Dec. 4, 2003
Iowa (3-2) will look to rebound from Wednesday night’s heart-breaking double overtime loss at Iowa State when the Hawkeyes travel to Milwaukee, WI, to play Marquette (4-0). Tip-off is slated for 6:05 p.m. in the U.S. Cellular Arena (11,358). Friday night’s game will be Iowa’s second road game in three nights and fourth road contest in seven nights. Marquette is Iowa’s second Conference USA opponent this season (Houston).
ON THE INTERNET
Friday’s game at Marquette will not be broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network due to a conflict with Iowa men’s basketball. The game can be heard over the Internet at www.hawkeyesports.com. Mark Allen and Karen Schulte will call the action.
Iowa has played 822 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Overall, Iowa’s record is 501-321 (.609). That includes a 266-138 (.658) mark in Big Ten games and a 221-49 (.819) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
HAWKEYES FALL AT IOWA STATE
Iowa lost a heart-breaking 101-94 double overtime thriller at in-state rival Iowa State Wednesday night. The loss was Iowa’s fourth-straight defeat in Hilton Coliseum.
The Hawkeyes trailed for most of the game until a Jennie Lillis lay-up with 1:28 left gave Iowa its first lead. The two squads exchanged baskets the remainder of regulation to send the game into overtime. Iowa built a six-point lead with 1:22 left in the first overtime, but Iowa State scored six-consecutive points to send the game into a second overtime. With momentum on their side, the Cyclones out-scored the Hawkeyes 16-9 in the second overtime to lift Iowa State to the 101-94 victory.
The combined 195 points are the most ever scored in the 34-game history. Furthermore, Iowa State’s 101 points marked the first time a team has eclipsed the century mark in the series history.
Junior Jamie Cavey led the Hawkeyes with 23 points and five rebounds. Senior Kristi Faulkner contributed 22 points and four rebounds, while Lillis added 14 points and three assists. Iowa State scored 14 more points than Iowa at the free throw line. The Cyclones converted 27-35 (.771) of their attempts, while the Hawkeyes made 13-19 (.684).
HAWKEYES REACH DOUBLE FIGURES
Iowa had all five starters reach double figures in scoring at Iowa State. It marked the second-consecutive game that the Hawkeyes had five players post double figure numbers. In addition, Iowa has scored 90 points or more in back-to-back road games (at Florida International – 93, and at Iowa State – 94). The last time Iowa posted back-to-back 90-pont scoring outbursts was when the Hawkeyes poured in 95 vs Northwestern and 91 at Wisconsin in 2000. The Hawkeyes have scored 90 points or more in 11 games under Coach Bluder.
Wednesday night was the third overtime game in the series history and the first double overtime contest. Iowa State has a 2-1 advantage in overtime games between the two schools. It was the first overtime game for Iowa since falling to NC State (69-66) on Nov. 29, 2002 in the first round of the LMU Thanksgiving Classic. Furthermore, it marked only the second time Iowa has ever played in a double overtime game in its 30-year program history. Michigan State defeated the Hawkeyes (71-70) on Jan. 15, 1995 in East Lansing, MI. Iowa is 2-4 in overtime games under Coach Bluder.
Four Hawkeyes fouled out at Iowa State (Jennie Lillis, Jamie Cavey, Johanna Solverson and Kristi Faulkner). Jennie Lillis has fouled out in three of Iowa’s first five games this season. The senior from Urbandale, IA, fouled out only once in 33 games her junior year and three times in 29 contests her sophomore season.
As a team, Hawkeye players have fouled out nine times in Iowa’s first five games, matching its total all of last year.
HAWKEYES CAPTURE WIN NUMBER 500
Iowa won its 500th game in its program’s 30-year history with a 62-58 victory over Saint Joseph’s in the first round of the FIU Thanksgiving Classic last Friday in Miami, FL.
Coach Bluder is four games away from coaching in her 600th career game as a head coach and two away from coaching in her 100th contest at Iowa . She holds a 416-180 (.698) mark in 596 contests.
Jennie Lillis BREAKS RECORD
Senior Jennie Lillis entered last weekend’s FIU Thanksgiving Classic 10 free throws attempted from breaking Toni Foster’s school record of 445. Lillis attempted 20 free throws — 10 in each game. She is the new record holder with 458.
Hawkeye fans can purchase a season ticket package for only $70 for the 2003-04 season. Senior citizens and faculty/staff can purchase season tickets for $56, while the price for students is $35. There is also a “Family Pack” for $145 that includes admission for two adults and two youths. Tickets can be purchased online by logging on to www.hawkeyesports.com or by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS. Fans may also order tickets in person at the UI Ticket Office.
Groups of 20-39 can purchase tickets for $5, while groups of 40 or more can buy tickets for $3. Tickets must be purchased in advance. There are no group sales on gameday.
Marquette (4-0) had four days to prepare for the Hawkeyes. The Golden Eagles’ last game was last Sunday. The Golden Eagles won the Dead River Company Classic in Orono, ME. Marquette defeated Oakland (73-49) in the first round and then dropped Maine (57-49) in the championship game.
Sophomore Carolyn Kieger was named the MVP of the tournament, while freshman Christina Quaye garnered all-tournament accolades.
The Golden and Danielle Kamm. Kamm averages 6.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg, while Quaye averages 10.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg.
Kieger leads the team in scoring (14.5 ppg) and assists (2.8 apg). Senior Kelly Schwerman ranks second on the squad in scoring (12.0 ppg).
The Golden Eagles are coached by Terri Mitchell. She has posted a 133-76 (.636) record in eight seasons as a college head coach, all at Marquette.
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
Iowa holds a 3-1 series advantage, including winning the last three meetings. The Hawkeyes’ only loss came at Marquette (69-64) in 1999. Iowa defeated Marquette (76-73) in last year’s WNIT Second Round in Iowa City.
This marks the fifth-straight year that the Hawkeyes and Golden Eagles will meet. After playing a home-and-home series in 1999 and 2000, the two squads played each other in the first round of the 2001 Great Alaska Shootout. Iowa and Marquette met again in the second round of the WNIT last March.
Marquette and Iowa share two common opponents: Houston and Drake. The Hawkeyes lost to Houston (70-64) and will host Drake on Dec. 21. Marquette bounced Drake (60-57) and travels to Houston on Feb. 22.
Behind a record-setting performance by sophomore Jamie Cavey, Iowa downed Marquette, 76-73, in a WNIT second round game. Cavey set a school and Carver-Hawkeye Arena record by converting all nine of her field goal attempts on her way to a then-career-high 21 points.
Cavey scored 17 of her total in the final 12:28 of the contest, helping Iowa overcome a barrage of ten Marquette three-pointers.
Cavey saved her biggest shot for last. With 16.9 seconds left and Iowa trailing, 73-72, Cavey dribbled to the baseline and scored off the glass to give the Hawkeyes the lead they would never relinquish.
Joining Cavey in double digits for Iowa was Kristi Faulkner with 19, while Jennie Lillis posted a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 10 boards. The Hawkeyes were bolstered by 27-55 (.491) shooting from the floor and 15-17 (.882) from the free throw line.
Iowa ranks 74th in the PRI rankings and ranks 77th in strength of schedule. Marquette ranks 12th in the RPI and 37th in strength of schedule. The rankings are updated daily on www.collegerpi.com.
RICHARDS HAS ANOTHER CAREER GAME VS. ISU
Last year point guard Lindsay Richards posted career highs in points (11), field goals made (4) and attempted (5), rebounds (4) and minutes played (23) against Iowa State.
Richards duplicated her career efforts at Iowa State Wednesday night. The sophomore scored a career-high 12 points, bolstered by 2-4 shooting from three-point range. She also played in a career-high 43 minutes.
Iowa State became the sixth Iowa opponent in its 30-year program history to score 100 points or more. The 101 points tie as the fourth-most scoring output the Hawkeyes have ever yielded. The Hawkeyes have yielded 100 points or more to a road opponent three of the last four years. Southwest Missouri State tallied 101 points in 2000, while No.4 Kansas State collected 103 points last season.
REMMERDE STILL SIDELINED
Hawkeye freshman Deb Remmerde, who suffered a stress fracture in her left foot during a practice in early November, will remain sidelined this week. Coach Bluder is hoping to have Remmerde back by Iowa’s next home game vs. Kansas State on Dec. 12. The native of Rock Valley, IA, is the Iowa High School all-time scoring leader and was named Iowa’s Miss Basketball her senior year.
OLVERSON CRASHES THE BOARDS
Johanna Solverson pulled down a team-high nine rebounds at Iowa State. The sophomore has led the Hawkeyes in rebounding in 3-of-5 games this season. Solverson led Iowa in rebounding in two games all of last year. She ranks first on the Hawkeyes in rebounding (6.6 rpg).
The native of Lake Zurich, IL, collected a then-career-high nine rebounds twice last year. Already this year, she has posted rebounding games of 13 (vs. Saint Joseph’s) and nine (at Iowa State).
SMITH HAS CAREER GAME
Sophomore Crystal Smith has had a good start to the 2003-04 season, putting together a career game in Iowa’s contest at Florida International. The native of Haughton, LA, scored a career-high 10 points on 4-5 from the field, bolstered by a perfect 2-2 from three-point range. She also collected four rebounds, three of which were offensive, and two steals.
Smith as been Coach Bluder’s first guard off the bench in Iowa’s first five games.
Iowa converted 9-25 (.360) three-pointers at Iowa State. The Hawkeyes have drained nine triples in each of their last three contests. Iowa has sank at least one three-pointer in 153 consecutive games. It is a streak that has occurred over a span of seven seasons. The last time the Hawkeyes did not make a three-pointer was against Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament on March 1, 1998.
HAWKEYES EARN TOURNAMENT HONORS
Kristi Faulkner was named the 2003 FIU Thanksgiving Classic Most Valuable Player. The senior averaged 20.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 2.5 apg in the two games. Senior Jennie Lillis, who averaged 17.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 2.5 apg was named to the all-tournament team.
The honor was Faulkner’s first of her career in a holiday tournament, while Lillis was named to a holiday tournament all-tournament team for the sixth time in her career.
HAWKEYES WIN FIU THANKSGIVING CLASSIC
Iowa defeated Saint Joseph’s (62-58) in a thriller in the first round of the FIU Thanksgiving Classic played in Miami, FL. In a game that saw six lead changes and seven ties, Iowa rallied to win its second game of the year. Trailing 55-50 with 4:30 left the Hawkeyes ended the game on a 12-3 run, including scoring the game’s final seven points.
Senior Jennie Lillis led the Hawkeyes, posting her first double-double of the season and 16th of her career (19 points, 10 rebounds). Sophomore Johanna Solverson added seven points and collected a career-high 13 rebounds. Senior Kristi Faulkner contributed 15 points and eight rebounds.
The Hawkeyes cruised to a 93-86 victory over host school Florida International in the championship game. Five players scored in double figures for the Hawkeyes. Faulkner scored a game-high 26 points and collected four rebounds, Lillis posted 15 points and six rebounds, junior Jamie Cavey registered 13 points and eight rebounds, while sophomores Crystal Smith and Lindsay Richards each added 10 points.
IOWA CAPTURES SECOND IN HAWKEYE CHALLENGE
For the first time in seven years, Iowa did not win its annual tournament. The Hawkeyes won their first round contest over Butler (83-60), but lost to Houston (70-64) in the championship game last weekend. The Cougars snapped Iowa’s 11-game tournament winning streak.
Iowa had four starters score in double figures to lead the Hawkeyes to a 23-point season-opening win. The victory improved Iowa’s record to 4-0 in season openers under Coach Bluder.
A superior effort by tournament MVP Chandi Jones lifted Houston past the Hawkeyes in the championship game. The nation’s leading scorer last year, scored 25 of her game-high 34 points in the second half to propel the Cougars to victory.
Cavey led Iowa with 18 points and six rebounds. Lillis scored all of her 14 points in the second half, while senior Kristi Faulkner added 16 points and five rebounds.
TWO HAWKEYES NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Junior Jamie Cavey and senior Jennie Lillis were named to the KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge All-Tournament Team. It marked the third time Lillis earned the accolade, including being named the MVP last year. Cavey’s honor marked the first time that she was named to the Hawkeye Challenge all-Tournament squad in her three years with the Black and Gold.
ONE AND THE BONUS
Jennie Lillis has attempted at least one free throw in 93-of-98 games she has played during her three-year career. Lillis has converted 340-458 free throws in her four-year career. Last weekend, she broke the school record for career free throw attempts and is 51 free throws made from breaking the career free throws made record, which is held by Amy Herrig (390).
THE NAME GAME
Iowa has two players with the first name Lindsay (Geoffroy and Richards). The Hawkeyes also have two Jennie’s on its team. Senior forward Jennie Lillis and athletic trainer Jennie Hartgrave.
LILLIS NAMED TO WADE TROPHY WATCH LIST
Senior forward Jennie Lillis is one of 35 players named to the 2004 State Farm Wade Trophy Watch List. This prestigious award is presented to the nation’s top player.
Lillis, who is a three-time captain, was an all-Big Ten first team selection last year by the media and a second team choice by the media her sophomore season. Lillis was also named to the preseason all-Big Ten squad for the second straight year.
Garnered as “The Mother of Modern Women’s Collegiate Basketball,” Lily Margaret Wade pioneered an unprecedented dynasty in women’s basketball, which led to the growth and popularity of the sport during the 1970s.
Highlighting the 2004 list is last year’s recipient, Connecticut senior Diana Taurasi. Lillis is one of five Big Ten players named to the list. Other league players include Penn State senior Kelly Mazzante, Purdue senior Shereka Wright, Minnesota senior Lindsay Whalen and junior Janel McCarville.
Jennie Lillis NAMED PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN
For the second consecutive year, senior Jennie Lillis was named to the Preseason All-Big Ten team at the annual Big Ten Conference Media Day held Oct. 26 in Rosemont, IL. The three-time captain was the only player to be ranked in the top ten in scoring, rebounding, steals and blocks in the Big Ten last year.
CENTER OF ATTENTION
For the fourth consecutive season, Iowa started its season with a new starting center. Junior Jamie Cavey has solidified herself as Iowa’s starting center in preseason practice.
Since Coach Bluder began coaching the Hawkeyes in 2000 Iowa has had a different center start the season. Randi Peterson was Iowa’s starter in 2000-01, followed by Beatrice Bullock (2001-02) and Tracy Schrupp (2002-03). Peterson, Bullock and Schrupp were all seniors. Cavey is the first junior starting center Coach Bluder has coached at Iowa.
Jennie Lillis CONTINUES TO RISE
Senior Jennie Lillis has been Iowa’s leader on and off the court the last couple years. The native of Urbandale, IA, averaged 14.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 2.6 apg her sophomore season and 16.3 ppg and 7.2 rpg last season. She has started all but one game in her career and currently has 1,362 career points, which is seventh-best on Iowa’s career scoring chart. She also has collected 675 rebounds, which is ninth-best all-time. Lillis is on pace to finish her career in the top-five in career rebounding and top 10 in career scoring. Lillis, who was a WBCA Region 6 All-American Honorable Mention last year, was the only Big Ten athlete ranked in the top 10 in the conference in scoring, rebounding, blocks and steals.
Lillis started the 2003-04 season strong, collecting 14 points or more and in all five games. She posted her first double-double of the season and 16th of her career vs. Saint Joseph’s (19 points, 10 rebounds).
Lillis is 223 points from moving into sixth in career scoring and 15 rebounds from sliding into the No. 8 position in career rebounds.
CAVEY PACES HAWKEYES
Jamie Cavey has been a force in the post for Iowa. Cavey ranks second on the squad in scoring (16.4 ppg) and rebounding (5.8 rpg). In addition, she has led the Hawkeyes in scoring in 3-of-5 games, scoring 20 points or more in two contests. The native of Mechanicsville, IA, scored 23 points (11-16 FG, 1-2 FT) in only 25 minutes of play at Iowa State. Her 11 field goals made tied a career high, while her 16 attempts set a new career high.
Cavey is tied for the Big Ten lead in field goal percentage (.667) and ranks 10th in scoring (16.4).
FAULKNER RISES TO THE TOP
After a sluggish start to the 2003-04 season, senior Kristi Faulkner has returned to form. The native of Glen Ellyn, IL, scored 48 in Iowa’s last two road games. Faulkner registered a game-high 26 points at Florida International and 22 points at Iowa State. She made a season-high four three-pointers against the Cyclones. Faulkner ranks first on the squad in scoring (17.2 ppg), three-pointers made (11), attempted (26) and percentage (.423). She has also been crashing the boards. She ranks fourth on the team in rebounding (4.8 rpg).
Faulkner was a third team all-Big Ten honoree last year.
FAULKNER ON PACE TO SCHOOL RECORD
Senior Kristi Faulkner has converted .841 (195-232) of her free throw attempts during her three years with the Hawkeyes. She is on pace to break Lindsey Meder’s school record of .799 (287-359) set 1998-2002.
BIG TEN RANKINGS
Iowa ranks first in the conference in offensive rebounds (15.2), second in assists (18.6) and three-pointers made (7.0), third in scoring (79.2) and rebounding (40.2).
Senior Kristi Faulkner ranks eighth in the league in scoring (17.2) and fourth in three-pointers made (2.2). Junior Jamie Cavey is tied for first in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.667) and ranks 10th in scoring (16.4). Senior Jennie Lillis ranks 12th in scoring (15.4), while sophomore Johanna Solverson ranks is tied for 11th in rebounding (6.6).
ATTRACTIVE HOME GAMES
Iowa opened its 13-game regular season home schedule with the annual KCRG-TV 9 Hawkeye Challenge on Nov. 21-22. Besides eight exciting Big Ten Conference home games, Iowa hosts Big 12 power Kansas State (Dec. 12), in-state rival Drake (Dec. 21) and last year’s Missouri Valley Conference co-champions Creighton Bluejays (Dec. 28).
The Hawkeyes play every Big Ten school twice except Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. Iowa will play the Buckeyes and Wolverines at home, while it will visit the Wildcats and Spartans.
IOWA INFORMATION ON THE WEB
Statistics and play-by-play accounts of all Iowa home games will be available live on the internet. The statistical program allows viewers to read the play-by-play action just moments after it takes place, and to view all individual and team statistics while the game is in progress.
The program can be accessed through www.hawkeyesports.com and then clicking on the Gametracker link.
NUTHIN’ BUT NET
Catch all the University of Iowa women’s basketball games over the Internet at www.hawkeyesports.com. Fans can listen to live or replay previously played games. Just click on the “Multimedia” link near the top of the page.
“HAWK TALK WITH Lisa Bluder”
Catch “Hawk Talk with Lisa Bluder”, the radio call-in program Monday nights featuring Iowa Hawkeye women’s head coach Lisa Bluder, on KXIC-AM 800 in Iowa, WHO-AM 1040 in Des Moines and WMT-AM 600 in Cedar Rapids from 6-7 p.m. The show is broadcast live from the Chili’s Restaurant in Coralville. Fans can call toll-free at (800) 332-5401 or locally at (319) 365-0600.
“THE Lisa Bluder TV SHOW”
“The Lisa Bluder Show” returns for its second season. Fans can watch the show once a month on KCRG-TV 9. The show includes interviews with Coach Bluder and players and feature stories. Below is a list of the dates and times.
Saturday, December 20 – 5 p.m.
Saturday, January 24 – 5 p.m.
Saturday, February 21 – 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 20 – 5 p.m.
Iowa concludes its five-game road trip at Northern Iowa on Monday. The Hawkeyes’ next home game is vs. nationally ranked Kansas State on Dec. 12.