Hawkeyes Play Final Exhibition Thursday

Nov. 5, 2007

The Iowa women’s basketball team will host Missouri Western in its second exhbition Thursday. Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Tickets are $3 for adults, while UI students and children 18-years-and-under will be admitted free.

Season ticket prices remain the same for the 2007-08 women’s basketball season. A reserved general public seat is $70. Season tickets for UI faculty and fans 55 and over are $56.

Fans can come to Carver-Hawkeye Arena and watch the Iowa women’s basketball team’s first two regular season games for free next week. Hawkeye fans that present their football ticket stub from Saturday’s game vs. Minnesota will be admitted free of charge to games against Dartmouth (Sunday) and Drake (Tuesday).

Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Thursday night’s exhibition for the Hawkeye Radio Network. Hawkeye fans can listen to the contest on WHO 1040-AM in Des Moines, WMT 600-AM in Cedar Rapids and KXIC 800-AM in Iowa City. Balbinot enters his fourth season as Iowa’s play-by-play voice, while Till enters her third providing analysis.

During the second half of every home game, one lucky Hawkeye fan will win an iPod Shuffle, while another will win an iTunes gift card during “Big Ten SuperFan T-Shirt Toss”. Each winner will be included in a final drawing at Iowa’s home finale vs. Northwestern (Feb. 28) for an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis (March 6-10).

There are three game time changes for Iowa home games due to the contests being televised on KCRG in eastern Iowa. Hawkeye games vs. Detroit (Dec. 2) and Wisconsin (Jan. 13) have moved to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. On Dec. 9, the game (KCRG Hawkeye Challenge championship or consolation) involving Iowa will be played at noon.

Iowa has played 938 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Overall, Iowa’s record is 568-370 (.605). That includes a 283-141 (.667) mark in Big Ten games and a 259-78 (.769) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Missouri Western is coming off the second best season in school history. The Griffons finished with a 30-4 record and won the MIAA regular season championship. Only four players, including senior starters Jill Johnson, who hails from Rockwell City, IA, and Yanique Javois return from last year’s squad. Johnson was a second team all-MIAA honoree, averaging 14.2 points and 8.0 rebounds in 2006-07. Javois was an all-MIAA defensive team award winner, averaging 10.3 points and 3.0 rebounds a year ago.

Missouri Western is ranked 17th in the USA Today/ESPN Division II preseason poll.

The Griffons lost their exhibition opener last Saturday at Oral Roberts, 92-63. Missouri Western shot 22-53 (.415) from the field, including 5-10 (.500) from 3-point range. The Golden Eagles outrebounded the Griffons 52-26. Three Griffons scored double figures in defeat, Johnson (17), Tierra Ford (14) and Lauren Nolke (11).

Lynn Plett enters his first season as Missouri Western’s head coach.

The Hawkeyes cruised to a 73-51 victory over Nebraska-Omaha last Friday night in Iowa City. All 13 Hawkeyes netted at least two points and grabbed two rebounds or more.

Iowa built a 20-point cushion (24-4) 10:30 into the contest and never looked back. The Hawkeyes, who ranked third in the country in 3-pointers a year ago, drained their first five attempts from behind the arc. For the game, Iowa finished shooting 50 percent (8-16) from 3-point distance.

Leading the Hawkeyes were junior starters Wendy Ausdemore and Kristi Smith. Ausdemore netted 10 points in only 19 minutes of action, while Smith contributed nine points in 22 minutes. Junior Lindsey Nyenhuis added eight points in 13 minutes off the bench.

Iowa has been picked to finish fifth in the Big Ten by a selected media panel and seventh by the league coaches. Ohio State, a team that has won outright or shared the last three regular season conference titles, is picked to win its fourth straight. Wisconsin senior Jolene Anderson was selected as the pre-season Player of the Year by both voting groups.

The Hawkeyes could play 22 of 29 regular season games against teams that competed in 2007 post-season tournaments, including seven that participated in the NCAA Tournament. Iowa will play 18 games (two exhibitions) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the most regular season home contests in school history. Iowa will only leave the state twice the first two months of the season (at the Caribbean Challenge in Cancun, Mexico, November 22-23 and at Michigan, December 30). Additionally, Iowa will have a 12-day layoff between games in mid-December (Dec. 9-22).

Four of Iowa’s opponents this season are ranked in pre-season publications (Arizona State, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin). Arizona State (12), Ohio State (16), Michigan State (18) and Purdue (20) are ranked in the USA Today/ESPN Pre-season poll.

Iowa will honor and celebrate the 1992-93 team that posted a 27-4 overall record, captured first place in the Big Ten with a 16-2 mark and advanced to the Final Four in Atlanta. The team will be recognized at halftime of the February 17th game vs. Minnesota.

Iowa returns third team all-Big Ten performers Wendy Ausdemore and Kristi Smith and honorable mention honoree Megan Skouby from a year ago. All three juniors averaged double figures last season to lead the Black and Gold. Smith averaged a team-best 13.4 points, followed by Skouby (13.2) and Ausdemore (12.7).

Johanna Solverson has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA after missing the last two seasons due to consecutive ACL tears in her right knee. The 6-2 small forward played in all but one game her first three seasons. One of Iowa’s most versatile players, she boasts a career average of 8.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.67 steals in 94 games.

Solverson becomes only the second Iowa women’s basketball player to receive a sixth year from the NCAA. Simone Edwards (1993-97) received a sixth year after suffering two season-ending knee injuries. Edwards played two full seasons and a partial third with the Hawkeyes after transferring to Iowa from Seminole Junior College.

Last season, Iowa ranked second in the country in 3-point field goal percentage (.402), fifth in free throw percentage (.788) and 23rd in assists (16.0). Individually, Wendy Ausdemore ranked 14th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (.416) and Kristi Smith ranked 21st in free throw percentage (.858).

Iowa adds two freshmen and one sophomore transfer to its roster this season. After transferring to Iowa from Kansas State and not competing in games last season, JoAnn Hamlin (Douglass, KS) is a welcome addition. Also added to the mix are freshmen Kachine Alexander (Minneapolis, MN) and Kelsey Cermak (Norwalk, IA).

After sitting out last season due to transfer rules, sophomore JoAnn Hamlin is ready to hit the hardwood.

As a freshman at Kansas State in 2005-06, Hamlin started 31-of-33 games, averaging 10.0 points and 4.6 rebounds.

In three exhibiton contests against the Greek National Team this past May, Hamlin averaged 10.3 points and 5.0 rebounds.

Iowa’s roster features five players from the state of Iowa (Wendy Ausdemore, Kelsey Cermak, Abby Emmert, Stacy Schlapkohl and Nicole VanderPol). The Hawkeyes also have two players from Illinois (Jenee Graham and Johanna Solverson) and Minnesota (Kachine Alexander and Krista VandeVenter). Iowa’s 12-person roster also features players from Colorado (Kristi Smith), Kansas (JoAnn Hamlin), Michigan (Lindsey Nyenhuis) and Ohio (Megan Skouby).

Iowa Hawkeye fans will again be treated to behind-the-scenes information this season as seniors Jenee Graham and Johanna Solverson and junior Lindsey Nyenhuis will blog during the season, which will be posted on hawkeyesports.com. The trio will share their thoughts on practices, games, road trips, and everything else concerning the program.

Statistics and play-by-play accounts of all games 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 hawkeyesports.com and then clicking on the `Gametracker’ link.

“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 6-7 p.m. The first show is set for November 12.

Fans can call toll-free at (800) 332-5401 or locally at (319) 365-0600. The show originates from Bob’s Your Uncle restaurant on the eastside of Iowa City.

Iowa opens the regular season on Sunday, Nov. 11 against Dartmouth of the Ivy League. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. in Iowa City.

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