Feb. 1, 2011
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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!
IOWA CITY, Iowa — THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women’s basketball team wraps up its two-game road trip Thursday at Purdue. Tip-off at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, IN, is slated for 5:30 p.m. (CT).
ON YOUR TELEVISION
Thursday’s game at Purdue will be televised live to a national audience on the Big Ten Network (HD). Eric Collins and Katie Smith will call the action.
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Thursday’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.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
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 1,057 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 646-411 (.611). That includes a 323-162 (.666) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 306-88 (.777) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
WIN NO. 300 AT HOME
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 306-88 (.777) record inside their home venue since it opened in 1983.
The Purdue Boilermakers are 15-7 overall and 5-4 in Big Ten play.
In their last game, the Boilermakers defeated Indiana, 71-57 at Mackey Arena. Four playrs scored double figures, led by Courtney Moses’ 23 points. Drey Mingo added 16 points and seven rebounds, while Brittany Rayburn added 17 points, four assists and six steals. Alex Guyton chipped in 11 points. Purdue’s defense limited Indiana to just. 364 from the field.
Rayburn leads the team with 13.6 points per game, followed by Moses at 12.9 points per game. Mingo is the team’s top rebounder at 5.2 boards per contest, along with 10.3 points.
As a team, the Boilermakers are shooting .423 (500-1,183) from the field, including .323 (96-297) from three-point distance.
IOWA VS. PURDUE NOTES
? Thursday is the 58th meeting between Iowa and Purdue, with the Boilermakers holding a 33-25 advantage in the all-time series. Purdue has won 14 of the last 17 contests, but the Hawkeyes won the last meeting (70-50 in Iowa City last season). Iowa is 9-18 in games played in West Lafayette and have lost the last 10 meetings on the road. Iowa’s last win in West Lafayette was Feb. 6, 1998 (73-67).
? Iowa and Purdue both played South Dakota State during the non-conference portion of the schedule. Purdue deated the Jackrabbits, 73-40 at Mackey Arena. Iowa defeated South Dakota State, 65-54, in Brookings, SD.
Iowa defeated Purdue, 70-50, inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena Jan. 31, 2010.
The Hawkeyes avenged an earlier 21-point loss at Purdue by jumping out to a 19-1 lead. Iowa never trailed in the game, and held a 13-point halftime lead. The Hawkeyes fought off a Boilermaker surge in the second half to win its third-straight Big Ten contest.
Five Hawkeyes scored double figures, including Morgan Johnson and Kachine Alexander, who each scored 16 points. Both players ended with double-doubles, with Johnson grabbing 11 boards and Alexander finishing with 10. Jaime Printy added 12 points, while Kamille Wahlin and Gabby Machado each had 11.
Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn scored 15 points, while Jode Howell finished with 11 points.
The last time Iowa had two players record double-doubles in the same game was Feb. 19, 2005, in Iowa’s 78-59 win at Michigan. Johanna Solverson finished with 18 points and 10 assists, while Jamie Cavey had 19 points and 14 rebounds.
The last time Iowa had two players record double-doubles with points and rebounds was Dec. 10, 2004, in Iowa’s 91-82 win at Creighton. Krista VandeVenter had 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Jamie Cavey had 20 points and 10 rebounds.
IOWA IN THE RANKINGS
The Hawkeyes are ranked No. 20 in the AP poll and No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today poll.
Three Iowa opponents are also ranked in the AP poll: Michigan State (11th/T-15th), North Carolina (15th/12th) and Iowa State (22nd/20th).
Penn State, Ohio State and Kansas State are receiving votes.
Iowa is also ranked 12th in the latest RPI released by the NCAA, which is the highest mark for a Big Ten school. The Hawkeyes also rank 11th in the nation in attendance, bringing in an average of 6,224 fans to Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
HAWKEYES PICK UP ROAD WIN AT ILLINOIS
Iowa knocked off Illinois in Champaign (Jan. 30), 80-69.
Iowa led for most of the first half, but a 14-2 run by Illinois gave the Fighting Illini the lead with 4:25 left in the first half. Iowa took a one-point lead into halftime and held on through the second half to earn the win.
Five players scored double figures for Iowa, led by Kachine Alexander’s 19 points. Morgan Johnson added 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Jaime Printy scored 15 points and had five assists. Kamille Wahlin chipped in 13 points and Kelly Krei had 11.
SHOOTING LIGHTS OUT
Iowa’s shooting percentage of .521 (25-48) and three-point percentage of .667 (8-12) against Illinois (Jan. 30) were both season-highs. The Hawkeyes were a perfect 5-5 from three-point range in the second half against the Fighting Illini.
FINDING THEIR SHOT
As a team, Iowa put up some impressive shooting numbers last week.
The Hawkeyes shot a combined .510 (49-96) from the field in games vs. Michigan State and Illinois. Iowa finished .560 (14-25) from beyond the three-point arc.
WAHLIN CLOSE TO 1,000
Kamille Wahlin needs just 23 more points to become the 28th player in Iowa history to record 1,000 career points. She currently has 977 career points.
MORE MILESTONES FOR ALEXANDER
? If Kachine Alexander records two more assists, she would be the first player in Iowa history and just the fifth in Big Ten history, to have 1,000 career points, 800 career rebounds and 300 career assists. The other Big Ten players to hit the milestone were Wisconsin guard Jolene Anderson, Minnesota center Janel McCarville, and Illinois forwards Lacey Simpson and Tajua Catchings.
? With 11 rebounds at Ohio State (Jan. 24), Alexander became just the sixth player in school history, and the first-ever guard, to collect 800 career rebounds.
? Alexander is the sixth player in school history to have 1,000 career points and 800 career rebounds.
Morgan Johnson recorded her sixth double-double of the season and the ninth double-double of her career against Illinois (Jan. 30). Johnson finished the game with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
JOHNSON AT .500 OR BETTER
When 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 16 of Iowa’s 22 games this year. In those 15 games, Johnson has shot .500 or better 11 times, including a 7-9 (.778) shooting performance at Illinois (Jan. 30).
Johnson has attempted 10 or more shots eight times, shooting. 500 or better in all but two games. 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, 5-10 (.500) vs. Michigan and vs. Ohio State and 7-12 (.583) at Ohio State.
She was 2-12 (.167) vs. James Madison and 4-12 (.333) at Minnesota.
BALANCED SCORING ATTACK
Iowa is one of only three teams in the Big Ten to have four players ranked among the top 30 scorers in the conference.
Iowa, Ohio State, and Northwestern have four players ranked. Penn State, Wisconsin and Purdue have three ranked, while the remaining five school have either one or two players ranked.
The Hawkeyes have had at least three players reach double figures in scoring in 19 of the 22 games this year. Five players scored 10 or more points against Bradley and at Illinois. Four players hit double digits against Northeastern, Central Michigan, Kansas State, Minnesota and in both games vs. Ohio State.
HAWKEYES HITTING THE BOARDS
Iowa’s rebounding numbers are impressive. The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in total rebounding (41.9 per game) and rank second in defensive rebounding (28.1 per game) and third in both offensive rebounding (13.8 per game) and rebounding margin (+5.1).
Kachine Alexander and Morgan Johnson are both tied for third in the league in offensive rebounding (3.3 per game). Alexander is also tied for third in offensive rebounding (9.2 per game). Alexander’s 18 rebounds against Central Michigan, Nov. 21, are the third most for any Big Ten player this season.
REBOUNDING NUMBERS IMPROVED FROM A YEAR AGO
Iowa’s rebounding has improved greatly from a year ago.
Through 22 games last year, Iowa had a +0.7 rebound margin The Hawkeyes held just a slim, 840-825 advantage on the boards, and had a 266-269 deficit on the offensive glass.
This year through 22 games, Iowa holds a +5.1 rebounding margin and is outrebounding opponents 922-809. That includes a 303-279 advantage on the offensive glass.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
Four Hawkeyes are currently working their way up the career records lists at Iowa.
? Kachine Alexander ranks second in career double-doubles (30), sixth in career rebounding (818), 10th in career assists (298) and 23rd in career scoring (1,103). She needs 10 more rebounds to move past Jennie Lillis for fifth place on the rebounding list and 25 assists to move past Lisa Anderson for ninth on the assists list. She needs six more double-doubles to take over first place (Lisa Long, 35).
? Morgan Johnson ranks fourth in career blocks (133) and needs 13 more to move past Toni Foster into third place.
? Kamille Wahlin ranks fifth in career three-pointers made (149) and 27th in career scoring (977). She needs eight more three-pointers to move past Leah Magner into fourth place.
? Jaime Printy ranks seventh in career three-pointers made (131) and needs eight more to move past Kristi Faulkner for sixth place.