Nov. 15, 2010
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IOWA CITY, Iowa – THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women’s basketball team will host the Bradley Braves Tuesday in its first home game of the 2010-11 season. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m. inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Tickets are $8 for adults and free for children 18 and under. UI students are also admitted free with a valid student ID. Fans are invited to stay for the men’s basketball game vs. Louisiana-Monroe, which will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women’s game. Any fan who has a women’s basketball ticket can watch the men’s game for free.
ON YOUR TELEVISION
Tuesday’s game vs. Bradley will be televised live to a cable audience on Mediacom Connections. Rob Brooks and Mac McCausland will call the action.
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Tuesday’s game for the Hawkeye Radio Network. Hawkeye fans can listen to the contest on AM-800 KXIC in Iowa City, AM-600 WMT in Cedar Rapids, AM-1040 WHO in Des Moines or on the Hawkeye All-Access page of hawkeyesports.com. Balbinot is in his seventh season as Iowa’s play-by-play voice, while Till is in her sixth providing analysis.
Hawkeye fans can follow the game via live stats (Gametracker). The “GT” link can be accessed under the “Calendar” tab on the front page of hawkeyesports.com or on the women’s basketball schedule page.
Iowa has played 1,038 games, since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 632-406 (.609). That includes a 318-158 (.668) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 297-87 (.773) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Bradley Braves are 1-0 after defeating Butler, 77-63, Nov. 13 in Peoria. Three players scored double figures, led by Katie Yohn with 16 points. Latasha Hollingshed added 14 points and Raisa Taylor chipped in 13. Bradley outscored Butler, 28-18, in the paint and netted 20 second chance points off 12 offensive rebounds.
Bradley played two exhibition games during the preseason, knocking off Quincy, 90-80, and defending NCAA Division II national champion Washington (MO), 66-53.
Yohn had 23 points to pace Bradley against Quincy. Hollingshed had 13 points and 14 rebounds.
MacKenzie Westcott had 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in the win over Washington (MO).
BRADLEY VS. IOWA NOTES
? Bradley junior forward MacKenzie Westcott is from Williamsburg, IA, and prepped at Williamsburg High School.
Tuesday will be the fifth meeting between the two schools, with Iowa holding a 4-0 record in the series. The Hawkeyes won the first meeting, 85-82, at Bradley during the 1982-83 season. Iowa then won three-straight games in Iowa City. The teams met during the 1983-84 season (W, 70-76), the 1985-86 season (W, 75-39) and the 1999-00 season (W, 92-49).
HAWKEYES TAKE TOURNAMENT TITLE WITH WIN OVER ARKANSAS STATE
The Hawkeyes fought through a tough shooting night to defeat Arkansas State, 50-47, to claim the Islander Tip-Off Tournament title last weekend. Kamille Wahlin led all players with 14 points and Kachine Alexander added 12 points and eight rebounds, including a perfect 10-10 from the charity stripe.
Iowa struggled from the field, shooting just .296 (16-54) from the field, including .179 (5-28 from three-point distance.
The Hawkeyes outrebounded Arkansas State, 42-33. Morgan Johnson led Iowa with nine boards.
Alexander scored 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in the two games. Wahlin added 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
IOWA IN THE RANKINGS
The Hawkeyes are ranked in both the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today preseason Top 25. Iowa is No. 22 in the AP poll and No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today poll.
This season marks the first time since the 2000-01 season that Iowa has appeared in the AP Top 25 and the first time since 2004-05 the Hawkeyes are in the ESPN/USA Today poll.
Four Iowa opponents are also ranked in the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls: Ohio State (7/7), North Carolina (15/18), Iowa State (20/17) and Michigan State (25/24).
In addition, Iowa was tabbed 19th in Lindy’s Sports preseason rankings.
BLUDER CLOSING IN ON MILESTONE
Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder is just nine wins away from becoming only the second coach in school history to reach the 200-win milestone.
Bluder currently has 191 wins in her 11 years at Iowa. C. Vivian Stringer is the only other Hawkeye head coach to reach the 200-win plateau at Iowa, finishing her time in Iowa City with 269 wins.
Ohio State Head Coach Jim Foster is the only other active Big Ten coach to have reached 200 wins at his/her current school. Foster currently has 214 victories.
KREI STARTING OFF HOT
Kelly Krei collected her second career double-double in Iowa’s season opener against Southern with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Krei’s other double-double came at home vs. Indiana Feb. 25 last season when she scored 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Krei had reached the 20-point mark just one other time in her career, netting 20 points against Penn State last season in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. The Iowa City native had only hit the double-digit rebounding mark one previous time as well (13 against Indiana last season).
HAWKEYES PICKED TO FINISH SECOND
The Iowa women’s basketball team was picked to finish second by both the league coaches and media. Ohio State was chosen as the favorite in both polls.
Senior Kachine Alexander was a preseason all-Big Ten selection by both the league media and coaches. She was a unanimous selection by the coaches.
ALEXANDER ON WATCH LISTS
Senior Kachine Alexander has been named to the watch lists for the Wade Trophy, the Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy. The “Wade Watch” List is made up of the top 25 preseason women’s basketball players, the Wooden Award includes 30 student-athletes and the Naismith Trophy watch list is made up of 50 players.
The Wade Trophy, Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy are considered the three most prestigious awards in NCAA women’s college basketball.
Alexander is also one of 30 Division I women’s basketball players nationally to be selected as a candidate for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible, the candidates must show excellence in four categories: community, classroom, character and competition.
KASH IN THE BANK
? As a 5-9 guard, junior Kachine Alexander ranked second in the Big Ten and 23rd nationally with 10.4 rebounds per game last season.
? Alexander claimed the Big Ten rebounding title, averaging 11.1 boards per game in league games.
? Alexander was the top rebounding guard in the country under 5-10, and was one of only two guards in the entire country to average a double-double (16 points, 10.4 rebounds per game). She was also one of only three Big Ten players to average a double-double, with the other two being post players.
? Alexander had 15 double-doubles this season and has 24 in her career, which ties Amy Herrig for fourth most in school history.
? Alexander scored double figures in 22 of 27 games played, including eight 20-plus point performances. She had 10 or more rebounds in 17 of those games, with an impressive 10 games with 12 or more boards.
? Alexander averaged more rebounds than nine of the 10 players selected to the Division I State Farm Coaches’ all-America Team. She averaged the same amount of rebounds (10.4) as Nebraska’s Kelsey Griffin.
? Alexander had more double-doubles than seven all-Americans, despite playing between 12 and 14 fewer games than most of the honorees.
Iowa returns all but one player who logged significant minutes from last year’s team that finished in a tie for third place in the Big Ten, earned a berth in the Big Ten Tournament championship game and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after knocking off Rutgers in the first round (Gabby Machado – transfer).
SUCCESS UNDER BLUDER
Last year marked the seventh time in 10 seasons under Head Coach Lisa Bluder that Iowa has been selected for the NCAA Tournament, including each of the last three seasons. The Hawkeyes have participated in postseason play in all but one season under Bluder (two WNIT appearances).
In addition, Iowa finished with a winning record for the ninth time in 10 seasons under Bluder. Iowa’s third place finish in the Big Ten is also the seventh time under Bluder the Hawkeyes recorded an upper-division finish in the conference.
Iowa also tallied its fifth 20-win season under Bluder, including each of the last three seasons.
AWARD WINNERS RETURNING
Several Hawkeyes earned numerous awards during the 2009-10 season.
? Head Coach Lisa Bluder was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the third time in 10 seasons at Iowa.
? Kachine Alexander was named honorable mention All-America by the Associated Press and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Alexander was also selected All-Region by the WBCA. She also earned All-America honors by the National Strength and Conditioning Assocation (NSCA). Alexander was named first team all-Big Ten by the coaches, second team all-Big Ten by the media and was one of five players named to the Big Ten all-Defensive Team. She was also selected to the Big Ten Tournament all-tournament team, named the MVP of the KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge and was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Week.
? Jaime Printy was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was a unanimous pick for the Big Ten all-Freshmen team. Printy also earned second team all-conference honors from the media and third team all-league honors by the coaches. Printy was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week four times. She was named second team Freshman all-American by Full Court Press.
? Kamille Wahlin was a third team all-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media. She was also named to the Big Ten Tournament, KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge and Nugget Classic all-tournament teams.
? Kelly Krei was named to the Big Ten Tournament all-tournament team.
? Morgan Johnson earned a Big Ten Freshman of the Week award.
LEADING THE LEAGUE
Several Hawkeyes led the Big Ten in different statistical categories (both overall and league games only) last season.
? Junior Kachine Alexander claimed the Big Ten rebounding crown, averaging 11.1 boards per contest in league games. She also finished first in defensive rebounds (8.12 per game), in Big Ten games only. Alexander led the entire conference in offensive rebounds for all games (3.11).
? Sophomore Kamille Wahlin led the conference in three-pointers made per game for overall games (2.55) and league games only (2.59).
? Freshman Morgan Johnson led the Big Ten in field goal percentage, in conference games (.508).
? As a team, the Hawkeyes led the conference in free throw percentage (.771) and three-pointers made per game (7.91). In Big Ten games only, Iowa led the league in three-pointers made per game (7.72).
Taylor suffered her third ACL tear in the last 20 months during preseason practice and will miss the entire season.
Nesbitt partially ruptured the plantar fascia in her right foot and will be out indefinitely. A timetable for Nesbitt’s return has not been established.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF FREE THROWS
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 10 in the nation three of the past four seasons. Iowa finished the 2005-06 season ranked 10th (.760), ranked fifth (.788) in 2006-07 and also ranked fifth (.792) last season.
The 2009-10 campaign was no different. Iowa ranked sixth in free throw percentage across the NCAA (.771).
Rogers is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and prepped at Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School. She was a four-time all-state selection, including first team honors as a sophomore, junior and senior. She was also a four-time first team all-metro, all-district and all-conference pick. Rogers was a two-time conference Player of the Year and was also the metro Player of the Year as a senior.
Hansen is from Olin, Iowa and spent the last two years at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. She helped lead Kirkwood to back-to-back NJCAA national championships. Kirkwood compiled an impressive 75-2 record during her two seasons. She was a first team All-American and all-region selection while at Kirkwood.
TOUGH SCHEDULE IN 10-11
Iowa’s schedule features 15 opponents who participated in postseason play last year (nine NCAA teams, five WNIT teams and one WBI team). The Hawkeyes will take on six 2010 NCAA Tournament teams before conference play.
Seven of Iowa’s 12 non-conference games will be on the road, including two neutral site games at the Islander Tip-Off Tournament (Corpus Christi, TX) and the Caribbean Challenge (Cancun, Mexico). The Hawkeyes will also face South Dakota State, North Carolina and Drake on the road.
PLENTY OF NATIONAL EXPOSURE
The Hawkeyes will have 23 of their 30 games this season appear on either CBS, ESPN2, Big Ten Network, Mediacom or BigTenNetwork.com.
The Hawkeyes will appear seven times in HD on the Big Ten Network, starting Jan. 2 at home vs. Michigan. Other BTN telecasts include Jan. 13 at Michigan State (5:30 p.m.), Jan. 16 at home versus Indiana (1 p.m.), Feb. 3 at Purdue (5:30 p.m.), Feb. 10 at home versus Minnesota (8 p.m.), Feb. 24 at home versus Illinois (7:30 p.m.) and Feb. 27 at Indiana (1 p.m.). In addition, the entire 2011 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
Iowa will face Ohio State twice on national television. The first matchup is scheduled for Jan. 8 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and will be aired live on CBS (3 p.m.). The rematch is slated for Jan. 24 in Columbus and will be televised on ESPN2 (6 p.m.).
Mediacom will televise four Iowa home games, including Nov. 7 vs. Concordia-St. Paul (1 p.m.), Nov. 16 vs. Bradley ( 5 p.m.), Dec. 9 vs. Iowa State (7 p.m.) and Dec. 22 vs. Northern Iowa (7 p.m.).
The Hawkeyes are scheduled to have 10 games webcast on BigTenNetwork.com. A complete list of those games can be found by clicking on the schedule link above. Fans can log on to BigTenNetwork.com and click on the “Live Streams” tab to get more information on costs and package options.
Iowa will have 15 of its 16-game Big Ten Conference slate air on CBS, ESPN2, Big Ten Network or BigTenNetwork.com.
Iowa will host the annual KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge this weekend. Below is a tournament schedule.
For more information on the KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge, visit www.hawkeyesports.com.
Saturday, Nov. 20
Northeastern vs. Iowa – Noon
Northern Colorado vs. Central Michigan – 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 21
Northeastern vs. Northern Colorado/Central Michigan – 11:30 a.m.
Iowa vs. Northern Colorado/Central Michigan – 2 p.m.