Nov. 18, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women’s basketball team hits the road for the first time this season Saturday afternoon. The Hawkeyes will take on intra-state rival Northern Iowa at 3 p.m. Saturday in Cedar Falls.
ON YOUR TELEVISION
Saturday’s game will be televised live on Mediacom. Jerry Kiwala and Cindy Stein will call the action.
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Saturday’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 eighth season as Iowa’s play-by-play voice, while Till is in her seventh providing analysis.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
Saturday’s contest at Northern Iowa will be streamed live on UNIPanthers.com. The video link can also be found on hawkeyesports.com.
Hawkeye fans can also follow the game via live stats. The live stats 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 1,070 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 654-416 (.611). That includes a 329-165 (.666) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 311-90 (.776) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
SCOUTING NORTHERN IOWA
The Northern Iowa Panthers are 2-0 after defeating Colorado State at home (61-50) and Chicago State on the road (88-54).
Rachel Madrigal leads the team in scoring with 14.5 points per game. Katelin Oney and Mercedees Morgan are next at 13.5 points per contest. Madrigal, Morgan and Amber Kirschbaum are all averaging five rebounds per game.
The Panthers are shooting .448 (52-116) from the field and .357 (20-56) from three-point range.
Northern Iowa was picked to finish second in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Panthers have made two-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament and have won back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference tournament titles. Last season, the Panthers won the Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship.
NORTHERN IOWA VS. IOWA NOTES
? Iowa leads the all-time series, 14-2. Northern Iowa won the first meeting in the series during the 1974-75 season. The Hawkeyes then won 10-straight over Northern Iowa before the Panthers picked up their second win during the 2006-07 season. Iowa has won the last four meetings and holds a 7-1 record against Northern Iowa in games played in Cedar Falls.
? Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder graduated with a degree in marketing from Northern Iowa in 1983. She was a three-year starter for the Panther women’s basketball team.
? Saturday’s game features three coaches who are members of the Iowa Girls High School Hall of Fame. Northern Iowa Head Coach Tanya Warren (Des Moines Lincoln), along with Iowa Associate Head Coach Jan Jensen (Elk Horn Kimballton) and Iowa Assistant Coach Jenni Fitzgerald (North Scott), were all inducted after stellar high school careers.
? Eleven of Northern Iowa’s 16 players are from the state of Iowa. Six of the 14 players on Iowa’s roster are from the state.
Iowa wrapped up the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 75-64 win over Northern Iowa Dec. 22 last season.
The Hawkeyes took a commanding 48-29 lead into the locker room at halftime, but the Panthers fought back in the second half to make it a six-point game. The Hawkeyes kept the Panthers in check and held on for the win.
IOWA IN THE RANKINGS
The Hawkeyes are receiving votes in both the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today Top 25.
Three Iowa opponents are also ranked in the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls: Penn State (11/11), Purdue (16/20) and Ohio State (24/25). Iowa could potentially face defending NCAA champion Texas A&M in the Junkanoo Jam over Thanksgiving. The Aggies are ranked sixth in both polls.
In addition, St. John’s, Michigan State, Iowa State and Kansas State are receiving votes.
HAWKEYES PICK UP WIN OVER ALBANY
Iowa used a late first half run and solid second half shooting to run past Albany, 82-60, Wednesday night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes closed the first half on a 13-0 run in the final 3:33 and shot .556 (15-27) from the field, including .625 (5-8) from three-point range, in the second half.
All 11 players in uniform for the Hawkeyes played at least five minutes, with 10 players scoring at least two points.
KREI HITTING THE GLASS
Kelly Krei recorded her third career double-double Wednesday night vs. Albany, with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Krei’s first double-double came at home vs. Indiana as a sophomore (14 points and 13 rebounds). Her second was in the season opener vs. Southern in the Islander Tip-Off Classic, hosted by Texas A&M Corpus Christi, as a junior (20 points and 10 rebounds).
HITTING FROM OUTSIDE
Kelly Krei has emerged as Iowa’s top three-point shooter, through three games, this season.
Krei is 8-14 from beyond the arc and leads the team with a .571 three-point percentage.
The Iowa City native was a perfect 3-3 against Albany and was 4-6 vs. Harvard in the season opener.
MAJOR BENCH POINTS
Iowa’s 26 points off the bench vs. Albany were the most for a Hawkeye team in 26 games.
The Hawkeyes scored 26 bench points against Virginia Tech last year in Cancun. Before the Virginia Tech game a year ago, the last time an Iowa team scored 26 or more bench points was against Texas State in 2008 (27 off the bench).
EARLY CHARITY STRIPE SUCCESS
The Hawkeyes have cashed in from the free throw line so far this season.
Iowa has only missed 10 free throws in 64 attempts and is shooting .844 from the line.
Against Albany, Iowa was 23-27 from the line. The Hawkeyes were a perfect 10-10 against UNLV and went 21-27 against Harvard.
Jaime Printy leads the way from the stripe with a .955 percentage. She has missed only one free throw all season (21-22).
NESBITT SIDELINED WITH KNEE SURGERY
Junior Trisha Nesbitt will be sidelined after having minor knee surgery Nov. 15. She is expected to miss 3-6 weeks of action.
Printy led Iowa in scoring vs. both Harvard (24 points) and UNLV (25 points). She added six rebounds and four assists vs. Harvard, along with five rebounds and four assists vs. UNLV.
Printy was also named CollegeSportsMadness.com’s Big Ten Player of the Week.
Wahlin netted nine points against Harvard and scored 15 vs. UNLV. She also had two rebounds and three assists against the Rebels.
STAT SHEET STUFFER
Freshman Samantha Logic recorded impressive stat lines in Iowa’s first two games of the season.
Logic tallied nine points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in the season opener against Harvard. She followed with four poitns, two rebounds, four assists and two steals against UNLV.
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 (173), 11th in career assists (315) and 24th in career scoring (1,117). She needs 13 more three-pointers to move past Kristi Smith into third place, eight more assists to move past Lisa Anderson for 10th place and 13 more points to move into 23rd place.
? Morgan Johnson ranks second in career blocks (161) and needs 75 more to move past Tangela Smith for first place.
? Jaime Printy ranks fifth in career three-pointers made (158) and 26th in career scoring (1,086). She needs 16 more three-pointers to move past Wahlin for fourth place and 15 more points to move into 25th place.
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.