Feb. 2, 2010
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IOWA CITY – THE SETTING
The Iowa Hawkeyes (11-10, 4-6) return to the road to face No. 8 Ohio State (21-3, 9-2) Thursday at Value City Arena in Columbus, OH. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (CT).
ON YOUR TELEVISION
Sunday’s game will be televised live to a national cable audience on the Big Ten Network (HD). Mark Neely and Mary Murphy will call the action.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
Hawkeye fans can follow the game via live stats. The live stats 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 former Hawkeye Nicole VanderPol 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.
Iowa has played 1,023 games, since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 621-402 (.607). That includes a 313-156 (.667) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 293-87 (.771) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Thursday will be the 52nd meeting between the two schools, with Ohio State holding a slim, 26-25 advantage in the all-time series. Ohio State has won 11 of the last 12 meetings, dating back to the 2002-03 season. Iowa’s lone win in that stretch came last season by 10 points in Iowa City (85-75, Feb. 12, 2009). The Hawkeyes are 7-16 in games played in Columbus. Iowa’s last win at Ohio State was Feb. 20, 1998 (74-71). Coach Bluder is 0-7 at Ohio State while coaching at Iowa.
SCOUTING OHIO STATE
The eighth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes are 21-3 overall and lead the Big Ten with a 9-2 record. The Buckeyes are a perfect 16-0 in Value City Arena this season.
Two of Ohio State’s three losses came last week, both on the road. The Buckeyes lost at Purdue (63-61) and at Indiana (67-62). Ohio State’s only other loss came at then No. 11 ranked Duke (83-67).
Jantel Lavender leads the Buckeyes in points (21.0 per game) and rebounds (10.5 per game). Samantha Prahalis is next at 15.8 points per contest. Ohio State has four players who have started every game in Lavender, Prahalis, Brittany Johnson and Taylor Hill. Sarah Schulze has started 23 of the 24 games.
As a team, the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in eight of the 19 statistical categories, including scoring offense (78.9 points per game), scoring margin (+18.7), field goal percentage (.460), three-point field goal percentage (.401) and turnover margin (+3.29).
Ohio State defeated Iowa, 76-52, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament last season in Indianapolis.
Ohio State took an 18-2 lead in the opening minutes of the contest, and never looked back.
The Hawkeyes were led by Kamille Wahlin and Kristi Smith, who each scored 11 points. Wahlin also had six assists and grabbed seven rebounds. Wendy Ausdemore and Megan Skouby had nine points, while Kachine Alexander and Hannah Draxten netted eight points.
Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender led all scorers with 21 points, and also added 17 rebounds. Star Allen had 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Ashley Trebilcock had 11 points. Brittany Johnson added 10 points.
HAWKEYES PUSH STREAK TO THREE, KNOCK OFF PURDUE
Iowa moved its winning streak to a season-long three games Sunday, thumping Purdue, 70-50, inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.
The Hawkeyes avenged an earlier 21-point loss at Purdue by jumping out to a 19-1 lead in the first 12:38 of the contest. Iowa never trailed in the game, and held its biggest halftime lead (13 points) heading into the second half. The Hawkeyes fought off a Boilermaker surge in the second half to win its third straight Big Ten contest.
Five Hawkeyes scored double figures, including Morgan Johnson and Kachine Alexander, who each had 16 points. Both players ended with double-doubles, with Johnson grabbing 11 boards and Alexander finishing with 10. Jaime Printy added 12 points, while Kamille Wahilin and Gabby Machado each netting 11.
Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn scored 15 points, while Jodi Howell finished with 11 points.
JOHNSON EARNS FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK HONORS
Morgan Johnson was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Feb. 1) for her efforts in Iowa’s win against Purdue.
Johnson led Iowa against the Boilermakers with her third career double-double. The Platte City, MO, native netted 16 points and 11 rebounds, and finished 7-8 from the field. She made her first seven shots of the game before missing her final attempt at the 2:10 mark in the second half. Johnson added two blocks in 24 minutes of action.
Johnson’s Freshman of the Week honor is the fourth for Iowa this season. Jaime Printy has earned the award three times. Iowa is the only team with four Freshman of the Week award winners (Illinois’ Karisma Penn has won the award three times).
The last time Iowa had two players record double-doubles, in the same game, was Feb. 19, 2005 in Iowa’s 78-59 win at Michigan. Johanna Solverson finished with 18 points and 10 assists, while Jamie Cavey ended with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
The last time Iowa had two players record double-doubles with points and rebounds was Dec. 10, 2004 in Iowa’s 91-82 win at Creighton. Krista VandeVenter had 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Jamie Cavey had 20 points and 10 rebounds.
The Hawkeyes were close Sunday to having three players with double-doubles, as Gabby Machado finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.
HITTING FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE
Kachine Alexander scored 10 of her 16 points from the free throw line in Iowa’s win over Purdue.
Alexander finished just 3-13 from the field, but converted on 10-13 from the line. She is shooting .753 (67-89) from the stripe this season, and is averaging 6.4 trips to the line a game.
YOUNGSTERS IN IOWA HISTORY
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 310 points (14.8 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.
Printy’s 46 made three-pointers rank second for an Iowa freshman. She trails Lindsey Meder, who made 49 treys during the 1998-99 season. Her 310 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. Johnson’s 152 rebounds are tied for fourth among freshman. She is teied with Lynn Kennedy, and trails Jennie Lilis (173) for third place.
Wahlin’s 55 made three-pointers currently ranks second in Iowa history for a sophomore. She trails Wendy Ausdemore (62) for first place.
Kachine Alexander collected her eighth double-double of the season against Purdue Jan. 31. Alexander scored 16 points and recorded 10 rebounds. Alexander now has 17 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 (14) and Ohio State’s Jantel Lavendar (13), who are both post players.
REACHING DOUBLE FIGURES
Iowa has had eight games this season where four or more players have scored in double figures. In those seven games, Iowa is a perfect 8-0.
The Hawkeyes picked up wins over Illinois State, Northern Iowa, William & Mary, Columbia, South Dakota State, Illinois, Northwestern and Penn State, when four or more players netted 10 or more points.
In addition, Iowa had four or more players reach the double figure mark in three-straight games for the first time this season in its last three contests (at Illinois, vs. Northwestern, vs Purdue).
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 three-pointers made per game (7.33). The Hawkeyes are second in free throw percentage (.749), three-point field goal percentage (.352). Nationally – the Hawkeyes are 25th in free throw percentage, 23rd in three-pointers made per game and 59th in three-point percentage. ? In Big Ten games only, Iowa leads the league in three-pointers made per game (6.60), and rank third in scoring (64.3).
? Freshman Jaime Printy leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.892) and ranks third in three-pointers made per game (2.19). In league games only, Printy is third in three-pointers made per game (2.10). Among Big Ten freshmen, Printy ranks first in scoring and free-throw percentage. Nationally – Printy ranks 10th in free throw percentage.
? Freshman Morgan Johnson leads Big Ten freshmen in rebounding (7.2) and blocked shots (2.33). She also ranks third across the conference in blocks, second in league games only and 24th nationally.
? Sophomore Kamille Wahlin leads the league in three-pointers made per game (2.62) and is third in minutes played (35.43). In Big Ten games only, Wahlin ranks third in three-pointers made per game (2.10). Nationally, Wahiln is 44th in three-pointers made per game.
? In Big Ten games only, Kachine Alexander ranks second in steals (2.33) and third in rebounding (10.0), offensive rebounds (3.11) and defensive rebounds (6.89).
ON THE HORIZON
The Hawkeyes face Michigan State Sunday at 3:30 p.m. inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The game will be Iowa’s WBCA “Pink Zone” game, and the Hawkeyes will be sporting their pink jerseys.