The University of Iowa women’s basketball team travels to Columbus, Ohio, for a road contest against Ohio State on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 11 a.m. (CT) from Value City Arena.
- Sunday’s contest will air live on BTN. Lisa Byington (PBP) and Christy Winters Scott (Analyst) will have the call. The game will also be available on BTN Plus. Links can be found on the Iowa women’s basketball schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.
- Rob Brooks and Jamie Cavey Lang will have the call on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Links to the broadcast are available on the women’s basketball schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.
SCOUTING OHIO STATE
- Ohio State enters Sunday’s contest with a 21-5 overall record and an 11-1 mark in Big Ten Conference action.
- The Buckeyes are ranked No. 13 in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll.
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- uard Kelsey Mitchell leads the team, averaging 23.2 points per game.
- Junior forward Stephanie Mavunga is averaging a double-double with 11.8 points and 11.3 rebounds.
- Mitchell ranks second in the NCAA in final points (602) and 3-point field goals made, third in 3-point field goals attempted (229), fourth in field goals made (199), fifth in 3-point field goals per game (3.38), and sixth in points per game (23.2).
- Mavunga ranks fifth in offensive rebounds per game (5), eighth in rebounds per game (11.3), and 26th in double-doubles (11).
- As a team, the Buckeyes rank second in rebounds (1,191) and free throws made (417), third in free throw attempts (597), fourth in scoring offense (87.2), fifth in defensive rebounds per game (31) and rebounds per game (45.81), and eighth in blocked shots (144).
- Ohio State leads the all-time series, 34-31.
- The Buckeyes won the lone meeting between the two teams last season. No. 6 Ohio State edged the Hawkeyes, 98-81, on Feb. 11 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
- Ohio State has won the last three meetings. Iowa last defeated the Buckeyes on Feb. 5, 2015. The Hawkeyes won, 73-65, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
IOWA WINS OT THRILLER
- Iowa defeated Michigan State, 87-83, in overtime Thursday night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
- In Iowa’s first game without starting point guard Tania Davis, five Hawkeyes scored in double figures. Senior Ally Disterhoft led the team with 25 points, while sophomore Megan Gustafson (18), freshmen Makenzie Meyer (14) and Kathleen Doyle (12), and junior Chase Coley (10) also reached double digits.
- Disterhoft registered her second double-double of the season with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
- Disterhoft was 3-of-5 from 3-point range and finished just four point shy of tying her career-high of 29 (Oral Roberts, 11/11/16).
- Meyer’s 14 points marked a new career high. The freshman also registered career highs in free throws made (12) and free throws attempted (14).
- Iowa made 7-of-16 3-point field goals –its best percentage from distance in 14 games.
IT WAS FOR FREE, SO WE SAID SURE
- Iowa made a season-high 32 free throws in its overtime win against Michigan State on Thursday. The Hawkeyes were 32-of-41 (.780) from the charity stripe.
- The Hawkeyes netted 20-of-24 (.833) free throws in the fourth quarter and overtime period. Freshman Makenzie Meyer made 11 of Iowa’s 20 free throws during the stretch.
DISTERHOFT NAMED COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT
- Senior Ally Disterhoft earned her third consecutive CoSIDA Academic All-District honor, the College of Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday.
- Disterhoft, the 2015-16 Academic All-American of the Year, garnered first-team Academic All-America honors in each of the past two seasons, and was the only sophomore to receive the honor in 2015.
- The finance and accounting major will advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second, and third team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
MEYER HAS CAREER DAY
- Freshman Makenzie Meyer netted a career-high 14 points in Iowa’s win over Michigan State on Thursday.
- The Mason City, Iowa, native also set career bests in free throws made (12) and free throws attempted (14).
- Eleven on Meyer’s 14 free throws came in the fourth quarter and overtime period.
- Head coach Lisa Bluder has 694 career wins and is just six away from recording career win No. 700.
- Bluder is in her 33rd season as a head coach and her 17th at the helm of the Hawkeyes.
- In her 17 seasons in Iowa City, Bluder — Iowa’s all-time winningest coach — has accumulated 338 wins.
- The Hawkeyes have advanced to 15 postseasons (12 NCAA and three WNIT) under Bluder’s direction, including NCAA Tournament berths in eight of the last nine seasons.
DAVIS OUT FOR THE SEASON WITH TORN ACL
- Sophomore guard Tania Davis will miss the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee. The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of Iowa’s Feb. 5 contest at Michigan.
- Davis, a native of Flint, Michigan, started 23 games this season as Iowa’s point guard, averaging 10.9 points, 4.3 assists, 3.7 rebound, and 30.4 minutes per game.
IOWA CLINCHES SWEEP OVER RUTGERS
- The Hawkeyes clinched the series sweep over Rutgers with a 71-57 victory on Feb. 2 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
- Sophomore Megan Gustafson and senior Ally Disterhoft combined for 45 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Hawkeyes.
- Gustafson notched her 11th double-double of the season, tying her career high with 25 points and pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds.
- Disterhoft was one rebound shy of a double-double. The Iowa City, Iowa, native registered 20 points and nine boards.
- Three Hawkeyes — sophomore Tania Davis and freshmen Kathleen Doyle and Makenzie Meyer — each registered five assists in the contest. Iowa tallied 17 assists on 23 field goals.
- Davis registered 11 points for the Hawkeyes and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
- Sophomore Megan Gustafson has scored in double figures in every game this season, while senior Ally Disterhoft Disterhoft has netted double digits in 22-of-24 games.
- Gustafson has netted 20 or more points 11 times this year, while Disterhoft has accomplished the feat six times. Both Hawkeyes have scored 20 or more points in games against Oral Roberts, James Madison, Drake, and Rutgers.
- Gustafson and Disterhoft combined for 43 of Iowa’s 87 total points in a win over Michigan State on Thursday. The pair also combined for 18 rebounds.
- Together, the pair averages 34.2 points per game.
HAWKS HELPING HAWKS
- Sophomore Tania Davis and freshmen Kathleen Doyle and Makenzie Meyer each registered five assists in Iowa’s win over Rutgers on Feb. 2.
- The trio combined for 15 of Iowa’s 17 assists. The Hawkeyes registered 23 field goals in the contest.
- Meyer’s five assists marked a new career high.
- On the season, Davis, Doyle and Meyer have combined for 235 of Iowa’s 426 total assists.
DOYLE HAS CAREER DAY
- Freshman Kathleen Doyle set career highs in points (21), field goals made (8), and 3-point field goals made (3) against Maryland on Jan. 29.
- Doyle also registered a team-high three steals and dished out five assists in the contest.
- In 11 conference games this season, Doyle is averaging 10.8 points, 4.36 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. She’s shooting .410 (43-of-105) from the field and .333 (12-of-36) from behind the arc.
MOVIN’ ON UP
- Senior Ally Disterhoft now ranks second on Iowa’s all-time career scoring list.
- Disterhoft has 1,935 career points and is 124 points from tying Iowa’s all-time scoring record of 2,059 set by Cindy Haugejorde (1976-80).
- Disterhoft also ranks ninth all-time in 3-point field goals (149), 13th in career blocks (64), and 11th in rebounds (745).
- The Hawkeyes rank second in the Big Ten and 11th nationally in assists per game (18.0)
- Iowa also ranks third in the conference and 17th in the NCAA in total assists (414).
- Seven Hawkeyes have dished out 20 or more assists on the season. Sophomore Tania Davis leads the team with 98. She is joined by freshman Kathleen Doyle (93), senior Ally Disterhoft (62), freshmen Makenzie Meyer (44) and Bre Cera (28), junior Chase Coley (26) and senior Alexa Kastanek (25).
- Doyle registered a career-high seven assists against No. 3 Maryland on Jan. 14, while Meyer recorded a career-high five against Rutgers on Feb. 2.
I’LL TAKE THAT, PLEASE
- Freshman Kathleen Doyle leads the team with 47 steals on the season. She is 10 steals away from tying Iowa’s program record for steals in a freshman season (57, Johanna Solverson, 02-03).
- The LaGrange Park, Illinois, native is tied for fifth in the Big Ten Conference, averaging 2.0 steals per game.
- Doyle’s 2.0 steals per game average is the highest among all Big Ten freshmen.
- In 11 conference games this season, Doyle is averaging 2.0 steals — tied for the sixth-highest total in the Big Ten.
- Sophomore Megan Gustafson registered the 21st double-double of her career at Michigan on Feb. 5. It was her 12th double-double of the season.
- Gustafson is one of 25 NCAA student-athletes to record 12 or more double-doubles this season.
- Gustafson has led Iowa in boards in 21-of-24 games this season.
- Gustafson has netted 20 or more points 10 times this year.
- The Port Wing, Wisconsin, native ranks sixth nationally in field goal percentage (.657), 15th in field goals made (176), 20th in double-doubles (12), 28th in rebounds (232), and 36th in rebounds per game (9.7).
- The Hawkeyes are 13-2 when leading at the half.
- Iowa is 15-3 when scoring 70 points or more.
- Iowa is ranked 10th nationally in field goal percentage, shooting .473 on the season.
- Sophomore Megan Gustafson is one of 245student-athletes to record 12 or more double-doubles on the season.
- The Hawkeyes rank 14th nationally in total attendance (68,118) and 18th in attendance average (4,541). Iowa’s largest crowd of the season (7,191) came against Minnesota on Jan. 21.
IN THE POLLS
- Three Big Ten teams are included in the week 14 (Feb. 6) Associated Press Top 25. They include: No. 3 Maryland, No. 13 Ohio State, and No. 21 Michigan.
- Maryland (No. 2), Ohio State (No. 13), and Michigan (No. 22) are also included in the week 14 USA TODAY Coaches Poll (Feb. 7). Northwestern (12) is receiving votes.
CALL ON ME
- Senior Ally Disterhoft has netted double figures in 100 of her 108 career starts, including 55 of her last 57 games.
- The Iowa City, Iowa, native has started 108 consecutive games and appeared in every game of her Hawkeye career (126).
- Disterhoft has 1,935 career points and is 124 points from tying Iowa’s all-time scoring record of 2,059 set by Cindy Haugejorde (1976-80).
- Disterhoft has registered 20 or more points in six games this season.
- Last season, Disterhoft became the program’s highest scoring junior, netting 565 points to break Michelle Edwards’ record of 564 points in 1986-87.
HISTORICALLY GOOD DEFENSE
- Iowa currently ranks second in the Big Ten Conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.298).
- The Hawkeyes held Massachusetts to just 30 points in the first game of the Hawkeye Challenge on Nov. 19, tying a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record for fewest points allowed. It also marked the second-fewest points allowed in the Big Ten this season (27, Purdue vs. North Carolina Central).
- Iowa held the Minutewomen to just 10 first half points, breaking a program record for fewest points allowed in a first half.
- The Hawkeyes allowed just 39 points against UNI on Dec. 4. It marked the second time this season Iowa has held an opponent to under 40 points.
GUSTAFSON NAMED TO B1G HONOR ROLL… AGAIN
- Sophomore Megan Gustafson was named to the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the Week Honor Roll on Jan. 23. It marked her fourth weekly award of the season.
- Gustafson shot .750 (15-of-20) from the field to help Iowa to a pair of Big Ten Conference wins against Rutgers and Minnesota. She averaged 19.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in 62 minutes of action.
- The Port Wing, Wisconsin, native earned back-to-back honor roll plaudits on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.
- Gustafson earned Big Ten Player of the Week accolades on Nov. 14 before being named to the Honor Roll on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. She garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors on Feb. 22, 2016
AROUND THE NATION
- Iowa is ranked 10th nationally in field goal percentage, shooting .474 on the season.
- The Hawkeyes rank 12th nationally, averaging 17.8 assists per game.
- Iowa’s 426 total assists rank 14th nationally.
- The Hawkeyes also rank 22nd in scoring offense (76.5).
- Sophomore Megan Gustafson ranks sixth nationally in field goal percentage (.657), 15th in field goals made (176), 20th in double-doubles (12), 28th in rebounds (232), and 36th in rebounds per game (9.7).
AROUND THE LEAGUE
- Iowa ranks second in the Big Ten, averaging 17.8 assists per game.
- The Hawkeyes also rank second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.298), third in field goal percentage (.473), fourth in defensive rebounds (28.5) and free throw percentage (.726), and fifth scoring offense (76.5), and scoring margin (+9.1).
- Two Hawkeyes rank within the top-10 in field goal percentage. They include: Megan Gustafson (.657; 2nd) and Ally Disterhoft (.523; 9th).
- Gustafson ranks second in field goal percentage (.657) and double-doubles (12), fourth in offensive rebounds (3.4), fifth in defensive rebounds (6.3) and rebounding (9.7), and 10th in scoring (17.8).
- Freshman Kathleen Doyle tied for fifth in the conference in steals (2.0), 14th in assist to turnover ratio (1.7) and 15th in assists (3.9).
- Disterhoft ranks ninth in field goal percentage (.523) and 13th in scoring (16.4).
DAVIS NAMED MADNESS B1G PLAYER OF THE WEEK
- Sophomore Tania Davis was named the Madness Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, College Sports Madness announced Dec.12.
- Davis averaged a team-high 18.5 points, shot .526 from the field (10-of-19), .600 from 3-point range (6-for-10) and a perfect 1.000 (11-for-11) from the free throw line to lead Iowa to a pair of wins over Iowa State and Robert Morris.
- The Flint, Michigan, native registered career highs in points (23), 3-pointers made (5) and field goals made (7) to guide the Hawkeyes past in-state rival Iowa State (88-76) on Wednesday.
- Two days later, Davis netted 14 points and was a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe to help the Hawkeyes to an 81-60 win over Robert Morris.
HAWKEYES CONTINUE POSTSEASON STREAK
- Iowa made its ninth straight postseason appearance (8 NCAA, 1 WNIT) with an at-large bid to the WNIT in 2016.
- Iowa was one of six Big Ten Conference teams (Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Rutgers) and one of three teams from Iowa (Drake, UNI) to be included in the WNIT field of 64.
- Iowa returns four of its five starters from last season in senior Ally Disterhoft, junior Chase Coley, and sophomores Tania Davis, and Megan Gustafson.
- Senior Ally Disterhoft garnered second team All-Big Ten accolades by coaches and media for the second consecutive season and received Iowa’s Sportsmanship Award. The preseason All-Big Ten pick by coaches and media scored in double figures in every game last season and in 78 of her 84 consecutive starts.
- Tania Davis and Megan Gustafson were named to the 2016 Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
- Davis was one of two Big Ten freshmen to lead her team in assists per game (3.4) and average at least one steal per game (1.2) last season. She has dished out 111 assists in 33 games played, the second-highest total recorded by a freshman at Iowa (Samantha Logic; 136).
- Gustafson was the only freshman and one of three players in the conference overall to lead her team in field goal percentage (.554), rebounds (225), and blocks (58) last season.
- Chase Coley averaged 11.1 points per game last season — the second highest mark on the team. The junior compiled 365 points, 194 rebounds, 53 assists, 37 blocks, and 24 steals in her sophomore campaign to receive Iowa’s Most Improved Award.
- Iowa’s freshman class was ranked No. 7 nationally by Blue Star — the highest ranked recruiting class for head coach Lisa Bluder and her staff.
- Iowa’s freshmen class consists of Bre Cera (2016 Journal Sentinel Player of the Year), Kathleen Doyle (Illinois Miss Basketball), Makenzie Meyer (Iowa Miss Basketball), Amanda Ollinger (2016 Gazette Female Athlete of the Year), and Alexis Sevellian (finalist for Michigan Miss Basketball).
THE BLUDER FILE
- Head coach Lisa Bluder begins her 17th season at the helm of the Iowa women’s basketball program this season. She owns a 338-197 (.632) overall record and a 166-111 Big Ten record at Iowa. In her 32 seasons as a head coach, Bluder is 694-339 (.672).
- Bluder is one of 14 active Division I coaches to collect 675 or more career wins.
- The head Hawkeye is second in career Big Ten wins (166) and in total wins among Big Ten coaches. She trails only C. Vivian Stringer who has compiled 189 Big Ten wins and 971 career wins.
- Bluder ranks third all-time among all Big Ten coaches with 166 conference victories.
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The Hawkeyes return to Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday, Feb. 16, hosting Northwestern at 7 p.m. (CT). The game will air live on BTN.