Nov. 3, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women’s basketball team hosts Winona State in an exhibition game Sunday at 1 p.m. on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Tickets are $5 for adults and free for youth (18 and under) and UI students. Any fan who purchases a ticket for the women’s game is invited to stay for the men’s exhibition game, which tips off 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women’s game. Fans who purchase a men’s ticket are also invited to come early for the women’s game.
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-1360 KMJM in Cedar Rapids, AM-1040 WHO in Des Moines or on the Hawkeye All-Access page of hawkeyesports.com. Balbinot is in his eighth season as Iowa’s play-by-play voice, while Till is in her seventh 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.
Season ticket prices are $70 for adults, $56 for UI faculty and senior-citizens and $15 for youth (18 and under). UI students are admitted free with student I.D.
Single-game tickets are $9 for adults. Youth (18 and under) are admitted free for weekday games and are $5 for weekend games.
Iowa’s annual “Buck Night” will be Wednesday, Nov. 30 as the Hawkeyes host Virginia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Girl Scout Day will be Junday, Jan. 8 when Iowa hosts Nebraska. That game will also be a Whiteout in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The annual WBCA Play4Kay Pink Game is set for Thursday, Feb. 9 when the Hawkeyes take on Minnesota.
Iowa women’s basketball bobbleheads will also be given out at four different games. Fans can pick up a Megan Considine bobblehead at Iowa’s game against Albany Wednesday, Nov. 16. Kalli Hansen bobblehead night is Thursday, Dec. 20 against Drake, Kamille Wahlin bobblehead night is Thursday, Jan. 19 against Wisconsin and Kelly Krei bobblehead night is Thursday, Feb. 9 vs. Minnesota.
Iowa has played 1,067 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 652-415 (.611). That includes a 329-165 (.666) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 309-89 (.776) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
SCOUTING WINONA STATE
The Winona State Warriors, located in Minnesota, are a Division II opponent out of the NSIC Conference. The Warriors were recently picked to finish second in the NSIC Conference, after winning the league tournament for the first time in school history last season and compiling a 21-9 overall record, including a fourth place finish in the league regular season standings (14-8). Winona State received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, falling to Metro State in the first round.
Winona State returns its top scorer from a year ago in Michelle McDonald at 15.8 points per game. She started all 30 games and shot .596 from the floor. The Warriors return 11 of 13 players from last year’s roster, including five players that started at least six games during the season.
WINONA STATE VS. IOWA NOTES
? Winona State senior Michelle McDonald and Iowa freshman Melissa Dixon are both from Johnsburg, Ill. and attended Johnsburg High School. They were teammates for one season during their high school careers.
? Winona State Associate Head Coach Shannon (Sanders) Swanson played at the University of Minnesota from 2002-06. The Golden Gophers were 5-2 against Iowa during her time in Minneapolis, including a 2-1 mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
? Former Hawkeye All-Big Ten point guard Kristi Smith is an Assistant Athletic Director at Winona State.
IOWA IN THE RANKINGS
The Hawkeyes are receiving votes in both the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today preseason Top 25.
Three Iowa opponents are also ranked in the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls: Penn State (12/14), Purdue (17/21) and St. John’s (25/RV). Iowa could potentially face defending NCAA champion Texas A&M in the Junkanoo Jam over Thanksgiving and the Aggies are ranked sixth in both polls.
In addition, Ohio State, MIchigan State, Iowa State and Kansas State are receiving votes.
LAST YEAR IN THE RANKINGS
The Hawkeyes spent 14 weeks ranked in the Associated Press poll and 13 weeks in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll last season. The last time Iowa appeared in either poll for 13 or more weeks was 1995-96 (18 weeks in both polls). Iowa finished the season ranked No. 25 in the AP poll and receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.
Iowa’s No. 14 ranking in the Associated Press poll was the highest ranking for a Hawkeye team under Head Coach Lisa Bluder and the highest since Nov. 17, 1997 (11th). Bluder led Iowa to a No. 16 ranking in the AP poll in 2001.
The No. 13 ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll ranking was also the highest under Bluder (previous high was No. 17 in 2005). The No. 13 ranking was the highest Iowa has been ranked in the coaches poll since a No. 12 preseason ranking in 1997.
HAWKEYES PICKED TO FINISH THIRD
The Iowa women’s basketball team was picked to finish third by both the league coaches and media. Penn State was chosen as the favorite in both polls.
Junior Jaime Printy was a preseason all-Big Ten selection by both the league media and coaches.
PRINTY NAMED TO WATCH LISTS
Junior Jaime Printy has been named to both the “Wade Watch” and Wooden Award Watch Lists. The “Wade Watch” List is made up of the top 25 preseason women’s basketball players while the Wooden Award includes 30 student-athletes.
The Wade Trophy and Wooden Award are considered the two most prestigious awards in NCAA women’s college basketball.
PRINTY NOTES FROM LAST SEASON
? Became the youngest player in school history to earn All-America honors, taking home Associated Press honorable mention accolades as a sophomore. She is the only returning All-American in the Big Ten this season.
? Became the first player in school history to reach the 1,000 career point milestone as a sophomore.
? Earned second team All-Big Ten honors by the coaches and was a third team pick by the media.
? One of eight Hawkeyes named Academic All-Big Ten.
? Named Big Ten Player of the Week once.
? Started all 31 games and led the Hawkeyes with 16.8 points per game. ? Tied school record for free throw percentage in a single game (10-10, 1.000 vs. Indiana), three-pointers attempted in a single game (15 vs. Michigan) and three-pointers made in an NCAA Tournament game (5 vs. Gonzaga).
AWARD WINNERS RETURNING
? Jaime Printy was named honorable mention All-America by the Associated Press. She was also a second team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and a third team pick by the media. She was also named Big Ten Player of the Week once.
? Kamille Wahlin was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the league coaches and media. Wahlin was named a National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American. She also earned all-tournament honors at the Islander Tip-Off Tournament and the Caribbean Challenge.
? Morgan Johnson was named the KCRG-TV9 All-Tournament team.
SUCCESS UNDER BLUDER
Last season marked the eighth time in 11 seasons under head coach Lisa Bluder that Iowa has been selected for the NCAA Tournament, including each of the last four seasons. The Hawkeyes have participated in postseason play in all but one season under Bluder (two WNIT appearances).
In addition, Iowa finished 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.
Iowa also tallied its sixth 20-win season under Bluder, including each of the last four seasons.
JUMP IN ATTENDANCE LAST SEASON
The University of Iowa had the second-largest increase in attendance from the previous season among Division I women’s basketball programs, according to data released by the NCAA. Lisa Bluder’s squad also finished the 2010-11 season ranked 13th nationally in average attendance, the highest ranking since the 1997-98 season when the UI ranked ninth.
Iowa jumped from an average of 3,488 fans during the 2009-10 season to 5,823 fans for the 2010-11 season, a boost of 2,335 fans. Louisville was the only other school to see a larger increase, adding 4,462 fans.
Iowa’s total attendance figure of 81,528 is the third-highest in school history, while the average of 5,823 is the fourth best in school history.
Iowa’s top crowd of the season came on Jan. 8 vs. Ohio State, when 9,865 fans saw the Hawkeyes knock off the 20th-ranked Buckeyes. That crowd was the 11th-largest single-game crowd in women’s basketball history.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
Four Hawkeyes are currently working their way up the career records lists at Iowa.
? Kamille Wahlin ranks fourth in career three-pointers made (167), 11th in career assists (308) and 25th in career scoring (1,084). She needs 19 more three-pointers to move past Kristi Smith into third place, 20 more assists to move past Lisa Anderson for 10th place and 17 more points to move into 23rd place.
? Morgan Johnson ranks second in career blocks (155) and needs 81 more to move past Tangela Smith for first place.
? Jaime Printy ranks sixth in career three-pointers made (152) and 29th in career scoring (1,021). She needs six more three-pointers to move past Leah Magner for fifth place and five more points to move into 26th place.
? Kelly Krei ranks 11th in career three-pointers made (116) and needs two more to move past Nadine Domond into ninth place.
NEW HAWKEYES RANK HIGH
Iowa’s freshmen class was tabbed as the 11th best recruiting class of 2011 by ESPNHoopGurlz.com. The class includes five players, one at each position.
Included in the class is guard Samantha Logic, who is the third McDonald’s High School All-American to commit to the University of Iowa under Head Coach Lisa Bluder.
TOUGH SCHEDULE IN 11-12
The Hawkeyes are scheduled to face 14 teams who advanced to postseason play a year ago, including 10 NCAA Tournament teams.
Iowa will play six non-conference games on the road, with two of those matchups coming in the Bahamas at the Junkanoo Jam. Iowa will face St. John’s in the first round and could potentially play the defending NCAA national champions in Texas A&M in the final game.
WELCOME TO THE BIG TEN
Nebraska, the newest member of the Big Ten Conference, and Iowa have played 11 times since 1977. Iowa leads the all-time series, 7-4.
The Hawkeyes won the last meeting, 71-67 in Lincoln March 21, 2005 in WNIT second round action.
Considine suffered a torn Achillies tendon during preseason workouts. Rogers had surgery to repair an injured knee.
PLENTY OF NATIONAL EXPOSURE
The Hawkeyes will make a total of 25 appearances on ESPN2, BTN, FSN, Mediacom or BTN.com.
Iowa will appear in HD on BTN six times during the conference season, will make one appearance on ESPN2 (at Penn State) and will have one game on FSN Kansas City (at Kansas State).
Six games (four home contests) will be televised on Mediacom, while 13 games are slated for BTN.com webstreams. All four Mediacom games at home will also be streamed via BTN.com.
Iowa’s final two games of the season will either be televised on BTN or streamed at BTN.com. Those decisions will be made at a later date.
HAWKEYE CHALLENGE GAME TIMES STILL TBA
Game times for the first round of the annual Hawkeye Challenge are still listed as TBA. Start times for the women’s basketball games Saturday will be based on kickoff of the Michigan State vs. Iowa football game at Kinnick Stadium that same day.
PERFECT 3-0 ON FOREIGN TOUR
The Hawkeyes spent 12 days (Aug. 8-20) on a foreign tour, visiting Prague, Bratislava, Vienna and Paris. Iowa played three exhibition games against European club teams and left with a perfect 3-0 mark.
Iowa’s first game came against BC Strakonice in the Czech Republic. The game was tied with 20 seconds left, but Samantha Logic hit a pull-up jumper in the lane with five seconds remaining for the win. Logic finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Next was a game against BKZ Levice in Slovakia. Morgan Johnson led Iowa with 25 points in a 90-53 victory.
The third and final game was played in France against BC Franconville. Six players scored double figures en route to a 109-63 win.
Morgan Johnson led the team in scoring during the European tour with 15 points per game on 19-36 (.528) shooting. Jaime Printy averaged 13 points and Kelly Krei had 11.3 points per game. Krei shot 12-20 (.600) from the field and .615 (8-13) from three-point distance. As a team, the Hawkeye averaged 91.3 points per game.
Logic averaged a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds per contest and Kamille Wahlin registered 17 assists with just two turnovers.
HAWKEYES LAUNCH NEW FAN WEBSITE
Fans of the University of Iowa women’s basketball team now have another site to follow the Hawkeyes. www.IowaWomensBasketball.com gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the program and will also feature exclusive videos during the season.
IOWA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AND SOCIAL MEDIA
The Hawkeye women’s basketball has four different social media outlets. Check out the Iowa women’s basketball Facebook page or the University of Iowa Athletics Facebook page. Fans can also follow @TheIowaHawkeyes or @goiowa on Twitter.
Iowa opens the 2011-12 regular season next weekend with the annual Hawkeye Challenge. The Hawkeyes will face Harvard Saturday (time TBA). Iowa will then play either Butler or UNLV Sundy at 2:30 p.m.