Hawkeyes Host Marquette Wednesday

Dec. 7, 2004

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Iowa (6-0) concludes its three-game homestand Wednedsay when the Hawkeyes entertain Marquette (5-1). Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500). Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youths.

Iowa looks to match its best start in nine years Wednesday against Marquette. The Hawkeyes began their season 7-0 in 1995 and eventually reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Furthermore, a Bluder coached team has not started 6-0 since 1994-95. Bluder’s Drake team started the 1994-95 season 13-0 and eventually would advance to the NCAA Second Round.

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.

Iowa is receiving votes in both the the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. Four Big Ten teams are ranked: Ohio State (10), Michigan State (12), Minnesota (16) and Purdue (21).

Iowa has played 852 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Overall, Iowa’s record is 520-332 (.610). That includes a 276-144 (.657) mark in Big Ten games and a 231-54 (.811) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa won its second game against an in-state rival, dropping Northern Iowa (77-50) Sunday afternoon in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes were led by Crystal Smith, who scored a game-high 21 points. The 21 points marked the second time this season that the junior has scored 20 points or more. Stacy Schlapkohl contributed 18 points (6-7 FG, 6-6 FT) off the bench, while Jamie Cavey added 14 points.

Iowa’s bench out-scored Northern Iowa 31-15. The Hawkeye offense generated many easy baskets, out-scoring the Panthers 46-14 in the paint. The Hawkeyes out-rebounded Northern Iowa 35-26 and Iowa shot a season-best 57.1 percent (32-56) from the field.

Hawkeye fans attending the Iowa-Creighton game on Friday, should make plans to attend the Hawkeye Hoops Huddle prior to the game. The Hawkeye Hoops Huddle, sponsored by the National I-Club, will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. at the City Center Pub in the Doubletree Hotel, 1616 Dodge Street in Omaha, NE. The Doubletree Hotel is located across the street from the Omaha Civic Auditorium.

Admission is free and includes snacks, refreshments and Hawk Shop door prizes. For more information, contact the UI Foundation at (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973.

Iowa is 6-5 in games played on December 5.

Iowa’s fast start has garnered the Hawkeyes a No. 11 RPI ranking. Iowa is also ranked No. 30 in strength of schedule. Marquette ranks No. 57 in the RPI and 129 in strength of schedule.

The rankings are updated daily on: http://www.collegerpi.com/women/05/rpi.html

Marquette enters Wednesday’s game with a 5-1 record, with its only setback coming at UW-Green Bay (69-51) last Saturday.

UW-Green Bay jumped out to a 31-22 halftime advantage and never looked back. The Phoenix scored 22 points off 18 Golden Eagle turnovers. Marquette was also out-scored at the foul line (14-8). Sophomores Christina Quaye and Danielle Kamm scored 14 points each to lead Marquette.

Marquette has four players averaging double figures in scoring and over five rebounds per contest. Quaye ranks first on the squad in scoring (12.7) and rebounding (7.2). Junior Carolyn Kieger ranks second in scoring (12.2). Sophomore Jasmine McCullough ranks third in scoring (10.0) and second in rebounding (6.2). Kamm also ranks third in scoring (10.0) and fourth in rebounding (5.5). Junior Efueko Osagie ranks third in rebounding (5.7). As a team, Marquette boasts a +7.8 rebounding margin and +12.2 scoring margin through six games. Marquette does not have a senior starter.

Kieger collected nine assists and four steals in last year’s contest vs. the Hawkeyes.

The Golden Eagles are coached by Terri Mitchell, who is in her ninth season as head coach (156-87, .642). Mitchell guided Marquette to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year where the Golden Eagles fell at Duke.

Former Iowa standout Cara Consuegra (1997-01), who holds the Hawkeyes’ career (576) and single-season (191) assists records, is in her first season as an assistant coach at the collegiate level. Prior to joining the Golden Eagles coaching staff, Consuegra spent three seasons as Director of Basketball Operations at Penn State University.

In addition to holding Iowa’s assists records, Consuegra currently ranks 14th in career scoring (1,147), 11th in steals (166).

Iowa holds a 4-1 advantage against Marquette, including winning the last four meetings. The Hawkeyes are 2-0 against the Golden Eagles in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa’s only setback in the series came at Marquette (69-64) in 1999’s season opener. Iowa defeated Marquette (65-62) in Milwaukee last season.

This marks the sixth straight year that the Hawkeyes and the Golden Eagles will meet. After playing a home-and-home series in 1999 and 2000, the two squads played each other in the first round of the 2001 Great Alaska Shootout. Iowa and Marquette met again in the second round of the WNIT in 2003. The two schools resumed the home-and-home series last season.

Iowa and Marquette share four common opponents (UW-Milwaukee, Drake, Wisconsin and Penn State).

The Golden Eagles have already defeated UW-Milwaukee (74-66), Drake (73-54) and Wisconsin (78-64). Marquette will host Penn State on Jan. 2. The Hawkeyes will play the before mentioned opponents in the upcoming weeks.

Playing in its second road game in three nights, Iowa defeated Marquette, 65-62, in the US Celluar Arena. The victory was Iowa’s fourth-straight over Marquette and its first in Milwaukee.

Iowa trailed by as many as 10 points three times in the first half. Despite committing 17 first half turnovers, the Hawkeyes were able to trim the Golden Eagles’ lead to four by halftime (34-30).

Iowa took a four-point lead midway through the second frame, but a 15-1 run by Marquette gave the Golden Eagles a 59-49 advantage with 4:17 left. Iowa ended the contest on a 16-3 run, allowing no Marquette field goals in the last 4:17 to help preserve the victory.

Jamie Cavey led the Hawkeyes in scoring for the second-straight game. Cavey scored 15 points and grabbed four rebounds. The junior scored seven of her 15 points from the foul line. Jenne Lillis contributed 13 points and six rebounds, while Kristi Faulkner added 12 points. Johannna Solverson pulled down nine rebounds and dished out a career-high nine assists. She also only recorded one turnover.

Iowa finished the game making 23-43 (.535) of its field goal attempts, while Marquette struggled to find the basket, making only 23-67 (.343) from the field. In addition, the Golden Eagles made only 6-21 (.286) from beyond the arc.

The Hawkeyes escaped with their fourth victory of the year, despite finishing the game with 27 turnovers and allowing 19 offensive rebounds. After yielding the offensive rebounds Iowa’s defense did a good job of buckling down, allowing only nine second chance points.

Johanna Solverson has scored 500 career points through 67 games. Coincidentally, the junior also has 500 field goal attempts.

Iowa attempted a season-low two 3-pointers in its victory over in-state rival Northern Iowa Sunday. The Hawkeyes made one of the two to extend its streak of consecutive games with at least one triple made to 183.

The last time Iowa attempted two 3-pointers or less in a game was in a 77-57 win vs. Weber State on Nov. 20, 1998 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes were 1-1 from beyond the arc.

Senior Jamie Cavey has scored 89 points through six games this season. The senior has totaled 811 career points, which ranks 26th at Iowa. Cavey is nine points from passing Leah Magner (1998-02) for 25th.

The Mechanicsville, IA, native has also collected 46 career blocks, which ties for 10th on Iowa’s career chart with Jenny Noll (1993-97).

Guard Crystal Smith has been one of league’s top offensive and defensive player through six games. The junior was named MVP of the KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge and Junkanoo Jam. Smith ranks first on the team and sixth in the Big Ten in scoring (16.2) and first on the team and second in the league in steals (2.83). The native of Haughton, LA, has scored 20 points or more twice. Smith’s performances have already turned some heads.

“Crystal is just an outstanding player,” said Iowa State Head Coach Bill Fennelly. “She’s an impact player on both ends of the floor. I hope we don’t have to play a guard as good as her the rest of the season.”

“I’ve been around the game a long time and Crystal is as good a player I’ve ever seen,” said Northern Iowa Head Coach Tony DiCecco. “She has a lot of tools. She’s extremely difficult to defend because at a split second she’s at full speed. She’s lightning quick and I tip my hat to her.”

Center Jamie Cavey has been a force down in the post. The senior tri-captain, ranks second on the team and 11th in the Big Ten in scoring (14.8) and first on the team and sixth in the conference in field goal percentage (.561). Cavey also ranks fourth in the Big Ten in blocked shots (1.67).

Cavey is the only Iowa player to score double figures all six games. She was named to the KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge and Junkanoo Jam all-Tournament teams.

Iowa has had three players shoot 100 percent from the free throw line in games (min. 6 att.). Crystal Smith converted 7-7 vs. Missouri, Jamie Cavey drained all nine attempts against Iowa State and Stacy Schlapkohl was a perfect 6-6 vs. Northern Iowa.

As a team, the Hawkeyes converted a season-high 24-29 (.828) vs. Iowa State after making a season-low 9-24 (.375) vs. Oklahoma the previous game.

Iowa has drawn more fans through the first four games than it did last season. The Hawkeyes pulled in 13,731 fans through four games in 2003, while 15,367 have made their way through the turnstiles in 2004 — a difference of +1,636.

Iowa’s home attendance average (3,842) ranks 18th nationally in the latest attendance rankings released Dec. 6. The Hawkeyes are the fifth-highest ranked Big Ten team behind No. 5 Purdue (8,270), No. 6 Penn State (7,403), Minnesota (7,044) and Wisconsin (5,544).

FG% 3-PT% FT% REB AST TO PTSIowa .482 .362 .675 39.7 102 113 71.0Opp. .347 .295 .700 35.3 73 109 57.2

Iowa’s triangle offense generates many assists. The Hawkeyes have six players who average two assists or more. Point guard Abby Emmert leads the team (3.0), followed by small forward Johanna Solverson (2.8), shooting guard Crystal Smith (2.3), power forward Krista VandeVenter (2.3), shooting guard Jenna Armstrong (2.3) and center Jamie Cavey (2.0).

Krista VandeVenter has been Iowa’s leading rebounder in five of its six games. VandeVenter pulled down six rebounds vs. Florida and a season-high 11 against Oklahoma. The freshman has averaged 7.8 boards per game. The last time an Iowa player led the team in rebounding five consecutive games was Jerica Watson in the last five games of the 2001-02 season.

The Osseo, MN, native has also done a good job offensively. VandeVenter scored all of her nine points in the second half against the Sooners. She also tallied a season-high 10 points vs. Iowa State. VandeVenter averages 7.0 ppg. The post player also ranks third in assists (16), just two back from point guard Abby Emmert (18).

Stacy Schlapkohl was a key factor in Iowa’s victory over Florida and Northern Iowa. Schlapkohl scored eight points on a perfect 4-4 shooting from the field vs. the Gators. She also collected two rebounds and one steal in 15 minutes of action. The native of Durant, IA, had a career day against Northern Iowa. Schlapkohl posted career highs in points (18), free throws made (7), steals (2), blocks (1) and rebounds (3). She was a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line and 6-7 from the field.

Morgan Kasperek was Iowa’s clutch bench performer vs. No. 21/23 Oklahoma on Nov. 27. 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.

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.

Iowa 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 then-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.

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 upset No. 21/23 Oklahoma 54-47 on Nov. 27 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.

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 79-49 (.617) record with the Hawkeyes. She is six victories from passing Angie Lee and becoming Iowa’s second winningest coach behind C. Vivian Stringer.

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).

Senior Jenna Armstrong has had a good start to the 2004-05 season. Armstrong averages 21.0 minuntes per game and 6.7 points per game. She has already eclipsed her scoring total from last year. Last season, Armstrong scored 36 points in 24 games, while she has already amassed 40 in only six contests this year.

The native of Stockton, MO, leads the team in 3-pointers made (7). She also had pulled down a career-high five rebounds twice this season (Florida and Iowa State).

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.

As a team, the Hawkeyes rank third in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage (.362) and field goal percentage (.482). Iowa ranks fourth in scoring margin (+13.8) and fifth in steals (10.2), assists (17.0) and scoring offense (71.0).

Individually, Crystal Smith ranks sixth in the league in scoring (16.2) and second in steals (2.83). Jamie Cavey ranks 11th in scoring (14.8), fourth in blocked shots (1.67) and sixth in field goal percentage (.561). Krista VandeVenter ranks fifth in rebounding (7.8) and third in offensive rebounds (3.67). Johanna Solverson ranks second in steals (2.83). Abby Emmert ranks fifth in assist/turnover ratio (2.0).

Iowa has made at least one 3-pointer in 183 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.


  • Iowa has controlled the opening tip and has led at the half all six games.
  • Iowa has held three teams to 50 points or less (Southern Illinois — 50; Northern Iowa — 50; Oklahoma — 47).
  • Five of Iowa’s first seven games are in the friendly confines of Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
  • All six of Iowa’s opponents have shot less than 50 percent from the field.
  • Iowa has shot more free throws and have had more assists than its opponents in all six games.
  • Iowa won all three games this season against members of the Big XII Conference. The Hawkeyes topped Missouri (75-54), Oklahoma (54-47) and Iowa State (89-80).
  • The Hawkeyes wore their new gold jerseys in their season-opening win over Southern Illinois and against Northern Iowa.
  • The 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.
  • Jamie Cavey is two rebounds from reaching 300 for her career.
  • Jenna Armstrong’s 12 three-point attempts vs. Iowa State is the most attempts by an individual since Lindsey Meder attempted 14 twice during the 2001-02 season.

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).

Iowa’s first true road game will be Friday at Creighton. The Bluejays won the WNIT last April in Ames, IA.

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.

For the first time under Coach Bluder, Iowa started 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).

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

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).

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. There is a cost for the service.

“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 7:30-8:30 p.m. The first show is set to air November 29. 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 leads the inaugural Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series 7-4. Iowa has recorded victories in football (17-10), women’s basketball (89-80) and women’s swimming and diving (214-85). Iowa State won in women’s soccer (6-1) and wrestling (19-16).

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. 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.

The Hawkeyes will hit the road for games at Creighton (Dec. 9) and Drake (Dec. 18) before returning home to host Western Illinois (Dec. 21).