Iowa Hosts Michigan

Jan. 21, 2004

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Iowa (9-7, 3-2) concludes its three-game home stand when it hosts Michigan (9-9, 2-3) Sunday. Tip-off is slated for 2:05 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,000). Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youths.

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 833 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Overall, Iowa’s record is 507-326 (.609). That includes a 269-140 (.658) mark in Big Ten games and a 225-51 (.815) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa’s next four games will be against conference opponents it will only face once during the regular season. The Hawkeyes host Michigan (Jan. 25) and Ohio State (Feb. 5). Sandwiched in between home dates with the Wolverines and Buckeyes are trips to Northwestern (Jan. 29) and Michigan State (Feb. 1).

The Hawkeyes will play Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin twice this season.

Iowa jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead en route to a 66-46 triumph over Wisconsin last Sunday. The victory was Iowa’s fourth straight over the Badgers. The Hawkeyes held the Badgers scoreless and forced 10 turnovers in the first 8:30 of the game. Wisconsin finished the contest shooting 27.4 percent (17-62) from the field. Iowa was 37.7 percent (23-61) from the field, but 46.2 percent (6-13) from beyond the arc. The Hawkeyes made all five triples it attempted in the first half.

Jennie Lillis paced Iowa with a game-high 21 points (8-19 FG, 3-3 FT), dished out six assists and collected four rebounds. Jamie Cavey contributed 14 points (5-10 FG, 4-4 FT) and six rebounds, while Kristi Faulkner added 12 points (4-11 FG, 2-2 FT) and three rebounds.

Johanna Solverson started her first game since Dec. 8 and had one of her best complete games of the year. Solverson scored five points, grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, dished out six assists and blocked a career-high four shots.

Iowa played in front of its largest home crowd of the year (6,104).

Six of Iowa’s first 16 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.

Iowa is the only Big Ten school to have three student-athletes ranked in the top 10 in conference scoring. Iowa’s three players include: Jennie Lillis (7th), Jamie Cavey (8th) and Kristi Faulkner (10th). Furthermore, Iowa and Illinois are the only two school to have three players ranked in the top 15 in scoring in all games.

Sunday’s game with the Hawkeyes concludes a three-game road trip for the Wolverines. Michigan has had three three-game road trips this season, but end the regular season with 6-of-9 at home. The Wolverines play at Wisconsin Thursday before traveling to Iowa City.

Michigan struggled at Michigan State, falling to the in-state rival (67-33) in East Lansing on Jan. 18. Michigan shot only 22.2 percent (12-54) from the field, including 13.8 percent (4-29) in the second half. In addition, the Wolverines converted only 5.0 percent (1-20) of its second half 3-point shot attempts. Tabitha Pool (10) was Michigan’s only player to score in double figures. Niki Reams grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in the defeat.

The Wolverines are led by senior Jennifer Smith. The 6-4 center ranks first on the squad and five in the Big Ten in scoring (21.2). She also ranks second on the team and eighth in the league in rebounding (7.6). Pool ranks second on the team in scoring (12.9) and first in rebounding (8.1).

Michigan is coached by first year coach Cheryl Burnett. Prior to taking over the Wolverines, Burnett coached 15 successful seasons at Southwest Missouri State. Burnett guided the Bears to 10 NCAA Tournament berths, including one appearance in the Final Four (2001). Burnett’s overall record is 328-145 (.693).

Iowa’s Director of Basketball Operations, Shannon Gage, was recruited by Michigan Coach Cheryl Burnett when she coached at SMS. Gage was a four-year letterwinner at SMS.

In addition, Gage was at SMS the same time as Iowa men’s basketball coach Steve Alford (1995-98).

Iowa boasts a 29-10 advantage in games played against Michigan. The Hawkeyes also hold a 15-4 edge in games played in Iowa City.

The Hawkeyes snapped a three-game losing streak to Michigan with a 65-57 victory in Ann Arbor last year. Iowa won the first 14 meetings in Iowa City, but since then have lost four of the last five.

Michigan and Iowa share two common non-conference opponents: Drake and Creighton. The Hawkeyes beat Drake (79-65), but lost to Creighton (84-72) in overtime — both games played in Iowa City. The Wolverines dropped both games on the road at Drake (70-55) and Creighton (82-66).

In eight home games, Iowa has out-scored its opponent by a 587-545 margin, shooting 45.1 percent from the field and holding opponents to a 41.4 shooting percentage. Iowa has also posted 149 assists to its opponents’ 99.

In eight games away from Iowa City, the Hawkeyes have been out-scored its opponent by a 616-580 margin. Iowa has a better 3-point shooting percentage on the road (.418) than at home (.363). The Hawkeyes also average nearly four more rebounds on the road.

The Hawkeyes snapped a five-game road losing streak with a hard-fought 65-57 victory over Michigan in Crisler Arena. The win also snapped a three-game losing streak in Crisler Arena.

Iowa trailed 19-10 with 10:20 left in the first half before its defensive intensity and offense took over. the game The Hawkeyes closed the half on a 24-8 run to take a 34-27 lead into halftime. Jennie Lillis lit Iowa’s offensive fire in the first half, scoring 12 of her 18 points in the first half. At one point in the first half, Lillis scored 10-straight Hawkeye points.

The Hawkeyes started the second stanza like they finished the first half. After surrending an opening basket to Michigan, Iowa went on a 15-0 run to stretch its lead to a game-high 20 points (49-29). Michigan answered with an 11-0 run of its own to trim Iowa’s lead to 49-40. However, strong defense and clutch free throw shooting down the stretch enabled Iowa to claim its second road win of the year.

Iowa’s defense held Michigan to 37.3 percent (22-59) shooting from the field, including an Iowa opponent low 9.1 percent (1-11) from behind the arc. The Hawkeyes shot 44.6 percent (25-56) from the field and collected seven steals to Michigan’s three.

Ninety-one percent of Iowa’s scoring output came from its starting lineup. Jennie Lillis and Kristi Faulkner each tallied 18 points apiece to lead the Hawkeyes in scoring. Lillis also collected eight rebounds and dished out four assists. Johanna Solverson scored seven points and collected five rebounds in the winning effort. Tiffany Reedy and Becca MCann were the only Hawkeyes to score off the bench, each registering three points.

Iowa ranks 48th in the latest RPI rankings and 23rd in strength of schedule. Iowa’s SOS ranking is the fourth-best in the Big Ten behind Penn State (2), Purdue (13) and Michigan (14). Michigan ranks 52nd in the RPI and 14th 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.

Penn State ranks No. 2 in the RPI rankings, followed by Purdue (4), Minnesota (10) and Michigan State (19).

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 (73.4).

Senior Jennie Lillis is among an elite group of Hawkeyes. Lillis is one of only five Iowa players to have scored over 1,500 points and have collected 700 or more rebounds. The list includes Cindy Haugejorde, Toni Foster, Tangela Smith and Franthea Price.

Lillis is approaching two more milestones. The native of Urbandale, IA, can become only the third Hawkeye player to score 300 points or more in four seasons — if she scores 300 this season. Lillis scored 333 her freshman year, 429 her sophomore season and 537 last year. She has already amassed 253 points this season. Lills can also become the first-ever Hawkeye to rank in the top ten in the five major statistical categories at Iowa (scoring, rebounding, steals, assists and blocks). She already ranks in the top ten in scoring, rebounding and blocks. Lillis is three steals from cracking the top ten and 21 assists from making history.

Iowa ranks 24th in the nation in attendance (3,429). The Hawkeyes are the sixth-highest Big Ten team ranked. Purdue ranks fifth, followed by Penn State (6), Minnesota (8), Wisconsin (13) and Michigan State (17). Rankings are as of Jan. 19.

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 12th in the Big Ten (1.88).

Iowa has posted 10 steals or more in six games.

Senior Jennie Lillis has converted 375-502 (.747) of her free throw attempts in her career. She has made 60-74 (.811) of her attempts this season. The native of Urbandale, IA, is the school record holder for free throw attempts (502) and is 16 free throws made from breaking the school record, which is held by Amy Herrig (390).

Lillis has attempted at least one free throw in 104-of-109 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 52-74 (.703) from the charity stripe this year. Last year, she made 38-72 (.528) of her attempts.

Sophomore Johanna Solverson returned to the starting lineup in Iowa’s 20-point win (66-46) vs. Wisconsin last Sunday. Solverson’s last start was in Iowa’s road win at Northern Iowa on Dec. 8. The 6-2 forward had one of her best complete games of the year against the Badgers. Solverson scored five points, grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, dished out six assists, collected three steals and blocked a career-high four shots.

Solverson came off the bench to score a season-high 16 points and also pulled down three rebounds at Penn State on Jan. 8. She 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 missed the Kansas State game (Dec. 12) with an injured left ankle and came off the bench the following seven games.

Solverson ranks third on the Hawkeyes in rebounding (5.1). She pulled down a team-high nine rebounds at Iowa State and Marquette. The native of Lake Zurich, IL, has led the Hawkeyes six 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), 10 (vs. Wisconsin) and nine (at Iowa State and at Marquette).

Jamie Cavey has fouled out five times this year, while Jennie Lillis has fouled out four times. 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 13 times in Iowa’s first 16 games, topping its total all of last year (9).

Sophomore Crystal Smith has been Coach Bluder’s first guard off the bench this year, averaging 15.1 minutes per game. It can be argued that Smith is Iowa’s top defender, who ranks second on the team in steals (24) behind starter Jennie Lillis (30).

Smith had one of the best games of her career vs. Illinois and Minnesota. 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 vs. the Illini. Smith collected seven points (2-2 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and a career-high five steals at Minnesota. Her five steals came while guarding one of the conference’s and nation’s top players — Lindsay Whalen.

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.

Smith scored seven of her eight points in the first half against the Hoosiers and finished the game with six rebounds. Five of her six rebounds were offensive — a career high.

She has collected two or more steals seven times, including posting 10 steals in Iowa’s last three contests.

Iowa converted 6-13 (.462) 3-pointers vs. Wisconsin, including draining all five of its first half attempts. Iowa has made five or more 3-pointers in its last nine games. The Hawkeyes have made at least one three-pointer in 164 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.


  • Sophomore Morgan Kasperek attempted her first career 3-pointer and drained it in the Hawkeyes’ last game vs. Wisconsin.
  • Iowa is 7-0 this year when leading at the half and when holding opponents to 69 points or less.
  • Jamie Cavey is five points (495) from career point No. 500.
  • Jennie Lillis is five rebounds from moving into sixth on Iowa’s career rebounding chart.
  • Iowa will be gunning for its first three-game winning streak of the season Sunday.
  • Johanna Solverson has posted double figure rebounds twice this season.

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.

Jamie Cavey has been a force in the post for Iowa. Cavey ranks first on the squad in scoring (16.3) and field goal percentage (.568) and second in rebounding (5.2). In addition, she ranks seventh in Big Ten scoring, fourth in field goal percentage and 22nd in rebounding. Cavey has led the Hawkeyes in scoring in 8-of-16 games. She has scored in double figures 13 straight games and 15-of-16 this season, including posting 20 points or more five times.

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 260 points already this season and was 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 Kristi Faulkner ranks third on the squad in scoring (15.8), first in 3-pointers made (29), attempted (59) and percentage (.492) and fourth in rebounding (3.8). She has made at least one triple in 15-of-16 games this year. Her streak of 12 consecutive games with at least one triple ended at Penn State on Jan. 8. Faulkner has scored in double figures in 13-of-16 games, including posting 20 points or more four 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 a season-high 27 points, including her 1,000th career point in an Iowa uniform in Iowa’s home win over Indiana on Jan. 15.

Faulkner has made 110 career 3-pointers and has posted 1,014 career points at Iowa, which ranks 20th. Faulkner is 11 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 .841 (228-271) 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.

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.

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 1,552 career points, which ranks seventh on Iowa’s career scoring chart. She also has collected 741 rebounds, which ranks seventh-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 13 3-pointers, besting last year’s total (5). Lillis has made 19 career 3-pointers. She has made at least one three-pointer in five of Iowa’s last seven games and has attempted at least one triple in 8-of-9 contests. She is 4-8 (.500) in Iowa’s last two contests.

The three-time captain is 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 47 points from moving into sixth in career scoring and five rebounds from sliding into the No. 6 position in career rebounds.

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.

Iowa ranks third in Big Ten Conference scoring (72.9), field goal percentage (.443) and assists (17.44), first in 3-point field goal percentage (.389), fourth in 3-point field goals made (5.69) and free throw percentage (.734) and fifth in assist/turnover ratio (0.86).

In conference games only, Iowa ranks first in scoring offense (70.8), but last in scoring defense (70.2). The Hawkeyes also rank first in assists (17.6) and 3-point field goal percentage (.391).

Jamie Cavey ranks seventh in scoring (16.3) and fourth in field goal percentage (.568). Kristi Faulkner ranks 12th in scoring (15.2), second in 3-point percentage (.492) and eighth in 3-pointers made (1.81) and third in free throw percentage (.828). Jennie Lillis ranks ninth in scoring (15.8), 17th in rebounding (5.9) and 11th in steals (1.88).

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.

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 against Houston, Iowa State, Drake and Wisconsin. KCRG-TV9 is slated to show one more game (Ohio State, Feb. 5). Fox Sports Chicago will televise Iowa games vs. Purdue (Feb. 10) and at Illinois (Feb. 29). Fox Sports North showed the Hawkeyes’ game at Minnesota on Jan. 11 and will televise Iowa’s contest against the Golden Gophers in Iowa City on Feb. 19.

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.

The Hawkeyes hit the road for a two-game road trip. Iowa travels to Northwestern (Jan. 29) and Michigan State (Feb. 1). The Hawkeyes return home to host Ohio State (Feb. 5).