Feb. 15, 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 hosts Wisconsin Wednesday on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.
Wednesday’s matchup will be the only time during the regular season that Iowa will face Wisconsin.
Single-game tickets are $9 for adults. Youth (18 and under) are admitted free for weekday games. UI students are admitted free with a valid student ID.
Wednesday will be Iowa’s Pink Zone game. The Hawkeyes will wear white uniforms with pink trim, and fans are encouraged to wear pink. There will be 1,000 pink Tigerhawk cups that change colors given away.
Wednesday is also a Family Four Pack night. Four game tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks costs only $20.
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Wednesday’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.
Wednesday’s game will also be streamed live at hawkeyesports.com for a subscription fee.
Iowa has played 1,061 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 648-413 (.611). That includes a 325-164 (.665) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 307-89 (.775) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Wisconsin Badgers are 14-10 overall and 9-3 in Big Ten play.
Wisconsin had a bye over the weekend and played its last game Feb. 10 at home vs. Northwestern. The Badgers won that contest, 62-41. Alyssa Karel led Wisconsin with 19 points, while Lin Zastrow had 17 points. Taylor Wurtz added 13 points. Wisconsin coverted 16 Northwestern turnovers into 21 points.
Karel leads the team in scoring with 15.4 points per game, followed by Zastrow at 13.9 per contest. Zastrow is also the team’s leading rebounder at 6.6 boards per game. Tara Steinbauer is also averaging double figures at 10.9 points per game.
As a team, the Badgers are shooting .431 (531-1,233) from the field, including .326 (127-389) from three-point distance.
WISCONSIN VS. IOWA NOTES
? Iowa leads the all-time series, 37-20. The Hawkeyes have won seven-straight matchups against the Badgers, dating back to the 2006-07 season. The Hawkeyes are 22-8 vs. Wisconsin in games played in Iowa City.
? Wisconsin Head Coach Lisa Stone graduated from the University of Iowa, and was a member of the Hawkeye women’s basketball team. She also replaced Lisa Bluder as head coach at Drake in 2000, when Bluder moved to Iowa. Stone was also the head coach at Cornell College in Mount Vernon from 1985-88.
? Wisconsin Director of Operations Stephanie Janke was recruited and played two seasons for Lisa Bluder at Drake, before Bluder moved to Iowa.
? Wisconsin freshman Morgan Paige is from the same hometown as Iowa’s Jaime Printy (Marion, IA). Paige attended Marion HS, while Printy prepped at Linn-Mar HS. ? Wisconsin’s Emily Neal and Iowa’s Kachine Alexander are both from Minneapolis, MN. Neal graduated from The Breck School, while Alexander graduated from Benilde-St. Margaret’s.
? Wisconsin’s Alyssa Karel and Iowa’s Theairra Taylor are both from St. Paul, MN. Karel attended Cretin-Derham Hall HS, while Taylor attended St. Paul Central HS.
Iowa closed the 2009-10 regular season with a 68-60, overtime win at the Kohl Center over Wisconsin. The victory clinched third place for Iowa in the Big Ten standings.
Wisconsin overcame a 12-point second half deficit to send the game to overtime, but the Hawkeyes outscored Wisconsin, 12-4 in the extra frame for the win.
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/10th), North Carolina (12th/13th), Iowa State (20th/23rd) and Penn State (23rd/25th).
Northern Iowa is receiving votes.
The Hawkeyes also rank 12th in the nation in attendance, bringing in an average of 5,995 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 16th-toughest in the nation, according to RealTimeRPI.com.
? Iowa has three wins over top 30 RPI teams (Michigan State – 10, Ohio State – 19, Iowa State – 29) and has five total wins over top 50 RPI teams (James Madison – 38, Northern Iowa – 50).
? 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 20 or better. Three of those losses are also against teams ranked in the top-25 when the game was played.
SECOND HALF SURGE LIFTS IOWA OVER NORTHWESTERN
Iowa scorched the nets at Welsh-Ryan Arena in the second half to walk away with an 86-75 win over Northwestern (Feb. 13).
Iowa shot a blistering .704 (19-27) from the field in the final 20 minutes, including .700 (7-10) from three-point distance. Iowa also shot .818 (18-22) from the charity stripe.
Iowa trailed by 11 at half, and by as many as 13 in the second half, before a huge scoring run gave the Hawkeyes the lead. Iowa used a 21-3 run from the 18:41 mark to the 12:22 mark in the second half to gain a 46-41 lead. Iowa never let go of the lead and used clutch free throw shooting down the stretch for the win.
Kachine Alexander led Iowa with 22 points and eight rebounds. Kelly Krei poured in 20 points, while Jaime Printy added 17 points, three assists and three steals. Kamille Wahlin had 10 points and nine assists.
HAWKEYES HOT IN SECOND HALF
Iowa’s 63 second half points at Northwestern (Feb. 13) are the second-most in school history. Iowa netted 65 points in the final 20 minutes at Wisconsin in Lisa Bluder’s first season at Iowa (Dec. 31, 2000). The Hawkeyes lost that game, 94-91.
Iowa missed just eight shots from the field in the second half against Northwestern. The Hawkeyes were 19-27 (.704) from the field, including 7-10 (.700) from beyond the arc.
KREI HEATS UP IN EVANSTON
Kelly Krei tied a career-high with 20 points against Northwestern (Feb. 13).
Krei was 5-8 from the field, including 4-6 from three-point distance and a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe.
Krei recorded 20 points for the first time in her career against Penn State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament last season. She hit 20 points in the season-opener this year against Southern.
WAHLIN LENDS HELPING HAND
Kamille Wahlin’s nine assists at Northwestern (Feb. 13) are the most for the junior since her first career start two seasons ago.
Wahlin collected 10 assists in her first career start as a freshman vs. Michigan (Jan. 26, 2009). She is believed to be the first true freshman to record 10 assists in a single game and is also believed to be the first true freshman to record a double-double in her first career start (14 points, 10 assists).
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 42nd in the country in rebounding, but the 41 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.
Alexander is the only guard listed among the top 50 rebounders in the NCAA.
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.
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 19 of Iowa’s 26 games this year. In those 19 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 22 of the 26 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, vs. Penn State and at Northwestern.
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), third in career rebounding (861), 10th in career assists (308) and 18th in career scoring (1,165). She needs 27 more rebounds to move past Toni Foster for second place on the rebounding list and 15 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 (143) and needs three more to move past Toni Foster into third place.
? Jaime Printy ranks seventh in career three-pointers made (137) and needs two more to move past Kristi Faulkner for sixth place.