Dec. 1, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women’s basketball team travels to Manhattan, Kan., Saturday to take on the Kansas State Wildcats in the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge. Tipoff at Bramlage Coliseum is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT).
ON YOUR TELEVISION
Saturday’s game at Kansas State will be televised to a cable audience on Fox Sports Kansas City (DirecTV – 672, Dish Network – 418, Mediacom – 174). Brian Smoller and Missy Heidrick 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
Hawkeye fans can 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 1,074 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 657-417 (.612). That includes a 329-165 (.666) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 312-90 (.776) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
SCOUTING KANSAS STATE
The Kansas State Wildcats are 3-2 overall. Kansas State opened with wins over Dartmouth, BYU and Missouri State, but dropped a pair of games over Thanksgiving break to Hofstra and No. 15 ranked Purdue in Cancun.
Jalana Childs leads the team with 15.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Brittany Chambers is next at 11.6 points and 6.2 rebounds. Tasha Dickey is scoring 10.2 points per contest.
As a team, Kansas State is averaging 54.8 points per game and limiting opponents to just 47.8 points per contest. The Wildcats are shooting .344 (106-308) from the field, including .233 (21-90) from three-point distance.
KANSAS STATE VS. IOWA NOTES
? Kansas State has won three of the four games in the series. The first meeting came at Kansas State during the 1978-79 season (80-93). The next was in 2002-03 at Kansas State (60-103). The third meeting was in Iowa City during the 2003-04 season (60-82). Iowa won last year in Iowa City (68-62).
? Junior Morgan Johnson’s hometown of Platte City, Mo., is approximately two hours away from Manhattan, Kan.
? Kansas State assistant coach Kelly Moylan was a graduate assistant at Northern Iowa. She earned her master’s degree in physical education from UNI in 1996.
LAST YEAR’S BIG TEN/BIG 12 CHALLENGE
Iowa defeated Kansas State, 68-62, in the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge last season in Iowa City.
The Hawkeyes won the game inside, outscoring the Wildcats, 38-27, in the paint. Iowa also out-rebounded Kansas State, 33-32.
Jaime Printy led the way for Iowa with 20 points, four rebounds and five assists. Morgan Johnson added 13 points, six rebounds and five blocks. Kachine Alexander chipped in 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists and three steals.
BIG TEN/BIG 12 CHALLENGE NOTES
? The Big Ten won last year’s innagural Challenge, 7-5.
? Iowa holds a 38-26 record against Big 12 opponents. The Hawkeyes have never faced Baylor or Oklahoma State.
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa is receiving votes in the latest ESPN/USA Today poll.
Four Iowa opponents are ranked in the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls: Texas A&M (4/4), Purdue (13/16), Penn State (16/15) and Ohio State (17/18).
In addition, Nebraska, Michigan, Northwestern, Iowa State and UNLV are receiving votes.
HAWKEYES DEFEAT VIRGINIA TECH IN BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE
Iowa overcame a tough shooting night to knock off Virginia Tech, 58-47, Wednesday night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes shot just .333 (20-60) from the field, including .219 (7-32) in the first half. Iowa bounced back to shoot .464 (13-28) in the second half to seal the win.
Morgan Johnson had a game-high 23 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Jaime Printy added nine points while Kelly Krei and Samantha Logic each had eight points. Krei and Logic also added seven rebounds.
JOHNSON OVERCOMES TOUGH FIRST HALF
Junior Morgan Johnson bounced back from a rough shooting first half to lead Iowa in a win over Virginia Tech (Nov. 30).
Johnson was just 1-10 in the first half and missed her first three shots of the second half. She responded by finishing 7-11 in the final 20 minutes and recorded 23 points, three shy of her career high.
Johnson helped her cause at the free throw line, finishing 7-8 from the charity stripe.
NO DOUBLE FIGURES, NO PROBLEM
Iowa had just one player (Morgan Johnson) score double figures in a win over Virginia Tech (Nov. 30).
The last time an Iowa team won a game with just one player in double figures was Dec. 2, 2007 vs. Detroit when Kristi Smith netted 10 points.
Since the game vs. Detroit in 2007, Iowa teams have only had one player score 10 or more points just seven times. The Hawkeyes lost all seven of those contests.
CHARITY STRIPE SUCCESS
The Hawkeyes have cashed in from the free throw line so far this season.
Iowa has only missed 24 free throws in 132 attempts and is shooting .818 from the line. The Hawkeyes entered the week ranked seventh in the nation in free throw percentage.
Individually, Jaime Printy’s .946 free throw percentage entering the week ranked 15th best in the nation.
HITTING FROM OUTSIDE
Kelly Krei has emerged as Iowa’s top three-point shooter. Krei is 14-28 from beyond the arc and leads the team with a .500 three-point percentage. Her three-point percentage ranks 20th in the NCAA, entering this week.
Three Hawkeyes have recorded consistent starts in certain statistical categories through seven games this season.
? Junior Jaime Printy has scored at least 15 points in all but two games, including back-to-back 20 point performances to start the season.
? Freshman Samantha Logic has grabbed at least five rebounds and dished out at least four assists in four of Iowa’s seven games.
? Junior Morgan Johnson has recorded three blocks in four of Iowa’s first seven contests.
PRINTY STREAK SNAPPED
Junior Jaime Printy had converted 30-straight free throws, dating back to Iowa’s game vs. UNLV (Nov. 13), before a miss from the charity stripe against Texas A&M (Nov. 26).
Printy went 8-8 against UNLV (Nov. 13), 9-9 against Albany (Nov. 16), 4-4 vs. Northern Iowa (Nov. 19) and 8-8 vs. St. John’s (Nov. 25). She made her first attempt against Texas A&M, before missing the first of two free throws in the second half.
Printy’s latest streak is the second time she has made at least 30-straight free throws. She made 32-straight free throws last year, one shy of Iowa’s record for consecutive free throws (33 by Lindsey Meder).
LOGIC COLLECTS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Freshman Samantha Logic scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds at Northern Iowa (Nov. 19) 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).
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).
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).
HAWKEYES ON ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS
Junior Jaime Printy was named to both the Hawkeye Challenge and Junkanoo Jam all-tournament teams. Senior Kamille Wahlin was chosen for the Hawkeye Challenge all-tournament team and freshman Samantha Logic was picked for the Junkanoo Jam all-tournament team.
Printy led Iowa in scoring vs. both Harvard (24 points) and UNLV (25 points) in the Hawkeye Challenge. 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.
Logic averaged 14.5 points and six rebounds while shooting .500 (12-24) from the field against two tough opponents in the Junkanoo Jam.
Logic started the week with 13 points, three rebounds and three steals in Iowa’s win over St. John’s. Logic was 5-9 from the field in 22 minutes of action.
Against the No. 4 ranked and defending NCAA champion Texas A&M Aggies, Logic was one rebound shy of a double-double. She scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds and added three assists.
Printy started the Junkanoo Jam with a team-best 17 points (8-8 FTs), five rebounds, three assists and three steals against St. John’s.
Printy added 14 points, three rebounds and three steals against Texas A&M.
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.
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 (177), 10th in career assists (327) and 22nd in career scoring (1,139). She needs nine more three-pointers to move past Kristi Smith into third place, 13 more assists to move past Kachine Alexander for ninth place and six more points to past Jaime Printy for 21st place.
? Morgan Johnson ranks second in career blocks (173) and needs 63 more to move past Tangela Smith for first place.
? Jaime Printy ranks fifth in career three-pointers made (163) and 22nd in career scoring (1,144). She needs 15 more three-pointers to move past Wahlin for fourth place and four more points to move past Cara Consuegra for 20th place.
? Kelly Krei ranks eighth in career three-pointers made (130) and needs nine more to move past Kristi Faulkner into seventh place.