No. 24 Ohio State was able to score at will in the second half and ran away from No. 18 Iowa 81-67 Monday.
Ohio State (13-6, 4-3 Big Ten) shot 72 percent in the second half (18-of-25) and on the game had 24 assists on 30 shots.
“The second half, they just came out with more intensity than we did,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “I thought that was the difference in the game.”
Iowa (15-5, 3-4) led by one at halftime, 33-32, but couldn’t keep up with the Buckeyes’ 1-2 post punch in the final 20 minutes.
Buckeye senior Jantel Lavender hit 6-of-6 from the field for 13 of her game-high 22 points, and 6-foot-5 freshman Ashley Adams was 4-of-5 from the field and had 10 of her 16 points in the second half.
“They were looking for their high-low and ran it pretty effectively,” Iowa senior Kachine Alexander said. “Especially in our zone, it was a little harder. We’re not used to that. (Adams) gives that team a whole different look.”
Iowa trailed 48-44 with 15:20 to play when the Buckeyes went on a 12-4 run. The Hawkeyes hit just 1-of-9 from 3-point range in the second half, hurting any chance at a comeback.
The Hawkeyes never have won in Value City Arena, and have not won in Columbus, Ohio, since 1998.
Kelly Krei led a balanced scoring attack for Iowa with 15 points. Morgan Johnson had 14 points, Kamille Wahlin added 13 points, and Kachine Alexander had nine points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Alexander became the sixth Iowa player, and first-ever guard, to collect 800 career rebounds (803).
Iowa’s leading scorer, Jaime Printy, had 12 points on 2-of-8 shooting. The Buckeye defensive plan called for keeping her locked up.
“I thought when we started the game, we took advantage of that; then we kind of went away from it,” Bluder said. “What that does is opens the door for so many other people, and they have to step up in that situation. But it’s tough when they have the two big kids in there.”
Iowa only has one practice to prepare for No. 10 Michigan State, who comes to Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday.
“We’ve got to keep pushing, no matter what,” Alexander said. “Everyone knows right now it’s kind of a big jumble, kind of like last year.”
Lavender had eight rebounds and six assists with her 22 points. Brittany Johnson scored 15 points off of five 3-pointers, Tayler Hill added 13 points, and Samantha Prahalis checked in with 10 points and eight assists.
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