Feb. 23, 2010
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IOWA CITY – THE SETTING
The Iowa Hawkeyes (15-12, 8-8) host the Indiana Hoosiers (13-14, 6-10) Thursday in the final home game of the regular season. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Hawkeyes will honor senior JoAnn Hamlin Thursday night. Hamlin, the lone senior on this year’s team, was forced to sit out the season after having a blood clot removed in her right leg.
Hamlin played in 59 games at Iowa with 19 starts. She scored 321 points in her two-year Hawkeye career. She transferred to Iowa in 2006, after playing her freshman season at Kansas State.
ON YOUR RADIO
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Thursday’s game for the Hawkeye Radio Network. The game can be heard on AM-1360 KMJM, 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 watch a live webcast of Thursday’s game on BigTenNetwork.com for a $2.99 fee. The video link can also be found next to the Gametracker link.
Iowa has played 1,028 games, since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 625-404 (.608). That includes a 317-158 (.667) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 296-87 (.773) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Thursday is the 56th meeting between Iowa and Indiana, with the Hawkeyes leading the series, 40-15. Iowa has won three of the last five meetings. The Hawkeyes have dominated the series at home and hold a 22-3 record against the Hoosiers in Iowa City. Iowa has won the last 12 home matchups against Indiana and 22 of the last 23. Iowa lost its first two home games against Indiana before winning 10 in a row. Iowa’s last loss at home to Indiana was Feb. 20, 1994.
The Indiana Hoosiers are 13-14 overall and 6-10 in Big Ten play. In its last game, Indiana was defeated at home by Minnesota, 59-50. Jori Davis led the Hoosiers with 22 points. Indiana shot just .274 (17-62) from the field and gave up 13 second chance points.
Davis leads the team with 16.9 points per game, while Jamie Braun is scoring 12.3 points per contest. Sasha Chaplin is leading the team with seven rebounds per game.
As a team, the Hoosiers are shooting .385 from the field, including .316 from three-point range and .682 from the free throw line.
IOWA VS. INDIANA NOTES
? Iowa freshman Theairra Taylor and Indiana junior Georgie Johnes 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 transferring from Georgia. She was a part of two Big Ten championship teams and a Sweet 16 appearance.
Iowa knocked off Indiana, 71-67, Feb. 11 in a hard-fought game in Bloomington.
The 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 Iowa 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 it 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.
HAWKEYES FALL AT NORTHWESTERN
Iowa’s four-game winning streak was snapped Sunday at Northwestern, 72-66.
Iowa trailed by as many as 10 points with 5:10, but battled back to within two points at the 2:01 mark after a Kamille Wahlin layup. After two Amy Jaeschke free throws increased the Northwestern lead to four points, Kachine Alexander sank a layup to cut the lead again to just two points. Clutch free throws in the final 13 seconds sealed the win for the Wildcats.
The Hawkeyes were led by Wahlin, who scored 20 points and dished out six assists. Alexander collected a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Krei added 13 points.
Kachine Alexander collected her 13th double-double of the season at Northwestern Feb. 21. Alexander scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. She now has 22 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 six of Iowa’s last seven games.
Despite missing seven games, Alexander still ranks third in the Big Ten in double-doubles, behind Ohio State’s Jantel Lavendar (17) and Illinois’ Jenna Smith (15), who are both post players.
PRINTY NEARS SCORING RECORD
Jaime Printy needs only six more points to become the all-time freshmen scoring leader at Iowa. She is currently in third place with 411 points, and trails Megan Skouby (414) and Lisa Becker (416).
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 against Minnesota Feb. 18. 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 Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
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).
ON A STREAK
Since Jan. 21, Iowa has won seven of its last nine games. Iowa has moved from last place in the Big Ten to a tie for fifth place. The Hawkeyes are just one game out of third place. Iowa has also moved up 19 spots in the NCAA RPI (74 to 55) 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 112 of her total 317 points from the free throw line, and is averaging 7.2 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). She currently has 66 made treys.
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. She currently has 69 treys. Ausdemore’s record was 62 made three-pointers.
CLIMBING THE RECORDS LADDER
? Jaime Printy already broke the freshmen record for three-pointers made in a single season at Iowa with 66.
? Printy’s 411 points rank third among Hawkeye freshmen. She only needs six more points to become the all-time freshmen scoring leader at Iowa. She trails Megan Skouby (414) and Lisa Becker (416).
? Printy’s 83 assists ranks fourth in Iowa history for a freshman. She trails Kamille Wahlin for second place (87).
? Morgan Johnson’s 66 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 185 rebounds are third among freshman. She trails Cindy Haugejorde (237) for third place.
HAWKEYES LEADING IN STAT CATEGORIES
? As a team, the Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in three-pointers made per game (7.74) and rank second in three-point percentage (.370). In Big Ten games only, Iowa leads the conference in three-pointers made per game (7.56). Nationally, Iowa ranks 12th in three-pointers made per game and 23rd in three-point percentage.
? Iowa’s team free throw percentage of .752 is third in the Big Ten, and 20th nationally.
? Iowa’s scoring offense of 69.4 points per game ranks second in the Big Ten and 61st nationally. The Hawkeyes are also second in league games only (68.2 points per game).
? Individually, freshman Jaime Printy ranks second in the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.867) and three-pointers made per game (2.44). In addition, she leads the league with 2.56 treys per game in conference games.
? Kamille Wahlin leads the Big Ten in three-pointers made per game (2.65) and ranks 31st nationally.
? Kachine Alexander is third in the Big Ten in double-doubles, and ranks 20th nationally. In league games only, Alexander is third in rebounding (10.6), defensive rebounds (7.67) and offensive rebounds (2.93).
? In Big Ten games only, freshman Morgan Johnson ranks first with a .486 field goal percentage. She as also third in blocked shots per game (2.56), and 18th in the country.
Printy leads all Big Ten freshmen in scoring (15.2) and free throw percentage (.867), while Johnson is first in rebounding (6.9) and blocked shots (2.44).
The duo ranks first and second in the Big Ten in three pointers made per game. Wahlin leads the league with 2.65 per game, while Printy is second at 2.44.
Iowa’s freshmen and sophomore class are putting up big numbers for the Hawkeyes this season.
Hawkeye underclassmen are responsible for 81 percent of the teams’ points and minutes played.
In additions, Iowa’s freshmen class in contributing the fourth-highest percentage of minutes played (47.5) and the sixth-highest percentage of points (47.7) in the entire country.
ON THE HORIZON
Iowa wraps up the regular season Sunday, when it travels to Wisconsin. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Madison.
Fan buses will be available for anyone interested in traveling to Madison to watch the Hawkeyes. Contact Georgia Johnson at (319) 480-6020, or at (319) 480-9878 to reserve a seat. The cost is just $35, which includes transportation and a game ticket.