolette Law for the fourth-highest total for a junior in progam history.
? Logic is 15th in the NCAA in career assists among active players, and sixth in assists/game (5.77).
? Logic, the Big Ten leader in assists (6.9/game), is nearly averaging a triple-double over the last seven contests (15.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 7.7 assists).
? She has registered a triple-double and three double-doubles during the stretch.
? Last season, Logic led the Big Ten and ranked 15th in the NCAA with 6.4 assists per game. She leads the Big Ten in the category this season, and is eighth nationally.
? Logic’s 10 career games with double digit assists are the most in program history. Cara Consuegra is second with nine games of 10 or more assists. The next closest Hawkeyes on the list are Kachine Alexander, Jolette Law and Michelle Edwards, with two career games.
? Logic — who has 18 career double-doubles — became Iowa’s single-season assist record holder a year ago, breaking the mark in Iowa’s win at Northwestern (March 3). Logic entered the game tied with Cara Consuegra (2000-01) at 191 assists. Logic collected seven assists at Northwestern and finished the season with 217.
? Logic recorded her 13th career double-double (16 points, 14 assists) on Nov. 10, leading the Hawkeyes to a 97-93 overtime victory against No. 14 Dayton. Logic hit the game-tying 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime. The 14 assists equaled a personal best and Iowa school record, and are the most in Carver-Hawkeye Arena history. The previous high was 12 (three times).

Five Hawkeyes are averaging double figures: Samantha Logic (14.6), Bethany Doolittle (14.5), Melissa Dixon (13.9), Ally Disterhoft (12.0), and Theairra Taylor (10.5). Iowa has had three or more players score in double figures in each of the last 17 contests, including three in the loss to Michigan State (Doolittle 21, Logic 13, Disterhoft 12). Iowa is the only team in the Big Ten with three players averaging 13.9 or more points per game (Logic – 14.6, Doolittle – 14.5, Dixon – 13.9).

? Samantha Logic is second in career assists (485). Cara Consuegra (1997-2001) is Iowa’s all-time assists leader (576).
? Melissa Dixon is fifth in career 3-pointers (164). Dixon surpassed Kelli Krei (162) during Iowa’s win over Minnesota on Jan. 8. Kristi Smith is fifth with 185.
? Bethany Doolittle is fifth all-time with 136 career blocks. Toni Foster is fourth with 145.

? The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in assists, averaging 18.5 per contest. Iowa also leads the league in assist/turnover ratio (1.3).
? Samantha Logic leads the league in assists, averaging 6.9 a game.
? Iowa tallied 28 assists on 31 made field goals on Dec. 7 in its win over Idaho State. The Hawkeyes have tallied 28 or more assists four times this season. The school record for assists in a game is 31.
? Iowa broke the school record for single-season assists last year in the win over Miami (March 24). The previous record of 514 was set in 2011-12. Iowa finished with 531 assists. Iowa finished second in the Big Ten and 26th in the NCAA with 15.7 assists per game. Iowa recorded at least 17 assists in 15 games, including five games with 20 or more.

Check out the Iowa women’s basketball Facebook page (/iowawomenshoops) or the University of Iowa Athletics Facebook page. Fans can also follow @IowaWBB or @TheIowaHawkeyes on Twitter.

Iowa returns home to host Indiana on Saturday, Jan. 25. Tip is set for 6 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The contest can be seen live on BTN (BTN2GO).