Hawkeyes Set To Host Purdue, ESPN2

Jan. 29, 2010

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The Iowa Hawkeyes (10-10, 3-6) face the Purdue Boilermakers (11-10, 6-4) Sunday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:02 p.m.

Single-game tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for youth (18 and under).

Sunday is “Girl Scouts Day” at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Girl Scouts and Troop leaders will be admitted for just $1, and friends and families of Girl Scouts can purchase $5 tickets (Girl Scout tickets can be purchased at the South Entrance only). The first 5,000 fans will receive the official 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl championship poster, and there will be a “Kids Fun Zone” before the game. The team will sign autographs after the game on the concourse.

Sunday’s game will be televised live to a national audience on ESPN2. Beth Mowins and LaChina Robinson will call the action.

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.

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 1,022 games, since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 620-402 (.607). That includes a 312-156 (.667) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 292-87 (.770) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Sunday will be the 58th meeting between the two schools, with Purdue holding a 33-24 advantage. The Boilermakers have won 14 of the last 16 contests, including five-straight. The Hawkeyes are 14-10 against Purdue in games played in Iowa City.

The Purdue Boilermakers are 11-10 overall and 6-4 in Big Ten play. Purdue has won its last two games, knocking off conference leader Ohio State (63-61) and second place Penn State (80-76 in overtime). Thursday’s win at Penn State was Purdue’s first conference win on the road this season.

Brittany Rayburn leads Purdue with 15.3 points per game. Jodi Howell is next at 8.2 points per contest. Sam Ostarello is the team’s leading rebounder at 5.5 boards per game. As a team, the Boilermakers are shooting .405 from the field, including .318 from three-point distance and .700 from the free throw line.

The Hawkeyes were defeated at Purdue, 81-59, Jan. 17.

The Boilermakers jumped out to a 21-6 lead in the first 12:41 of the contest, and the Hawkeyes couldn’t battle back. Purdue out-scored Iowa, 44-23 in the first half, but the Hawkeyes responded in the second half, scoring 36 points to Purdue’s 37.

Kachine Alexander led the Hawkeyes in scoring with 18 points, and also tallied eight rebounds, two assists and three steals. Morgan Johnson added six points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn led all scorers with 28 points on 8-15 shooting, including 4-7 behind the arc.

Iowa picked up its second win a row last Sunday, defeating Northwestern, 78-69.

The Hawkeyes converted from the charity stripe, knocking down 31 of 37 free throws in the contest. Jaime Printy and Kelly Krei each made nine free throws, while Gabby Machado was a perfect 6-6.

Iowa trailed by a point at the 9:26 mark, but six-straight, unsanswered points by Kelly Krei gave the Hawkeyes a five-point lead at the 8:20 they never relinquished.

Four starters scored in double figures, including Jaime Printy (23), Kamille Wahlin (16), Kelly Krei (12) and Morgn Johnson (10). Johnson added seven rebounds, while Kachine Alexander chipped in nine points, six rebounds and four steals.

Jaime Printy was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the third time this season, Jan. 26.

Printy led the Hawkeyes to back-to-back conference wins, as Iowa defeated Illinois in Champaign, and knocked off Northwestern in Iowa City. The Marion, IA, native averaged 22.5 points on the week, and shot a blistering .522 (12-23) from the field, including .400 (4-10) from three-point range and .850 (17-20) from the charity stripe. Printy led Iowa with 22 points at Illinois, including 8-8 from the free throw line, which set career highs in both makes and attempts. She also added four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Against Northwestern, Printy led the Hawkeyes with 23 points on 6-10 shooting, and played 38 minutes in the win.

Printy first earned the award Nov. 30, after a stellar performance against William & Mary, and an impressive two-game stretch at the Nugget Classic in Reno, NV. Her second accolade came Jan. 4, after the Hawkeyes defeated Wisconsin and dropped a tough overtime game at Minnesota.

Printy, along with Illinois’ Karisma Penn, have been named Freshman of the Week a conference leading three times this season.

Jaime Printy is looking to be just the third freshman in Iowa history to lead a team in scoring.

Printy, who currently leads the team with 298 points (14.9 per game), can join Cindy Haugejorde (1976-77) and Lisa Becker (1983-84) as the only Hawkeye players to lead a team in scoring as a freshman.

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

Printy’s 45 made three-pointers ranks second for an Iowa freshman. She trails Lindsey Meder, who made 49 treys during the 1998-99 season. Her 298 points also rank eighth among Hawkeye freshmen. She trails Robin Anderson for seventh place, who netted 326 points during the 1980-81 season.

Johnson’s 47 blocks are tied for second with Megan Skouby for second place among Iowa freshmen. Tangela Smith (73) is in first place. Smith’s 73 blocks also rank first all-time in Iowa history.

Wahlin’s 52 made three-pointers currently ranks second in Iowa history for a sophomore. She trails Wendy Ausdemore (62) for first place.

Kelly Krei has picked up her offensive attack over the past four games.

Krei was averaging 7.1 points entering Iowa’s game against Penn State Jan 14. Since the matchup with the Nittany Lions, Krei is avergaing 12.8 points.

Over the last four contests, Krei is Iowa’s second leading scorer behind Jaime Printy (19.0).

Kachine Alexander collected her seventh double-double of the season at Illinois Jan. 21. Alexander scored 10 points and recorded 12 rebounds. Alexander now has 16 career double-doubles.

Alexander had double-doubles in each of Iowa’s first three games, before missing the next seven games with a stress fracture. Despite missing seven games, Alexander still ranks third in the Big Ten in double-doubles, behind Illinois’ Jenna Smith (13) and Ohio State’s Jantel Lavendar (12), who are both post players.

Iowa has had seven games this season where four or more players have scored in double figures. In those seven games, Iowa is a perfect 7-0.

The Hawkeyes picked up wins over Illinois State, Northern Iowa, William & Mary, Columbia, South Dakota State, Illinois and Northwestern, when four or more players netted 10 or more points.

In addition, Iowa had four or more players reach the double figure mark in consecutive games for the first time this season in its last two contests (at Illinois, vs. Northwestern).

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 three-pointers made per game (7.45) and free throw percentage (.760). The Hawkeyes are second in three-point field goal percentage (.358). Nationally – the Hawkeyes are 12th in free throw percentage, 24th in three-pointers made per game and 45th in three-point percentage.

? In Big Ten games only, Iowa leads the league in three-pointers made per game (6.78), and rank third in both scoring (63.7) and free throw percentage (.746).

? Freshman Jaime Printy leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.887) and ranks second in three-pointers made per game (2.25). In league games only, Printy is third in three-pointers made per game (2.22). Among Big Ten freshmen, Printy ranks first in scoring and free-throw percentage.

? Freshman Morgan Johnson leads Big Ten freshmen in rebounding (7.1) and blocked shots (2.35). She also ranks third across the conference in blocks, second in league games only and 21st nationally.

? Sophomore Kamille Wahlin leads the league in three-pointers made per game (2.60) and is third in minutes played (35.25). In Big Ten games only, Wahlin ranks second in three-pointers made per game (2.33). Nationally, Wahiln is 41st in three-pointers made per game.

? In Big Ten games only, Kachine Alexander ranks second in total rebounds (10.0) and offensive rebounds (3.25) and third defensive rebounds (6.75) and steals (2.25).

Iowa, under Head Coach Lisa Bluder, is proving to be one of the best free throw shooting teams in the country.

The Hawkeyes have ranked in the top 15 in the nation four of the past five seasons. Iowa finished the 2005-06 season ranked 10th (.760), 2006-07 ranked fifth (.788) and also ranked fifth (.792) last season.

The 2009-10 campaign is no different. Iowa currently ranks 12th in free throw percentage across the NCAA (.760). The Hawkeyes are led by freshman Jaime Printy, who is a blistering .887 from the charity stripe. Sophomore Kamille Wahlin is also shooting an impressive .880 from the line.

Sophomore Kamille Wahlin has proven to be a clutch free throw shooter down the stretch for Iowa this season.

Wahlin is 15-16 (.938) from the line in the final five minutes of a game. That includes a mark of 7-8 (.875) in the final two minutes and a perfect 4-4 in final 60 seconds.