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Iowa coach Lisa Bluder spent the past three days preaching defense after her team allowed 99 and 93 points in back-to-back games.

Her women's basketball players showed Thursday night that they spent the past three days listening.

No. 16 Iowa held the nation's leading scorer, Kelsey Mitchell, in check and limited Ohio State to 39 percent shooting in a 73-65 win over the Buckeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The 65 points were the fewest for Ohio State (15-8, 7-4 Big Ten) since November and the lowest total for an Iowa opponent since the Hawkeyes held Michigan State to 50 on Jan. 18.

Iowa (18-4, 9-2 Big Ten) held Mitchell, who entered the game averaging a nation-best 26 points per game, to 15 while remaining alone in second place in the Big Ten.

The Hawkeyes even put the clamps on Mitchell's running mate, Ameryst Alston, who was limited to 11 points, nine below her season average of 20.6. That had ranked third in the Big Ten.

"I thought our defensive effort was outstanding tonight," Bluder said. "Mitchell had half the points she's been averaging, Ameryst (Alston) has half the points she's been averaging and that is obviously the key to our winning tonight."

Iowa used a balanced offensive attack and a 19-2 first-half run to win for the eighth time in its past nine games.

Ally Disterhoft had a game-high 21 points, her fourth straight game with more than 20 points, to lead four Iowa players in double figures.

Bethany Doolittle had 19 points, 13 rebounds and blocked five shots as Iowa rebounded from a 93-88 loss at No. 5 Maryland on Sunday.

"That is what we have been doing this whole season after a loss, coming back and bouncing back strong," Doolittle said. "Our team kind of focused on that in practice and after the loss at Maryland, we were working on our defense and rebounding and we came out and tried to do the best we could with that."

Iowa broke open the game with a 19-2 run midway through the first half that turned an 11-10 lead into a 32-12 advantage.

Freshman Whitney Jennings had 10 of her 12 points during the 19-2 spurt that was capped by a pair of Melissa Dixon free throws following a technical foul on Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff.

Iowa forced Ohio State into five turnovers during the run that spanned more than four minutes.

"We got our transitioning going," Bluder said. "We forced some turnovers and got in transition, and those are high-percentage shots for us. That was good."

Ohio State hung around.

The Buckeyes pulled to within one at 53-52 on a Lisa Blair layup with 9:23 left, but could never get even.

A 3-pointer by Dixon and an 18-foot jumper by Doolittle on consecutive possessions pushed the margin to 62-54, and Ohio State never got closer than three the rest of the way.

"We kept that lead and never got down, even through some tough stretches we were still up," Samantha Logic said. "We missed a couple of layups, we had a couple of costly turnovers, but to keep the lead it's always something positive to look at."

Iowa limited Mitchell to 4-of-12 shooting and held the freshman guard under 19 points for just the third time this season.

Mitchell's 15 points led Ohio State, which committed 21 turnovers.

"I think we really talked well, they communicated where she was all the time," Bluder said. "We respected her coming in here."

Dixon finished with 13 points for Iowa, which won despite shooting 39 percent.

Iowa improved to 13-0 at home this season and will return to action Sunday at Wisconsin.

"We are extremely pleased with our effort tonight on the defensive end and outrebounding them," Disterhoft said. "I think we're also happy that we were able to defend our home court. That is something that we have talked a lot about this year. Defending our home court and protecting that when people come to play here."

Reach Ryan Murken at 319-339-7369 or rmurken@press-citizen.com and follow him on Twitter at @rmmurken.

OHIO STATE (65)

MIN

FG

3P

FT

RB

A

TO

TP

Hart

29

7-9

0-0

0-2

10

0

4

14

Mitchell

39

4-12

1-6

6-7

3

4

9

15

Craft

35

1-2

1-2

0-0

3

4

3

3

Alston

31

4-15

1-5

2-2

4

2

3

11

Doss

31

4-13

1-2

0-0

6

0

1

9

Blair

9

1-2

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

2

Cooper

26

5-13

1-2

0-1

11

0

1

11

Team

4

Totals

200

26-66

5-17

8-12

43

10

21

65

IOWA (73)

MIN

FG

3P

FT

RB

A

TO

TP

Doolittle

34

9-20

0-0

1-2

13

1

1

19

Disterhoft

38

6-18

1-4

8-10

6

1

1

21

Jennings

23

5-9

2-4

0-0

2

2

2

12

Dixon

37

4-8

3-7

2-2

6

3

1

13

Logic

39

2-10

0-2

2-4

9

12

7

6

Kastanek

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

2

0

Till

4

0-0

0-0

0-0

1

0

1

0

Buttenham

3

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

Peschel

21

1-4

0-2

0-0

4

1

2

2

Team

5

Totals

200

27-70

6-19

13-18

46

20

17

73

Halftime—Iowa 41-29. Team fouls—OSU: 18, I: 14. Fouled out—Alston, Cooper, Jennings. Technical fouls—Ohio State bench. Attendance—4,572.

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