Nov. 21, 2003
Tonight’s victory was Iowa’s 499th in its 30-year history. The Hawkeyes will go for win No. 500 tomorrow (Saturday) in the KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge championship game against Houston. Game time is slated for 7:07 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.Iowa has won 11 straight Hawkeye Challenge games. The Hawkeyes will go for their sixth straight tournament title tomorrow (Saturday).Iowa improves to 4-0 in season opening games under Coach Bluder. Iowa improves to 2-0 against Butler. The Hawkeyes are 1-0 against Houston (59-44 in 1993).Junior Jamie Cavey scored a game-high and career-high 26 points (11-13 FG, 4-5 FT), pulled down six rebounds and collected a career-high four assists. Her previous career high was 21 points set against Marquette in the second round of the WNIT (3/23/03).Iowa collected 28 assists, which was three shy of the school record. The Hawkeyes collected 29 assists against Gonzaga in the 2001 Great Alaska Shootout championship game.Junior Jennie Lillis grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. She has now collected 654 career rebounds and moved into ninth place in career rebounds at Iowa. She also was 1-1 from the free throw line tonight. Lillis has attempted at least one free throw in 88-of-94 games during her career.Iowa was 3-9 from three-point land tonight. The Hawkeyes have now made at least one three-pointer in 149 consecutive contests. The last time Iowa did not drain at least one three-pointer was against Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament (3/1/98).Playing in her first regular season game since suffering a knee injury last December, sophomore Lindsay Richards scored 10 points (3-8 FG, 3-4 FT), tied a career high with four rebounds and seven assists and only turned the ball over once as Iowa’s starting point guard.Iowa converted 20 Butler turnovers into 26 points and out-scored the Bulldogs 50-28 in the paint.Iowa led 42-37 at the half. Coach Bluder has guided the Hawkeyes to an incredible 49-4 record when leading at the half the last four years.Ten of Iowa’s 11 players that played scored at least one point. Junior Lindsay Geoffroy tied a career high with four points (2-3 FG, 0-2 FT).