Pregame Glance WBB: Iowa Hawkeyes

Written January 19th, 2014 by Ken

iowalogoThe 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

  • School: University of Iowa
  • Location: Iowa City, IA
  • Founded: 1847
  • Student Population: 21,999
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Big Ten Conference
  • Arena: Carver-Hawkeye Arena
  • Seating: 15,000
  • Built: 1983
  • Head Coach: Lisa Bluder
  • Year: 14th

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:

No Player Pos. Hgt FG% 3PT% FT% R/G A/G PPG
21 Melissa Dixon G 5’8″ .367 .333 .889 2.2 2.2 13.9
22 Samantha Logic G 5’9″ .497 .326 .805 6.8 6.9 14.6
23 Theairra Taylor G 5’11″ .436 .323 .691 4.4 3.0 10.5
25 Kali Peschel F 6’1″ .366 .171 .754 5.2 1.2 6.3
51 Bethany Doolittle C 6’4″ .581 .000 .727 5.3 1.2 14.5
2 Ally Disterhoft G 6’0″ .530 .395 .718 5.6 1.4 12.0
1 Alexa Kastanek G 5’10″ .379 .279 .542 1.5 1.5 4.8
3 Claire Till F 6’0″ .358 .167 .429 3.8 0.7 2.9
33 Kathryn Reynolds G 5’7″ .444 .385 1.000 0.2 0.4 2.1
40 Hailey Schneden F 6’2″ .600 .000 .500 0.6 0.4 1.0
45 Nicole Smith C 6’4″

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:

Nbr Name Pos Hgt FG% 3Pt% FT% R/B A/G PPG
14 Ameryst Alston G 5’9″ .447 .333 .840 3.5 2.6 16.7
22 Darryce Moore C 6’2″ .487 .000 .709 6.3 1.2 9.4
25 Amy Scullion G 6’0″ .299 .375 .722 4.8 1.1 3.3
13 Cait Craft G 5’8″ .390 .342 .633 2.9 1.4 9.2
23 Martina Ellerbe F 6’2″ .449 .303 .771 5.7 1.2 8.9
31 Raven Ferguson G 5’11″ .350 .220 .714 5.2 2.4 8.8
33 Ashley Adams C 6’5″ .466 .000 .769 4.7 1.7 6.4
12 Maleeka Kynard G 5’7″ .263 .321 .714 1.1 1.2 4.2
15 Aleksandra Dobranic C 6’4″ .250 .000 .500 0.8 0.4 0.8
21 Lisa Blair C 6’6″ .500 .000 .000 2.4 0.0 0.7

Wrap up

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.

PPG O PPG D RPG APG TPG FG% 3PT% FT%
Iowa 81 69 39 18 14 0.46 0.31 0.73
OSU 65 62 40 11 17 0.42 0.32 0.73

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.