Iowa Travels To Penn State

Jan. 5, 2004

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Iowa (7-5) will face No. 9 Penn State (9-3) Thursday in University Park, PA. Tip-off is slated for 6:05 p.m. (CST) in the Bryce Jordan Center (15,261). The Hawkeyes are 3-2 in road games this year, while the Lady Lions are 5-1 in home contests.

All Iowa games are broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Listen to Iowa women’s basketball games on KXIC-AM 800 in Iowa City, WHO-AM 1040 in Des Moines and WMT-AM 600 in Cedar Rapids. Mark Allen and Karen Schulte call the action.

Iowa has played 829 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Overall, Iowa’s record is 505-324 (.609). That includes a 267-138 (.659) mark in Big Ten games and a 223-51 (.814) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

After playing four of its last five games at home, the Hawkeyes hit the road for a pair of road contests against two of the nation’s elite teams. Penn State is ranked ninth, while Minnesota is ranked sixth. New rankings will be released Tuesday night.

Not only will the Hawkeyes have their hands full with Lady Lions and Golden Gophers, but they will be playing in front large-hostile crowds. Penn State averages 8,518 fans per game, while Minnesota averages 6,738 fans per contest.

Iowa snapped a two-game losing streak to Illinois with a 91-73 triumph Friday night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes have won 18 of the last 19 games played in Iowa City. In addition, Iowa improved to 4-0 in conference home openers under Coach Bluder.

The Hawkeyes played their best game of the year, shooting a season-best 55.2 percent (37-67) from the field. Twenty-four of Iowa’s 37 baskets were lay-ups as the Hawkeyes out-scored the Fighting Illini 48-32 in the paint.

Iowa had four players score in double figures for the fourth time this year. Jamie Cavey sparked the Hawkeye offense, scoring a game and career-high 26 points, bolstered by a career-high 8-11 shooting from the free throw line. The junior also grabbed six rebounds and tied a career high with four assists. Jennie Lillis contributed 18 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Kristi Faulkner tallied 17 points and five assists, while Crystal Smith added 10 points and four assists.

Iowa recorded 26 assists to Illinois’ 10 and held the Fighting Illini to 20 percent (3-15) from 3-point range, which is a season low for a Hawkeye opponent this year.

Five of Iowa’s first 12 games this year have been decided by seven points or less, including one double overtime thriller. Iowa had six games decided by seven points or less all of last year. In addition, the Hawkeyes’ game vs. Creighton was an overtime thriller, but the Bluejays pulled away in the extra session and won by 12.

The 91 points scored against Illinois were the most points the Hawkeyes have ever scored against the Fighting Illini in the 50 meetings.

The Hawkeyes will face two top ten ranked opponents this week on the road: Penn State and Minnesota. Iowa is 0-1 against ranked opponents this year (Kansas State, 82-60).

A 14-2 run to finish the game helped lift Penn State to a 64-62 come-from-behind win over Michigan State Sunday in University Park, PA. The Lady Lions were led by all-American Kelly Mazzante, who finished with a game-high 26 points (10-21 FG, 1-2 FT). Tanisha Wright added 17 points and six assists.

In Penn State’s Big Ten opener, the Lady Lions snapped Purdue’s 32-game home conference winning streak with a 47-42 victory. Penn State leads the Big Ten standings with a perfect 2-0 record.

Mazzante ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring (22.3). Wright ranks 11th in the league in scoring (15.4) and ranks third on the team in rebounding (4.7), while Jess Strom averages 12.4 ppg and 4.6 rpg. Freshman Reicina Russell’s first two games as a starter were at Purdue and vs. Michigan State. The 6-6 center averages 4.8 ppg and a team-best 5.7 rpg.

Penn State is coached by Rene Portland, who boasts an overall record of 630-219 (.742) in 28 years and a 543-190 (.741) mark in 24 years with the Lady Lions.


  • In the four games played between the two school the last three years, Kelly Mazzante is averaging 22.8 ppg and 6.0 rpg against Iowa while Jennie Lillis is averaging 17.3 ppg and 6.5 rpg against Penn State. Lillis’ career highs of 32 points and 12 field goals made were accomplished in a 96-81 triumph at Penn State (2/10/02).
  • Iowa’s 96 points scored in its 96-81 win at Penn State (2/10/02) set a record for the most points ever scored by a Lady Lion opponent in the Bryce Jordan Center.
  • Former Iowa standout Cara Consuegra (1997-01), who holds the Hawkeyes’ career assist mark (576), is in her third season as Director of Basketball Operations with Penn State.
  • Penn State ranks first in the league in blocked shots (4.92), second in turnover margin (+1.5) and third in rebounding margin (+5.2). Iowa ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring (75.3) and third in assists (18.08) and 3-point field goal percentage (.385).

Penn State leads the all-time series 13-10, including an 8-2 edge in games played in University Park, PA. Iowa has won three of the last four meetings. Both teams won on their home court last year, Penn State won the first contest (86-52) in University Park and Iowa won the re-match in Iowa City (80-75). There has been only one overtime game played, with Penn State winning the contest (69-66) in 1986.

Penn State and Iowa share one common non-conference opponent: Kansas State. Penn State defeated Kansas State (69-56) in the championship game of the Junkanoo Tournament in the Bahamas on Nov. 29. Iowa lost to the Wildcats (82-60) in Iowa City on Dec. 12.

The Hawkeyes upset 12th-ranked and Big Ten-leader Penn State, 80-75, in a thriller in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The victory was Iowa’s first win over a ranked opponent since it bounced Wisconsin, 76-64, in Madison, WI (2/7/02).

The first half was a back-and-forth affair that saw eight lead changes and six ties. Iowa’s Jennie Lillis and Kristi Faulkner spearheaded its offensive attack in the first half. Lillis tallied 12 first half points, while Faulkner contributed 11. Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante scored 18 of her team-high 26 points in the first stanza. Iowa shot a blistering 60.7 percent (17-28) from the field, while the Lady Lions fired only 44.4 percent (16-36) from the floor in the opening period. Iowa took a 44-42 lead into halftime.

Iowa stepped its defensive intensity in the second half. The Hawkeyes’ strong defense yielded great offensive chances. Iowa penetrated the hoop, which yielded easy lay-ups and numerous free throw opportunities helping increase its lead. The Hawkeyes attempted 14 more free throws shots than the Lady Lions. For the game, Iowa converted 26-37 from the foul line compared to Penn State sinking 13-19 from the charity stripe.

Faulkner scored 16 of her game-high 27 points in the second half, including converting a key three-point play in the lane with Iowa leading 76-75 and 32 seconds remaining. Faulkner’s short jumper and free throw stretched Iowa’s lead to 79-75. Iowa’s Johanna Solverson added one free throw with 15 seconds left to ice the game.

The Hawkeyes built two 14-point leads in the second half, only to have Penn State battle back. Iowa led 68-54 with 8:53 left, but a 19-6 run brought the Lady Lions to within one point at 74-73 with 1:58 remaining.

Faulkner led all scorers with 27 points, while also collecting five rebounds. Lillis finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Solverson scored in double figures for the third-consecutive game, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Iowa ranks 70th in the latest RPI rankings and 61st in strength of schedule. Penn State ranks second in both the RPI and strength of schedule rankings. As a conference the Big Ten ranks first ahead of the Big XII and Pac-10. The rankings are released Mondays by the WBCA.

All 11 Big Ten schools have records above .500. Penn State ranks No. 2 in the RPI rankings, followed by Minnesota (7), Purdue (8) and Michigan State (23).

Iowa ranks 27th in the nation in attendance (3,048). The Hawkeyes are the sixth-highest Big Ten team ranked. Purdue ranks fifth, followed by Penn State (6), Minnesota (9), Wisconsin (12) and Michigan State (18). Rankings are as of Dec. 22.

Iowa posted a season-high 17 steals vs. Drake on Dec. 21. The last time the Hawkeyes collected 17 thefts in a game was in an overtime win over IUPUI in last year’s season opener (11/23/02). Senior Jennie Lillis led Iowa with four steals against the Bulldogs. The native of Urbandale, IA, recorded six thefts in the Hawkeyes’ previous game vs. Kansas State. She is Iowa’s leader in steals and ranks 11th in the Big Ten (1.92). Iowa has posted 10 steals or more in five games this year.

Senior Jennie Lillis has converted 358-482 (.743) of her free throw attempts in her career. She has made 43-54 (.796) of her attempts this season. The native of Urbandale, IA, is the school record holder for free throw attempts (482) and is 38 free throws made from breaking the school record, which is held by Amy Herrig (390).

Lillis has attempted at least one free throw in 100-of-105 games she has played, including all ten games this year.

Jamie Cavey’s free throw shooting is just one aspect of her game that she has improved on this year. Cavey has converted 43-63 (.683) from the charity stripe this year. Last year, she made 38-72 (.528) of her attempts.

Sophomore Tiffany Reedy has started at forward the last five games. The native of Dysart, IA, has averaged 6.8 ppg and 5.6 rpg while starting. Reedy pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds at Missouri on Dec. 30. The 16 rebounds in a game are the most by a Hawkeye since Jerica Watson collected 16 vs. Virginia in the first round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament in Storrs, CT.

Reedy scored the Hawkeyes’ first eight points and 11 of their first 14 in the first 5:30 of the Creighton game. Reedy finished with a season-high 15 points (4-8 FG, 4-4 FT) and tied a career high with two steals in 28 minutes of action. Reedy’s 15 points mark the first time this season she has posted double figures and the fifth time in her career.

For the season, Reedy ranks sixth on the team in scoring (4.7) and fifth in rebounding (3.6).

Sophomore Johanna Solverson returned to the Hawkeye lineup after missing the Kansas State game with an injured left ankle. Solverson did not start, but did collect four points, four rebounds and three steals in 21 minutes of action off the bench. She collected four points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 16 minutes off the bench vs. Creighton.

Solverson ranks first on the Hawkeyes in rebounding (5.6). She pulled down a team-high nine rebounds at Iowa State and Marquette. The native of Lake Zurich, IL, has led the Hawkeyes five times. She led Iowa in rebounding in two games all of last year. Solverson 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 and at Marquette).

Iowa has posted 90 points or more in three games this year. The school record is six times, set during the 2001-02 season.

The Hawkeyes rank second in the Big Ten in scoring (75.3).

Four Hawkeyes fouled out at Iowa State (Jennie Lillis, Jamie Cavey, Johanna Solverson and Kristi Faulkner). Jennie Lillis and Jamie Cavey have both fouled out four times this season. Lillis 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 12 times in Iowa’s first 12 games, topping its total all of last year (9).

Sophomore Crystal Smith has Coach Bluder’s first guard off the bench this year, averaging 14.8 minutes per game. It can be argued that Smith is Iowa’s top defender, who ranks second on the team in steals (14) behind starter Jennie Lillis (23).

Smith had one of the best games of her career vs. Illinois. The native of Haughton, LA, matched her career high with 10 points, blocked her first career shot, collected a career-high four assists and grabbed four rebounds. Smith scored a career-high 10 points on 4-5 from the field, bolstered by a perfect 2-2 from three-point range at Florida International. She also collected four rebounds, three of which were offensive, and two steals.

She has collected two or more steals five times.

Jamie Cavey has been a force in the post for Iowa. Cavey ranks first on the squad in scoring (17.3) and field goal percentage (.586) and third in rebounding (5.3). In addition, she ranks sixth in the Big Ten in scoring and field goal percentage and 23rd in rebounding. Cavey has led the Hawkeyes in scoring in 8-of-12 games, including the last two contests. She has scored in double figures nine straight games and 11-of-12 this season, including posting 20 points or more five times.

Cavey has scored 20 points or more in Iowa’s last two contests. The native of Mechanicsville, IA, matched a career high with 26 points and four assists and posted career highs in free throws made (8) and attempted (11) in Iowa’s home win over Illinois. She tallied a game-high 20 points, grabbed six rebounds and posted career highs in steals (4) and minutes played (36) at Missouri.

Against Creighton, Cavey scored 17 points (6-13 FG, 5-5 FT) and posted career bests in blocks (5), rebounds (10) and tied a career high in assists (4).

Cavey has scored 207 points already this season and is the fastest player to reach 200 points in a single season since Lindsey Meder scored 225 points in Iowa’s first 12 games during the 2000-01 campaign.

Senior Jennie Lillis is a leader on and off the court. The native of Urbandale, IA, has started all but one game in her career and currently has 1,483 career points, which ranks seventh on Iowa’s career scoring chart. She also has collected 717 rebounds, which ranks eighth-best all-time. Lillis is on pace to finish her career in the top-five in career rebounding and scoring. Lillis, who also spends some of her free time at the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics, was a preseason all-Big Ten selection the last two years.

Lillis drained a career-high three 3-pointers vs. Kansas State and a clutch triple down the stretch vs. Creighton. She has made a season-high nine 3-pointers, besting last year’s total (5). Lillis has made 15 career 3-pointers. She has made at least one three-pointer in three of Iowa’s last five games and has attempted at least two triples in all five contests.

The three-time captain started the 2003-04 season strong, collecting 11 points or more and in all 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 116 points from moving into sixth in career scoring and ten rebounds from sliding into the No. 7 position in career rebounds. She is 17 points from career point No. 1,500.

Senior Kristi Faulkner ranks second on the squad in scoring (15.5), first in 3-pointers made (22), attempted (47) and percentage (.468) and fourth in rebounding (4.0). She has made at least one triple in every game this year. Faulkner has scored in double figures in 10-of-12 games, including posting 20 points or more three times.

The native of Glen Ellyn, IL, registered a game-high 26 points at Florida International, 22 points at Iowa State and 24 vs. Drake. She made a season-high four three-pointers against the Cyclones. Faulkner scored 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds vs. Creighton.

Faulkner has made 103 career 3-pointers and has posted 959 career points at Iowa, which ranks 20th. She is 41 points from recording her 1,000th career point at Iowa. Faulkner is 66 points from moving past Tiffany Gooden (1994-98) and into 19th on Iowa’s career scoring chart.

Faulkner was a third team all-Big Ten honoree last year.

Senior Kristi Faulkner has converted .838 (218-260) 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.

Iowa converted 5-14 (.357) 3-pointers vs. Illinois. The Hawkeyes have sank at least one three-pointer in 160 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.

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.

Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder announced Monday that freshman shooting guard Deb Remmerde has decided to transfer to Northwestern College (Orange City, IA). Bluder has granted Remmerde her release.

“My decision to leave the University of Iowa was an extremely difficult decision,” said Remmerde. I have nothing but positive things to say about the players and coaching staff. Both went out of their way to make me feel welcome. The reason I’ve decided to transfer is that I want to be closer to home. I wish Iowa and the Hawkeye basketball family nothing but the best.”

“We regret Deb’s decision to leave the University of Iowa, but we also understand and have witnessed how homesick she is,” commented Bluder. Her unfortunate injury only added to Deb’s desire to return to her home community. We know that Deb has a bright future ahead of her and she will excel at Northwestern College.”

Remmerde suffered a stress fracture in her left foot in preseason practice and has still not recovered 100 percent from her injury. The native of Rock Valley, played limited minutes in two games this year (Kansas State and Drake). Remmerde is the Iowa high school all-time scoring leader and was named Miss Basketball her senior year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Iowa ranks second in the Big Ten Conference in scoring (75.3), third in assists (18.08), 3-point field goals made (5.75) and percentage (.385), fourth in field goal percentage (.450) and fifth in free throw percentage (.734)

Jamie Cavey ranks sixth in scoring (17.3) and field goal percentage (.586). Kristi Faulkner ranks tenth in scoring (15.5), fourth in 3-point percentage (.468) and eighth in 3-pointers made (1.83) and free throw percentage (.809). Jennie Lillis ranks 15th in rebounding (5.8) and ninth in steals (1.92).

Iowa has out-scored its opponents in the paint 388-334. The Hawkeyes dominated Illinois in the paint in their last contest, out-scoring the Fighting Illini 48-32. Iowa has out-scored its opponents in the paint in 9-of-12 games. Saint Joseph’s (26-10) and Kansas State (36-18) are the only squads to out-score Iowa in the paint this season. Iowa and Missouri both scored 24 points in the paint.

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.

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.

Iowa has eight regular season games that will be televised this year. KCRG-TV9 has already broadcast Iowa games vs. Houston, at Iowa State and vs. Drake and is slated to show two more (Wisconsin, Jan. 18 and Ohio State, Feb. 5). Fox Sports Chicago will televise Iowa games vs. Purdue (Feb. 10) and at Illinois (Feb. 29). Fox Sports North will broadcast the Hawkeyes’ game at Minnesota on Sunday.

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 and clicking on the Gametracker link.

Catch all the University of Iowa women’s basketball games over the Internet at 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-TV9. The show includes interviews with Coach Bluder and players and feature stories. Below is a list of the dates and times.

Saturday, January 24 – 5 p.m.
Saturday, February 21 – 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 20 – 5 p.m.

Iowa travels to No. 6 Minnesota Sunday afternoon before returning home for a three-game home stand. The Hawkeyes will host Indiana (Jan. 15), Wisconsin (Jan. 18) and Michigan (Jan. 25).