Hawkeyes Host Iowa State

Nov. 30, 2004

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Iowa (4-0) opens a three-game homestand Wednesday against intrastate rival Iowa State (3-0). Tip-off is slated for 7:07 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500). Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youths. The game is the third event in the inaugural Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. Iowa leads the series 3-2.

Wednesday will be Iowa’s third game against a Big XII Conference team. The Hawkeyes have already defeated Missouri (75-54) and No. 21/23 Oklahoma (54-47).

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. Brent Balbinot and Karen Schulte call the action.

KCRG in Cedar Rapids will televise Wednesday’s game live. John Campbell, Amy Herrig and Scott Saville will call the action.

Iowa is receiving votes in the Associated Press poll released Monday. The Hawkeyes are three spots from entering the top 25, receiving 27 votes. Four Big Ten teams are ranked: Ohio State (11), Purdue (14), Michigan State (15) and Minnesota (18).

Iowa has played 850 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Overall, Iowa’s record is 518-332 (.609). That includes a 276-144 (.657) mark in Big Ten games and a 229-54 (.809) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa is 8-1 in games played on December 1, winning its last four contests.

Iowa has started 4-0 for the first time since the 1995-96 season. The 1995-96 squad began its season 7-0 and eventually would reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Furthermore, a Bluder coached team has not started 4-0 since 1994-95. Bluder’s Drake team started the 1994-95 season 13-0 and eventually would advance to the NCAA Second Round.

Iowa upset No. 21/23 Oklahoma 54-47 last Saturday in the championship game of the Junkanoo Jam. The last time the Hawkeyes won a game scoring 54 points or less was a 50-47 triumph over Michigan State on Feb. 22, 2001 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Senior Jamie Cavey has scored 56 points through four games this season. The senior has totaled 778 career points, which ranks 28th at Iowa. Cavey is three points from passing Angela Hamblin (1995-98) for 27th.

Iowa State and Iowa share five common opponents (Wisconsin, Drake, Northern Iowa, Missouri and Oklahoma).

The Cyclones will play Missouri and Oklahoma during its Big XII schedule, while their next three games after Wednesday are home against Wisconsin and Drake and at Northern Iowa.

Iowa has already defeated Missouri (75-54) and Oklahoma (54-47). The Hawkeyes will host Northern Iowa and Wisconsin and will play at Drake.

Iowa State crushed Indiana-Fort Wayne Monday (113-45) before traveling east on I-80 to Iowa City for Wednesday’s game. The Cyclones won their first two games in Hilton Coliseum, routing Cleveland State (95-46) and Northern Colorado (76-36).

Iowa State defeated Indiana-Fort Wayne in record setting fashion. The Cylones set the Hilton record for scoring (113) and win margin (68) and established a new school record for assists (35).

Anne O’Neil ranks first on the team in scoring (14.7) and rebounding (8.7). Katie Robinette ranks second in scoring (14.3) and rebounding (8.0). As a team, the Cyclones out-rebounded their first two opponents by +21.0 and own a +52.3 scoring margin through three games.

Iowa and Iowa State have played three overtime games since playing each other in 1975. The Cyclones won two of the three.

Bill Fennelly has begun his 10th year as head coach at Iowa State and his 17th season overall as a head coach. Fennelly boasts a 6-2 record against Iowa.

Wednesday’s game will be the 35th meeting between intrastate rivals. The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series 19-15, including an 11-5 advantage in games played in Iowa City.

Iowa State won last year’s meeting in Ames in a double overtime thriller (101-94). Iowa defeated Iowa State the year before in Iowa City (64-39). The Cyclones’ 39 points is the lowest scoring output by a Bill Fennelly coached Iowa State team.

The Hawkeyes have won 11 of the last 17 contests, including 11 of the last 13 in Iowa City. Iowa boasts a 6-2 mark against Iowa State in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, dating back to 1983.

Iowa is 36-29 all-time against current schools in the Big XII Conference, including a 2-0 mark this season.

Iowa impoved to 16-2 in holiday tournaments under Coach Bluder. In 2000, Iowa won both games in the Hawkeye Challenge. In 2001, Iowa won both games in the Great Alaska Shootout and its Hawkeye Challenge. In 2002, the Hawkeyes split their two games in the LMU Thanksgiving Classic, but won both games in the Hawkeye Challenge. In 2003, Iowa won both games in the FIU Thanksgiving Classic, but split its two games in the Hawkeye Challenge. And this season, Iowa won its two games in the Hawkeye Challenge and the Junkanoo Jam.

Iowa won its second holiday tournament in as many weeks as the Hawkeyes defeated Florida (65-62) in the first round and then upset No. 21/23 Oklahoma (54-47) in the championship game to capture the Lucaya Division Junkanoo Jam title in Freeport, Bahamas.

Iowa built a 14-point lead with 14:12 left in the game and held on to defeat Florida by three points in the tournament opener. The Gators had an opportunity to tie the game at the buzzer, but Tashia Morehead’s 3-point attempt missed.

The Hawkeyes used great defense and rebounding to upset No. 21/23 Oklahoma in the championship game. Iowa led by as many as 13 points in the first half and went into halftime with an eight point advantage (30-22). Oklahoma trimmed Iowa’s lead to three (41-38) with 8:14 left, but the Hawkeyes made clutch baskets down the stretch to hold off the charging Sooners. Iowa won despite having a higher field goal percentage than free throw percentage. The Hawkeyes shot 41.2 percent (21-51) from the field, while shooting a season-low 37.5 percent (9-24) from the foul line. However, Oklahoma was plagued by poor shooting from the field, converting a dismal 23.9 percent (16-67), including 16.0 percent (4-25) from beyond the arc.

Jamie Cavey averaged 15.5 ppg and 5.0 ppg in the two tournament games. Crystal Smith averaged 12.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg, while Krista VandeVenter averaged 6.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg.

Crystal Smith was named MVP of the Lucaya Bracket of the Junkanoo Jam. The MVP accolade was Smith’s second in as many weeks, as the senior was recognized as MVP of the KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge. Smith scored 13 points and collected a team-high three steals against Florida. The Haughton, LA, native tallied 11 points, grabbed a career-high seven rebounds and was Iowa’s defensive leader in holding Oklahoma all-American candidate Dionnah Jackson to only 12 points.

Jamie Cavey joined Smith on the all-tournament team. Like Smith, Cavey earned her second all-tournament honors in as many weeks. Cavey posted a game-high 12 points and pulled down a season-high six rebounds against the Sooners. The Mechanicsville, IA, native scored a team-high 19 points and collected four rebounds vs. the Gators.

Krista VandeVenter has been Iowa’s leading rebounder all four games. Last weekend, VandeVenter pulled down six rebounds vs. Florida and a season-high 11 rebounds against Oklahoma. The freshman has averaged 8.3 boards per game so far this season. The last time an Iowa player led the team in rebounding four consecutive games was Jennie Lillis last season (Illinois, Penn State, Minnesota, Indiana).

The Osseo, MN, native has also done a good job offensively. VandeVenter scored all of her season-high nine points in the second half against the Sooners. She also tallied nine points in Iowa’s season opener vs. Southern Illinois. VandeVenter averages 6.8 ppg. The post player also ranks third in assists (12), just two back from team-leader point guard Abby Emmert (14).

For the first time under Coach Bluder’s tenure, Iowa will have three colored jerseys this season (white, black and gold). The last time Iowa played in gold jerseys was during the 1999-00 season.

Stacy Schlapkohl was a key factor in Iowa’s victory over Florida last Friday in the Bahamas. Schlapkohl scored eight points on a perfect 4-4 shooting from the field. She also collected two rebounds and one steal in 15 minutes of action.

Morgan Kasperek was Iowa’s clutch bench performer vs. No. 21/23 Oklahoma last Saturday afternoon. Kasperek, who was fighting a flu bug earlier in the week, played 15 minutes and scored six points and corralled four rebounds while Cavey sat on the bench in foul trouble.

Iowa started its season on a high note, winning the KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge. Ten of Iowa’s 11 players scored two points or more in both victories. Also, Iowa out-scored Southern Illinois and Missouri a combined 78-26 in the paint.

The Hawkeyes opened the tournament with a 66-50 triumph over Southern Illinois. Scoring only 26 points in the first half, Iowa’s offense came alive in the second stanza scoring 40. Johanna Solverson scored a team-high 16 points. Jamie Cavey added 12 points, while Morgan Kasperek tallied a career-high eight points. Krista VandeVenter grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. Jenna Armstrong dished out a career-high six assists in the victory.

Southern Illinois attempted a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record 29 three-pointers in the loss.

Iowa dominated the championship game, leading start-to-finish in a 75-54 win over Missouri. Crystal Smith registered game highs in points (26) and steals (4). Cavey added 13 points, while Solverson recorded nine points and five rebounds. As a team, the Hawkeyes out-scored the Tigers 19-7 at the foul line.

Juniors Crystal Smith and Johanna Solverson and senior Jamie Cavey were named to the KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge all-Tournament Team.

Smith was tabbed MVP of the tournament, averaging 17.5 ppg and 3.5 spg. The native of Haughton, LA, scored 26 points in the championship game vs. Missouri, shattering her previous career high (10 points). Furthermore, Smith was a perfect 7-7 from the foul line, setting new career highs in free throws made and attempted.

Both Solverson and Cavey averaged 12.5 ppg. Solverson was a perfect 6-6 shooting from the field, including 4-4 from beyond the arc in Iowa’s first round 66-50 win over Southern Illinois. The four 3-pointers was a career high as was her game-high six steals.

In addition to averaging 12.5 ppg, Cavey averaged 3.0 rpg and 2.5 bpg.

The honor was the first for Smith, while it marked the second Hawkeye Challenge all-tournament accolade for Solverson and Cavey. Cavey was recognized last year, while Solverson her freshman season.

Iowa’s two victories in the KCRG-TV 9 Hawkeye Challenge raised Coach Lisa Bluder’s win total to 75 at Iowa. The fifth-year coach boasts a 75-49 (.605) record with the Hawkeyes.

Johanna Solverson’s perfect 4-4 shooting from 3-point range tied a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record for 3-point field goal percentage. Solverson joins Minnesota’s Jodi Olson (4-4), Miami of Ohio’s Adrienne Spatz (4-4), Iowa’s Steph Schueler (4-4), Iowa’s Stacy Frese (5-5) and Southwest Missouri State’s Jennifer Lingor (5-5) in the record books.

Solverson’s overall 6-6 shooting from the field was perfect, but did not tie an arena record. The record, which is a minimum of eight attempts, is held by Andrea Harmon (8-8) and current teammate Jamie Cavey (9-9).

Point guard Abby Emmert and power forward Krista VandeVenter started Iowa’s first two games (Southern Illinois and Missouri).

Emmert and VandeVenter became the first Iowa freshmen duo to start since the 1994-95 season where newcomers Tiffany Gooden and Tangela Smith started 17 and 15 games, respectively.

Forwards Krista VandeVenter (Osseo, MN) and Stacy Schlapkohl (Durant, IA) and guards Abby Emmert (Winterset, IA) and Jeneé Graham (Bolingbrook, IL) join the Hawkeye roster this season.

Schlapkohl is the Durant HS record holder in eight statistical categories and received a school-record 17 letters in four sports. VandeVenter was runner-up Miss Minnesota and was the Osseo HS Female Athlete of the Year her senior year. Emmert is a four-time all-conference selection and is the Winterset HS career leader in assists and scoring. Graham was the Bolingbrook HS Gatorade Player of the Year and was a Chicago Tribune all-State honorable mention her senior season.

As a team, the Hawkeyes rank third in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage (.361) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.250).

Individually, Crystal Smith ranks 10th in the league in scoring (14.8) and fifth in steals (2.75). Jamie Cavey ranks 13th in scoring (14.0). Krista VandeVenter ranks fourth in rebounding (8.2), while Johanna Solverson ranks fourth in steals (3.0).

Iowa has made at least one 3-pointer in 181 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.

Abby Emmert became only the second Iowa freshman to start at point guard. Prior to this season, Cara Consuegra was Iowa’s only freshman to start at point guard (1997).

Head Coach Lisa Bluder announced that Ebone Pope (Ottumwa, IA) has been added to the 2004-05 roster as a walk-on. The 5-9 guard will wear No. 15.

Pope was a two-year starter at Marshalltown Community College. Pope averaged a team-best 11.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 2.7 apg last year. She was team captain, earned first team all-conference and first team all-tournament honors last season. She averaged 9.0 ppg and earned all-region honorable mention accolades her freshman year.

She graduated from Ottumwa High School in 2002, where she averaged 14.5 ppg, 3.5 apg and 3.3 rpg. Pope earned second team all-conference laurels her junior and senior years. Her high school team competed in the state tournament her senior season.

Pope joins Kristi Faulkner (2001-04) as the only walk-ons to make a Hawkeye roster under Coach Bluder.

Senior Lindsay Geoffroy received a medical hardship and will no longer play basketball for the Hawkeyes. Geoffroy played in 25 games for Iowa. The senior will serve as a student assistant coach this season.

Point guard Lindsay Richards underwent successful surgery on July 7 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee.

The junior is expected to make a full recovery and hopes to return to the Hawkeye lineup in January. The native of Barrington, IL, sustained the injury during practice with the Big Ten All-Stars before the team left for Australia in early-June. This is the second time in as many years she has undergone surgery to repair a damaged ACL in her right knee. Richards’ first ACL injury came in a home game against Denver on December 12, 2002.

Richards started all 29 games for the Hawkeyes last year. She ranked fifth on the team in scoring (5.4 ppg) and free throw percentage (39-51, .765), second in assists (85) and fourth in steals (27). Her 2.93 assists average ranked 11th in the Big Ten. Richards was also an academic all-Big Ten selection last year.

Before injuring her knee as a freshman, she played in eight games as a reserve, averaging 4.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg and dishing out 29 assists. Richards will not receive a medical redshirt for her freshman season.

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

At Home: 81-61 over 11th-ranked Minnesota, 2/19/04
On the Road: 78-67 over 18th-ranked Michigan State, 2/1/04
Neutral Court: 54-47 over 21st-ranked Oklahoma, 11/27/04

For the first time under Coach Bluder, Iowa will start its season with a returning starting center.

Since Bluder began coaching the Hawkeyes in 2000 Iowa has had a different center to start the season. Randi Peterson was Iowa’s starter in 2000-01, followed by Beatrice Bullock (2001-02), Tracy Schrupp (2002-03) and Jamie Cavey (2003-04). Peterson, Bullock and Schrupp were all seniors.

Cavey becomes Iowa’s first center to start consecutive seasons since Amy Herrig (1998-99).

Iowa’s roster features five players from the state of Iowa (Jamie Cavey, Abby Emmert, Ebone Pope, Tiffany Reedy and Stacy Schlapkohl). The Hawkeyes also have four players from the state of Illinois (Lindsay Richards, Johanna Solverson, Jeneé Graham and Morgan Kasperek). Iowa’s 12-person roster also features players from Missouri (Jenna Armstrong), Minnesota (Krista VandeVenter) and Louisiana (Crystal Smith).


  • Iowa has controlled the opening tip in its first four games.
  • The Hawkeyes wore their new gold jerseys in their season-opening win over Southern Illinois.
  • The 195 combined points scored in last year’s 101-94 Iowa State double overtime win was the most scored in the series’ history. Furthermore, the 101 points scored by the Cyclones was the first time a team eclipsed the century mark in the series history.
  • The Hawkeyes’ victory over No. 21/23 Oklahoma marked Iowa’s first win over a ranked opponent on a neutral floor since dropping Minnesota (80-77) on March 3, 2003 in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • Iowa had official Bryan Enterline for its first four games. Enterline was one of three officials to call the NCAA Championship (Connecticut vs. Tennessee) last year in New Orleans, LA. Enterline’s daughter, Leah, is a sophomore on the Indiana Hoosiers.
  • Johanna Solverson is three rebounds shy of 300 for her career.

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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 7:30-8:30 p.m. Fans can call toll-free at (800) 332-5401 or locally at (319) 365-0600.

Statistics and play-by-play accounts of all Iowa home games and most road contests 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 then clicking on the Gametracker link.

Iowa’s three-game homestand continues when it hosts Northern Iowa Sunday (2 p.m.) and Marquette next Wednesday (7 p.m.) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes defeated both teams on the road last season.

Iowa leads the inaugural Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series 3-2. Iowa recorded a 17-10 football victory on Sept. 11 in Iowa City. Iowa State posted a 6-1 women’s soccer victory on Oct. 31 in Ames.

A point system will track each institution’s performance and will culminate in one institution winning the annual trophy for the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. Intercollegiate athletic teams from Iowa and Iowa State will square off in head-to-head competition nine different times during the 2004-05 academic year. The competition this year is in men’s basketball, women’s basketball, wrestling, women’s gymnastics, women’s soccer, softball and women’s swimming and diving. Additional points will be available for each school to secure based on successful performance in the classroom by its student-athletes. Listed below is the upcoming competition schedule:
Dec. 1, W. Basketball — 2 points
Dec. 4, W. Swimming and Diving — 2 points
Dec. 5, Wrestling — 2 points
Dec. 10, M. Basketball — 2 points
Jan. 28, W. Gymnastics — 2 points
Feb. 19, W. Gymnastics — 2 points
Apr. 19, Softball — 2 points
2 points for an institution if the student-athlete graduation rate for all student-athletes is greater than the national average for all student-athletes.