Nov. 17, 2006
Iowa will play for the 21st annual KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge Saturday night against 2-0 Florida International at 7:35 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Florida International defeated Florida A&M, 64-50, in the other first round game. Florida A&M will meet Quinnipiac in the consolation contest Saturday at 5 p.m.
Iowa scored 93 points tonight, its highest offensive output in Carver-Hawkeye Arena since netting 93 vs. Saint Louis in March 2003.
Iowa shot a blistering 55.6 percent (35-63) from the field, bolstered by 69.2 percent (9-13) from behind the 3-point arc. Iowa had a better shooting percentage from 3-point range than the free throw line. The Hawkeyes were 9-13 (.692) from beyond the arc and 14-21 (.667) from the charity stripe.
The Hawkeyes did a great job of distributing the ball tonight. Iowa assisted on 29 of their 35 field goals. Iowa had four players that dished out five assists or more. Posting career bests in assists tonight were Jenee Graham (7), Abby Emmert (6), Lindsey Nyenhuis (3) and Nicole VanderPol (2). Wendy Ausdemore tied a career-high with five dimes.
Sophomores Lindsey Nyenhuis and Wendy Ausdenore were on target from 3-point range tonight. Nyenhuis made 4-5, while Ausdemore was 5-7. The five triples match and Carver-Hawkeye Arena record by an Iowa player. The feat was accomplished 10 times previous to tonight.
Wendy Ausdemore matched career highs in points (23) and assists (5) tonight. The Hawkeyes have had a different leading scorer in each of their first four games – all wins.
With Iowa trailing 18-14, Ausdemore delivered her own 10-0 run with two 3-pointers, a base-line jump shot and a pair of free throws.
Junior Jenee Graham snagged a game-high 10 rebounds in only 23 minutes of action. Graham didn’t see much action after being whistled for two quick fouls in the first minute of the contest.
Iowa had four players score double figures and all eight players scored at least four points. Ausdemore paced the Hawkeyes with 23 points, followed by Megan Skouby (22), Stacy Schlapkohl (16) and Lindsey Nyenhuis (12). The 12 points by Nyenhuis is a career high for the sophomore.
Iowa outscored the Bobcats 19-4 in fast break points tonight and outrebounded Quinnipiac 39-32.