'Ticked-off' Hawkeye women head to Ohio State

Iowa has dropped 11 straight at Columbus

Jeff Linder
Published: January 18 2014 | 1:30 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 2:19 am in
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IOWA CITY -- In the aftermath of the Iowa Hawkeyes' debacle Thursday against Michigan State, Samantha Logic was faced with the following question:

"Where does the team go from here?"

Logic paused, pondered and said, "The way we have to go is up. We're embarrassed."

Another correct answer would have been, simply, "Columbus."

The Hawkeyes chase a measure of redemption Sunday, when they face Ohio State at Value City Arena. Tipoff is 2 p.m. (Iowa time).

Iowa (14-5 overall, 2-3 Big Ten) has lost 11 straight times in Columbus, 10 straight under Coach Lisa Bluder. A win Sunday would heal the wounds of an awful performance against Michigan State, an 88-72 loss in which the Hawkeyes trailed by as many as 29 points.

"We've got to forget about it ... well, to an extent," Logic said. "We want to remember the things we did poorly and get ticked off. I want us to remember the feeling we had in the locker room (after the game)."

Bluder wasn't forgetting anything.

"It's got to bug you," she said. "If you're a competitor, it's got to tick you off. If it doesn't hurt, you're not learning from it.

"If you don't attack a loss like that, you'd better hang it up, because you don't have a competitor's edge."

Kevin McGuff is in his first year coaching the Buckeyes (12-8, 2-2). He had coached the last two seasons at Washington, the nine prior to that at Xavier.

Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston leads the Buckeyes in scoring at 16.7 points per game.

Bethany Doolittle has been Iowa's biggest threat since the Big Ten season began, averaging 17.6 points in league games. She scored 21 against Michigan State.

"My teammates are doing well getting me the ball," Doolittle said.

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