Another rematch for Iowa women in Big Ten semifinals
Iowa won its game then played the waiting game on Friday.
The second-seeded Hawkeyes punched their ticket to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals with a 74-65 win over Nebraska in Friday's quarterfinal round.
Then just as they did on Thursday, Iowa waited to find out who it face in Saturday's semifinal that will tip off at approximately 8:30 p.m. at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
No. 14 got its answer when third-seeded Ohio State knocked off No. 6 seed Minnesota 83-71.
"We just did the same thing yesterday and we'll do that again," Iowa sophomore Ally Disterhoft said. "Our coaches will do a great job of preparing us and going through the scouting report and tomorrow we will come out and be ready to go no matter who we're going up against."
Saturday's semifinal will be the third meeting in a little more than a month between two of the Big Ten's highest scoring teams.
Iowa knocked off Ohio State 73-65 on Feb. 5 in Iowa City and the Buckeyes returned the favor winning 100-82 in Columbus on Feb. 21.
Ohio State (22-9) has won five straight and has scored at least 78 points in every game during that stretch.
"I think Ohio State is playing really well," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. "They are on a roll right now."
Ohio State is second in the Big Ten in scoring at 80.5 points per game while Iowa is third at 79.8 per contest.
The two teams do their offensive damage in very different ways.
Iowa has four players averaging double figures and five players that score 8.9 or more points a game.
The Buckeyes get better than half of their offensive production from two players in the guard duo of Kelsey Mitchell and Ameryst Alston.
Mitchell was named Big Ten player of the year by the league's coaches after leading the conference with 24.5 points per game.
Alston ranks third in the league in scoring at 20.2 points per game.
The duo had a combined 46 points in the 100-82 win over Iowa last month, 29 of which came from Alston.
Mitchell had 29 points in Thursday's quarterfinal win over Minnesota.
"The good thing is that we've played them recently so that is in our players' minds," Bluder said. "It's not surprise."
Ohio State (22-9, 13-5 Big Ten) vs. No. 14 Iowa (24-6, 14-4 Big Ten)
• Specifics — 8:30 p.m. (approximately) Sears Centre Arena, Hoffman Estates, Illinois
• Following the game — TV: BTN. Radio: KXIC (800 AM), WMT (AM 600), WHO (1040 AM) Hawkeye Radio Network. Live scoring: www.hawkeyesports.com.
• Preview — Iowa will play its second straight Big Ten tournament game against a team it played twice in the regular season. Ohio State and Iowa took turns winning at home during the regular season with the Buckeyes claiming a 100-82 win in the most recent meeting Feb. 21 in Columbus