The on-again, off-again Buckeyes looked to get “on-again” against the Iowa Hawkeyes in a Sunday afternoon game in Columbus. However, OSU couldn’t get the “on” switch, or rather, couldn’t find Iowa’s “off” switch this afternoon, as the Hawkeyes held on to a 81-74 win. This was a tale of two halves. The Buckeyes, down by 13 at the half rallied in the 2nd half, but by not quite enough in the 2nd half to pull off the win.
As you see below, the Buckeyes absolutely got rocked in the first 10 minutes by Iowa’s offense, but held their composure and outplayed the Hawkeyes in the final 30 minutes. To be honest, this performance, other than the opening 10 minutes impressed me. Although getting blitzed, they persevered for the rest of the game, played at a high level and came fairly close to pulling off a win. For this, this team must be congratulated. Yes, it’s still a conference “L”, but it was still an encouraging performance by McGuff’s crew. Well, done, ladies.
The Ohio State Buckeyes (12-8, 2-2) return to the hopefully friendlier confines of Value City Arena Saturday afternoon to play the Iowa Hawkeyes (14-5, 2-3). Both teams are coming off crushing losses; Ohio State to Penn State and Iowa to Michigan State. The teams are middle-of-packish in B1G standings, but well within reach of the current 2nd place teams.
Here’s their Profile
University of Iowa
The Hawkeyes come to Columbus under long time coach Lisa Bluder. At this point, Iowa has the same record as last year (21-13, 8-8) after 19 games, 14-5.
Coach Bluder runs a 3G/1C/1F lineup with Melissa Dixon (5’8”), Samantha Logic (5’9”) and Thierra Taylor (5’11”) at the guard positions, Bethany Doolittle (6’4”) at center and Kali Peschel (6’1”) at forward. Logic (14.6) and Doolittle (14.5) lead the team in scoring, with Dixon (13.9) and Taylor (10.5) providing ample support. Meanwhile, Logic (6.8) and 6th man Ally Disterhoft (5.6) lead the team in rebounding. Interestingly, both leading rebounders are guards.
Here are the University of Iowa Hawkeyes:
Ohio State University Buckeyes
The game against PSU didn’t go well. At all. By any measure. Offensively, it was horrific; reading from left to right, 29%, 21%, 63% were the GF, 3-PT and FT percentages. The Buckeyes were outrebounded 54-36, and had 22 turnovers and 16 field goals.
The same shortcomings that have plagued this squad were evident against PSU, on exacerbated because the Nits are a good team. Shooting, ball handling and rebounding continue to be areas to be addressed. Fortunately, this team plays with aggressiveness and hustle, so McGuff’s crew does have the right attitude.
And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:
Iowa and Ohio State match up pretty well across the board. Hopefully, the friendly confines of VCA will help the Buckeyes’ shooting eye and they get a better handle, so to speak, on their ball handling. The combination of off shooting night and off ball handling makes for a pretty anemic offense. It’s time to straighten that out.
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As you can see, the Hawkeyes are a high-scoring team, on both sides of the court. As you can see (table, above) Iowa generates a lot of it’s offense, compared to OSU because of better FG shooting, more Assists (implying better ball movement) and slightly better ball handling.
The game is scheduled for this Sunday, tipping off at 3:00 PM EST in Value City Arena. Television coverage will be provided by BTN, radio via 1460 AM.