Feb. 26, 2010
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IOWA CITY – THE SETTING
The Iowa Hawkeyes (16-12, 9-8) travel to Madison to face the Wisconsin Badgers (20-8, 10-7) Sunday in the regular season finale. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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 watch a live webcast of Sunday’s game on BigTenNetwork.com for a $2.99 fee. The video link can also be found next to the Gametracker link.
Iowa can finish anywhere from third to sixth place in the Big Ten. If the Hawkeyes defeat the Badgers Sunday, they are guaranteed third place in the conference. Iowa could finish in fifth place with a loss at Wisconsin, along with a Penn State loss at Indiana. Iowa would finish in sixth place with a loss at Wisconsin, coupled with Purdue winning at Michigan and Penn State winning at Indiana, or if Purdue loses at Michigan, but Penn State still wins at Indiana.
Iowa has played 1,029 games, since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 626-404 (.608). That includes a 318-158 (.668) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 297-87 (.773) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Sunday will be the 57th meeting between Wisconsin and Iowa, with the Hawkeyes holding a 36-20 advantage.
The Hawkeyes have won six-straight in the series. Iowa is 14-11 in games played in Madison, and has won six of the last seven at Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes won 11-straight in the series from 1984-1990.
The Wisconsin Badgers are 20-8 overall and 10-7 in Big Ten play. The Badgers handled Penn State, 71-39 in University Park in their last contest. Wisconsin led 40-13 at halftime and shot .577 from the field, including .438 from distance. The Badgers limited Penn State to just .273 from the field, including 2-6 (.333) from behind the arc. Rae Lin D’Alie led the way with 21 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals in 34 minutes of action.
Alyssa Karel leads the team with 14.1 points per game. Tara Steinbauer is next at 8.8 per game, while D’Alie is scoring 8.6 per contest. Steinbauer is also Wisconsin’s leading rebounder, at 6.4 boards per contest.
As a team, Wisconsin is shooting .434 from the field, including .346 from distance and .671 from the charity stripe.
IOWA VS. WISCONSIN NOTES
? Wisconsin Head Coach Lisa Stone graduated from the University of Iowa, and was a member of the Hawkeye women’s basketball team. She also replaced Lisa Bluder as head coach at Drake in 2000, when Bluder moved to Iowa. Stone was also the head coach at Cornell College in Mount Vernon from 1985-88.
? Wisconsin Director of Operations Stephanie Janke was recruited and played two seasons for Lisa Bluder at Drake, before Bluder moved to Iowa.
? Wisconsin junior Alyssa Karel and Iowa freshman Theairra Taylor are both from St. Paul, MN, but attended different high schools. Karel graduated from Cretin-Derham Hall, while Taylor graduated from St. Paul Central.
? Wisconsin junior Emily Neal and Iowa junior Kachine Alexander are also both from Minneapolis, MN. Neal went to The Breck School, while Alexander attended Benilde-St. Margaret’s.
Iowa defeated Wisconsin, 61-51, on New Year’s Eve for its first Big Ten win of the season.
The Hawkeyes won the game, despite shooting just 9-21 from the field in the second half. Iowa did not score a field goal from the 14:30 mark to the 0:26 mark in the second period, but still out-scored the Badgers by one point (34-33) in the frame.
Kachine Alexander led Iowa with a double-double, netting 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Kamille Wahlin scored 13 points, while Jaime Printy added 12 points, five rebounds and seven assists. Wisconsin’s leading scorer was Alyssa Karel with 22 points.
HAWKEYES SWEEP INDIANA
Iowa knocked off Indiana, 76-64 Thursday to gain a season sweep over the Hoosiers.
Iowa shrugged off a cold start from the field in the first 6:25 of the game, going just 2-12. The Hawkeyes heated up towards the end of the half, taking a six point lead to the locker room and finishing the first period shooting .438 (14-32).
The Hawkeyes led by as many as 16 in the second half, but a tough Indiana team cut the lead to just three with 6:48 left. Clutch free throw shooting down the stretch sealed the win, as Iowa converted on all 10 attempts from the charity stripe in the final 6:08.
Iowa outscored Indiana, 34-22 in the paint, and netted 12 fast break points to Indiana’s 4.
PRINTY BREAKS FRESHMEN SCORING MARK
With 17 points against Indiana Feb. 25, Jaime Printy became Iowa’s all-time freshmen scoring leader. Printy passed Lisa Becker, who scored 416 points during the 1983-84 season. Printy now has 428 points.
KREI HAS CAREER NIGHT VS. INDIANA
Sophomore Kelly Krei collected her first career double-double Thursday agianst Indiana, scoring 14 points and grabbing a career-high 13 rebounds. Krei’s previous career-high for boards was nine.
JOHNSON PICKS UP SCORING
Freshman Morgan Johnson tied a career-high with 18 points against Indiana Thursday night. Johnson was nearly automatic from the field, shooting .750 (9-12) from the field.
FILLING UP THE STAT SHEET
Junior Kachine Alexander was just three points and two assists shy of a triple-double against Indiana. Alexander finished with seven points, along with 15 rebounds and eight assists.
HOT AT THE RIGHT TIME
The Hawkeyes have won eight of their last 10 games, shooting .450 from the field and .395 from three-point distance over the winning streak. Iowa jumped from last place in the Big Ten (1-6 entering Jan. 21 game at Illinois), to a current tie for fourth place. With a win at Wisconsin Sunday, Iowa would finish in third place.
In addition, Iowa is guaranteed to finish with a winning record for the 10th time in 11 seasons under Head Coach Lisa Bluder. If Iowa finishes fifth or better, it would be the sixth time under Bluder the Hawkeyes recorded an upper-division finish in the Big Ten.
KASH IN THE BANK
? Junior Kachine Alexander leads the Big Ten and ranks eighth in the country at 11.1 rebounds per game.
? Alexander is the top rebounding guard in the country, and is one of only two guards in NCAA Division I basketball averaging a double-double.
? Despite missing seven games with a stress fracture in her right leg, Alexander still has 13 double-doubles, which is the second-most for any guard in the country. She also has 22 career double-doubles.
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 both the freshmen scoring record and the freshmen record for three-pointers made.
? Printy’s 85 assists ranks fourth in Iowa history for a freshman. She trails Kamille Wahlin for second place (87).
? Kamille Wahlin has already set the new sophomore three-pointer record.
? Morgan Johnson’s 69 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 188 rebounds are third among freshman. She trails Cindy Haugejorde (237) for second place.
HAWKEYES LEADING IN STAT CATEGORIES
? As a team, the Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in three-pointers made per game (7.71) and rank second in three-point percentage (.366). In Big Ten games only, Iowa leads the conference in three-pointers made per game (7.53). Nationally, Iowa ranks 13th in three-pointers made per game and 29th in three-point percentage.
? Iowa’s team free throw percentage of .758 leads the Big Ten, and is 12th nationally.
? Iowa’s scoring offense of 69.6 points per game ranks second in the Big Ten and 60th nationally. The Hawkeyes are also second in league games only (68.6 points per game).
? Individually, junior Kachine Alexander leads the Big Ten in rebounding (11.1) and offensive rebounds (3.67). In Big Ten games, Alexander is first in rebounding (10.9) and defensive rebounds (7.88), and ranks second in offensive rebounds (3.00). Nationally, Alexander ranks eighth in rebounding and 20th in double-doubles.
? Freshman Jaime Printy leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.873) and ranks second in three-pointers made per game (2.46). In league games only, Printy is tied for first in three’s made per game (2.59) and is second in free throw percentage (.836).
? Kamille Wahlin leads the Big Ten in three-pointers made per game (2.63) and ranks 35th nationally.
? Freshman Morgan Johnson is second in field goal percentage (.502), and leads the Big Ten with a .512 field goal percentage in conference games only. Johnson’s 2.59 blocks per game ranks third in the Big Ten and 17th nationally.
Printy leads all Big Ten freshmen in scoring (15.3), three-point percentage (.404) and free throw percentage (.873), while Johnson is first in rebounding (6.7) and blocked shots (2.46).
The duo ranks first and second in the Big Ten in three pointers made per game. Wahlin leads the league with 2.63 per game, while Printy is second at 2.46.