IOWA CITY, Iowa — The No. 19/21 University of Iowa women’s basketball team hosts Ohio State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Mediacom Court on Thurs., Jan. 23. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. (CT), and the game will be broadcast on BTN.
- Thursday’s contest will air live on BTN. Lisa Byington (play-by-play) and Brenda VanLengen (analyst) will have the call.
- The game can also be streamed on the Fox Sports Go app. A subscription is required.
- Live stats are available on the women’s basketball schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.
- Rob Brooks and Jamie Cavey Lang will call the action on the Hawkeye Radio Network. A link to the broadcast is available on the women’s basketball schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.
- Brooks is in his fourth year as the play-by-play announcer for the Iowa women’s basketball team. He has been Iowa football’s sideline reporter since 2004. He has called seven different Iowa sports on radio or television.
- Lang is in her fourth year as Iowa’s color commentator. She lettered at Iowa from 2002-05. Lang finished her Hawkeye career with 1,265 points and 506 rebounds. She was a two-time All-Big Ten selection.
- Single-game tickets are available for purchase online at hawkeyesports.com/tickets, in person at the UI Athletics Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, or by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS.
NATIONALLY RANKED HAWKEYES
- Iowa is ranked No. 19 in the AP Poll and No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
- Iowa is one of five conference teams that are ranked or receiving votes in the AP Poll. No. 17 Indiana, No. 19 Iowa, No. 20 Maryland, and No. 22 Northwestern are ranked in the top 25, while Rutgers is receiving 31 votes.
- The Hawkeyes are one of five Big Ten teams ranked or receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll. They include: No. 17 Maryland, No. 21 Iowa, No. 24 Indiana, No. 25 Northwestern, and Rutgers (1 vote).
HOME IS WHERE THE TIGERHAWK IS
- Iowa has won 30 consecutive games on Mediacom Court in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, including a 9-0 mark this season.
- The last loss for the Hawkeyes at home was a 92-74 defeat against Nebraska on Jan. 28, 2018.
- The Hawkeyes went undefeated on their home court in the regular season for the first time since 2014-15 (18-0) during the 2018-19 season.
- Baylor is leading the country with 49-consecutive wins on their home court.
- In two road contests at Minnesota (Jan. 16) and Wisconsin (Jan. 19), the Hawkeyes were down at halftime and came back to defeat their opponents.
- The Hawkeyes headed into the second half at Minnesota, down by eight, and the Gophers led by 15 in the third quarter. Iowa defeated Minnesota 76-75, coming down to the last seconds of the game.
- At Wisconsin, Iowa headed into the second half with a 15-point deficit, but quickly flipped the switch and gained the lead by the end of the third quarter — never letting the Badgers gain more than a three-point lead.
ON THE SEASON
- Iowa closed out the nonconference schedule, 9-2, and is 6-1 in conference play.
- Senior Kathleen Doyle (18.2), sophomore Monika Czinano (15.9), and senior Makenzie Meyer (15.0) lead the Hawkeyes in points per game.
- Doyle scored a career high 33 points in 26 minutes against Illinois (Dec. 31) and added a second 30-point game against Indiana, finishing the double-overtime game with 31 points.
- Czinano recorded her first career double-double against Nebraska (Dec. 28), putting up 16 points and pulling in a career-high 17 rebounds. Czinano is also leading the Hawkeyes in shooting percentage (71.5).
- Senior Amanda Ollinger recorded her first career double-double, scoring 12 and rebounding 14 against Illinois (Dec. 31) and followed it up with her second against Northwestern (Jan. 5) with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
- Ollinger leads the Hawkeyes in rebounds, averaging 8.8 per game. Ollinger recorded a career-high 20 rebounds against Iowa State on Dec. 11.
- Ollinger tallied a career-high eight blocks in Iowa’s 66-61 win over Maryland (Jan. 9)
SCOUTING OHIO STATE
- Wisconsin is 11-7 overall and 4-3 in Big Ten Conference action.
- Two Buckeyes average double-figure scoring, including sophomore forward Dorka Juhasz (12.5) and freshman guard Kierstan Bell (10.6).
- Juhasz also leads Ohio State with 7.9 rebounds per game.
- As a team, Ohio State is third in the Big Ten in Blocked shots (84) and blocked shots per game (4.7), leading the Buckeyes are sophomore forward Aaliyah Patty (21), sophomore guard Janai Crooms, and Juhasz (19).
- Ohio State has held its opponents to 64.1 points per game.
- Ohio State leads the all-time series, 35-33.
- Thursday’s contest is the only regular season meeting between the two teams.
- Last season, the Hawkeyes won the only meeting, defeating the Buckeyes, 78-52, in Columbus, Ohio.
- Kathleen Doyle netted 16 points. The LaGrange Park, Illinois, native also dished out six assists.
- Iowa leads the nation in field goals assisted (73. percent) and total assists (380).
- The Hawkeyes rank fourth in assists per game (21.1), fifth in field-goal percentage (48.9) and 10th in 3-point field goal percentage (38.8).
- Iowa is also ranked in the top 25 in four additional categories, including ranking 11th in scoring offense (80.4), 12th in assist turnover ratio (1.36), 17th in 3 pointers made (149), and 22nd in free-throws made (265).
AMONG THE TOP OF THE NATION
- Sophomore Monika Czinano ranks second in the country in field goal percentage (71.5), shooting 123-of-172. Czinano’s 123 made field goals ranks 26th in the country.
- Senior Makenzie Meyer ranks 18th in 3-point percentage (44.2), 22nd in 3-pointers made (50), 30th in 3-pointers per game (2.78), and 55th in free-throw percentage (83.3).
- Senior Amanda Ollinger is ranked 48th in the country with 159 total rebounds and 55th in blocked shots (30).
HAWKEYES RANK B1G
- The Hawkeyes are leading the Big Ten in five categories, including total assists (380), assists per game (21.1), field-goal percentage (48.9), 3-pointers made (149), and 3-pointers per game (8.3).
- Iowa ranks second in assist turnover ratio (1.36), free throws made (265), free-throw percentage (73.8), scoring offense (80.4 ppg), and 3-point percentage (38.8).
- The Hawkeyes are third in fewest fouls (264), free throws attempts (359), fouls per game (14.7), and 3-pointers attempted (384).
- Three Hawkeyes rank in the top 10 of the Big Ten for points per game, including senior Kathleen Doyle (18.2), who ranks fourth, sophomore Monika Czinano (15.9), who ranks sties for sixth, and senior Makenzie Meyer (15.0), who ranks ninth. The Hawkeyes are the only team with multiple athletes on the Big Ten top-10 scoring list.
- Czinano is leading the conference in field goal percentage (71.5) and field goals made, sinking 123-of-172 shots taken.
- Meyer leads the Big Ten in total 3-pointers made, knocking down 50 on the season. She ranks second in 3-pointers made per game (2.8) and free-throw percentage (83.3). Meyer ranks third in 3-point percentage (44.2) and 3-pointers attempted (113).
- Senior Amanda Ollinger averages 6.4 defensive rebounds per game, ranking second. Ollinger is ranked third in total rebounds (159) and rebounds per game (8.8). She ranks fourth in blocked shots per game (1.67), and total blocks (30).
CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP — DOYLE
- Senior guard Kathleen Doyle was named the Naismith Women’s Player of the Week, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Jan. 14, following her performances against No. 12 Indiana (Jan. 12) and No. 16 Maryland (Jan. 9).
- Doyle averaged 26 points, six rebounds, and six assists in the pair of upset wins.
- Against the Hoosiers, Doyle challenged for a triple-double in the Hawkeyes’ double-overtime win (91-85), posting 31 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds.
- In Iowa’s win over Maryland, Doyle registered 21 points, three rebounds, and two assists, leading the Hawkeyes to their third consecutive win over the Terrapins.
- Doyle is leading the Big Ten in assists (111) and assists per game (6.17). Nationally, Doyle ranks fifth and eighth in these categories, respectively.
- Doyle ranks second in the conference in free throws mad (87) and free throw attempted (106), ranking 15th and 19th, nationally.
- Doyle is among the top of the league in total points (328), field goals attempted (237), and points per game (18.2), ranking fourth.
B1G PLAYER OF THE WEEK
- Senior guard Kathleen Doyle tabbed her second consecutive Big Ten Player of the Week award, the conference announced on Jan. 13.
- Doyle averaged 26 points, six assists, and six rebounds per game in upset-wins over No. 16 Maryland (Jan. 9) and No. 12 Indiana (Jan. 12).
- Doyle scored 31 points, posted 10 assists, and pulled in nine rebounds, challenging for a triple double against Indiana.
- Doyle earned her first Big Ten Player of the Week on Jan. 6 after averaging 24.0 points, 5.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game with a .708 field-goal percentage against Illinois and Northwestern.
- Doyle scored a career high 33 points in 25 minutes, leading the Hawkeyes’ to a program-record 108 points in its win over Illinois (Dec. 31). Doyle shot 78.6 percent from the field and was 9-for-9 from the free-throw line against the Illini.
- In Iowa’s matchup at Northwestern, Doyle tallied 15 points and seven assists. Doyle totals 85 assists on the season and 602 in her career, making her the 12th women’s basketball student in Big Ten history to reach the milestone.
- Through 18 games this season, Iowa is averaging 80.4 points per game, a mark that ranks second in the Big Ten and 11th nationally.
- Iowa’s 48.9 field goal percentage is leading the Big Ten and ranks fifth in the NCAA.
- Iowa scored 108 points in its win over Illinois on Dec. 31, marking the highest point total in program history.
- The Hawkeyes are leading the country in assist/field goal percentage (73.5) with 380 assists on 517 baskets.
- Senior Kathleen Doyle ranks second all-time at Iowa in assists, tallying 628 career assists.
- Doyle recorded nine assists against NC Central (Dec. 14), surpassing Cara Consuegra (576) to rank second all-time at Iowa.
- Doyle leads the Hawkeyes with 111 assists on the season, followed by fellow senior Makenzie Meyer with 79 assists.
B1G HONOR ROLL
- Three Hawkeyes have earned Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the Week Honor Roll, including seniors Kathleen Doyle (Nov. 25), Makenzie Meyer (Dec. 16, Dec. 23), and sophomore Monika Czinano (Jan. 20).
- Czinano averaged 20.5 points during the Minnesota (Jan. 16) and Wisconsin (Jan. 19) games, making 18 of her 20 shots attempted.
- Meyer registered a game-high 24 points, shooting 9-for-14, while adding five assists and four rebounds in the Hawkeyes’ home victory over in-state foe Drake (Dec. 21).
- Meyer averaged 18.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game with a .632 field-goal percentage last week in the Hawkeyes’ wins over in-state rival Iowa State (Dec. 11) and North Carolina Central (Dec. 14).
- Doyle challenged for a triple-double in the Hawkeyes’ overtime win over Princeton on Nov. 20. She finished the game with 21 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.
WELCOME TO THE 1,000-POINT CLUB
- Senior Makenzie Meyer scored her 1,000th career point in the Hawkeyes, 79-67, win over Drake on Dec. 21. She currently has 1,096 points at Iowa and ranks 33rd.
- Meyer is the 38th Hawkeye to reach 1,000 points, following fellow senior Kathleen Doyle.
- Doyle scored her 1,000th-career point in Iowa’s 85-53 win over Florida Atlantic on Nov. 14. She put up seven points in the first quarter to break into the 1,000-point club against FAU.
- Doyle was the 37th Hawkeye to reach 1,000 points and now ranks 20th all-time at Iowa (1,321).
OH CAPTAINS, OUR CAPTAINS
- For the third consecutive year, senior Kathleen Doyle has been named captain by her teammates along with senior Makenzie Meyer and junior Alexis Sevillian.
- Doyle, a first team All-Big Ten selection, returns for her senior season after leading the Big Ten with 6.3 assists per game in conference play.
- Head coach Lisa Bluder is one win away from 200 in the Big Ten Conference.
PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN
- Senior Kathleen Doyle earned unanimous preseason All-Big Ten recognition, the conference office announced Oct. 21.
- Doyle, a 2018-19 first team All-Big Ten selection (coaches), earns the second preseason honor of her career. The LaGrange Park, Illinois, native finished last season ranked 15th nationally in assists per game (5.9) and tied for 31st in total assists (170). The senior led the Big Ten with 6.3 assists per game in conference action last season. She scored in double figures 20 times in 29 games, and dished out five or more assists on 21 occasions.
Iowa hosts Michigan State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Mediacom Court on Sun., Jan. 26. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. (CT), and the game will be broadcast on BTN. Former Hawkeye Megan Gustafson’s jersey number will be retired following the game.