Feb. 11, 2004
Iowa (12-9, 6-4) will look to rebound from back-to-back home losses when it faces Wisconsin Thursday in Madison, WI. Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m. in the Kohl Center (17,142). The Hawkeyes have not lost three consecutive games this season.
Iowa is in the middle of a difficult stretch where it plays three games in six days.
ON THE TUBE AND INTERNET
Thursday’s game will be broadcast live locally in Madison on UPN-14 and on the Internet at www.uwbadgers.com (gameday page). Ken Syke and Dawn Crim will call the action.
ON THE AIR
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 838 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Overall, Iowa’s record is 510-328 (.609). That includes a 272-142 (.657) mark in Big Ten games and a 226-53 (.810) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT TICKETS
Tickets are available for the 2004 Big Ten Women’s Tournament in Indianapolis, IN. The event is held March 4-8 in the Conseco Fieldhouse. An all-session (10 games) ticket costs $55. Fans interested in sitting in the Iowa section can call the UI Ticket Office at 1-800-IA-HAWKS.
Single-session tickets range from $10-$14 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Conseco Fieldhouse box office and www.ticketmaster.com.
Iowa has a difficult schedule down the stretch. Four of Iowa’s last seven regular season games come against ranked opponents. The Hawkeyes lost to No. 5 Purdue (90-79) in Iowa City on Tuesday and host No. 6 Penn State (Feb. 22) and No. 10 Minnesota (Feb. 19). Iowa will have to travel to Purdue on Feb. 26 for its “Senior Day”.
LILLIS BREAKS CAREER FREE THROW MARK
Jennie Lillis became Iowa’s all-time free throws made leader when she converted 4-6 from the free throw line Tuesday vs. No. 5 Purdue. The senior has made 392 career free throws. Lillis is also the school record holder in career free throws attempted with 522. Amy Herrig (1995-99) was the previous record holder in both categories before Lillis broke her marks.
THREE’S A CHARM
Iowa is the only team to have three student-athletes ranked in the top 10 in Big Ten scoring. Jamie Cavey ranks sixth in scoring, followed by Jennie Lillis (eighth) and Kristi Faulkner (10th).
Iowa is also the only conference team to have three players ranked in the top 15 in assists. Lillis ranks 11th in assists, followed by Lindsay Richards (12th) and Johanna Solverson (13th).
SMITH TIES CAREER HIGHS
Sophomore Crystal Smith matched career highs in points (10), rebounds (6) and assists (4) in the Hawkeyes’ home loss to No. 5 Purdue Tuesday night in Iowa City.
LAST TIME OUT
If it wasn’t Shereka Wright scoring for Purdue, it was Katie Gearlds. Between the two of them, the fifth-ranked Boilermakers had far too much firepower for Iowa.
Wright scored 21 of her season-high 34 points in the second half and Gearlds, a freshman, added a career-best 32, leading Purdue to a 90-79 victory Tuesday night. The duo’s scoring outburst marked the first time an Iowa defense has ever allowed two players to score 30 points or more in the same game.
Wright and Gearlds certainly had it going and Iowa had no answer for either in getting burned defensively for the second straight game. The Hawkeyes lost to Ohio State 93-82 last Thursday.
Purdue won its 11th straight game by pulling away after Iowa, which trailed by 12 late in the first half, got to within a point just after the break.
Wright, constantly beating her defender whether off the dribble or moving without the ball, made sure the Hawkeyes never got the lead. She scored 13 of the Boilermakers’ first 16 points in the second half, finishing that burst with two free throws for a 58-50 lead.
A turnaround by Gearlds and a bank shot by Lindsey Hicks stretched the lead to 62-50, and Iowa was never closer than seven points after that.
Jennie Lillis led Iowa with 23 points and Kristi Faulkner scored 17. Crystal Smith tied career highs in points (10), rebounds (6) and assists (4) in the defeat.
Gearlds, scoreless in Sunday’s game with Ohio State, matched her previous high with 17 points in the first half. She went 12-for-16 from the field, made all four of her 3-point shots and looked like someone who could score any time she felt like it.
Gearlds’ rainbow 3-pointer from the left corner gave Purdue a 77-65 lead with 4:35 remaining. Iowa’s Crystal Smith scored on a put-back and hit a 3-pointer to draw the Hawkeyes to 77-70, but they couldn’t capitalize when Purdue went scoreless on three straight possessions after Wright’s two free throws made it 79-70.
Purdue finally secured the victory with breakaway lay-ups by Wright and Erika Valek and four free throws by Gearlds.
The Badgers enter Thursday night’s game with a mark of 8-13 overall and 2-9 in conference play. Wisconsin is 5-5 in home contests this season. Thursday’s game against Iowa is Wisconsin’s only game this week; the Badgers are idle Sunday.
Wisconsin returns home after playing three of its last four games on the road. The Badgers lost at Purdue (58-42), Michigan State (72-47) and Michigan (75-55) on the road and lost to Minnesota (59-48) at home.
Ashley Josephson ranks first on the team in scoring (12.5) and free throw percentage (.833) and second in 3-pointers made (34). Stephanie Rich ranks second in scoring (10.5) and first in 3-pointers made (41). Lello Gebisa (6.5) and Emily Ashbaugh (5.6) rank first and second in rebounding, respectively.
Lisa Stone is in her first year with Wisconsin (8-13, .381) and her 19th season overall (383-131, .745) as a head coach. She came to Wisconsin after three successful seasons at Drake. Stone took over the Bulldogs after Bluder left Drake for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Stone also coached 12 years at UW-Eau Claire and three seasons at Cornell College.
Iowa ranks 44th in the latest RPI rankings and 26th in strength of schedule. Wisconsin ranks 120th in the RPI and 57th in strength of schedule. Iowa is a perfect 6-0 against teams with an RPI over 100, 1-5 against teams in the top 25 and 5-4 against teams ranked 26-100. As a conference the Big Ten ranks first ahead of the Big XII and Pac-10. The rankings are released daily at www.wbca.org.
Penn State ranks No. 3 in the RPI rankings, followed by Purdue (5), Minnesota (9) and Michigan State (19).
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
Thursday’s game will be the 47th meeting between the two schools. Iowa holds a 28-18 series advantage, including winning the last four contests. Iowa won this year’s earlier meeting (66-46) in Iowa City and won both of last year’s games by 17 point margins: 77-60 in Iowa City and 76-59 in Madison. The Badgers’ last win over Iowa came on Dec. 30, 2001 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The series is tied 10-10 in games played in Madison.
IOWA, WISCONSIN NOTES
- Iowa defeated Wisconsin in the first-ever game played in the Kohl Center (Jan. 20, 1998). The Hawkeyes downed the Badgers (66-63) in front of 16,296 fans.
- Iowa scored 76 points its last two wins in the Kohl Center (76-64 in 2002 and 76-59 in 2003).
- Wisconsin’s highest scoring output this season was 76 in its victory over Iowa State on Dec. 7. The Hawkeyes have yielded 93 (Ohio State) and 90 (Purdue) in their last two games.
- Wisconsin Assistant Coach Stephanie Schmitz played for Bluder for two seasons at Drake before Bluder and her staff left for the Hawkeyes. Schmitz ranks third on Drake’s career assists chart (546).
- Wisconsin Head Coach Lisa Stone (1980-84) and Assistant Coach Donna Freitag (1981-83) played basketball for the Hawkeyes during their collegiate careers. Stone currently ranks 15th in career scoring (1,129) and seventh in assists (322) at Iowa. Kristi Faulkner is 52 points behind Stone for 15th place, while Jennie Lillis is four steals behind Stone for sixth place.
- Wisconsin and Iowa share one common non-conference opponent: Iowa State. The Hawkeyes lost to the Cyclones (101-94) in double overtime in Ames, while the Badgers defeated Iowa State (76-73) on their home floor.
- Wisconsin’s Stephanie Rich hails from Crawfordsville, IA, and attended Washington HS.
- Head Coaches Lisa Bluder (Drake) and Lisa Stone (Drake) both coached in the Missouri Valley Conference. In fact, the coaching duo is two of four Big Ten coaches that formely mentored MVC teams (Cheryl Burnett — SMS and Kathi Bennett — Evansville).
HOME, AWAY COMPARISONS
In 11 home games, Iowa has out-scored its opponent by a 817-786 margin, shooting 45.2 percent from the field and holding opponents to a 42.4 shooting percentage. Iowa has also posted 206 assists to its opponents’ 144.
In 10 games away from Iowa City, the Hawkeyes have been out-scored its opponent by a slim 744-734 margin. Iowa has a better 3-point shooting percentage on the road (.384) than at home (.377). The Hawkeyes also average 2.4 more rebounds on the road.
ON THIS DATE…
- Iowa is 5-1 on Feb. 12, with its only blemish coming to Wisconsin in 1982. The Hawkeyes have won four straight on Feb. 12 since that defeat.
Iowa jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead en route to a 66-46 triumph over Wisconsin in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Jan. 18. 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.
Stephanie Rich was Wisconsin’s only player to record double figures in points (14). The native of Crawfordsville, IA, also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.
Iowa sophomore Morgan Kasperek attempted and made her first career 3-point attempt. The Hawkeyes converted 21 Badger turnovers into 19 points and out-scored Wisconsin 28-20 in the paint. Iowa improved to 7-0 this year when leading at the half and when holding opponents to 69 points or less.
Iowa played in front of its largest home crowd of the year (6,104).
HAWKEYES SINK FREEBIES
Iowa converted 91.7 percent (11-12) of its free throws vs. Ohio State on Feb. 5, which is a season best., and 90 percent (18-20) at Michigan State on Feb. 1.
Four of Iowa’s starters are shooting at an 80 percent or better clip (Solverson, .900; Faulkner, .863; Lillis, .819; Richards, .811). Iowa’s other starter Jamie Cavey is shooting 71 percent, but has made 81.8 percent (18-22) from the free throw line the last seven games. Faulkner has made a season-best 21straight free throws over a span of seven games. Lindsey Meder (1998-01) holds the school record with 33 consecutive free throws made.
HAWKEYE DEFENSE COLLAPSES
Iowa allowed 57 second half points to Ohio State, which are the most points it has ever yielded in a game in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The previous record was 54 by Wisconsin in 2000. Ohio State’s second half scoring outburst was one shy of an overall record set by Stanford (58) during the 1988-89 season.
CAVEY ON FIRE!!!
Jamie Cavey, who was named the Big Ten Player of the Week last week, has been a dominant force in the middle lately.
The junior is in the midst of a career season. Cavey averaged 3.7 points per game in Big Ten play last season and 5.6 ppg in overall play. So far this season, she ranks No. 5 in conference and No. 6 in overall play with 18.4 and 17.4 points per game, respectively. She has led Iowa in scoring on 12 occasions this season, and has chalked up at least 20 points in eight outings, including three of the last four contests.
Cavey posted career highs in points (33), field goals made (14) and attempted (25) vs. Ohio State on Feb. 5. The 14 field goals made are the most in a game by a player in the Big Ten this year. Her 33 points mark the first time an Iowa player amassed 30 points or more since Jennie Lillis scored a career-high 32 points at Penn State on Feb. 10, 2002.
Cavey sparked the Hawkeyes to their first two conference road wins of the season as Iowa defeated Northwestern (76-61) and No. 18 Michigan State (78-67).
In the 15-point win over the Wildcats, Cavey collected a team-high 24 points and eight rebounds while shooting 11-of-15 from the field (73.3 percent). She also added four assists and a steal in that outing.
Iowa recorded its first victory over a ranked team this season with an 11-point triumph against the Spartans on Feb. 1. The native of Mechanicsville, IA, tallied a team-best 21 points in that win while shooting 57.1 percent (19-of-29) from the field and 83.3 percent (5-of-6) from the free-throw line.
SOLVERSON POSTS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Johanna Solverson registered her first career double-double, which she nearly accomplished in the first half vs. Ohio State last Thursday. The sophomore pulled down 12 rebounds and scored a season-high 17 rebounds. Solverson tallied 10 points and collected nine rebounds in the first frame. She has posted double figures in rebounding a team-best three times this year. Solverson is the second Hawkeye to record a double-double this year. Jennie Lillis collected her first double-double of the year and 16th of her career vs. Saint Joseph’s on Nov. 28.
IOWA CRANKS UP THE OFFENSE
Iowa 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 first in conference scoring (73.9). In fact, Iowa averaged 78.8 ppg its last four games.
- Iowa’s loss to Ohio State was its first (9-1) when leading at halftime. In addition, the loss was only Iowa’s fifth (57-5) when leading at the break under Coach Bluder the last four years.
- Ohio State’s 93 points are the most points Iowa has yielded in a game played in regulation this year. The Hawkeyes allowed 101 points to in-state rival Iowa State in two overtimes on Dec. 3.
- Iowa has begun the second half of its conference schedule and Wisconsin is the first school the Hawkeyes play twice.
- The Hawkeyes out-rebounded their last four opponents (Purdue, 39-38; Ohio State, 35-26; Michigan State, 43-35; Northwestern, 36-29).
- Iowa finished its regular season with a 3-1 record against conference teams it plays only once (wins over Michigan, Northwestern and Michigan State and a loss to Ohio State).
- Jennie Lillis has made at least one triple in the last seven games and has attempted at least one 3-pointer in 12 of Iowa’ last 13 contests.
LILLIS AMONG ELITE GROUP
Senior Jennie Lillis is among an elite group of Hawkeyes. Lillis is one of only four Iowa players to amass 1,500 points and 750 rebounds (Cindy Haugejorde, Toni Foster and Tangela Smith) and one of only three Hawkeyes to score 300 points or more all four years (Haugejorde and Lindsey Meder).
Lills is arguably Iowa’s best complete player in its 30-year history. The native of Urbandale, IA, is on the verge of becoming 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 fifth in scoring, sixth in rebounding, eighth in steals and third in blocks. Lillis is seven assists from cracking the top ten in assists and making history. She would be one of only three Big Ten athletes to accomplish the feat (Minnesota’s Laura Coenen, 1981-85 and Illinois’ Tauja Catchings, 1996-00).
Lillis is a leader on and off the court. She has started all but one game in her career. The two-time all-Big Ten performer, also spends some of her free time at the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics.
Lillis has drained a season-high 19 3-pointers, besting last year’s total (5). Lillis has made 25 career triples. She has made at least one 3-pointer in seven straight games and 10 of Iowa’s last 12 games. Lillis has attempted at least one triple in 13 of Iowa’s last 14 contests. She attempted a career-high seven 3-pointers at Michigan State on Feb. 1.
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).
Iowa has made 26 3-pointers in its last three games (8.7), including a season-high 10 at Michigan State on Feb. 1. Iowa has made five or more 3-pointers in 12 of its last 13 games. The Hawkeyes have made at least one 3-pointer in 169 consecutive contests. It is a streak that has occurred over a span of seven seasons. The last time the Hawkeyes did not make a 3-pointer was against Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament on March 1, 1998.
ONE AND THE BONUS
For the first time this year and only the sixth time in her career, Jennie Lillis did not attempt a free throw in Iowa’s loss to Ohio State last Thursday. She has attempted at least one free throw in 108-of-114 games she has played.
Lillis has converted 392-522 (.751) of her free throw attempts in her career. She has made 77-94 (.819) of her attempts this season, including a perfect 6-6 (1.000) at Michigan State. The native of Urbandale, IA, is the school record holder for free throws made and attempted.
FAULKNER ON PACE TO BREAK SCHOOL RECORD
Senior Kristi Faulkner has converted .850 (243-286) of her free throw attempts during her three years with the Hawkeyes. She will break Lindsey Meder’s school free throw percentage record of .799 (287-359) set 1998-2002.
FAULKNER: IOWA’S 3-POINT THREAT
Senior Kristi Faulkner ranks third on the squad in scoring (15.3), first in 3-pointers made (40), attempted (88) and percentage (.455) and fourth in rebounding (4.0). She has made at least one triple in 20-of-21 games this year. Faulkner has scored in double figures in 17-of-21 games, including posting 20 points or more five times.
The native of Glen Ellyn, IL, celebrated her 23rd birthday in style, scoring 22 points (8-12 FG, 3-3 FT) and grabbing five rebounds playing in her hometown in Iowa’s win over Northwestern on Jan. 29. The senior tallied 16 of her points in the second half on a perfect 6-6 shooting from the field and 3-3 from the charity stripe.
She registered a game-high 26 points at Florida International, 22 points at Iowa State and 24 vs. Drake. She made a season-high four 3-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 121 career 3-pointers, which ranks second in career triples at Iowa. She has posted 1,094 career points at Iowa, which ranks 17th. Faulkner is seven points from moving past Shanda Berry (1985-89) and into 16th place.
Faulkner was a third team all-Big Ten honoree last year.
Jamie Cavey has fouled out seven times this year, while Jennie Lillis has fouled out five 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 16 times this season, topping its total all of last year (9).
CAVEY IMPROVES AT THE CHARITY STRIPE
Jamie Cavey’s free throw shooting is just one aspect of her game that she has improved on this year. Cavey has converted 71-100 (.710) from the charity stripe this year. Last year, she made 38-72 (.528) of her attempts.
Cavey has converted 78.1 percent (25-32) from the free throw line the last eight games
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.
Iowa ranks 24th in the nation in attendance (3,488). The Hawkeyes are the sixth-highest Big Ten team ranked. Purdue ranks fifth, followed by Penn State (7), Minnesota (8), Wisconsin (14), Michigan State (17). Rankings are as of Feb. 9.
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.
SOLVERSON PICKING UP HER GAME
Sophomore Johanna Solverson has improved her game since returning to the starting lineup. Solverson averaged 6.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 5.3 apg in the last six games. She dished out a game-high eight assists in the Hawkeyes’ win at Northwestern and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds vs. Wisconsin on Jan. 18.
Solverson tallied a season-high 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds vs. Ohio State and collected a game-high nine rebounds vs. No. 5 Purdue.
Solverson missed the Kansas State game (Dec. 12) with an injured left ankle and came off the bench the following seven games.
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.
She 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 ranks second on the Hawkeyes and 18th in the league in rebounding (5.8). She pulled down a team-high nine rebounds at Iowa State and Marquette. The native of Lake Zurich, IL, has led the Hawkeyes eight times in rebounding. She led Iowa in rebounding twice last year. Solverson has posted rebounding games of nine or more six times this season.
NCAA TOURNAMENT PROJECTIONS
Projections have already begun for the NCAA Tournament and www.collegerpi.com has the Hawkeyes as a No. 12 seed in the Mideast Region in its second bracket projection. The web site has Iowa playing No. 5 seed Notre Dame in the first round, with the game being played in South Bend, IN.
Iowa is one of six Big Ten teams (Penn State, Purdue, Minnesota, Michigan State and Ohio State) projected, while the web site projects the Big East and SEC (8) and Big XII (7) to lead the pack.
The web site will make weekly projections each week leading up to the NCAA Tournament.
SMITH HAVING BREAKOUT YEAR
Sophomore Crystal Smith has been Coach Bluder’s first guard off the bench this year, averaging 15.8 minutes per game. It can be argued that Smith is Iowa’s top defender, who ranks second on the team in steals (35) behind starter Jennie Lillis (39). She ranks seventh in conference steals (2.2), the highest ranking non-starter.
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.
Recently, she matched career highs in points (10), rebounds (6) and assists (4) in Iowa’s loss to No. 5 Purdue Tuesday night.
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 11 times.
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 clicking on the Gametracker link.
BIG TEN RANKINGS — ALL GAMES
Iowa ranks second in Big Ten Conference scoring (73.9), 3-point field goal percentage (.381) and assists (17.71), first in 3-pointers made (6.0) and third in field goal percentage (.446) and free throw percentage (.752).
Jamie Cavey ranks sixth in scoring (17.4) and fourth in field goal percentage (.565). Kristi Faulkner ranks 10th in scoring (15.3), second in 3-point percentage (.455) and free throw percentage (.863) and sixth in 3-pointers made (1.9). Jennie Lillis ranks eighth in scoring (15.7), 13th in rebounding (6.1), ninth in steals (1.9) and 12th in assists (3.3).
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.
HAWKEYES ON THE TUBE
Iowa has nine regular season games that will be televised this year. KCRG-TV9 broadcast Iowa games against Houston, Iowa State, Drake, Wisconsin and Ohio State. Fox Sports Chicago will televise Iowa games vs. Purdue on Tuesday and at Illinois (Feb. 29). Fox Sports North showed the Hawkeyes’ game at Minnesota (Jan. 11) and will broadcast their game against the Gophers on Feb. 19 in Iowa City.
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-TV9. The show includes interviews with Coach Bluder and players and feature stories. Below is a list of the dates and times.
Saturday, February 21 – 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 20 – 5 p.m.
Iowa travels to Bloomington, IN, to face the Indiana Hoosiers on Sunday. Game time is 1:05 p.m. (CST). The Hawkeyes return home to host nationally ranked Minnesota on Feb. 19.