Hawkeyes To Face Penn State Sunday

Feb. 4, 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!

Penn State Game Notes in PDF Format

The University of Iowa women’s basketball returns to Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Sunday to take on the Penn State Lady Lions. Tip-off is slated for 2 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.

Sunday is Go Red for Women Day, with Go Red lapel pins and red three point placards passed out at the doors. The Chevy Elite Dealers Kids Fun Zone will be up and running on the south concourse and the fourth strip of trading cards will also be handed out.

MidWestOne Banks purchased 1,000 tickets for Sunday’s game. Tickets were available at Johnson County branches of MidWestOne Banks.

Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Sunday’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.

Sunday’s game will also be availble via web stream on the All-Access page of hawkeyesports.com for a $14.95 monthly subscription fee.

Iowa has played 1,058 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 646-412 (.611). That includes a 323-163 (.665) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 306-88 (.777) 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 306-88 (.777) record inside their home venue since it opened in 1983.

The Penn State Lady Lions are 19-5 overall and 8-2 in Big Ten play.

In their last game, the Lady Lions defeated Michigan in Ann Arbor, 81-63. Maggie Lucas scored a game-high 23 points, while Nikki Greene added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Zhaque Gray and Alex Bentley each had 11 points, while Julia Trogele had 10.

Lucas leads the team in scoring with 16.7 points per game. Lucas has played in all 24 games, coming off the bench in each contest. Bentley is next at 14.8 points per game. Gray is scoring 10.4 points per contest Green is the team’s leading rebounder at 8.3 boards per contest.

As a team, the Lady Lions are shooting .453 (706-1,558) from the field, including .449 (173-385) from three-point distance.

? Thursday’s contest is the 38th meeting between Iowa and Penn State State, with the Lady Lions leading the all-time series, 21-17. Iowa has won six of the last nine contests, but Penn State has won three of the last four. The Hawkeyes are 11-6 against Penn State in games played in Iowa City.

Iowa opened Big Ten play with a 68-59 loss at Penn State Dec. 30.

The two teams were tied at 34 at halftime, but Iowa gained a seven-point lead in the second half. Penn State closed the game with a 20-4 run in the final 6:33 to seal the win. During the run, Iowa went 0-8 from the floor.

Jaime Printy led Iowa with 17 points. Kelly Krei added 14 and Kamille Wahlin chipped in 11.

Jaime Printy has put up impressive numbers in four career games against Penn State.

For her career, Printy is averaging 20.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists against the Lady Lions. As a freshman, Printy netted 16 points at Penn State, 26 against the Lady Lions in Iowa City and 22 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. She scored 17 in the first meeting this season.

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.

Iowa dropped a 60-41 decision at Purdue Feb. 3.

The Hawkeyes couldn’t find their shot, shooting just .218 from the field. Purdue shot .434 from the field, including .444 from three-point range to earn the win.

Iowa held an early 7-6 lead, but a 9:45 field goal drought (from 15:22-5:37 in the first half) saw Purdue open up a 23-11 advanage.

Kachine Alexander was the only Iowa player to score double figures, registering 11 points, eight rebounds and four steals.

? Iowa’s .218 shooting percentage, 12 made field goals, two made three-pointers and 17 first half points were all season lows.

? Thursday marked the first time all season that at least two Hawkeyes did not score double figures. The last game when just one player scored double figures was against Stanford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season. Kachine Alexander scored 27 points in that contest. Alexander was the only Hawkeye with 10 or more points Thursday at Purdue, netting 11.

Kamille Wahlin needs just 15 more points to become the 28th player in Iowa history to record 1,000 career points. She currently has 985 career points.

Kachine Alexander’s 9.2 rebounds per game are the most for any guard in the country.

Alexander ranks 48th in the country in rebounding, but the 47 players ranked above her are all listed as forwards or centers.

East Tennessee State’s Destiny Mitchel is the only other guard listed among the NCAA’s top 50 rebounders. She ranks 49th at 9.1 rebounds per contest.

? If Kachine Alexander records one more assist, 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.

Iowa has played in six games against opponents ranked in the top 25 this year, and Jaime Printy’s numbers in those games have been impressive.

Printy is averaging 15.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists in Iowa’s games against ranked opponents (North Carolina, Iowa State, Ohio State twice and Michigan State twice). Printy is shooting .448 (30-67) from the field, including .458 (11-24) from three-point distance and .917 (22-24) from the free throw line against ranked teams.

Jaime Printy buried nine-straight three-pointers, starting with Iowa’s game at Minnesota (Jan. 5). Printy made her last three-point attempt at Minnesota, was a perfect 2-2 against Ohio State (Jan. 8), a perfect 4-4 at Michigan State (Jan. 13) and made her first two attempts vs. Indiana (Jan. 16) before missing a long-distance shot.

Kachine Alexander recorded her sixth double-double of the season against Michigan State (Jan. 27), finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Alexander now has 30 career double-doubles, which is five shy of Lisa Long’s school record for double-doubles (35, set from 1983-87).

Last season, Alexander finished with 15 double-doubles, which was one shy of tying Amy Herrig’s record for single-season double-doubles.

Alexander tallied nine double-doubles as a sophomore.

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 currently ranks 24th in career scoring at Iowa with 1,114 points.

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.

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 17 of Iowa’s 23 games this year. In those 17 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.

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 23 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.

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 (28.0 per game) and third in both offensive rebounding (13.9 per game) and rebounding margin (+5.5).

Kachine Alexander ranks third in overall rebounding (9.2 per game) and offensive rebounding (3.3 per game). Morgan Johnson ranks fourth in offensive rebounding (3.2 per game) and seventh in total rebounding (7.3 per game0. Alexander’s 18 rebounds against Central Michigan, Nov. 21, are the third most for any Big Ten player this season.

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 (826), 10th in career assists (299) and 23rd in career scoring (1,114). She needs two more rebounds to move past Jennie Lillis for fifth place on the rebounding list and 24 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 (134) and needs 12 more to move past Toni Foster into third place.

? Kamille Wahlin ranks fifth in career three-pointers made (149) and 27th in career scoring (985). 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.