Jan. 15, 2010
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IOWA CITY – THE SETTING
The Iowa Hawkeyes (8-9, 1-5) open a two-game road trip in West Lafayette, IN, and will face the Purdue Boilermakers (8-9, 3-3) Sunday at 11 a.m. (CT) at Mackey Arena.
ON YOUR TELEVISION
Sunday’s game will be televised live to a national audience on the Big Ten Network (HD). Dave Eanet and Stephanie White will call the action.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
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.
ON YOUR RADIO
Brent Balbinot and Stacy Schhlapkohl will call Sunday’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.
Iowa has played 1,019 games, since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 618-401 (.606). That includes a 310-155 (.667) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 291-87 (.770) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Sunday will be the 57th meeting betwen the two schools, with Purdue holding a 32-24 advantage. The Boilermakers have won 13 of the last 15 contests, including four-straight. Iowa is 9-17 in games played in West Lafayette. Purdue has won the last nine games played in West Lafaytte. Iowa’s last win in West Lafayette was on Feb. 6, 1998 (73-67).
The Purdue Boilermakers are 8-9 overall and 3-3 in Big Ten play. Purdue holds a 6-4 record this season in games played at Mackey Arena. All three of Purdue’s conference wins came at home, while all three losses were on the road.
In its last game, Purdue was defeated at Minnesota, 74-47 Thursday night. The Boilermakers were plagued by turnovers, committing 32 on the night. Purdue did not have a player reach double figures in points or rebounds, and was led by KK Houser and Alex Guyton in scoring (eight points). Guyton also led the way with five rebounds.
Brittany Rayburn is the only Boilermaker averaging double figures at 14.5 points per game. Jodi Howell is next at 9.1 points per contest. Sam Ostarello leads the way with 5.9 rebounds per game, while Chelsea Jones is close behind at 5.1 boards per contest. As a team, the Boilermakers are shotting .411 from the floor, including .321 from distance.
Iowa trailed by just four points at halftime, but were unable to regain the lead in a 60-49 setback at Purdue.
Iowa scored just one field goal in the first nine munutes of the second half as Purdue went on a 14-3 surge that spanned halves to take command of the contest.
Purdue shot only 41 percent from the floor, but a blistering 7-12 (.583) from distance. Jodi Howell and Lauren Mioton combined for 5-5 shooting from three-point. Howell was a perfect 3-3 from distance, while Mioton was 2-2. Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds.
LATE RALLY GIVES PENN STATE WIN OVER IOWA
Iowa dropped a 68-62 decision at home Thursday night to Penn State. The loss was Iowa’s third-straight.
The Hawkeyes led by nine points with 9:48 remaining, but an 11-0 Lady Lion run gave them a 51-49 advantage with 7:13 left. Penn State took the lead for good at 53-52 with 5:36 left, as Iowa managed to make only three field goals in the final 4:45 of the game.
Jaime Printy tied a career high with 26 points, while Kachine Alexander added eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Morgan Johnson also tied a career high with seven blocks. Kelly Krei chipped in 13 points.
JOHNSON TIES SCHOOL RECORD…AGAIN
Freshman Morgan Johnson has tied the school record for blocked shots in a game (7) twice this season.
Johnson first blocked seven shots at Northern Iowa Nov. 22. She repeated the accomplishment Jan. 14 against Penn State. Johnson’s seven blocks are also a career high.
Johnson holds the record with Jerica Watson (vs. Kent State, 12/8/01) and Tangela Smith (at Michigan State, 1/15/95).
PRINTY HITS CAREER MARK AGAINST LADY LIONS
Freshman Jaime Printy tied a career high in points Jan. 14 against Penn State, finishing with 26 points.
Printy was 9-19 from the field, including 4-8 from three-ponit range and a perfect 4-4 from the charity stripe against Penn State. She aslo added two assists in 32 minutes of action.
Printy also scored 26 points in Iowa’s game at Minnesota Jan. 3. Thursday’s game marked the second time in three games Printy has gone for 26 points.
OH, SO CLOSE
Six of Iowa’s nine losses have been by six 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 (Dec. 2), Iowa missed a three-pointer with seven seconds left that would have tied the game.
? Against Michigan (Dec. 6), 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 (Dec. 28, four point loss) and at Minnesota (Jan. 3, three point loss). In each of those games, the Hawkeyes had the potential game winning shot in regulation bounce off the iron as time expired.
? Iowa led by nine points with 9:48 remaining against Penn State (Jan. 14), but an 11-0 Lady Lion run gave them a 51-49 advantage with 7:13 left. Penn State took the lead for good with 5:36 left, as Iowa could only come within four points with 44 seconds left.
? 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.
Printy’s 38 made three-pointers ranks second for an Iowa freshman. She trails Lindsey Meder, who made 49 treys during the 1998-99 season.
Johnson’s 43 blocks rank third all-time for a Hawkeye freshman. She trails Megan Skouby (47) for second place and Tangela Smith (73) for first place.
HAWKEYES LEADING IN STAT CATEGORIES
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 (.755) and three-pointers made per game (7.65). Iowa also ranks second in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.354). Nationally – the Hawkeyes are 19th 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 (.905) and ranks second in three-pointers made per game (2.35). In league games only, Printy is tied for first in three-pointers made per game (2.50). Among Big Ten freshmen, Printy ranks first in scoring and free-throw percentage. Nationally, Printy is 72nd in three-pointers made per game.
? Freshman Morgan Johnson leads Big Ten freshmen in rebounding (6.9) and blocked shots (2.53). She also ranks third across the conference in blocks, tied for first in league games only and 17th nationally.
? Sophomore Kamille Wahlin leads the league in three-pointers made per game (2.65) and minutes played (36.59). She also leads the league in minutes played in conference games only (38). Nationally, Wahiln is 40th in three-pointers made per game.
Junior Kachine Alexander collected her sixth double-double of the season at Michigan Jan. 7. 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.
Alexander was close to yet another double-double Thursday against Penn State, but came up two points short. She finished with eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds against the Lady Lions.
LOGGING MAJOR MINUTES
Due to injuries, Iowa’s roster has been forced to play a large amount of minutes so far.
PLAYING THEM ALL
Despite the injuries, six Hawkeyes have managed to play in all 17 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 17 games, while Krei has started 16. Cermak has started two games for the Hawkeyes.
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).
Iowa’s freshmen and sophomore class are putting up big numbers for the Hawkeyes this season.
Hawkeye underclassmen are responsible for 85 percent of the teams’ points (975-1,144), 84 percent of the minutes played (2,901-3,450) and 69 percent of rebounds (451-657).
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.
HAWKEYES HIT FREE THROW MARKS
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).
Earlier this season, Iowa tied the school record for single-game free throw percentage, converting all 16 attempts against Columbia (1.000).
WAHLIN SHOOTS HER WAY INTO RECORD BOOKS
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.
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.
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.
PRINTY NAMED BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
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.
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.
PRINTY PUTS ON A SHOW AGAINST THE JACKS
Freshman Jaime Printy came up big for Iowa in the clutch against South Dakota State Tuesday.
With the Hawkeyes ahead by one point (67-66) at the 3:34 mark in the second half, Printy ignited a 15-3 run to close the game, scoring the first seven points of the surge, and all nine of her second half points, during the crucial stretch.
Printy drained a long-distance three to put Iowa up four (70-66) at the three-minute mark. On the next two possessions, Printy sliced through the lane with the shot clock winding down, nailing layups to give Iowa a 74-66 advantage. She then scored the final two points of the game on a layup with two seconds remaining for the final count.
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).
ON THE HORIZON
The Hawkeyes will take on Illinois in Champaign Tuesday, Jan. 21. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.