Hawkeyes to Host Golden Gophers on BTN

Feb. 8, 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!

Minnesota Game Notes in PDF Format

The University of Iowa women’s basketball team hosts Minnesota Thursday on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. (CT).

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

Thursday is Kelsey Cermak bobblehead night in Iowa City. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a Kelsey Cermak bobblehead. Hot dogs will only be $1 for the entire game.

The Skidmarkz racing dogs will be the halftime entertainment.

Thursday’s game will be televised live to a national audience on the Big Ten Network (HD). Dave Eanet and Mary Murphy 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.

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 1,059 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 646-413 (.610). That includes a 323-164 (.663) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 306-89 (.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 306-89 (.775) record inside their home venue since it opened in 1983.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 11-12 overall and are 3-7 in Big Ten play. Minnesota lost its first seven conference games in a row, but has won its last three-straight. MInnesota has defeated Northwestern, Michigan and Indiana.

Minnesota’s last game was a 65-59 win at Indiana Feb. 3. The Golden Gophers had a bye last weekend. Kiara Buford scored 16 points to lead Minnesota over the Hoosiers. Katie Loberg added 14 points.

Buford leads the team with 15.2 points per game. Leah Cotton is next at 13 points per contest. Jackie Voigt is the team’s leading rebounder at 6.2 boards per game.

As a team, Minnesota is shooting .419 (526-1,256) from the field, including .321 (94-293) from three-point distance.

? Iowa leads the all-time series, 43-22. The Hawkeyes have won six of the previous eight matchups against the Golden Gophers. Iowa won 20-straight games over Minnesota between 1983-94. The Hawkeyes are 23-7 in games played in Iowa City, and have won the last three meetings at home.

? Iowa’s Theairra Taylor and Minnesota’s Kiara Buford are from the same hometown (St. Paul, MN) and attended the same high school (St. Paul Central).

? Iowa’s Trisha Nesbitt and Minnesota’s Kionna Kellog are both from Ames, IA and were high school teammates at Ames High School.

? Iowa has four players from Minnesota on its roster, including Kachine Alexander (Minneapolis), Kamille Wahlin (Crookston), Hannah Draxten (Fergus Falls) and Theairra Taylor (St. Paul). The Golden Gophers have seven players from Minnesota on their roster.

? Iowa and Minnesota both played Virginia Tech and Southern this season. Minnesota defeated Virginia Tech, 63-58 at home in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and also defeated Southern at home, 63-48. The Hawkeyes opened the season with a 76-52 win over Southern at the Islander Tip-Off Tournament in Corpus Christi, TX. Iowa knocked off Virginia Tech, 72-43, at the Caribbean Challenge in Cancun.

Iowa picked up its first conference win of the 2010-11 season with a 63-57 win at Minnesota (Jan. 5).

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.

The Hawkeyes are receiving votes in the AP and the ESPN/USA Today polls.

Four Iowa opponents are also ranked in the AP and the ESPN/USA Today polls: Michigan State (11th/13th), North Carolina (13th/10th), Iowa State (22nd/20th) and Penn State (23rd/23rd).

Ohio State, Kansas State and Northern Iowa are receiving votes.

The Hawkeyes also rank 11th in the nation in attendance, bringing in an average of 6,188 fans.

? Iowa is currently ranked 17th in the latest NCAA RPI, which is the second-highest among Big Ten schools.

? Iowa’s schedule is rated the 13th-toughest in the nation, according to RealTimeRPI.com.

? Iowa has three wins over top 30 RPI teams (Michigan State – 14, Ohio State – 20, Iowa State – 29).

? All seven of Iowa’s losses are to teams with an RPI of 50 or better, with three of those losses to teams with an RPI of 25 or better. Three of those losses are also against teams ranked in the top-25 when the game was played.

Two furious comebacks in the second half weren’t enough, as Penn State knocked off Iowa, 82-75 Feb. 6 in Iowa City.

The Lady Lions led by 12 at halftime, but an 8-2 run cut the deficit to just three at 54-51 with 13:26 remaining. Penn State stretched its lead to 13 points with 8:25 left, but an 11-2 surge pulled Iowa within four at 66-62. That would be as close as Iowa could get, as the Lady Lions held on for the win.

Kamille Wahlin led Iowa with 24 points. Jaime Printy added 20 points, four rebounds and four assists. Kachine Alexander chipped in a double-double with 12 points, 17 rebounds and four assists. Kelly Krei had 10 points.

Kachine Alexander became the first player in Iowa history, and just the fifth player in Big Ten history, to collect 1,000 career points, 800 career rebounds and 300 career assists vs. Penn State (Feb. 6). The other Big Ten players to accomplish the milestone include Janel McCarville (Minnesota), Jolene Anderson (Wisconsin) and Lacey Simpson and Tajua Catchings (Illinois).

? 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.

Kachine Alexander’s 9.5 rebounds per game are the most for any guard in the country.

Alexander ranks 39th in the country in rebounding, but the 38 players ranked above her are all listed as forwards or centers.

East Tennessee State’s Destiny Mitchel and Wyoming’s Aubrey Vandiver are the only other guards listed among the NCAA’s top 50 rebounders. They are tied for 50th at 9.2 boards per game.

Kachine Alexander recorded her seventh double-double of the season against Penn State (Feb. 6), finishing with 12 points and 17 rebounds.

Alexander now has 31 career double-doubles, which is four 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.

Kachine Alexander and Kamille Wahlin both reached the 1,000 career point milestone this season.

Alexander hit the mark with a layup at the 11:54 mark in the first half against Minnesota (Jan. 5). She became the 27th player in school history to record 1,000 career points.

Wahlin also scored her 1,000th career point with a layup. Wahlin’s came at the 17:23 mark against Penn State (Feb. 6). She is the 28th player in school history to score 1,000 points in a career.

Kamille Wahlin’s six made three-pointers against Penn State (Feb. 6) tied a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record for three-pointers made in a single game. Wendy Ausdemore made six treys against Wisconsin (Feb. 25, 2007).

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 18 of Iowa’s 24 games this year. In those 18 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 20 of the 24 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, in both games vs. Ohio State and vs. Penn State.

Iowa’s rebounding numbers are impressive. The Hawkeyes rank second in the Big Ten in overall rebounding (41.6 per game), second in defensive rebounding (27.7 per game), and third in offensive rebounding (14.0 per game) and rebounding margin (+4.8).

Kachine Alexander ranks second in offensive rebounding (3.5 per game), third in overall rebounding (9.5) and fourth in defensive rebounding (6.0 per game). 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 (31), sixth in career rebounding (843), 10th in career assists (305) and 23rd in career scoring (1,126). She needs five more rebounds to move past Lisa Long for fourth place on the rebounding list and 18 assists to move past Lisa Anderson for ninth on the assists list. She needs five more double-doubles to take over first place (Lisa Long, 35).

? Morgan Johnson ranks fourth in career blocks (139) and needs seven more to move past Toni Foster into third place.

? Kamille Wahlin ranks fifth in career three-pointers made (155) and 28th in career scoring (1,009). She needs two more three-pointers to move past Leah Magner into fourth place.

? Jaime Printy ranks seventh in career three-pointers made (134) and needs five more to move past Kristi Faulkner for sixth place.