Feb. 19, 2010
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IOWA CITY – THE SETTING
The Iowa Hawkeyes (15-11, 8-7) travel to Evanston, IL, to face the Northwestern Wildcats (15-11, 6-9). Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
ON YOUR RADIO
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.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
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 catch a live webcast of the game for a $9.95 fee on nusports.com.
Iowa has played 1,028 games, since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 625-403 (.608). That includes a 317-157 (.669) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 296-87 (.773) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Sunday will be the 56th meeting between the two schools, with Iowa holding a 43-12 advantage.
The Hawkeyes have won 17-straight in the series (all during Bluder’s tenure). The Hawkeyes hold an impressive 20-5 record against Northwestern in games played in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes have won 11 of the last 12 meetings in Evanston, dating back to the 1993-94 season, including the last eight in a row.
The Northwestern Wildcats are 15-11 overall and 6-9 in Big Ten play. In their last game, the Wildcats knocked off Indiana in Evanston, 78-73 in overtime. Northwestern trailed by as many as nine points in the second half, but rallied for the overtime win. Beth Marshall led the way with 26 points while Kendall Hackney added eight rebounds.
Amy Jaeschke leads the team with 16.6 points and 7.2 rebounds. Brittany Orban is the next leading scorer at 9.1 points per contest. Hackney is averaging 5.2 boards per contest.
As a team, Northwestern is shooting .413 from the field, including .336 from three-point and .760 from the free throw line.
NORTHWESTERN VS. IOWA NOTES
? Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder and Northwestern Head Coach Joe McKeown met twice before when McKeown was at George Washington. Bluder’s 2000-01 Iowa team lost at George Washington (78-64), and her 1994-95 Drake squad fell at George Washington in the second round of the NCAA Tournament (96-93).
Iowa defeated Northwestern, 78-69 in Iowa City Jan. 24.
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.
HAWKEYES TAKE CARE OF MINNESOTA
Iowa won its fourth-straight game, defeating Minnesota, 75-54 Thursday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa sprinted out to a 26-10 lead in the first 9:06, and took a 50-28 lead into halftime. The Hawkeyes maintained its advantage during a Minnesota run in the second half to walk away with the 21-point victory.
The Hawkeyes outscored Minnesota, 27-20 in the paint, and converted eight Minnesota turnovers into 14 points.
Four starters scored double figures, led by 15 points by Kamille Wahlin. Kachine Alexander turned in another double-double with 14 points and 17 rebounds. Jaime Printy scored 15 points, while Morgan Johnson added 12.
JOHNSON, TEAM SET BLOCKS RECORD
Freshman Morgan Johnson broke both the school and Carver-Hawkeye Arena record for blocks in a single game with eight. The previous school and arena record was seven blocks. Johnson had tied the record twice this season.
Johnson first blocked seven shots at Northern Iowa Nov. 22. She repeated the accomplishment Jan. 14 against Penn State.
In addition, Iowa broke the school record for team blocks in a single game with 13. The previous record was 12 (at Drake, Dec. 20, 2009).
WAHLIN SETS SOPHOMORE TREY MARK
Kamille Wahlin broke Wendy Ausdemore’s record for three-pointers made by a sophomore Feb. 18 vs. Minnesota. Wahlin finished with five made three-pointers, which gave her 67 on the year. Ausdemore’s record was 62 made three-pointers.
HALFWAY TO 100
Iowa scored 50 points in the first half against Minnesota Feb. 18. The last time Iowa scored 50 or more points in a first half was Nov. 29, 2003 at Florida International. Iowa led 53-34 at half, and won 93-86.
Kachine Alexander collected her 12th double-double of the season vs. Minnesota Feb. 18. Alexander scored 14 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. She now has 21 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. She now has double-doubles in five of Iowa’s last six games.
Despite missing seven games, Alexander still ranks third in the Big Ten in double-doubles, behind Ohio State’s Jantel Lavendar (16) and Illinois’ Jenna Smith (14), who are both post players.
ON A STREAK
Since Jan. 21, Iowa has won seven of its last eight games, with its only loss coming at conference-leader Ohio State. Iowa has moved from last place in the Big Ten to a tie for fourth place. The Hawkeyes are just one game out of second place. Iowa has also moved up 23 spots in the NCAA RPI (74 to 51) since Jan. 21.
KASHIN’ IN FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE
Kachine Alexander set two school records and a Big Ten Feb. 14 vs. Illinois.
Alexander’s 17 made free throws and 20 free throw attempts were both school records. In addition, the two marks are Carver-Hawkeye records for an Iowa player.
Alexander’s 17 made free throws are also the most by a single player in a Big Ten game. The 20 attempts are the third-most by a Big Ten player in conference history.
Alexander has scored 110 of her total 300 points from the free throw line, and is averaging 7.4 trips to the charity stripe per game.
PRINTY SETS FRESHMEN THREE-POINTERS RECORD
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).
? Printy already broke the freshmen record for three-pointers made in a single season at Iowa with 65.
? Printy’s 403 points rank third among Hawkeye freshmen. She only needs 13 more points to become the all-time freshmen scoring leader at Iowa. She is currently in third place with 388 points, and trails Megan Skouby (414) and Lisa Becker (416).
? Printy’s 80 assists ranks fifth in Iowa history for a freshman. She trails Kristi Smith for third place (82).
? Wahlin has already set the new sophomore three-pointer record. She broke Wendy Ausdemore’s previous record of 62. Wahlin currently has 67.
? Johnson’s 64 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 182 rebounds are third among freshman. She trails Cindy Haugejorde (237) for third place.
HAWKEYES LEADING IN STAT CATEGORIES
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 (7.73) and rank second in three-point percentage (.370). In Big Ten games only, Iowa leads the conference in three-pointers made per game (7.53) and is second in three-point percentage (.354) Nationally, Iowa ranks 12th in three-pointers made per game and 24th in three-point percentage.
? Iowa’s team free throw percentage of .755 is third in the Big Ten, and 17th nationally.
? Iowa’s scoring offense of 69.5 points per game ranks second in the Big Ten and 66th nationally. The Hawkeyes are also second in league games only (68.3 points per game).
? Individually, freshman Jaime Printy leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.890) and ranks second in three-pointers made per game (2.46). Printy ranks eighth nationally in free throw percentage. In addition, she leads the league with 2.60 treys per game in conference games.
? Kamille Wahlin leads the Big Ten in three-pointers made per game (2.68), and is second in league games only (2.57).
? Kachine Alexander is third in the Big Ten in double-doubles, and ranks 20th nationally. In league games only, Alexander is second in rebounding (10.6), defensive rebounds (7.64) and offensive rebounds (3.0).
? In Big Ten games only, freshman Morgan Johnson ranks first with a .490 field goal percentage. She as also third in blocked shots per game (2.46), and 18th in the country.
Printy leads all Big Ten freshmen in scoring (15.5) and free throw percentage (.890), while Johnson is first in rebounding (7.0) and blocked shots (2.46).
The duo ranks first and second in the Big Ten in three pointers made per game. Printy leads the conference (2.60), while Wahlin is second (2.57).
ON THE HORIZON
The Hawkeyes host Indiana in the final home game of the season Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.