Feb. 26, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women’s basketball team closes out the 2010-11 regular season Sunday on the road vs. Indiana. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. (CT).
ON YOUR TELEVISION
Sunday’s game will be televised live to a national audience on the Big Ten Network (HD). Mike Wolf and Vera Jones will call the action.
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.
Iowa could finish anywhere between tied for second and tied for sixth in the Big Ten. If the Hawkeyes win at Indiana Sunday, it would give them a first round bye in the Big Ten Tournament as a No. 4 or No. 5 seed. If Iowa loses Sunday, it would be a No. 6 or No. 7 seed next week in Indianapolis.
Iowa has played 1,063 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 650-413 (.611). That includes a 327-164 (.666) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 309-89 (.776) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Indiana Hoosiers are 9-18 overall and 3-12 in Big Ten play. Indiana has lost 12 of its last 13 games, with the lone win coming at Illinois (Feb. 10, 59-52).
In their last game, the Hoosiers lost at Wisconsin, 65-57. Jori Davis led the team with 17 points and four assists. Hope Elam added 16 points and a team-high five rebounds.
Davis leads the team with 19.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Elam is next at 11 points per contest. Sasha Chaplin is also averaging 5.5 boards per game.
As a team, Indiana is shooting .383 (591-1,542) from the field, including .319 (171-536) from three-point distance.
IOWA VS. INDIANA NOTES
? Sunday is the 58th meeting between Iowa and Indiana, with the Hawkeyes leading the series, 42-15. Iowa has won five of the last seven meetings. The Hawkeyes are 14-10 in games played in Bloomington.
? Iowa sophomore Theairra Taylor and Indiana junior Georgie Jones are both from St. Paul, MN, and were high school teammates at St. Paul Central High School.
? Indiana Assistant Coach Nathan Altenhofen and Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder both spent time as head coach at St. Ambrose in Davenport, IA. Bluder began her coaching career at St. Ambrose, compiling a six-year record of 169-36 from 1984-1990. She led St. Ambrose to four straight national tournaments, including two consecutive Final Four appearances. The 1990 St. Ambrose team was ranked No. 1 and Bluder was named the NAIA Converse Coach of the Year. Altenhofen spent the previous three seasons at St. Ambrose and finished with a 73-25 mark. He led St. Ambrose to a Sweet 16 apperance in his first season.
PRINTY AND ALEXANDER VS. THE HOOSIES
In three career games vs. Indiana, Jaime Printy is averaging 21 points, shooting .447 (21-47) from the field, .385 (10-26) from three-point range and .917 (11-12) from the free throw line.
Kachine Alexander has pulled down 59 total rebounds in five career games against the Hoosiers, averaging 11.8 boards per contest. She has also shot .913 (21-23) from the charity stripe.
Iowa evened its Big Ten record at 3-3 with a 71-51 win over Indiana Jan. 16 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes took a 12-point lead into halftime and maintained the advantage throughout the second half. Iowa’s largest lead was 23 points, and the Hawkeyes never trailed in the contest.
The game was full of fouls and turnovers, with a combined 43 personal fouls and 38 turnovers.
Iowa was led by Kachine Alexander, Jaime Printy and Morgan Johnson. Alexander nearly notched a triple-double, finishing with 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals. Printy added 18 point and eight rebounds, while Morgan Johnson was one point shy of a double-double, with nine points and 10 rebounds.
IOWA IN THE RANKINGS
The Hawkeyes are receiving votes in the AP and ESPN/USA Today poll.
Three Iowa opponents are also ranked in the AP and the ESPN/USA Today polls: Michigan State (10th/8th), North Carolina (13th/16th) and Iowa State (25th/24th).
Penn State, Ohio State, Northern Iowa and Kansas State are receiving votes.
IOWA AND RPI NOTES
? Iowa is currently ranked 14th 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 two wins over top 15 RPI teams (Michigan State – 11, Ohio State – 15) and five wins over top 50 RPI teams (Iowa State – 37, Northwestern – 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.
HAWKEYES AND ATTENDANCE
Iowa drew a total of 81,528 fans to Carver-Hawkeye Arena this season, which is the second-highest single-season total in school history. The record for single-season attendance at Iowa is 83,945, set during the 1993-94 season. Entering the week, Iowa ranked 13th in the NCAA in attendance.
Iowa’s average attendance for home games was 5,823, the fourth-highest figure in school history. In addition, Iowa’s crowd of 9,865 against Ohio State (Jan. 8) is the 11th-highest single-game crowd in school history.
LATE SURGE RUNS IOWA PAST ILLINOIS
Iowa used a late second half run to blow past Illinois, 83-64 Feb. 24 in Iowa City.
Iowa trailed 54-53 at the 8:28 mark, but went on a 20-3 run over the next 4:50 to put the game out of reach. Jaime Printy ignited the run with a three-point play, and the Hawkeyes went a perfect 9-9 from the free throw line during the run line to seal the win.
Four Hawkeyes scored double figures, including Jaime Printy with a game-high 32 points. Kachine Alexander added 16 points, six rebounds and eight assists, while Kamille Wahlin chipped in 11. Morgan Johnson had 10 points and five blocks.
PRINTY POURS IN CAREER-HIGH VS. ILLINI
Jaime Printy set new career-highs with 32 points and five made three-pointers against Illinois (Feb. 24).
Printy finished the game 11-21 (.524) from the field, including 5-8 (.625) from three-point distance. She also converted 5-6 free throws and had a team high eight rebounds, while adding four assists and two steals in 39 minutes of action.
Printy’s previous career-high was 28 at Indiana (Feb. 11, 2010). She had made four three-pointers in a game 12 times before draining five against Illinois.
JOHNSON TIES SOPHOMORE BLOCK MARK
With five blocks aginst Illinois (Feb. 24), Morgan Johnson tied the Iowa school record for blocks by a sophomore with 69. She is currently tied with Tangela Smith.
Last season, Johnson set both the school single-season and freshman record for blocks with 79.
WAHLIN LEADING THE WAY
Kamille Wahlin has turned in solid performances in Iowa’s last five contests.
Wahlin has dished out 24 assists to just 10 turnovers in the five-game span. She is has also averaged 14.2 points, shot. 500 (28-56) from the field and .394 (13-33) from three-point range.
Wahlin scored 24 points vs. Penn State (Feb. 6), recorded nine assists at Northwestern (Feb. 13), collected four rebounds and four assists vs. Minnesota (Feb. 10), scored 19 points against Wisconsin (Feb. 13) and added 11 points and four assists against Illinois.
SUCCESS UNDER BLUDER
Iowa recorded its 20th win of the season Feb. 16 vs. Wisconsin. This is the sixth 20-win season under Head Coach Lisa Bluder, including each of the last four seasons.
In addition, Iowa will finish with a winning record for the 10th times in 11 seasons under Bluder.
Last year marked the seventh time in 10 seasons under Bluder that Iowa has been selected for the NCAA Tournament, including three-straight selections (2008-10). The Hawkeyes have participated in postseason play in all but one season under Bluder (two WNIT appearances).
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).
ALEXANDER THE GREAT (REBOUNDER)
Kachine Alexander’s 9.4 rebounds per game are the most for any guard in the country.
Alexander ranks 44th in the country in rebounding, but the 43 players ranked above her are all listed as forwards or centers. Alexander, along with Morehead State’s Ashar Harris (12.2 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 MAKES FIRST CUT FOR WOODEN AWARD AND NAISMITH TROPHY
Senior Kachine Alexander was one of 20 players to be named to the Wooden Award Top 20 Midseason ist (Jan 11), and one of 30 players named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30 list (Feb. 14). She is also on watch list for the Wade Trophy. The “Wade Watch” list is made up of the top 25 preseason women’s basketball players.
The Wade Trophy, Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy are considered the three most prestigious awards in NCAA women’s college basketball.
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 24 of the 28 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, at Northwestern and vs. Illinois.
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 (878), ninth in career assists (323) and 18th in career scoring (1,187). She needs 10 more rebounds to move past Toni Foster for second place on the rebounding list and 31 assists to move past Jolette Law for eighth on the assists list. She needs four more double-doubles to take over first place (Lisa Long, 35).
? Jaime Printy ranks sixth in career three-pointers made (144) and needs 15 more to move past Leah Magner for fifth place.