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For the first time in more than a year the Iowa women's basketball team is facing a losing streak.

No. 13 Iowa lost back-to-back games for the first time since January 2014 on Saturday, falling 100-82 to Ohio State at Value City Arena in Columbus.

Saturday's loss comes on the heels of a 93-80 setback at Minnesota on Tuesday and dropped Iowa to 21-6 on the season and 12-4 in Big Ten play.

Ameryst Alston had a game-high 29 points and Shayla Cooper and Alexa Hart both had double-doubles for Ohio State (19-9, 11-5 Big Ten) as the Buckeyes avenged a 73-65 loss on Feb. 5 to the Hawkeyes in Iowa City.

"We played defensive the first time we played them and unfortunately, especially the second half when they ran the ball very well, we just did not defend," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. "Really that is the biggest difference, is that we held them playing them in Iowa City and we just didn't tonight."

Samantha Logic led four Iowa players in double figures with 23 points but it wasn't enough to keep the Hawkeyes from dropping consecutive games for the first time since opening Big Ten play with back-to-back losses to Indiana and Penn State last January.

Iowa led 48-45 at the half and had a 56-54 advantage following a layup by Logic with 15:45 left in the game.

That was the last lead for the Hawkeyes as Ohio State went on a 14-2 run to take a 68-58 lead it would never give up.

Freshman Kelsey Mitchell started the Buckeye run with a 3-pointer and Alston had a pair of triples during the three-minute Ohio State spurt.

"I think you have to score with Ohio State because they are so explosive offensively and we just didn't the second half," Bluder said. "Obviously they are a very talented offensive group and they picked up their defensive intensity in the second half."

Ohio State shot 57 percent from the floor in the second half and 51 percent for the game and had five players in double figures.

Mitchell and Hart each had 17 points while Cooper had 14 points and 12 rebounds off the bench and Cait Craft added 12 points.

The 100 points by Ohio State was the most allowed by Iowa in a game this season.

"I think they got a lot of momentum when they started hitting in the second half," Bluder said. "They got a lot of excitement and got a lot of momentum from that."

Mitchell entered the game second in the nation in scoring at 24.9 points per game but Alston was the catalyst for the Buckeyes.

The junior guard was 10-of-16 from the field, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range.

Alston was limited to 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting in the Feb. 5 meeting in Iowa City.

"Ameryst was really good today," Bluder said. "She shot the ball well from 3-point range and she did not do that in Iowa City but she played very, very well today."

Bethany Doolittle had 18 points, Ally Disterhoft added 15 points and nine rebounds and freshman Whitney Jennings had 14 points for the Hawkeyes.

Iowa returns to action when it hosts Wisconsin at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

IOWA (82)

MIN

FG

3P

FT

RB

A

TO

TP

Doolittle

24

9-14

0-0

0-0

4

0

1

18

Disterhoft

34

5-16

1-3

4-4

9

2

2

15

Jennings

35

5-11

1-3

3-3

0

3

0

14

Dixon

33

2-11

2-11

2-2

1

1

1

8

Logic

34

9-174

1-3

4-4

7

6

4

23

Kastanek

8

0-2

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

0

Till

3

0-0

0-0

0-0

1

0

1

0

Coley

13

2-3

0-0

0-0

5

1

2

4

Buttenham

3

0-1

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

0

Peschel

12

0-2

0-1

0-0

2

1

1

0

Reynolds

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

Team

7

Totals

200

32-77

5-21

13-13

38

14

12

82

OHIO STATE (100)

MIN

FG

3P

FT

RB

A

TO

TP

Hart

27

7-13

0-0

3-5

10

0

2

17

Mitchell

40

5-9

3-6

4-4

2

2

6

17

Craft

33

3-7

3-6

1-2

4

3

1

10

Alston

37

10-16

5-6

4-4

4

11

2

29

Doss

22

2-8

0-2

3-4

2

2

0

7

Blair

9

3-4

0-0

0-0

6

0

1

6

Scullion

4

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

Cooper

28

6-13

0-0

2-2

12

2

3

14

Team

4

Totals

20

36-71

11-20

17-21

44

20

15

100

Halftime—Iowa 48-45. Team fouls—Iowa 38, Ohio State 44. Fouled out—Logic (Iowa), Doss (Ohio State). Attendance—6,471.

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