Nov. 21, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women’s basketball team heads to The Bahamas for Thanksgiving Break. The Hawkeyes will compete in the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport and will face St. John’s Friday at 12 p.m. (CT).
Iowa will take on either Texas A&M or Temple Saturday.
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Friday’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-1460 KXNO 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
All Junkanoo Jam games will have a live video stream for a $4.99 fee. The video link can be found on hawkeyesports.com.
Iowa has played 1,071 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 655-416 (.612). That includes a 329-165 (.666) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 311-90 (.776) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
SCOUTING ST. JOHN’S
The St. John’s Red Storm are 1-2 overall. St. John’s opened the season with a 64-58 loss at home to St. Bonaventure, but rebounded with a 66-45 win over La Salle. The Red Storm recently dropped a road contest at Hofstra, 93-82.
Nadirah McKenith leads the team with 16.7 points per game. Eugene McPherson is next at 14.7 points per contest, while Shenneika Smith is averaging 13.3 points and leads the team with 6.3 rebounds.
As a team, St. John’s is scoring 68.7 points per game and is shooting .463 (82-117) from the field, including .226 (7-31) from three-point range.
The Temple Owls are 2-2 overall. Temple started the season with a home win over Miami, Ohio (70-36) and a road win at Northeastern (72-58). The Owls have dropped their last two games, both on the road (Ohio State, 70-66 and Northern Illinois, 58-52).
Three players are averaging double figures for Temple, led by Shey Peddy’s 14 points per game. Kristen McCarthey is next at 13.5 points and is the team’s leading rebounder at 6.3 boards per contest. Brittany Lewis is scoring 13 points per game.
The Owls are avearging 65 points per game and shooting .386 (21-74) from the field, including .284 (21-74) from three-point range.
SCOUTING TEXAS A&M
The defending NCAA champion Texas A&M Aggies are 4-0 on the season after wins over Lamar (83-58), Louisville (76-58) Arkansas-Little Rock (83-54) and Misssissippi State (93-47).
Kelsey Bone leads the team with 15.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Tyra White is next at 14.5 points, followed by Sydney Carter’s 12 points per contest. Adaora Elonu is averaging 10.5 points and 6.3 boards.
Texas A&M is averaging 83.8 points per game and shooting .467 (129-276) from the field, including 8-38 (.211) from three-point range.
JUNKANOO JAM NOTES
? Iowa has never faced St. John’s, Temple or Texas A&M.
? This is Iowa’s second trip to the Bahamas and the Junkanoo Jam. Iowa’s only other appearance was in 2004, when the Hawkeyes defeated Florida (65-62) and No. 21 ranked Oklahoma (54-47).
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 HOLD OFF PANTHERS FOR ROAD WIN
Iowa picked up its first road win with a 78-74 win at Northern Iowa Saturday.
The Hawkeyes enjoyed a 14 point lead with 12 minutes remaining, but a hard-fought comeback by the Panthers saw them gain a 74-73 lead with 36 seconds left. Senior Kamille Wahlin buried a deep three-pointer with 31 seconds on the clock to give Iowa a 76-74 advantage, and a tough defensive stop on Northern Iowa’s next possession led to a pair of game-clinching free throws by junior Jaime Printy.
Five players hit double figures for Iowa, led by Morgan Johnon’s 23 points (9-13 FGs). Printy added 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Samantha Logic, Bethany Doolittle and Wahlin each netted 10.
LOGIC COLLECTS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Freshman Samantha Logic scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Saturday at Northern Iowa for her first career double-double.
Logic’s double-double was the first for an Iowa freshman since the 2009-10 season. Morgan Johnson had 16 points and 11 rebounds vs. Purdue (Jan. 31, 2010).
PRINTY’S CONSISTENT WEEK
Junior Jaime Printy averaged 17 points, six rebounds, 5.5 assists and two steals in Iowa’s two wins last week.
Printy clinched Iowa’s win at Northern Iowa by sinking two free throws with 14 seconds remaining, finishing with 18 points (6-12 FGs), seven rebounds and three assists.
She started the week with 16 points, five rebounds and eight assists against Albany.
Printy was a perfect 13-13 from the free throw line last week and has made 21-straight free throws, dating back to Iowa’s game vs. UNLV (Nov. 13).
DOOLITTLE PRODUCTIVE OFF THE BENCH
Freshman Bethany Doolittle has emerged as a scoring threat off the bench for Iowa in the paint.
Doolittle has netted 18 points combined in her last two games, including 10 points (4-5 FGs) and six rebounds in just 11 minutes of action at Northern Iowa.
Doolittle scored eight points (4-6 FGs) in 17 minutes of play in Iowa’s win vs. Albany.
Doolittle is averaging 6.5 points and 13.3 minutes this season.
KREI HITTING THE GLASS
Kelly Krei recorded her third career double-double vs. Albany (Nov. 16) 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 four games, this season.
Krei is 10-18 from beyond the arc and leads the team with a .556 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 13 free throws in 83 attempts and is shooting .843 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.
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 (Nov. 12). She followed with four points, two rebounds, four assists and two steals against UNLV (Nov. 13).
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 (175), 11th in career assists (317) and 24th in career scoring (1,127). She needs 11 more three-pointers to move past Kristi Smith into third place, six more assists to move past Lisa Anderson for 10th place and three more points to move into 23rd place.
? Morgan Johnson ranks second in career blocks (165) and needs 71 more to move past Tangela Smith for first place.
? Jaime Printy ranks fifth in career three-pointers made (160) and 25th in career scoring (1,104). She needs 16 more three-pointers to move past Wahlin for fourth place and 24 more points to move into 25th place.
? Kelly Krei ranks eighth in career three-pointers made (126) and needs 13 more to move past Kristi Faulkner into seventh place.