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IOWA CITY – THE SETTING
The Iowa Hawkeyes (5-2) open Big Ten Conference play Sunday against the Michigan Wolverines (4-2). Tip-off is slated for a 5 p.m. start inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Sunday’s game is “Take a Kid to a Game Day.” Youth 18 and under will be admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Also, fans who attend Sunday’s game will have a chance to win a pair of tickets to Iowa’s upcoming bowl game.
Season ticket prices are $70 for adults, $56 for UI faculty and senior-citizens and $15 for youth (18 and under). UI students are admitted free with student I.D.
Single-game tickets are $9 for adults. Youth (18 and under) are admitted free for weekday games and are charged $5 for weekend games.
ON YOUR TELEVISION
Sunday’s game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network (HD). Brent Stover and Stephanie White will call the action.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
Hawkeye fans can follow the game via live stats (Gametracker). The “GT” link can be accessed under the “Calendar” tab on the front page of hawkeyesports.com or on the women’s basketball schedule page.
ON YOUR RADIO
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Sunday’s game for the Hawkeye Radio Network. The game can be heard on AM-800 KXIC, AM-600 WMT and AM-1040 WHO, and also on the Hawkeye All-Access page of hawkeyesports.com. Balbinot is in his sixth season as Iowa’s play-by-play voice, while Till is in her fifth year providing analysis.
Iowa has played 1,010 games, since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 615-395 (.610). That includes a 309-151 (.672) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 288-85 (.774) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa leads the all-time series, 41-11. The Hawkeyes have won 12 of the previous 13 meetings, including the last four contests. The Hawkeyes also hold a 21-4 margin in games played in Iowa City, including the last six played in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Michigan Wolverines are 4-2 overall, and played at Virginia Tech Thursday before making the trip to Iowa City.
As a team, the Wolverines are shooting .481 from the field, and hold a +13.7 scoring margin over their opponents.
Veronica Hicks leads the team, averaging 14.5 points per game. She is the team’s main outside threat, shooting .444 (12-27) from distance. Dayeesha Hollins (13.0) and Carmen Reynolds (12.2) are also scoring double figures.
Jenny Ryan is the team’s leading rebounder, at 6.3 boards per contest. Ryan has pulled down 16 offensive and 22 defensive rebounds. Hicks is second on the team with 5.3 rebounds.
Kevin Borseth is in third season as Michigan’s head coach, and his 28th season overall. He entered the year with a 29-34 record at Michigan, and a 535-244 record overall.
MICHIGAN VS. IOWA NOTES
?Iowa freshman Gabby Machado is from Pontiac, MI, and prepped at Northern High School.
? Michigan Administrative Assistant Mark Uitermarkt is a native of Pella, IA, and served as women’s basketball assistant at Central College during the 2003-04 season.
? Iowa’s Kamille Wahlin and Michigan’s Courtney Boylan were two prized recruits coming out of the state of Minnesota. Boylan (Chaska, MN) was named Minnesota’s Miss Basketball, while Wahlin (Crookston, MN) was a finalist.
? Iowa and Michigan share a common opponent this season in Kansas. The Jayhawks defeated both teams by 11 points (Iowa, 66-55, Michigan, 77-66).
HAWKEYES BATTLE, BUT FALL TO BOSTON COLLEGE
Iowa fought back from big second half deficits twice, but couldn’t come away with a win, as Boston College defeated the Hawkeyes, 72-67 Wednesday in the third annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The Hawkeyes trailed by 14 points with 15:46 left in the second half, but used a 17-4 run to tie the game, 51-51. Boston College re-took the lead, and led by seven points with 4:12 left, but Iowa fought back to within three (70-67) with 1:40 left. Kamille Wahlin had a three-point attempt with seven seconds left to tie the game, but the attempt hit the rim, and Boston College secured the rebound.
Boston College controlled the boards, out-rebounding Iowa 45-30, including 17 offensive boards. The Eagles converted 25 second-chance points, to Iowa’s nine.
The Hawkeyes were led by Wahlin, who poured in a game-high 23 points and played all 40 minutes. Freshman Morgan Johnson added 16 points and six rebounds, while freshman Jaime Printy netted 15 points. Sophomore Kelly Krei grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
WAHLIN STEPPING UP
Sophomore Kamille Wahlin has filled Iowa’s scoring role since Kachine Alexander, the team’s leading scorer, went down with an injury.
Wahlin is averaging 22 points (.506 FG%, .514 3PT%, .917 FT%) in the five games played since Alexander’s injury. She has also played an average of 37.8 minutes in those five games.
NOT PLAYING LIKE A FRESHMAN
Freshman Jaime Printy has started all eight games for the Hawkeyes, and hasn’t looked like a rookie on the court.
Printy has scored double figures in six of her eight starts, and is averaging 12.1 points per game and has played 32.6 minutes per contest.
The Marion, IA, native has also secured at least five rebounds in all eight games, and has had at least three assists in all but one game.
LOGGING MAJOR MINUTES
Due to injuries, Iowa’s roster has been forced to play a large amount of minutes so far.
Three players (minus the injured Kachine Alexander), have played over 30 minutes a game. Kamille Wahlin is playing 36.4 minutes per game, freshman Jaime Printy is at 32.6 minutes per contest and sophomore Kelly Krei is playing 31.6 minutes per game.
In addition, freshman Theairra Taylor is at 27.2 minutes per game, while fellow freshman Morgan Johnson has played 26.3 minutes per contest.
PRINTY NAMED BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Jaime Printy was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, after her performances against William & Mary, West Virginia and Columbia.
Printy averaged 16.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists, as the Hawkeyes posted a 2-1 record last week. Printy recorded her first-ever 20-point game against William & Mary, adding nine rebounds with five assists. Against West Virginia in the first round of the Nugget Classic in Reno, Printy netted 16 points with four boards and five assists in the close, three-point loss. The Marion, IA, native scored Iowa’s first eight points against the Mountaineers, and made her first four shots, including a perfect 3-3 from distance.
Printy saved her best for last in Iowa’s win over Columbia. She scored 12 points with five rebounds and three assists in the thrilling win. Printy nailed a three-pointer with 52 seconds left to tie the game, giving Iowa a chance to win on its next possession.
WAHLIN ON ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS
Sophomore Kamille Wahlin was chosen to both the KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge and Nugget Classic all-tournament teams.
In the season-opening Hawkeye Challenge, Wahlin netted 13 points and added three rebounds.
She was clutch down the stretch in the championship against Illinois State, scoring seven points during Iowa’s crucial 12-2 run in the final three minutes of the second half to give the Hawkeyes the victory. Wahlin drained a three-pointer with 3:46 left to give Iowa a one-point lead (64-63). She then hit a jumper with 37 second left, extending Iowa’s lead to five points (70-65). Wahlin added two free throws on the next trip down the court to seal the win.
Wahlin scored 16 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out five assists against West Virginia in the Nugget Classic. She followed with 18 points, including the game-winning three-pointer with 10 seconds left, to go along with three points and four assists against Columbia in the consolation game.
Senior JoAnn Hamlin is out for the season after having a blood clot removed from her right leg.
Junior Kachine Alexander is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a stress fracture in her right leg.
Sophomore Hannah Draxten is questionable for Sunday’s game with a herniated disc in her back.
ALEXANDER’S NUMBERS WILL BE MISSED
Junior Kachine Alexander had a solid start to the season. Alexander has recorded a double-double in each of Iowa’s first three games, and was averaging 21 points and 15.7 rebounds, before suffering a stress fracture in her right leg.
Iowa’s freshmen and sophomore class are putting up big numbers for the Hawkeyes this season.
Hawkeye underclassmen are for 86 percent of the teams’ points (483-561), 69 percent of rebounds (218-315), 85 percent of minutes played (1363-1600), 86 percent of assists (105-122), 83 percent of steals (44-53) and 83 percent of blocks (29-33).
DRAINING FROM DISTANCE AND THE LINE
Entering Sunday’s game, the Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in three-pointers made (64, 8.0 per game) and free throw percentage (.775, 93-120) and rank third in three-point percentage (.374, 64-171).
Individually, sophomore Kamille Wahlin is leading the conference in three-pointers made (25, 3.13 per game) and ninth in three-point percentage (.439, 25-57). She also ranks third in scoring (18.4) and has played the most minutes of any player in the conference (291, 36.4).
ALEXANDER NAMED CO-BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior Kachine Alexander was named co-Big Ten Player of the Week Nov. 16 after earning MVP honors at the KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge.
Alexander recorded double-doubles in each of Iowa’s first two games. She tied a Hawkeye Challenge tournament record by grabbing 18 rebounds (nine offensive, nine defensive), along with netting 19 points in Iowa’s season-opening win over Santa Clara. Both her 19 points and 18 rebounds were game highs.
Alexander followed on Sunday with a 21 point, 12 rebound (nine offensive, three defensive) performance in the championship game against Illinois State. Alexander was clutch down the stretch at the free-throw line, making 13-16 attempts from the charity stripe.
JOHNSON TIES SCHOOL RECORD
Freshman Morgan Johnson tied a school record with seven blocked shots against Northern Iowa (Nov 22). Johnson now holds the record with Jerica Watson (vs. Kent State, 12/8/01) and Tangela Smith (at Michigan State, 1/15/95). She currently ranks third in the Big Ten in blocks per game (2.75).
Johnson added 11 points and eight rebounds in the win.
JOHNSON’S BIG GAME AGAINST COLUMBIA
Freshman Morgan Johnson recorded the first double-double of her career Saturday vs. Columbia.
Johnson finished with 18 points on 6-8 shooting, along with 12 rebounds (three offensive, nine defensive). Both numbers are career-highs.
HAWKEYES TIE FREE-THROW MARK
Iowa tied the school record for single-game free throw percentage, converting all 16 attempts against Columbia (1.000).
Freshman Morgan Johnson led the way, going 6-6. Sophomore Kamille Wahlin and freshman Theairra Taylor each went 4-4, while freshman Gabby Machado finished 2-2.
CAREER DAY FOR WAHLIN
Sophomore Kamille Wahlin poured in a career-high 33 points against Northern Iowa. She also notched career-highs in field goals made (11) and attempted (19), three-pointers made (6) and attempted (10) and free throws made (5) and attempted (6). Her five five three-pointers were just one shy of the school record.
Wahlin led Iowa’s second-half comeback with 21 points on 6-10 shooting, including 4-5 from three point range and all five free throws in the final half.
TAYLOR SHINES IN FIRST START
Fresh off her first significant action of the season at Northern Iowa, freshman Theairra Taylor made the most of her first-ever start as a Hawkeye.
Taylor poured in 16 points (7-15 FGs, 2-3 3PT FGs), along with nine rebounds, five assists, three blocks and a steal in 36 minutes of play in her first start Nov. 24 vs. William & Mary.
HOME GROWN HAWKEYES
Four Hawkeyes prepped in the state of Iowa. Those players are junior Kelsey Cermak (Norwalk), sophomore Kelly Krei (Iowa City) and freshmen Trisha Nesbitt (Ames) and Jaime Printy (Marion).
LAND OF 10,000 HAWKEYES
The 2009-10 edition of the Iowa Women’s Basketball team has four players from the state of Minnesota. They include junior Kachine Alexander (Minneapolis), sophomores Kamille Wahlin (Crookston) and Hannah Draxten (Fergus Falls) and freshman Theairra Taylor (St. Paul).
EXPANDED MEDIA COVERAGE
Iowa fans will have a chance to see 21 of the 29 regular season games, either on television or webstream.
The Hawkeyes will have 13 games televised by either the Big Ten Network, KCRG TV-9, Mediacom or ESPN2. In addition, 12 games will be streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com.
All Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Tournament games will be televised, as well.
ON THE HORIZON
The Hawkeyes then step back out of conference play when they travel to Ames to take on Iowa State Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.
The Hawkeyes then host Drake (Dec. 20) and South Dakota State (Dec. 22), before returning to league play at Penn State (Dec. 28).