Hawkeyes Head To Bloomington

Feb. 10, 2010

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The Iowa Hawkeyes (12-11, 5-7) travel to Bloomington, IN, Thursday to face the Indiana Hoosiers (13-10, 6-6). Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. (CT) at Assembly Hall.

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.

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 the game on bigtennetwork.com for a $2.99 fee.

Iowa has played 1,025 games, since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 622-403 (.607). That includes a 314-157 (.667) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 294-87 (.772) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Thursday will be the 55th meeting between Iowa and Indiana, with the Hawkeyes leading the series, 39-15. The schools have split the last four meetings, with each team winning two matchups.

The Hawkeyes are 14-10 overall in games played in Bloomington.

The Indiana Hoosiers are 13-10 overall and 6-6 in Big Ten play. Indiana has won its last two games, including victories at home over Ohio State (67-62) and at Illinois (67-54). Against the Fighting Illini, Jori Davis recorded her third double-double of the season with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Davis leads the team with 17.7 points per game and is also second on the team with 6.7 rebounds per contest. Jamie Braun is next on the team at 11.6 points per game, while Hope Elam is at 10.3 points per contest. Sasha Chaplin is the teams’ leading rebounder at 7.3 boards per game.

As a team, the Hoosiers are shooting .390 from the field, including .317 from three-point range and .677 from the charity stripe. Indiana leads the Big Ten in three-point percentage defense (.268).

The Hawkeyes defeated Indiana, 69-67 in Iowa City Feb. 5, 2009.

Iowa led by 13 points with three minutes remaining, but a furious Indiana comeback made things interesting down the stretch. Iowa led by as little as two points multiple times in the final minute, but sank free throws to preserve the win.

Wendy Ausdemore paced the Hawkeyes, scoring 20 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Kamille Wahlin contributed 10 points, seven rebounds and a game-high five assists, while Kristi Smith tallied 17 points.

Iowa shot 57 percent (12-21) from the floor in the second half. The Hoosiers shot just 28 percent (21-75) from the field, attempting 25 more shots than the Hawkeyes.

Indiana’s Jamie Braun led all scorers with 21 points, 14 of which came in the second half. Jori Davis, Indiana’s second-leading scorer at the time, was held without a point and fouled out at the 7:00 mark of the second half.

? Iowa freshman Theairra Taylor and Indiana junior Georgie Jones are both from St. Paul, MN, and were high school teammates at St. Paul Central High School.

? Indiana Associate Head Coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson is a native of Cedar Rapids, and attended Cedar Rapids Washington High School. She was a two-year letterwinner at Iowa (1988-90) after transerring from Georgia. She was a part of two Big Ten championship teams and a Sweet 16 appearance.

Iowa rebounded from a close loss at Ohio State with a convincing 77-66 win over Michigan State Sunday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa out-rebounded Michigan State, 36-26. The Spartans entered the game as the Big Ten leader in rebounding. Iowa also converted from the free throw line, draining 20 freebies in 23 attempts.

The Hawkeyes shot .545 (12-22) in the second half, including .500 (4-8) from distance.

All five Hawkeye starters scored double figures, led by Kachine Alexander with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Kelly Krei and Kamille Wahlin each chipped in 14 points. Jaime Printy ended with 11, while Morgan Johnson had 10.

Kachine Alexander scored 12 of her 23 points from the free throw line Sunday against Michigan State. Alexander was nearly perfect, finishing 12-14 from the charity stripe.

Alexander is a .761 (86-113) free throw shooter, and is averaging 7.1 trips to the line per game.

Kachine Alexander collected her 10th double-double of the season vs. Michigan State Feb. 7. Alexander scored 23 points and recorded 10 rebounds. Alexander now has 19 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 and Ohio State’s Jantel Lavendar, who are both post players.

Kachine Alexander became the 19th player in Iowa history to reach the 500-career rebound plateau at Iowa Feb. 7 against Michigan State.

Alexander enters Thursday’s game at Indiana with 504 rebounds.

Iowa has had nine games this season where four or more players have scored in double figures. In those nine games, Iowa is a perfect 9-0.

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

In addition, Iowa has had five players reach double figures in three of its last five games.

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 53.

? Printy’s 343 points rank sixth among Hawkeye freshmen. She trails Tiffany Gooden by six points (349 during 1994-95 season). Printy needs to average 12.2 points over the next six games to break the freshmen scoring record.

? Printy’s 74 assists ranks fifth in Iowa history for a freshman. She trails Necole Tunsil for fourth place (78 during 1990-91 season).

? Wahlin’s 58 made three-pointers currently ranks second in Iowa history for a sophomore. She trails Wendy Ausdemore (62) for first place.

? Johnson’s 52 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 161 rebounds are fourth among freshman. She trails Jennie Lilis (173) for third 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 (7.48) and rank second in three-point percentage (.361). Nationally, Iowa ranks 19th in three-pointers made per game and 28th in three-point percentage. ? Iowa’s team free throw percentage of .754 is third in the Big Ten, and 17th nationally.

? Individually, freshman Jaime Printy leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.896) and ranks second in three-pointers made per game (2.30). Printy ranks eighth nationally in free throw percentage.

? Kamille Wahlin leads the Big Ten in three-pointers made per game (2.52).

? Kachine Alexander is third in the Big Ten in double-doubles, and ranks 21st nationally. She is also third in the conference in rebounding (10.0), in league games only.

? In Big Ten games only, freshman Morgan Johnson leads the league with a .500 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 (14.9) and free throw percentage (.896), while Johnson is first in rebounding (7.0) and blocked shots (2.26).

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 2.52, while Printy is second with 2.30.

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).

In Iowa’s win against Purdue Jan. 31, both Morgan Johnson (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Kachine Alexander (16 points, 10 rebounds) recorded double-doubles.

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.

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 20 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 17th in free throw percentage across the NCAA (.754). The Hawkeyes are led by freshman Jaime Printy, who is a blistering .896 from the charity stripe. Sophomore Kamille Wahlin is also shooting an impressive .893 from the line.

The Hawkeyes host Illinois Sunday at 2 p.m. inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Fans are reminded that free tickets for Sunday’s game are available at any MidWestOne Bank location, as a part of “Go Red For Women” day at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.