Hawkeyes Welcome Illinois Sunday

Feb. 12, 2010

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The Iowa Hawkeyes (13-11, 6-7) host the Illinois Fighting Illini (13-11, 5-9) Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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

Sunday is both “Go Red For Women” and “National Girls and Women in Sport” day at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

In conjunction with the “Go Red For Women” campaign, MidWestOne Banks has purchased 800 tickets. Fans can pick up a free ticket (while supplies last) at any branch location. Any youth wearing their teams’ athletic jersey will also receive free admission.

Sunday’s game will be televised live to a local audience on KCRG-TV9. John Campbell and Amy Herrig will call the action.

Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till 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. 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 1,026 games, since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 623-403 (.607). That includes a 315-157 (.667) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 294-87 (.772) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Sunday will be the 62nd meeting between the two schools, with Iowa holding a 45-16 advantage in the all-time series. The 45 victories are the most the Hawkeyes have against any other Big Ten opponent. Iowa has won 42 of the last 49 meetings, including 10 of the last 11. Iowa won 21-straight games in the series between 1986 and 1996. The Hawkeyes are 23-5 in games played in Iowa City, and have won five of the last six matchips at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are 13-11 overall and 5-9 in Big Ten play. Illinois defeated Northwestern, 81-50 in its last game Thursday night. Illinois led the entire game, and was led by senior Jenna Smith, who poured in a game-high 34 points on 13-16 shooting (5-6 three-point), along with eight rebounds.

Smith leads the team in both points (18.5 per game) and rebounds (11.0 per game). Freshman Karisma Penn is next at 11.2 points per game. Lacey Simpson is averaging 9.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest.

? Illinois third-year Head Coach Jolette Law is a 1990 graduate of the University of Iowa. Law, who was an all-American in 1990 and played four years (1986-90) for former Iowa Hall of Fame Coach C. Vivian Stringer. Law currently ranks 20th in Iowa career scoring (1,137), sixth in steals (205) and eighth in assists (353). The Hawkeyes won or shared four Big Ten championships, reached the Elite Eight twice and won 46-straight home games during her career.

Iowa snapped a four-game losing streak, defeating Illinois, 75-64, Jan. 21 in Champaign.

The Hawkeyes battled through a tough first half, facing four ties and eight lead changes in the opening 20 minutes. Iowa took the lead for good off of a converted free throw by Kachine Alexander with four seconds remaining the first half at 38-37.

Iowa led the entire second half, and stretched its advantage to as many as 11 with 42 seconds remaining.

All five Hawkeye starters reached double figures, led by Jaime Printy with 22 points. Printy added four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Kelly Krei netted 13 points, while Kamille Wahlin finished with 12. Morgan Johnson had 11 points and seven boards, and Kachine Alexander notched a double-double with 10 ponts and 12 boards.

Iowa knocked off Indiana, 71-67, Thursday night in a hard-fought game in Bloomington. The Hawkeyes have won five of their last six contests.

Thursday’s game remained close throughout, with neither team leading by more than seven points. The Hoosiers grabbed a seven-point lead at the 5:03 mark, but an 8-0 Hawkeye run gave them a one point lead with 3:47 remaining. Kelly Krei was fouled on a three-point attempt at the 2:51 mark and drained all three freebies, giving Iowa a 65-64 advantage they never relinquished.

The Hawkeyes were led by Jaime Printy, who scored 28 points and grabbed five rebounds. Kachine Alexander notched a double-double with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Kelsey Cermak added 10 points off the bench.

Indiana’s Jamie Braun netted 20 points for the Hoosiers, while Hope Elam (13) and Jori Davis (12) also reached double figures.

Kachine Alexander collected her 11th double-double of the season Thursday night at Indiana. Alexander scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. She now has 20 career double-doubles.

Alexander registered her double-double just 15:24 in the game. She grabbed her 10th rebound of the contest at the 4:43 mark in the first half. Alexander entered halftime with 14 of Iowa’s 32 points and 12 of its 28 rebounds.

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 double-doubles in four-straight games.

Despite missing seven games, Alexander still ranks third in the Big Ten in double-doubles, behind Ohio State’s Jantel Lavendar (15) and Illinois’ Jenna Smith (14), who are both post players.

Freshman Jaime Printy sparked Iowa in the second half, scoring 20 of her 28 points in the final 20 minutes. Printy scored 14-straight points for the Hawkeyes between the 10:41 and 4:05 mark in the second half.

With Iowa leading by just one point with 20 seconds left, Printy nailed a runner in the paint as the shot clock expired to put the Hawkeyes up three points.

Junior Kelsey Cermak stepped up Thursday night at Indiana.

Cermak scored double figures for the first time in her career, scoring a career-high 10 points on 4-8 shooting, including 2-4 from distance.

Iowa dominated the glass Thursday at Indiana, out-rebounding the Hoosiers by 24 (53-29).

Thursday was the first time since March 20, 2003 that Iowa held a rebounding margin of that size. Iowa out-rebounded St. Louis in the first round of the WNIT by 30 (57-27).

Iowa’s 53 rebounds Thursday night were also the most team rebounds since Dec. 30, 2003, when the Hawkeyes grabbed 55 against Missouri.

If the Hawkeyes score 70 or more points, chances are they will walk away with a win.

Eleven of Iowa’s 13 wins have come when the team scores 70 or more points. The Hawkeyes are 9-1 when scoring between 70-79 points, and 2-1 when reaching 80 points.

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 57.

? Printy’s 371 points rank fourth among Hawkeye freshmen. She trails Cindy Haugejorde by five points (376 during 1976-77 season). Printy needs to average nine points over the next five games to break the freshmen scoring record.

? Printy’s 75 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 169 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 (7.46) and rank second in three-point percentage (.359). Nationally, Iowa ranks 19th in three-pointers made per game and 40th in three-point percentage.

? Iowa’s team free throw percentage of .753 is third in the Big Ten, and 19th nationally.

? Individually, freshman Jaime Printy leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.899) and ranks second in three-pointers made per game (2.38). 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 20th nationally. She is also third in the conference in rebounding (10.5), in league games only.

? In Big Ten games only, freshman Morgan Johnson ranks second with a .472 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 (15.5) and free throw percentage (.899), while Johnson is first in rebounding (7.3) and blocked shots (2.17).

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 2.38.

The Hawkeyes remain in Iowa City for a matchup with Minnesota Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network (HD).