Hawkeyes to Entertain Ohio State on CBS

Jan. 7, 2011

PARDON OUR PROGRESS! As friends of the University of Iowa and fans of the Hawkeyes know, the UI Athletics Department is well into a multi-million dollar revitalization of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. This important and exciting project has reduced for this season the number of ticket windows that are operational on game nights. Fans attending the home events of the 2010-11 UI men’s basketball, women’s basketball and wrestling teams are invited to avoid game night delays by purchasing their event tickets online or in advance of game day. If your schedule doesn’t allow for an advance purchase, we recommend you consider arriving at the Arena a little earlier than originally planned. Go Hawks!

Ohio State Game Notes in PDF Format

The University of Iowa women’s basketball team hosts Ohio State in a top 25, Big Ten matchup Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m.

Single-game tickets are $9 for adults. Youth (18 and under) are $5 for weekend games. UI students are admitted free with a valid student ID.

Saturday will be a busy day in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Ohio State game is Girl Scout Day, Elementary School Day, Pack the House Challenge and Facebook/Twitter Appreciation Day. Kachine Alexander bobbleheads will be handed out to the first 1,000 general public fans. Everyone will also receive a scratch-to-win ticket, with prizes ranging from Kachine Alexander bobbleheads to free tickets.

Saturday’s game will be televised live to a national audience by CBS Sports. Dave Ryan and Debbie Antonelli will call the action.

Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Saturday’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 also 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 1,050 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 642-409 (.611). That includes a 319-160 (.666) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 303-88 (.775) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The UI women’s basketball program picked up victory No. 300 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena with a 90-79 win over Central Michigan Nov. 21. The Hawkeyes have compiled a 303-88 (.775) record inside their home venue since it opened in 1983.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are 10-4 overall and 1-1 in Big Ten Play.

In its last game, Ohio State defeated Indiana, 83-65. The Buckeyes were led by Jantel Lavender, who scored 22 points and grabbed 22 rebounds. Samantha Prahalis added 23 points, while Tayler Hill scored 12 points, grabbed five rebounds and had four assists. Amber Stokes chipped in 10 points off the bench.

Lavender leads the Big Ten in scoring (24.5 per game) and rebounding (11.3 per game). Prahalis is scoring 13.9 points per game and leads the Big Ten in assists (7.0 per game). Tayler Hill (12.6 points per game) and Brittany Johnson (10.4 points per game) are also averaging double figures.

As a team, Ohio State is shooting .442 (376-580) from the field, including .259 (57-220) from three-point distance.

? Saturday will be the 54th meeting between the two schools, with Ohio State holding a slim 28-25 advantage in the all-time series. Ohio State has won 13 of the last 14 meetings, dating back to the 2002-03 season. Iowa’s lone win in that stretch came during the 2008-09 season (85-75, Feb. 12, 2009). The Hawkeyes are 16-8 vs. Ohio State in games played in Iowa City.

? Iowa and Ohio State played twice last season, with the Buckeyes winning both games by a combined six points. Iowa dropped an 86-82 decision in Columbus. Ohio State defeated Iowa by two points (66-64) in the Big Ten Tournament championship.

? Iowa’s Kachine Alexander and Ohio State’s Tayler Hill are both from Minneapolis, MN. Alexander attended Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School, while Hill prepped at Minneapolis South High School.

Ohio State defeated Iowa, 66-64, in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament championship game.

Jantel Lavender hit two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining and Kamille Wahlin’s half-court shot at the buzzer couldn’t connect, giving Ohio State the Big Ten Tournament title.

Iowa sprinted out to a 41-33 lead at halftime, but a nine minute Iowa drought in the second half allowed the Buckeyes back in the ball game. The Hawkeyes had a 64-62 lead with 2:32 remaining, but an Ohio State bucket tied the game at 64 and an Iowa turnover on the next possession gave the ball back to the Buckeyes, who converted on the free throws for the win.

Kamille Wahlin led Iowa with 20 points and Kelly Krei added 18 points and eight rebounds. Kachine Alexander had 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals.

The Hawkeyes are ranked No. 21 in the AP poll and No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today poll.

Four Iowa opponents are also ranked in the AP poll: North Carolina (8/8), Michigan State (11/13), Iowa State (17/16) and Ohio State (20/21).

Michigan and Northwestern are receiving votes.

Iowa picked up its first conference win of the 2010-11 season with a 63-57 win at Minnesota Wednesday night.

Iowa trailed by nine points at half, and by as many as 13 in the second half, but a tough comeback sealed the win. Iowa shot .462 (12-26), including .444 (4-9) from three-point distance in the second half to earn the win. The Hawkeyes also shot .850 (17-20) from the free throw line in the game.

Iowa was led by Kachine Alexander, who netted 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists. Kamille Wahlin added 14 points and Morgan Johnson recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jaime Printy had 10 points.

With a layup at the 11:54 mark in the first half against Minnesota Jan. 5, senior Kachine Alexander became the 27th player in school history to record 1,000 career points.

Alexander is also the eighth player in school history to collect 1,000 career points and 700 career rebounds, and just the third in school history to record 1,000 career points, 700 career rebounds and 200 career assists.

Junior college transfer Kalli Hansen had her best game in a Hawkeye uniform against Minnesota Jan. 5.

Hansen scored seven points and grabbed eight rebounds in 19 minutes of action. Her three-pointer with 3:10 remaining tied the game at 53, and her two free throws at the 2:54 mark gave Iowa the lead for good. Hansen missed two free throws with 13 seconds remaining that would have put Iowa up five, but she recorded a steal and sank her next two free throws to ice the game.

Morgan Johnson recorded her fifth double-double of the season and the eighth double-double of her career against Minnesota Jan. 5. Johnson finished the game with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

If Morgan Johnson takes eight or more shots in a game, chances are she will make at least half of them.

Johnson has attempted eight or more shots in 12 of Iowa’s 16 games this year. In those 12 games, Johnson has shot .500 or better eight times.

Johnson has attempted 10 or more shots six times, shooting. 500 or better in all but one game. Johnson was 8-13 (.615) against Northeastern, 10-16 (.625) against Central Michigan, 8-11 (.727) vs. Iowa State, 9-12 (.750) vs. South Dakota State and 5-10 (.500) vs. Michigan. She was 4-12 (.333) at Minnesota.

Morgan Johnson scored double figures over a tough four game-stretch, including double-doubles in two of those four contests.

Johnson tallied a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds at No. 14 North Carolina Dec. 2. She followed with 13 points and six rebounds against Kansas State and recorded another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds against No. 15 Iowa State. Johnson had a career-high 26 points at South Dakota State, including the first 11 points of the contest.

Over the four-game stretch, Johnson averaged 17 points, nine rebounds, shot .707 (29-41) from the field and blocked 13 shots.

With a 75-71 win at Drake Dec. 20, Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder became only the second coach in school history to reach the 200-win milestone.

Bluder currently has 201 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.

Iowa currently leads the Big Ten with a .773 free throw percentage. Jaime Printy ranks third in the league at .894 (42-47).

Iowa is one of only four teams in the Big Ten to have four players ranked among the top 30 scorers in the conference.

Iowa, Ohio State, Northwestern and Purdue each have four players ranked. Indiana and Illinois have three, while the remaining five schools have two players ranked.

The Hawkeyes have had at least three players reach double figures in scoring in 15 of the 16 games this year. Five players scored 10 or more points against Bradley. Four players hit double digits against Northeastern, Central Michigan, Kansas State and Minnesota.

Iowa’s rebounding numbers through its first 16 games are impressive. The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in total rebounding (43.2 per game) and rank second in rebounding margin (+6.8), offensive rebounds (14.6 per game) and defensive rebounds (28.6 per game).

Morgan Johnson and Kachine Alexander rank first and second, respectively, in the Big Ten in offensive rebounds per game. Alexander’s 18 rebounds against Central Michigan, Nov. 21, are the second most for any Big Ten player this season.

Iowa’s rebounding has improved greatly from a year ago.

Through 16 games last year, Iowa held just a +0.5 rebound margin over its opponents. The Hawkeyes were outrebounding opponents, 622-614, including a 424-413 margin on the defensive glass. Iowa was being outrebounded, 198-201 on the offensive side.

This year through 16 games, Iowa holds a +6.6 rebounding margin and is outrebounding opponents 606-513. That includes a 207-171 advantage on the offensive glass and a 399-342 advantage in defensive rebounds.

Three of Iowa’s starters rank in the top five in the Big Ten in different statistical categories.

? Morgan Johnson ranks first in offensive rebounds (3.6 per game), third in blocks (2.4 per game) and rebounding (7.8 per game).

? Kachine Alexander ranks second in offensive rebounds (3.4 per game), fourth in rebounding (9.1 per game) and fifth in defensive rebounds (5.8 per game).

? Jaime Printy ranks second in three-pointers made (2.3 per game) and third in free throw percentage (.894).

Four Hawkeyes are currently working their way up the career records lists at Iowa.

? Kachine Alexander ranks second in career double-doubles (27), eighth in career rebounding (761), 13th in career assists (275) and 27th in career scoring (1,013). She needs 29 more rebounds to move past Amy Herrig for seventh place on the rebounding list and four assists to tie Laurie Aaron and Necole Tunsil for 12th on the assists list. She needs nine more double-doubles to take over first place (Lisa Long, 35).

? Morgan Johnson ranks fourth in career blocks (118) and needs 28 more to move past Toni Foster into third place.

? Kamille Wahlin ranks sixth in career three-pointers made (137) and needs one more to move past Kristi Faulkner into fifth place and 20 more to move past Leah Magner into fourth place.

? Jaime Printy ranks eighth in career three-pointers made (119) and needs seven more to move past Johanna Solverson for seventh place.