Hawkeyes Travel To No. 6 Minnesota

Jan. 9, 2004

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Iowa (7-6, 1-1) will face No. 6 Minnesota (13-0, 2-0) Sunday in Minneapolis, MN. Tip-off is slated for 2:05 p.m. in Williams Arena (14,625). Sunday will be only the second time the Hawkeyes will have played in Williams Arena.

Sunday’s game will be broadcast on Fox Sports North, which is channel 641 for those fans who have DIRECTV. Marney Gellner and ex-Minnesota Lynx player Andrea Lloyd Curry will call the action.

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 830 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Overall, Iowa’s record is 505-325 (.608). That includes a 267-139 (.658) mark in Big Ten games and a 223-51 (.814) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

No. 8 Penn State overwhelmed Iowa, 92-64, Thursday night in University Park, PA. The Lady Lions used an 8-0 run to end the half and give Penn State a comfortable 40-26 halftime cushion. The 92 points allowed by the Hawkeyes were the most ever scored by Penn State in the 25-game series.

Iowa got out of the gates slowly, with Jennie Lillis (13) and Jamie Cavey (11) scoring 24 of its 26 first half points. Furthermore, Lillis (17), Cavey (14) and Johanna Solverson (10) combined for 41 of Iowa’s first 43 points, which encompassed the first 29:30 of action.

Iowa yielded 25 Lady Lion points off 19 turnovers and was out-scored 44-26 in the paint. Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante scored a game-high 30 points.

Lillis led Iowa with a team and season-high 23 points, bolstered by a career-high 11-13 shooting from the charity stripe. The senior also posted team highs in rebounds (6) and assists (5). Cavey tallied 13 points and five rebounds. Solverson collected a season-high 16 points on a perfect 6-6 shooting from the field, including 3-3 shooting from 3-point range and 1-1 from the free throw line. Penn State held Iowa’s leading scorer, Kristi Faulkner, to a season-low two points (2-2 FT). Senior Becca McCann scored a season-high eight points, six of which came on 2-2 shooting from beyond the arc.

Five of Iowa’s first 13 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.

Sunday will be Iowa’s second consecutive game against a top ten ranked opponent. Iowa is 0-2 against ranked opponents this year (Penn State, 92-64 and Kansas State, 82-60).

Iowa has recorded at least one home win over a ranked opponent in each of the last three years under Coach Bluder. These are Iowa’s most recent wins vs. nationally ranked opponents:

At Home: 80-75 over 12th-ranked Penn State, 2/16/03
On the Road: 76-64 over 16th-ranked Wisconsin, 2/7/02
Neutral Court: 80-77 over 13th-ranked Minnesota, 3/7/03, at Big Ten Tournament

Minnesota is a perfect 13-0 and 2-0 in league play. The Golden Gophers boast a +24.3 scoring margin — the best in the Big Ten.

Minnesota cruised to a 72-40 triumph at Northwestern Thursday. Lindsay Whalen tallied a game-high 21 points and six assists, while Janel McCarville posted 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds. The Golden Gophers shot 53.2 percent (25-47) from the field, while the Wildcats shot only 34.0 percent (16-47). Minnesota also out-scored Northwestern 18-0 at the free throw line. The Wildcats did not attempt a single free throw in the contest.

Whalen ranks first on the team and second in the conference in scoring (22.6). McCarville ranks second on the team and first in the Big Ten in rebounding (10.4).

Pam Borton is in her fifth year as a head coach and second at Minnesota. Borton is 107-52 (.673) overall and boasts a 38-6 (.864) mark with the Golden Gophers.


  • Minnesota ranks first in the Big Ten in six statistical categories.
  • Guard April Calhoun played two seasons with the Hawkeyes (2001-03) before transfering to Minnesota. The junior is sitting out this season dur to transfer rules.

Iowa leads the all-time series 35-16, including a 14-9 advantage in games played in Minneapolis, MN. Minnesota has won three of the last four meetings. The Golden Gophers swept the regular season series, but the Hawkeyes bounced Minnesota from the 2003 Big Ten Tournament with an 80-77 win in Indianapolis, IN. Minnesota scored 94 points in both regular season meetings last year, including its 29-point win (94-65) in Minneapolis, MN.

Minnesota and Iowa share two common non-conference opponents: Drake and Creighton. Minnesota defeated Drake (73-50) and Creighton (82-71). The Hawkeyes defeated Drake (79-65), but lost to the Bluejays in overtime (84-72).

In six home games, Iowa has out-scored its opponent by a 449-434 margin, shooting 46.9 percent from the field and holding opponents to a 43.5 shooting percentage. Iowa has also posted 119 assists to its opponents’ 82.

In seven games away from Iowa City, the Hawkeyes have been out-scored its opponent by a 541-519 margin.

Jamie Cavey made her mark as the sophomore came off the bench to score 10 points in the pivotal final 6:48 to help rally Iowa to a stunning, 80-77, victory over second-seeded Minnesota in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament held in the Conseco Fieldhouse.

In the closing minutes of the game, Cavey followed with a pair of baskets to stretch Iowa’s lead to 74-68 with 1:55 remaining. Minnesota trimmed the lead on a deep jump shot and had a chance to cut into the lead even farther with a driving lay-up, but Cavey recovered in time to swat the shot away and Faulkner came up with the rebound. With just 38.4 ticks left, Faulkner hit two free throws to bump the edge to six, 76-70.

The Gophers, who had swept the season series from the Hawkeyes, would not go quietly as Shannon Schonrock drilled a deep three-pointer with 27.3 seconds left, pulling Minnesota to three, 76-73. Johanna Solverson calmly drained both her free throws after being fouled on the ensuing inbound play for a 78-73 edge.

With just 4.6 seconds left, Lindsay Lieser delivered a three-pointer from the corner in hopes of lifting the Gophers back into the game, but one free three by Lillis with 1.6 seconds left and an offensive rebound by Cavey at the buzzer sent Iowa into the semifinals.

Tiffany Reedy and Becca McCann combined for 12 points off the bench in the first half while Solverson scored seven of her 14 points in the game’s first 3:39.

Faulkner ended the game with 21 points while Lillis chipped in with 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, joining Cavey and Solverson in double-digits. Hitting all three of her shots from the floor, Cavey – a 49 percent foul shooter – also hit four her five attempts from the free throw line to lift her squad.

The Hawkeyes finished the game shooting a season-high 59 percent (28-for-48) from the floor and a season-high 67 percent (6-for-9) from beyond the three-point arc.


  • Johanna Solverson is three rebounds shy of her 200th career rebound.
  • Jamie Cavey is five points from career point No. 500. The junior has scored 220 of her 495 points this season.
  • Two of Jennie Lillis’ biggest statistical games of her career have come at Penn State. The senior posted career highs in points (32) and field goals made (12) on Feb. 10, 2002. She posted career highs in free throws made (11) and attempted (13), while scoring a season-high 23 points Thursday night.
  • Lillis is five free throws attempted from career attempt No. 500.
  • Kristi Faulkner is 39 points from registering her 1000th career Iowa point. The senior played her freshman season at the University of Illinois.

Iowa ranks 70th in the latest RPI rankings and 61st in strength of schedule. Minnesota ranks seventh in the RPI and 126th in strength of schedule. As a conference the Big Ten ranks first ahead of the Big XII and Pac-10. The rankings are released Mondays by the WBCA.

Ten of the 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 369-495 (.745) of her free throw attempts in her career. She has made 54-67 (.806) of her attempts this season. The native of Urbandale, IA, is the school record holder for free throw attempts (495) and is 22 free throws made from breaking the school record, which is held by Amy Herrig (390).

Lillis has attempted at least one free throw in 101-of-106 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 46-68 (.676) 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 six games. The native of Dysart, IA, has averaged 6.0 ppg and 5.3 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 (4.5) and fifth in rebounding (3.6).

Sophomore Johanna Solverson came off the bench to score a season-high 16 points and also pulled down three rebounds. Solverson was a perfect 6-6 shooting from the field, including 3-3 from 3-point range. She was also 1-1 from the free throw line. That performance marked the first time in her career that she recorded a perfect shooting performance from the field.

Solverson has been coming off the bench ever since missing the Kansas State game with an injured left ankle.

Solverson ranks second on the Hawkeyes in rebounding (5.3). 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 in rebounding. 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 third in the Big Ten in scoring (74.5).

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 13 games, topping its total all of last year (9).

Sophomore Crystal Smith has Coach Bluder’s first guard off the bench this year, averaging 14.7 minutes per game. It can be argued that Smith is Iowa’s top defender, who ranks third on the team in steals (14) behind Jennie Lillis (23) and Johanna Solverson (15).

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 (16.9) and field goal percentage (.565) and second in rebounding (5.3). In addition, she ranks sixth in the Big Ten in scoring, seventh in field goal percentage and 20th in rebounding. Cavey has led the Hawkeyes in scoring in 8-of-13 games. She has scored in double figures ten straight games and 12-of-13 this season, including posting 20 points or more five times.

Cavey has scored 20 points or more in two of Iowa’s last three 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 220 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 1,506 career points, which ranks seventh on Iowa’s career scoring chart. She also has collected 723 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 six games and has attempted at least one triple in all six contests.

The three-time captain started the 2003-04 season strong, collecting 11 points or more and in all games. Lillis in the only Hawkeye to score in double figures in every game this year. She posted her first double-double of the season and 16th of her career vs. Saint Joseph’s (19 points, 10 rebounds).

Lillis is 93 points from moving into sixth in career scoring and four rebounds from sliding into the No. 7 position in career rebounds.

Senior Kristi Faulkner ranks third on the squad in scoring (14.5), first in 3-pointers made (22), attempted (49) and percentage (.449) and fourth in rebounding (4.1). She has made at least one triple in 12-of-13 games this year. Her streak of 12 consecuitve games with at least one triple ended at Penn State. Faulkner has scored in double figures in 10-of-13 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 961 career points at Iowa, which ranks 20th. She is 41 points from recording her 1,000th career point at Iowa. Faulkner is 64 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 .840 (220-262) 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 5-13 (.385) 3-pointers at Penn State. Iowa has drained exactly five 3-pointers in its last five games. The Hawkeyes have made at least one three-pointer in 161 consecutive contests. 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 third in the Big Ten Conference in scoring (74.5) and assists (17.77), second in 3-point field goal percentage (.385), fourth in 3-point field goals made (5.69) and fifth in field goal percentage (.446) and free throw percentage (.731)

Jamie Cavey ranks sixth in scoring (16.9) and seventh in field goal percentage (.565). Kristi Faulkner ranks 14th in scoring (14.5), fourth in 3-point percentage (.449) and ninth in 3-pointers made (1.69) and fifth in free throw percentage (.816). Jennie Lillis ranks 16th in rebounding (5.8) and 12th in steals (1.77).

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 www.hawkeyesports.com and clicking on the Gametracker link.

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-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.

The Hawkeyes return to Iowa City for a three-game home stand. Iowa hosts Indiana (Jan. 15), Wisconsin (Jan. 18) and Michigan (Jan. 25). The Iowa contest against Wisconsin is its annual “Girl Scout Day”.