#19 Iowa (15-3, 6-1) continues their conference schedule this week as they host Ohio State (11-7, 4-3) tonight and then Michigan State (11-7, 4-3) on Sunday. Both games will be live on BTN. Though each game has been a challenge, Iowa is on a six game winning streak and is tied for first place with Northwestern in the conference standings. Iowa currently has a 30 game home winning streak that they will look to extend this week.
As a reminder, the university announced that during the game against Michigan State on January 26, Megan Gustafson will return and have her number retired. Hopefully the place will be packed to show appreciation for what Gustafson accomplished while at Iowa.
Thursday, January 23: Iowa vs. Ohio State @ CHA, 7:00 p.m. (CST)
Sunday, January 26: Iowa vs. Michigan State @ CHA, 3:00 p.m. (CST)
Ohio State scouting report from hawkeyesports.com.
Michigan State notes from msuspartans.com.
- Ohio State 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 with OSU is the only regular season meeting between the two teams.
- Michigan State is 11-7 overall and 4-3 in league contests, winning three straight (though they host Northwestern on Thursday). MSU also snapped a six-game losing streak in games away from home, including four-straight true road games.
- The Spartans continue a tough stretch, facing three of the top teams in the Big Ten in a seven-day span. After facing Rutgers, the Spartans will take on Northwestern at home on Jan. 23, before facing Iowa on the road on Jan. 26.
- Sophomore guard Nia Clouden now has 70 assists on the season and exactly 200 for her career, closing in on MSU’s career assists list. Clouden’s current 3.9 assists per game for her career is 10th on MSU’s career assists per game list.
- With senior Victoria Gaines out for the season, sophomore forward Kayla Belles has stepped up. Belles has started the last four games, averaging 8.0 rebounds per game, including a career-high 13 boards against Rutgers on Jan. 20.
Last Week’s Results
Iowa 76, Minnesota 75
Iowa overcame a 15 point deficit to earn a hard fought road win in Minneapolis as junior guard Alexis Sevillian drained a three-pointer with eight seconds left in the game to give Iowa their first lead in the second half. On the game, Iowa shot 54% from the field and recorded 25 assists on 28 made baskets, a formula that is also working well for the men’s team. Sophomore Monika Czinano made 10 of 11 of her shot attempts to lead the way with 21 points. Senior Kathleen Doyle contributed 17 while Sevillian finished with 11.
Iowa 85, Wisconsin 78
Not to be outdone by the win over Minnesota, Iowa this time came back from a 17 point deficit early in the second half to win going away in Madison. Allowing opponents to get a double digit lead probably isn’t the optimal strategy but it’s been working for now. Senior guard Makenzie Meyer led a trio of Hawkeyes who scored at least 20 points as she scored 22 points while fellow senior backcourt teammate Kathleen Doyle added 21 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore post player Monika Czinano continued her efficient ways as she made 8 of 9 field goals and scored 20.
Season Stats Leader
Points Per Game: Kathleen Doyle (18.2)
Three Pointers Made: Makenzie Meyer (50)
Field Goal % (min 75% games played): Monika Czinano (71.5%)
Free Throw % (min 75% games played): Alexis Sevillian (88.2%)
Rebounds Per Game: Amanda Ollinger (8.8)
Assists: Kathleen Doyle (111)
Steals: Amanda Ollinger (29)
Blocks: Amanda Ollinger (30)