March 2, 2004
PARK RIDGE, IL – The Big Ten Conference announced its 2004 all-Big Ten teams Tuesday, and it included Iowa seniors Jennie Lillis and Kristi Faulkner and junior Jamie Cavey.
Iowa and Penn State (Kelly Mazzante, Tanisha Wright and Jess Strom) were the only two schools to have three student-athletes named to all-Big Ten teams.
Senior Jennie Lillis was selected to the all-Big Ten second team by both the media and coaches. Lillis ranks eighth in league scoring (16.0), 13th in rebounding (6.2), fifth in free throw percentage (.825), 11th in assists (3.15) and 12th in steals (1.78). She is only the second Hawkeye player (Cindy Haugejorde) to amass 1,700 points and 800 rebounds. In addition, Lillis is one of only three Hawkeyes to score 300 points or more all four years (Haugejorde and Lindsey Meder). The three-time captain ranks fifth in Iowa career scoring (1,732) and rebounding (815), third in blocks (109), sixth in steals (182) and eighth in assists (291).
Lillis’ all-around talents garnered her all-Big Ten accolades for the third straight season. She was selected to the first team by the media and second team by the coaches her junior year and the second team by the media her sophomore season. The senior becomes the fifth Iowa player to earn all-Big Ten first or second team laurels three years during their respective careers (Michelle Edwards, Toni Foster, Lindsey Meder and Franthea Price).
Senior Kristi Faulkner was named to the all-Big Ten third team by both the media and coaches for the second straight season. Faulkner ranks seventh in the conference in scoring (16.4), first in 3-point percentage (.443), second in free throw percentage (.863) and fifth in 3-pointers made (2.0). She scored in doubled figures 23-of-27 games, including 20 points or more in eight contests. Her career free throw percentage of 85.1 (262-308) is a school record. Faulkner scored her 1,000th point in an Iowa uniform this season and ranks 12th in Iowa career scoring (1,215).
Jamie Cavey was honored as an all-Big Ten third team selection by both the media and coaches. The accolade is the first for the junior. Cavey is in the midst of a career season. She averaged 3.7 points per game in Big Ten play last season and 5.6 ppg in all games. So far this season, she ranks No. 4 in conference and No. 6 in all games with 17.6 and 17.1 points per game, respectively. The native of Mechanicsville, IA, has led the Hawkeyes in scoring on 14 occasions this season, and has chalked up at least 20 points in nine outings.
Cavey was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Feb. 2 after leading Iowa to its first two conference road victories at Northwestern and at then-No. 18 Michigan State. In the 15-point win over the Wildcats, she collected a team-high 24 points and eight rebounds while shooting 11-15 from the field (73.3 percent). Iowa recorded its first victory over a ranked team, this season, with an 11-point triumph against the Spartans on Feb. 1. Cavey tallied a team-best 21 points in that win while shooting 57.1 percent (19-29) from the field and 83.3 percent (5-6) from the free-throw line.
Fourth-seeded Iowa (16-11, 10-6) opens Big Ten Tournament competition when it plays fifth-seeded Michigan State (20-7, 10-6) Friday at approximately 1:20 pm. (CST) at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Chicago.