Hawkeyes Travel to Creighton

Dec. 9, 2004

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Iowa (7-0) will play its first true road game of the season Friday night when the Hawkeyes travel to Omaha, NE, to compete against Creighton (4-2). Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m. in the Omaha Civic Auditorium (9,377). Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for youths.

Iowa has matched its best start in nine years (7-0) with its 78-72 triumph over Marquette Wednesday night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The last time an Iowa team began its season 8-0 was in 1993.

In addition, a Bluder coached team has not started 7-0 since 1994-95. Bluder’s Drake team started the 1994-95 season 13-0 and eventually would advance to the NCAA Second Round.

As of games played through Dec. 8, Iowa is one of only six Division I teams undefeated after playing seven or more games. LSU, Houston and Charlotte are 8-0. Iowa, St. John’s and West Virginia are 7-0.

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. Friday’s game will be tape delayed on all three stations due to the Iowa men’s game vs. Iowa State. 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 (10/6), Michigan State (12/12), Minnesota (16/16) and Purdue (21/19).

Iowa has played 853 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Overall, Iowa’s record is 521-332 (.611). That includes a 276-144 (.657) mark in Big Ten games and a 232-54 (.811) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Four players scored in double figures to help propel the Hawkeyes to a 78-72 victory over Marquette Wednesday night in Iowa City. The win was Iowa’s fifth straight over the Golden Eagles in as many years.

Johanna Solverson fueled Iowa’s offense, tying a career high with 21 points (8-15 FG, 1-2 FT), bolstered by 4-8 shooting from 3-point range. Crystal Smith contributed 15 points and six rebounds. Jamie Cavey tallied 14 points and six rebounds, while Jenna Armstrong scored nine of her 12 points beyond the arc.

Iowa buried a season-high nine triples and out-scored Marquette’s bench 20-5.

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.

Congratulations to former Iowa Head Coach C. Vivian Stringer. Stringer became the fourth coach in women’s basketball to win 700 games when No. 24 Rutgers defeated Princeton 68-46 Wednesday night. In her 10th year at Rutgers, Stringer joins Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and the retired Sue Gunter in the 700-win club.

Stringer coached at Iowa from 1983-95 and is Iowa’s all-time winningest coach (269-84, .762).

Iowa’s fast start has garnered the Hawkeyes a Big Ten-best No. 5 RPI ranking. Iowa is also ranked No. 19 in strength of schedule. Creighton ranks No. 74 in the RPI and 93 in strength of schedule.

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

Creighton enters Friday’s contest against Iowa with a 4-2 record and has had six days to prepare for the Hawkeyes after winning two games out West.

The Bluejays won at Oregon State (76-75) and Colorado (84-68) last weekend. Four of Creighton’s starters scored double figures, including two players scoring over 20, in its last victory at Colorado. Angie Janis posted a double-double (22 points, 13 rebounds) to pace Creighton. Laura Spanheimer amassed 20 points and three assists. Kristi Woodard contributed 19 points and seven rebounds, while Christy Erickson added 12 points and five assists.

Janis ranks first on the team in scoring (17.7) and rebounding (6.7), while Spanheimer ranks second in scoring (16.7) and rebounding (6.2) and first in steals (3.17). Creighton has already drained 50 three-pointers (8.3) through six games.

Jim Flanery is in his third season as head coach of Creighton, boasting a 52-20 (.722) record. Flanery guided the Bluejays to their first WNIT championship last April. The 2003-04 Bluejays finished with a 24-9 overall record and a second place finish in the MVC.

Iowa will play its first true road game Friday at Creighton. The Hawkeyes will be the last Big Ten team to play a true road game. Every other league team has played in at least two road contests. Hawkeye games vs. Florida and Oklahoma were played on a neutral floor in the Bahamas.

Friday’s game will be the ninth meeting between the two schools. Creighton holds a 5-3 advantage, including winning the last three. The Bluejays defeated the Hawkeyes (84-72) in an overtime thriller last season in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa is 1-2 in games played in Omaha.

Creighton’s three-game winning streak over the Hawkeyes is the longest winning streak in the series. Iowa’s last victory over Creighton came in 2001 when the Hawkeyes routed the Bluejays (86-43) in Iowa City.

Iowa is 37-35 all-time against current members of the Missouri Valley Conference, including a 2-0 mark this season.


  • Creighton has two Iowans on its roster: freshman guard Ally Thrall (Des Moines) and junior center Amy Hoffman (Carroll).
  • The Bluejays have made 50 three-pointers through six games, while Iowa has drained only 30 though seven contests.

Iowa and Creighton share five common opponents (Northwestern, Minnesota, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois and Drake).

The Bluejays defeated Northwestern (77-65), but lost a close one to then-No. 18 Minnesota (79-71). Creighton will play Northern Iowa, Drake and Southern Illinois during conference play. Iowa has already beat Southern Illinois (66-50) and Northern Iowa (77-50) and will face Drake, Minnesota and Northwestern in the upcoming weeks.

Iowa is 5-2 in games played on December 10, including winning the last four.

The Hawkeyes lost their third straight game to Creighton, 84-72, in overtime in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

After falling behind by ten in the second half, the Hawkeyes went on a 19-10 run over the final 8:42 to send the game into overtime. In the extra period, the Bluejays outscored Iowa 14-2 to hand Iowa its fourth loss of the season.

The Bluejays finished the game shooting 46.4 percent (32-69) percent from the field, including a 57.1 percent (4-7) in the overtime period. The Hawkeyes shot 39.3 percent (24-61) for the game and shot 45.5 percent (5-11) from behind the arc.

Iowa had four players score in double figures. Jennie Lillis and Jamie Cavey led the team with 17 points each.

Cavey recorded her first career double-double after pulling down a career high 10 boards in 35 minutes, while also collecting four assists. She also blocked a career high five shots becoming the first Hawkeye player since March of 2002 to accomplish that feat.

Lillis meanwhile dished out six assists, grabbed four boards and tallied three steals to go along with her 17 points.

Tiffany Reedy started her third consecutive game and scored Iowa’s first eight points of the contest. She finished the game with 15 points and two steals.

Creighton scored 29 points off of 22 Iowa turnovers. Iowa outscored the Bluejays 36-28 in the paint.

Iowa has played 280 minutes through seven games and has trailed only 12:27 during that stretch. The Hawkeyes have maintained a lead or been tied for 267:32 of the 280 minutes.

Iowa’s bench play has been one of the keys to its perfect 7-0 start. Iowa’s bench has out-scored its opponents 150-85 through seven contests. The Hawkeyes average 21.4 ppg from their bench players. Iowa has out-scored six of its seven opponents in bench points, with the seventh game being tied (Oklahoma, 12-12).

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.

After attempting a season-low two 3-pointers in Iowa’s win over Northern Iowa on Sunday, the Hawkeyes attempted a season-high 24 triples Wednesday vs. Marquette. Iowa made a season-high nine 3-pointers in the victory, with seven of the nine coming in the first half. The Hawkeyes also had success in the paint, scoring 30 points.

Senior Jamie Cavey has scored 103 points through seven games this season. The senior has totaled 825 career points, which ranks 25th at Iowa. Cavey is 27 points from passing Lynn Kennedy (1983-87) for 24th.

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

FG% 3-PT% FT% REB AST TO PTSIowa .481 .366 .667 39.7 121 125 72.0Opp. .366 .308 .703 34.1 91 119 59.3

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 five games than it did last season. The Hawkeyes pulled in 17,410 fans through five games in 2003, while 18,270 have made their way through the turnstiles in 2004 — a difference of +860.

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).

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 seventh in the Big Ten in scoring (16.0) and first on the team and third in the league in steals (2.71). 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 (14.7) and first on the team and fifth in the conference in field goal percentage (.591).

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

Iowa’s triangle offense generates many assists. The Hawkeyes have six players who average two assists or more. Point guard Abby Emmert, shooting guard Crystal Smith and small forward Johanna Solverson lead the team (2.7), followed by power forward Krista VandeVenter and shooting guard Jenna Armstrong (2.4) and center Jamie Cavey (2.3).

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.

Krista VandeVenter has been Iowa’s leading rebounder in six of its seven games, including the first five contests of the season. VandeVenter pulled down six rebounds vs. Florida and a season-high 11 against Oklahoma. The freshman averages 7.9 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 6.9 ppg. The post player also ranks fourth in assists (17), just two back from team leaders Crystal Smith, Johanna Solverson and Abby Emmert (19).

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 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.

Iowa won two holiday tournaments this season. The Hawkeyes opened the season with wins over Southern Illinois (66-50) and Missouri (75-54) to claim its 16th KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge championship.

One week later, the Hawkeyes defeated Florida (65-62) and then-No. 21 Oklahoma (54-47) to capture the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas.

Crystal Smith was named MVP of both tournaments. Smith averaged 12.0 ppg and was the defensive star of the Junkanoo Jam. The junior averaged 17.5 ppg and 3.5 spg in the KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge. 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.

Jamie Cavey joined Smith on both all-tournament teams. Cavey averaged 15.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg in the Junkanoo Jam and 12.5 ppg in the KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge. Johanna Solverson joined Smith and Cavey on the KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge all-tournament team. Solverson averaged 12.5 ppg in the two games and 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 is a career high, as is her game-high six steals against the Salukis.

Senior Jenna Armstrong has had a good start to the 2004-05 season. Armstrong averages 22.1 minuntes per game and ranks fifth on the team in scoing (7.4). She has already eclipsed her scoring total from last year. Last season, Armstrong scored 36 points in 24 games, while she has already amassed 52 in only six contests this year. Armstrong has scored double figures three times this season and six in her career.

The native of Stockton, MO, ranks second on the squad in 3-pointers made (10). She also pulled down a career-high six rebounds in Iowa’s win over Marquette.

Iowa upset No. 21 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-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge raised Coach Lisa Bluder’s win total to 75 at Iowa. The fifth-year coach boasts an 80-49 (.620) record with the Hawkeyes. She is six victories from passing Angie Lee and becoming Iowa’s second winningest coach behind C. Vivian Stringer.

Iowa has made at least one 3-pointer in 184 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.

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 seven games.

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.

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).

As a team, the Hawkeyes rank third in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage (.366) and field goal percentage (.481). Iowa ranks fourth in scoring margin (+12.7) and scoring offense (72.0) and fifth in assists (17.29) and rebounding margin (+5.6).

Individually, Crystal Smith ranks seventh in the league in scoring (16.0) and third in steals (2.71). Jamie Cavey ranks 11th in scoring (14.7) and fifth in field goal percentage (.591). Krista VandeVenter ranks sixth in rebounding (7.9) and third in offensive rebounds (3.71). Johanna Solverson ranks seventh in steals (2.43).


  • Iowa has controlled the opening tip in six of its seven games (Marquette).
  • Jamie Cavey fouled out in Iowa’s last game vs. Marquette, becoming the first Hawkeye to foul out of a game this season. Cavey fouled out a team-high eight times last season.
  • Iowa has led at the half all seven 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 were in the friendly confines of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Conversely, six of Iowa’s next nine games are away from Iowa City.
  • All seven 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 seven 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 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.
  • 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.

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).

Iowa will have an eight-day layoff after its game at Creighton Friday night. The Hawkeyes will spend the entire week concentrating on final exams and practicing for their next game at Drake (Dec. 18).

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).

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The Hawkeyes remain on the road for a game at Drake (Dec. 18) before returning home to host Western Illinois (Dec. 21).