Hawkeyes Return Home To Face Penn State

Jan. 12, 2010

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The Iowa Hawkeyes (8-8, 1-4) host the Penn State Lady Lions (11-4, 3-2) Thursday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Single-game tickets are $9 for adults. Youth (18 and under) are admitted free.

Thursday is UI Faculty/Staff Appreciation night. All faculty/staff can show their University ID for free admission. The UI Dance Team will perform at halftime, and one lucky fan will win two round trip airline tickets courtesy of Allegiant Air. The team will also be signing autographs after the game.

Hawkeye fans can follow the game via live stats (Gametracker). The Gametracker link can be accessed under the “Calendar” tab on the front page of hawkeyesports.com or on the women’s basketball schedule page.

Fans can also watch a live webcast of Thursday’s game on BigTenNetwork.com for a $2.99 fee. The video link can also be found next to the Gametracker link.

Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Thursday’s game for the Hawkeye Radio Network. The game can be heard on AM-800 KXIC, AM-600 WMT, 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 1,018 games, since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 618-400 (.607). That includes a 310-154 (.668) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 291-86 (.772) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Penn State leads the all-time series, 20-16. The Hawkeyes have won five of the last six meetings between the two schools. Two of the last three games between Iowa and Penn State have gone into overtime, which each team winning one. The Hawkeyes are 11-5 against Penn State in games played in Iowa City.

The Penn State Lady Lions are 11-4 overall and 3-2 in Big Ten play. In their last game, the Lady Lions defeated Indiana, 77-71 in overtime at Bryce Jordan Center. Tyra Grant led the way with 27 points (8-23 FGs, 1-3 3PT FGs, 10-12 FTs), while Julia Trogele added 18 points. Three Nittany Lions grabbed 10 or more rebounds, including Trogele (11), Nikki Greene (11) and Meredith Monroe (10). Greene also added five blocks.

Grant leads the Lady Lions and ranks third in the Big Ten in scoring at 19.5 points per game. She is the only Penn State player averaging double figures. Trogele leads the team with 6.8 rebounds per contest.

As a team, Penn State leads the conference in field goal defense, limiting its opponents to just a .339 shooting percentage. The Lady Lions also lead the Big Ten in offensive rebounds per game, grabbing 15.9 per game.

The Hawkeyes dropped a heartbreaking, 77-73 decision in overtime at Penn State Dec. 28.

Penn State led by five at haltime, and stretched the advantage to 10 points at the 11:57 mark in the second half. But, the Hawkeyes once again battled back, using a 12-1 run to take a slim 51-50 lead with 7:47 remaining. The teams battled back and forth in the final minutes, and two Lady Lion free throws with 1:16 remaining tied the score at 62, forcing overtime.

With the score tied at 70 with 1:43 left in overtime, Penn State converted seven-straight free throws to escape with the win.

The Hawkeyes were led by Kamille Wahlin, who scored 27 points and drained a career high and tied a school record with seven three pointers. Freshman Jaime Printy added 16 points and five rebounds, while Kachine Alexander scored 11 points and eight rebounds.

Iowa was defeated at Michigan, 63-46 last Thursday. Three Hawkeyes scored in double figures, including Jaime Printy (12), Kamille Wahlin (10) and Kachine Alexander (10). Alexander also collected 12 rebounds, for another double-double.

The Hawkeyes could never grab a lead in the contest, and trailed by 18 points at halftime. Iowa came out firing in the second half, using a 14-5 run to cut the deficit to nine, but that would be as close as the Hawkeyes could get.

? Freshman Gabby Machado scored three points and grabbed two rebounds in her first return trip to her home state of Michigan. Machado is from Pontiac.

? Iowa suffered from a cold shooting night Thursday in Ann Arbor. The Hawkeyes shot a season-low .295 (18-61) from the field. Iowa’s 46 points are also a season low.

? Iowa’s 13 first half points ties the school record for lowest point total in the first half of a contest. The Hawkeyes scored 13 points at UW-Green Bay (Dec. 7, 2006).

Junior Kachine Alexander collected her sixth double-double of the season Thursday at Michigan. Alexander scored 10 points and recorded 12 rebounds. It was also Alexander’s 15th career double-double.

Alexander had double-doubles in each of Iowa’s first three games, before missing the next seven games with a stress fracture. She now has a double-double in Iowa’s last three contests.

Iowa officially added Megan Considine to its roster, just hours before the team left for Michigan Thursday. Considine saw three minutes of action in her first collegiate game.

Considine is from Byron, IL, and prepped at Byron High School. She was named to 11 different all-state teams during her high school career and holds school records for career points (2,077), assists (498) and steals (582). She also ranks second on the career rebounds list (868).

Megan’s brother, Sean Considine, played football at Iowa and is currently in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Her other brother, Ryan Considine, was a member of the Iowa baseball team.

Five of Iowa’s eight losses have been by five points or less, with three of those being by three points. Iowa has also lost two overtime games by a combined seven points.

? The Hawkeyes had a three-point attempt at the buzzer against West Virginia fall short, that would have sent the game to overtime.

? Against Boston College, Iowa missed a three-pointer with seven seconds left that would have tied the game.

? Against Michigan, Iowa missed the front-end of a one-and-one from the free throw line with both 27 and 11 seconds left, each time trailing by only one point.

? Iowa’s two overtime losses came at Penn State (four points) and at Minnesota (three points). In each of those games, the Hawkeyes had the potential game winning shot in regulation bounce off the iron as time expired.

? In addition, Iowa led No. 19 Kansas by three points (54-51) with 6:41 remaining in the game, but the Jayhawks closed the contest with a 15-1 run.

Sophomore Kamille Wahlin and freshman Jaime Printy and Morgan Johnson are putting their names in the Hawkeye records book this season.

Printy’s 36 made three-pointers ranks second for an Iowa freshman. She trails Lindsey Meder, who made 49 treys during the 1998-99 season.

Johnson’s 36 blocks rank third all-time for a Hawkeye freshman. She trails Megan Skouby (47) for second place and Tangela Smith (73) for first place.

Wahlin’s 44 made three-pointers currently ranks fourth in Iowa history for a sophomore. She is just one shy of Kristi Smith’s third place mark of 45. Wendy Ausdemore holds the record for most three-pointers by a sophomore (62).

Several of Iowa’s statistics are towards the top of the Big Ten, and measure up well across the country.

? As a team, the Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.763) and three-pointers made per game (7.63). Iowa also ranks second in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.354). Nationally – the Hawkeyes are 14th in free throw percentage, 18th in three-pointers made per game and 55th in three-point percentage.

? Freshman Jaime Printy leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.895), ranks second in three-pointers made per game (2.25) and is 11th in scoring (13.9). Among Big Ten freshmen, Printy ranks first in scoring, free throw percentage, three-point percentage and assist-turnover ratio (1.41).

? Freshman Morgan Johnson leads Big Ten freshmen in rebounding (6.9) and blocked shots (2.25). She also ranks fourth across the conference in blocks, and 26th nationally.

? Sophomore Kamille Wahlin leads the league in three-pointers made per game (2.75) and minutes played (36.9). She also ranks sixth in scoring. Nationally, Wahiln is 29th in three-pointers made per game.

Iowa shot 20-21 (.952) from the charity stripe at Minnesota Jan. 3, which is a school record for free throw percentage (minimum 20 attempts).

Jaime Printy led the way, going 8-8, while Kachine Alexander and Trisha Nesbitt each went 4-4.

Earlier this season, 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.

Freshman Morgan Johnson tied a school record with seven blocked shots against Northern Iowa Sunday. 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.

Sophomore Kamille Wahlin went 7-15 from three-point range against Penn State Dec. 28, which set one school record, and tied another.

Wahlin’s 15 three-point attempts set a school record for long distance shots attempted in a single game. Her seven made treys also tied Lindsey Meder’s school record, set against Wisconsin Dec. 31, 2000.

Senior JoAnn Hamlin, sophomore Hannah Draxten and freshman Theairra Taylor will all miss the season with injuries.

Hamlin has missed the entire season after having a blood clot removed in her right leg. Taylor suffered a torn ACL in Iowa’s win over South Dakota State. Draxten has played four games this season, despite suffering from a herniated disc. It was announced after Iowa’s loss at Penn State that Draxten will be forced to miss the rest of the season due to the back injury.

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.

Jaime Printy was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time this season, Jan. 4.

Printy led the Hawkeyes in a win over Wisconsin and a tough overtime loss at Minnesota, averaging 19.0 points, 5.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game last week. The freshman contributed a career high 26 points, including a perfect 8-8 mark at the free-throw line, against the Golden Gophers on Sunday. Printy also recorded three assists and two boards in the effort. On Thursday vs. the Badgers, she tallied 12 points with seven assists and five rebounds.

Printy first earned the award after stellar games 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 that 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.

Due to injuries, Iowa’s roster has been forced to play a large amount of minutes so far.

Four players have played over 30 minutes a game. Kamille Wahlin is playing 36.9 minutes per game, Jaime Printy is playing 32.5 minutes, Kachine Alexander is at 32.0 and Kelly Krei is at 31.6.

Despite the injuries, six Hawkeyes have managed to play in all 16 games this season.

Kamille Wahlin, Jaime Printy, Morgan Johnson, Kelly Krei, Trisha Nesbitt and Kelsey Cermak have seen action in all contests. Wahlin, Printy and Johnson have started all 16 games, while Krei has started 15. Cermak has started two games for the Hawkeyes.

Sophomores Kelly Krei and Kamille Wahlin have both played all 40 minutes in back-to-back games this season.

Krei never left the court in consecutive games against Illinois State (Nov. 15) and Kansas (Nov. 18). Wahlin did the same against Boston College (Dec. 2) and Michigan (Dec. 6).

Wahlin also played over 40 minutes in Iowa’s two overtime games. She registered 43 minutes at Penn State (Dec. 28) and 41 minutes at Minnesota (Jan. 3).

Sophomores Kelly Krei and Kamille Wahlin both set career highs in steals against Wisconsin Dec. 31.

Krei finished with six steals, while Wahlin swiped four. The two combined for 10 of Iowa’s 12 total steals. Krei had all six of her steals in the first half, while three of Wahlin’s four came in the second period.

The Hawkeyes travel to West Lafayette, IN, Sunday to take on the Purdue Boilermakers. Tip-off is scheduled for 11 a.m. (CT), and can be seen live on the Big Ten Network (HD).