Buckeyes Await Hawkeyes in Big Ten Tournament

March 1, 2011

The University of Iowa women’s basketball team earned the No. 4 seed in this week’s 2011 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament. The Hawkeyes will face fifth-seeded Ohio State Friday at approximately 7:30 p.m. (CT), or 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 6, which is No. 1 seed Michigan State vs. No. 8 seed Northwestern/No. 9 seed Minnesota.

Friday’s Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament quarterfinal game game will be televised live to a national audience on the Big Ten Network (HD). Eric Collins, Mary Murphy and Lisa Byington will call the action.

Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Big Ten Tournament games 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 1,064 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 651-413 (.612). That includes a 328-164 (.667) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 309-89 (.776) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

? Iowa is 16-14 overall in the Big Ten Tournament, which includes championships in 1997 and 2001.

? The Hawkeyes are 13-14 in Conesco Fieldhouse. Iowa won the 2001 tournament when it was hosted in Grand Rapids, MI, which was Coach Bluder’s first season at Iowa and the only year the tournament was not hosted in Indianapolis.

? Coach Bluder holds a 10-9 record in Big Ten Tournament games.

? This year marks the fifth time in the tournament’s 16-year history that Iowa will compete as the No. 4 seed. Iowa holds a 4-3 record in the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 4 seed.

? Iowa is the only team to win a Big Ten Tournament title as a No. 4 seed. The Hawkeyes defeated third-seeded Illinois, 63-56 for the 1997 title. The No. 4 seed has advanced to the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament four times.

? No. 4 seeds have a combined record of 14-14 in the Big Ten Tournament.

? The Hawkeyes are 7-6 in quarterfinal round games of the Big Ten Tournament.

? Iowa is 1-2 vs. Ohio State in Big Ten Tournament games, including a 1-0 record in quarterfinal matchups. The Hawkeyes defeated Ohio State, 72-54, in the 1998 Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. Iowa lost to the Buckeyes in the 2009 semifinals (72-56) and the 2010 final (66-64).

The Ohio State Buckeyes are 19-9 overall and finished Big Ten play with a 10-6 record.

In their final regular season game, the Buckeyes defeated Wisconsin, 80-47, in Columbus. Ohio State outscored Wisconsin, 32-14, in the paint, and shot .518 (29-56) from the field. Jantel Lavender had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Samantha Prahalis added 15 points and seven assists.

Lavender leads the Big Ten in scoring and rebounding with 22.6 points and 10.7 rebounds per contest. Prahalis is next on the team with 14.1 points per game, followed by Tayler Hill at 12.7 and Brittany Johnson at 10.6.

As a team, Ohio State is shooting .445 (741-1,667) from the field, including .314 (448-599) from three-point distance.

? Friday will be the 56th meeting between the two schools, with Ohio State holding a slim 29-26 advantage in the all-time series. Ohio State has won 14 of the last 16 meetings, dating back to the 2002-03 season. Iowa’s two wins in that stretch came during the 2008-09 season (85-75, Feb. 12, 2009) and this year in Iowa City (89-76, Jan. 8, 2011). The Hawkeyes are 2-3 vs. Ohio State in neutral site games, including a 1-2 record at Conseco Fieldhouse.

? Iowa’s Kachine Alexander and Ohio State’s Tayler Hill are both from Minneapolis, MN. Alexander attended Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School, while Hill prepped at Minneapolis South High School.

In six career games vs. the Buckeyes, Kamille Wahlin is averaging 17 points, 3.7 assists, shooting .549 (39-71) from the field and .565 (13-23) from three-point distance.

In four career games vs. Ohio State, Jaime Printy is also averaging 17 points, shooting .512 (22-43) from the field and .533 (8-15) from three-point range.

Iowa dropped an 81-67 decision at Ohio State (Jan. 24).

The Hawkeyes led, 33-32, heading into halftime, but the Buckeyes shot lights-out in the second half to seal the win. Ohio State was 13-17 (.765) from the field in the second half, including 5-7 (.714) from three-point distance and 5-7 (.714) from the charity stripe.

Four Hawkeyes scored double figures, led by Kelly Krei’s 15 points. Morgan Johnson added 14, Kamille Wahlin chipped in 13 and Jaime Printy had 12. Kachine Alexander finished with nine points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

The Hawkeyes are ranked 24th in the AP Poll and receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today poll.

Three Iowa opponents are also ranked in the AP and the poll: Michigan State (11th/11th), North Carolina (19th/19th) and Iowa State (23rd/25th).

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

? Iowa is currently ranked 19th in the latest NCAA RPI, which is the third-highest among Big Ten schools.

? Iowa’s schedule is rated the 33rd-toughest in the nation, according to RealTimeRPI.com.

? Iowa has one win over a top-10 RPI team (Ohio State – 9th), three total wins over top-25 RPI teams (MSU – 15, Iowa State – 24) and five total wins over top-50 RPI teams (James Madison – 40, Northern Iowa – 44).

? All seven of Iowa’s losses are to teams with an RPI of 50 or better, with two of those losses to teams with an RPI of 15 or better. Three of those losses are also against teams ranked in the top-25 when the game was played.

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. Iowa ranks 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.

The 2010-11 all-Big Ten teams were announced Monday, with Kachine Alexander, Jaime Printy and Kamille Wahlin taking home awards.

Alexander was a first team all-Big Ten selection by both the league media and coaches, and was also one of six players named to the Big Ten all-Defensive team. Printy was a second team pick by the coaches and third team selection by the media. Wahlin was named honorable mention by both the media and coaches.

Iowa wrapped up a first round bye in the Big Ten Tournament with a 93-79 victory at Indiana Feb. 27.

The Hawkeyes shot a season-best .558 (29-52) from the field against the Hoosiers. Iowa also converted 9-16 (.563) from distance and 26-32 (.813) from the charity stripe.

Jaime Printy led the way with 28 points. Kachine Alexander chipped in a double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Morgan Johnson added 14 points and Kamille Wahlin finished with 12.

Jaime Printy earned her first Big Ten Player of the Week award, Feb. 28, for her efforts agaisnt Illinois and Indiana.

Printy averaged 30 points, shot .594 (19-32) from the field, .583 (7-12) from three-point range and .938 (15-16) from the free throw line last week.

The Marion, Iowa, native started the week with a career-high 32 points on 11-21 shooting, including a career-high five three-pointers, in Iowa’s win vs. Illinois. She also added four assists and two steals in 39 minutes of play.

Printy capped her week with 28 points on 8-11 shooting at Indiana.

Jaime Printy needs just 23 more points to become the 29th player in school history to reach the 1,000 career point milestone.

If accomplished this season, Printy would become the first sophomore in school history to record 1,000 career points during her sophomore season.

Jaime Printy tied an Iowa school record for free throw percentage against Indiana (Feb. 27), going a perfect 10-10 from the charity stripe.

Printy is the sixth player in school history to finish with a 1.000 free throw percentage (minimum 10 attempts).

Morgan Johnson set the Iowa school record for blocks by a sophomore at Indiana (Feb. 27). She entered the contest tied with Tangela Smith, who recorded 69 blocks her sophomore season. Johnson swatted three shots against the Hoosiers to claim the record.

Johnson, who has 72 blocks this season, needs just eight more to break her own single-season school record of 79, which she set as a freshman last year.

Iowa’s 93 points at Indiana (Feb. 27) were the most for a Hawkeye team since a 103-93 win over Wisconsin Feb. 27, 2007.

The contest against Indiana was also Iowa’s third 90-point game of the season. The last time a Hawkeye team scored 90 or more points three times in a season was in 2003-04.

Kachine Alexander and Morgan Johnson are both close to breaking single-season school records.

? Alexander needs five more made free throws to break her own school record for made free throws in a single season. She set the record last year with 146 made free throws and she currently has 142 this season. Alexander already broke her previous school record for free throw attempts with 192 so far this season. Her previous record was 186 last year.

? Alexander also needs 34 rebounds to break Amy Herrig’s record of 306 rebounds in a season. Alexander currently has 273 boards.

? Johnson, who has 72 blocks this season, needs just eight more to break her own single-season school record of 79, which she set as a freshman last year.

Kachine Alexander recorded her ninth double-double of the season against Indiana (Feb. 27), finishing with 27 points and 10 rebounds.

Alexander has 33 career double-doubles, which is two 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 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 9.4 rebounds per game are the most for any guard in the country.

Alexander ranks 45th in the country in rebounding, but the 44 players ranked above her are all listed as forwards or centers. Alexander, along with Morehead State’s Ashar Harris (12.3 rebounds per game), are the shortest players among the top 50, both listed at 5-9.

Alexander is one of only two guards listed among the top 50 rebounders in the NCAA. The other is Jasmine Bailey from Illinois-Chicago, who ranks 50th with 9.2 rebounds per game.

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 25 of the 29 games this year. Five players scored 10 or more points against Bradley and at Illinois. Four players hit double digits 10 times, including games against Northeastern, Central Michigan, Kansas State, Minnesota, in both games vs. Ohio State, vs. Penn State, at Northwestern, vs. Illinois and at Indiana.

Four Hawkeyes are currently working their way up the career records lists at Iowa.

? Kachine Alexander ranks second in career double-doubles (33), second in career rebounding (888), ninth in career assists (327) and 17th in career scoring (1,214). She needs 27 assists to move past Jolette Law for eighth. She needs three more double-doubles to take over first place (Lisa Long, 35).

? Kamille Wahlin ranks fourth in career three-pointers made (164), 11th in career assists (297) and 25th in career scoring (1,068). She needs 22 more three-pointer to move past Kristi Smith into third place and 26 more assists to move past Lisa Anderson for 10th place.

? Morgan Johnson ranks third in career blocks (151) and needs three more to move past Megan Skouby into second place.

? Jaime Printy ranks sixth in career three-pointers made (146) and needs 13 more to move past Leah Magner for fifth place.

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 time in 11 seasons under Bluder.

Iowa’s tie for third place in the Big Ten is also the eighth time under Bluder the Hawkeyes recorded an upper-division finish in the conference.

Hawkeye fans attending the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis are invited to attend the pregame Hawkeye Hoops Huddles. The Hoops Huddles are free aand will be held Jillian’s (141 S. Meridian St. in Indianapolis). Jillian’s is located one block west of Conseco Fieldhouse on the corner of Meridian and Georgia Streets. The Hoops Huddles are presented by the National I-Club Foundation and UI Alumni Association.

Each Huddle will offer complementary dry snacks, door prizes and performances by the Iowa band and cheerleaders. Jillian’s provides a full service menu to those wishing to purchase additional food or beverages.

The first Hawkeye Huddle of the tournament will be held Friday, March 4 from 4-6 p.m. ET.

As Iowa progresses through the tournament, Huddles will be held at Jillian’s.