Feb. 12, 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 travels to Evanston, Ill., Sunday to take on the Northwestern Wildcats. Tip-off at Welsh-Ryan Arena is scheduled for 2 p.m. (CT).
Sunday’s matchup will be the only time during the regular season that Iowa will face Northwestern.
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.
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.
Sunday’s game will also be streamed live at BigTenNetwork.com for a subscription fee.
Iowa has played 1,060 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 647-413 (.610). That includes a 324-164 (.664) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 307-89 (.775) 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 307-89 (.775) record inside their home venue since it opened in 1983.
The Northwestern Wildcats are 16-9 overall and 5-7 in Big Ten play.
In their last game, the Wildcats were defeated at Wisconsin, 62-41. Northwestern shot just .321 (17-53) from the field and just .158 (3-19) from three-point distance. Amy Jaeschke led the way with 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. She was the only Wildcat player to score double figures.
Jaeschke leads the Big Ten in scoring at 22.4 points per game and rebounding at 9.0 boards per game. She is shooting .503 from the field and .793 from the charity stripe. Kendall Hackney (10.9 points per game), Brittany Orban (10.4 points per game) and Beth Marshall (10.7 points per game) are all averaging double figures.
As a team, Northwestern is shooting .430 (593-1,379) from the field, including .347 (146-421) from three-point distance.
IOWA VS. NORTHWESTERN NOTES
? Iowa leads the all-time series, 43-13. Iowa had won 17-straight against Northwestern until last year’s 72-66 loss in Evanston, which was Iowa’s first loss to Northwestern under Lisa Bluder. The Hawkeyes are 20-6 in games played in Evanston, including an 8-1 mark under Bluder. The 20 wins at Northwestern are the most wins for Iowa on the road against a conference opponent.
? Iowa and Northwestern share a common non-conference opponent in Central Michigan. Iowa defeated Central Michigan, 90-79 for the KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge championship. Northwestern knocked off Central Michigan, 92-84, in Evanston.
Iowa’s four-game winning streak was snapped at Northwestern last season (Feb. 21), 72-66.
Iowa trailed by as many as 10 points with 5:10 left, but battled back to within two points at 2:01 after a Kamille Wahlin layup. After two Amy Jaeschke free throws increased the Northwestern lead to four points, Kachine Alexander sank a layup to cut the lead again to just two points. Clutch free throws in the final 13 seconds sealed the win for the Wildcats.
The Hawkeyes were led by Wahlin, who scored 20 points and dished out six assists. Alexander collected a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Kelly Krei added 13 points.
IOWA IN THE RANKINGS
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 AND RPI NOTES
? 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.
HAWKEYES WIN THRILLER OVER GOLDEN GOPHERS
Kachine Alexander’s layup with five seconds remaining gave Iowa a 64-62 win over Minnesota (Feb. 10), giving the Hawkeyes a regular season sweep over the Golden Gophers.
In a game that saw nine ties and nine lead changes, Jaime Printy buried a long-distance three-pointer with 45 seconds left to give Iowa a 62-59 lead. Minnesota responded with a three-pointer by China Antoine with 24 seconds to go, tying the score at 62. Iowa called a timeout with 10 seconds remaining, and Alexander took the ball off the in-bounds play, drove to the hoop and converted a layup for the two-point advantage. Minnesota hustled past half court, but a Kamille Wahlin steal sealed the Iowa victory.
WINNING THE CLOSE ONES
Iowa is 7-1 this season when the outcome is decided by six points or less.
Iowa has recorded two-point wins over Minnesota and Michigan State, a three-point win over Arkansas State, a four point win over Drake and six-point victories over James Madison, Kansas State and Minnesota.
Iowa’s only loss in this category was at Michigan State by three points on a buzzer-beater.
Kachine Alexander recorded her eighth double-double of the season against Minnesota (Feb. 10), finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Alexander now has 32 career double-doubles, which is three 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.
ALEXANDER JOINS ELITE GROUP
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).
MORE MILESTONES FOR ALEXANDER
? 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.
ALEXANDER THE GREAT (REBOUNDER)
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. Alexander, along with Morehead State’s Ashar Harris (11.7 rebounds per game), are the shortest players among the top 50, both listed at 5-9.
East Tennessee State’s Destiny Mitchel and Wyoming’s Aubrey Vandiver are the only other guards listed among the NCAA’s top 50 rebounders. Mitchell is tied for 43rd at 9.3 rebounds per game, while Vandiver is 50th at 9.2 per contest.
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.
WAHLIN TIES ARENA RECORD
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).
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 18 of Iowa’s 25 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.
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 21 of the 25 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.
HAWKEYES HITTING THE BOARDS
Iowa’s rebounding numbers are impressive. The Hawkeyes rank second in the Big Ten in overall rebounding (41.2 per game), second in defensive rebounding (27.6 per game), and third in offensive rebounding (13.6 per game) and rebounding margin (+4.3).
Kachine Alexander ranks second in offensive rebounding (3.4 per game), third in overall rebounding (9.5) and fourth in defensive rebounding (6.1 per game). Alexander’s 18 rebounds against Central Michigan, Nov. 21, are the third most for any Big Ten player this season.
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 (32), fourth in career rebounding (853), 10th in career assists (306) and 20th in career scoring (1,143). She needs six more rebounds to move past Tangela Smith for third place on the rebounding list and 17 assists to move past Lisa Anderson for ninth on the assists list. She needs four more double-doubles to take over first place (Lisa Long, 35).
? Morgan Johnson ranks fourth in career blocks (140) and needs six more to move past Toni Foster into third place.
? Kamille Wahlin ranks fifth in career three-pointers made (156) and 28th in career scoring (1,016). She needs one more three-pointer to move past Leah Magner into fourth place.
? Jaime Printy ranks seventh in career three-pointers made (135) and needs four more to move past Kristi Faulkner for sixth place.