Pink Zone Sunday

Feb. 5, 2010

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The Iowa Hawkeyes (11-11, 4-7) will host the Michigan State Spartans (15-7, 6-5) Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

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

Sunday will be Iowa’s annual “WBCA Pink Zone” game. Fans dressed in pink will be able to purchase tickets for just $5 and the first 1,500 fans will recieve pink Hawkeye braceltes. Fans are reminded to register at the West Entrance of Carver-Hawkeye Arena for numerous prizes.

The Hawkeyes will be wearing white uniforms with pink trim, along with pink shoe laces.

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Pink Zone is a global, unified effort for the WBCA nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, cross campuses, in communities and beyond.

The 2009 campaign raised over $1.3 million, reached over 912,000 fans and saw over 56 schools break attendance records at their event. The WBCA’s charity of choice is the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, in partnership with the V Foundation.

Sunday’s game will be televised live to a national cable audience on the Big Ten Network (HD). Leah Secondo and Stephanie White will call the action.

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-1360 KMJM, AM-1040 WHO, and also on the Hawkeye All-Access page of Balbinot is in his sixth season as Iowa’s play-by-play voice, while Till is in her fifth year providing analysis.

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 or on the women’s basketball schedule page.

Iowa has played 1,024 games, since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 621-403 (.606). That includes a 313-157 (.666) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 293-87 (.771) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Sunday is the 54th meeting between Iowa and Michigan State, with the Hawkeyes leading the series 30-23. Michigan State has won nine of the last 11 meetings in the series. The Hawkeyes hold a 16-8 record against Michigan State in games played in Iowa City.

The Michigan State Spartans are 15-7 overall and 6-5 in Big Ten play. The Spartans are receiving votes in the latest Associated Press top 25 poll.

Allyssa DeHaan leads the Spartans with 12.2 points per game. She is also averaging 6.4 rebounds per game and has blocked 72 shots. Kalisha Keane is next on the team with 9.4 points per contest. Lykendra Johnson is the team’s leading rebounder at 8.4 boards per game.

As a team, the Spartans lead the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (.346), rebounding (43.6) and blocked shots (7.09). As a team, Michigan State is shooting .414 from the field, including .309 from three-point range and .671 from the charity stripe.

Michigan State’s rebounding and defensive pressure proved to be too much for the Hawkeyes to overcome in a 68-56 loss in East Lansing last season.

The Spartans outrebounded the Black and Gold, 42-33 and turned 18 offensive rebounds into 23 second-chance points. Michigan State also scored 46 of its 68 points in the paint. Additionally, the Spartans forced 18 turnovers, scoring 25 times off Iowa miscues.

Wendy Ausdemore and Kristi Smith scored double figures. Ausdemore netted a game-high 18 points, while Smith scored all 12 of her points in the second half. Hannah Draxten provided a spark off the bench, posting eight points and four assists.

The Spartans were led by Allyssa DeHaan, Kalisha Keane and Brittany Thomas. DeHaan tallied 14 points, Keane had 13, while Thomas had 10.

Iowa gave the No. 8 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes all they could handle Thursday in Columbus, but couldn’t come away with the upset, as the Buckeyes escaped with an 86-82 win.

Iowa jumped out to an early 13-6 lead after Kelly Krei nailed two long-distance shots, along with a Kamille Wahlin trey. The Hawkeyes led by as many as nine in the first half, but Ohio State trimmed the Iowa lead to just one point heading into halftime.

The Buckeyes eventually regained the lead in the second half, converting from the free throw line. Ohio State took 17 trips to the charity strip in the second half, converting 15. The Buckeyes also turned 11 Iowa second half turnovers into 11 points.

The Hawkeyes kept the game close in the final minute, trailing by only four points with 12 seconds left. Ohio State managed to hit two crucial free throws in the final 12 seconds to seal the win.

Iowa was led by Jaime Printy, who scored a game-high 22 points on 9-11 shooting, including a perfect 4-4 from behind the arc. Kachine Alexander added another double-double with 20 points and 10 boards. Kamille Wahlin added 18 points.

Ohio State’s Samantha Prahalis had 22 points, while Jantel Lavender had 18 points and nine rebounds.

Jaime Printy became Iowa’s all-time leader for three-pointers made by a freshman Feb. 4 at Ohio State. Printy’s four treys against the Buckeyes gave her 50 for the season, which is one better than the previous record of 49, held by Lindsey Meder (1998-99).

? Iowa’s 82 points against Ohio State tied the season-high in points scored. The Hawkeyes also scored 82 points against South Dakota State Dec. 22.

? Thursday marked the first time under Coach Bluder that the Hawkeyes took a lead into halftime at Value City Arena.

? The Hawkeyes tied a school record for three-pointers made in a Big Ten game Thursday at Ohio State, with 11 made treys. The previous record was 11 vs. Purdue Feb. 8, 2001 and at Penn State this season (Dec. 28, 2008).

? Iowa set a new opponent record at Value City Arena Thursday by making 11 three-pointers. The previous record was 10, held by Wayne State in 2002, Florida A&M in 2003 and Boston College in 2006.

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 332 points (15.1 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.

Kachine Alexander collected her ninth double-double of the season at Ohio State Feb. 4. Alexander scored 20 points and recorded 10 rebounds. Alexander now has 18 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 (14), who are both post players.

Junior Kachine Alexander is approaching a career milestone in rebounding.

Alexander needs just six more rebounds to reach the 500-career rebound plateau at Iowa. She would be the 19th player in Iowa history to reach 500 career rebounds.

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

? Printy already broke the freshmen record for three-pointers made in a single season at Iowa with 50.

? Printy’s 332 points rank seventh among Hawkeye freshmen. She trails Jennie Lillis by one point (333 during 2000-01 season). Printy needs to average 12.1 points over the next seven games to break the freshmen scoring record.

? Johnson’s 50 blocks are the second-most for an Iowa freshmen. Tangela Smith (73) is in first place. Smith’s 73 blocks also rank first all-time in Iowa history.

? Johnson’s 158 rebounds are fourth among freshman. She trails Jennie Lilis (173) for third place.

? Wahlin’s 57 made three-pointers currently ranks second in Iowa history for a sophomore. She trails Wendy Ausdemore (62) for first place.

Several of Iowa’s statistics leading the Big Ten, and stack up well across the country.

? As a team, the Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in three-pointers made per game (7.50) and rank second in three-point percentage (.360). Iowa also leads the Big Ten in three-pointers made per game in league games only (7.00). Nationally, the Hawkeyes rank 17th in three’s per game and 40th in three-point percentage.

? Iowa’s team free throw percentage of .747 is third in the Big Ten, and 26th nationally.

? Individually, freshman Jaime Printy leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.892) and ranks second in three-pointers made per game (2.27). Printy ranks eighth nationally in free throw percentage.

? Kamille Wahlin leads the Big Ten in three-pointers made per game (2.59) and ranks 44th in the country in that category.

? In Big Ten games only, freshman Morgan Johnson leads the league with a .481 field goal percentage.

Jaime Printy and Morgan Johnson are making their cases to be included on the Big Ten all-Freshmen team this season.

Printy leads all Big Ten freshmen in scoring (15.1) and free throw percentage (.892), while Johnson is first in rebounding (7.2) and blocked shots (2.27).

Kamille Wahlin and Jaime Printy are proving to be a potent one-two punch from behind the three-point arc.

The duo ranks first and second in the Big Ten in three pointers made per game. Wahlin leads the league with 2.59, while Printy is second with 2.27.

Iowa returns to the road Thursday, Feb. 11 when it travels to Bloomington to face Indiana. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. inside Assembly Hall.