Dec. 14, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — THE SETTING
After a seven-day break from competition due to finals week, the University of Iowa women’s basketball team resumes play Saturday at Bradley. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at the Renaissance Coliseum in Peoria, Ill.
ON YOUR TELEVISION
Saturday’s game will be televised on tape delay by Mediacom. Fans can catch the game on MC22 Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 10:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. and also Thursday, Dec. 22 at 10 a.m.
Brian Bedo and former Air Force coach Ardie McInelly 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-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
Saturday’s contest will be streamed live online ($7.95 fee). Fans can access the video link under the “Calendar” tab on the front page of hawkeyesports.com or on the women’s basketball schedule page.
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 1,077 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 658-419 (.611). That includes a 329-165 (.666) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 313-90 (.777) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Bradley Braves are 7-3 and have won their last three contests. Two of the last three wins have come on the road (Butler and Central Michigan).
The Braves defeated Central Michigan, 66-60, on Dec. 6. Catie O’Leary led Bradley with 15 points off the bench. Katie Yohn had 13 points and eight rebounds and MacKenzie Westcott had 12 points and six boards.
Leah Kassing leads Bradley with 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Yohn is next with 12.2 points per contest. Westcott is the team’s second leading rebounder at 7.2 boards per game.
As a team, Bradley is averaging 65.9 points per game and shooting .415 (236-569) from the field, including .329 (52-158) from three-point distance.
IOWA VS. BRADLEY NOTES
? Iowa leads the all-time series, 5-0. The Hawkeyes won a 91-53 decision last year in Iowa City.
? Three players on Bradley’s roster are from Iowa: freshman Shronda Butts (Des Moines/East), sophomore Alyson Spinas-Valainis (Davenport/Assumption) and senior Mackenzie Westcott (Williamsburg/Williamsburg).
Iowa defeated Bradley, 91-53, last season in its home opener.
Four Hawkeyes hit double figures, led by Jaime Printy with 21 points. Kamille Wahlin added 17 points, five assists and three steals while Kachine Alexander had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Kelly Krei and Hannah Draxten each had 12 points.
The Hawkeyes converted 25 Bradley turnovers into 35 points and netted 16 second chance points off 13 offensive rebounds.
OPPONENTS IN THE RANKINGS
Five Iowa opponents are ranked in the AP or ESPN/USA Today polls: Texas A&M (10/10), Ohio State (12/14), Penn State (16/17), Purdue (22/22) and Nebraska (25/RV).
In addition, Northwestern and Michigan are receving votes.
HAWKEYES RUN PAST WESTERN ILLINOIS
Iowa used balanced scoring and a solid shooting performance to take down Western Illinois, 98-45. Four Hawkeyes scored in double figures and 10 of Iowa’s 11 players recorded at least two points. The Hawkeyes shot .494 (38-77) from the field, including .423 (11-26) from three-point distance.
Jaime Printy led all scorers with 25 points in just 19 minutes of play. Melissa Dixon added 15 points off the bench, Kamille Wahlin netted 14 points and Morgan Johnson scored 10 points in only eight minutes of play.
Iowa’s 53-point winning margin over Western Illinois (Dec. 9) was the fourth-largest in school history. It was also the largest margin of victory for a Hawkeye team since an 89-34 win (55 points) over Boise State in 1996.
EVEN MORE BENCH POINTS
The Hawkeyes scored 37 points off the bench against Western Illinois (Dec. 9), which were the most for an Iowa team since scoring 49 against Northern Illinois in 2007.
Earlier this season, Iowa netted 26 bench points, which were tied for the most since 2008.
Iowa’s 98 points vs. Western Illinois (Dec. 9) are the most for an Iowa team since scoring 99 points, also against Western Illinois, in 2000.
The Hawkeyes have now scored 90 or more points in 49 games.
DIXON HAS STRONG WEEK OFF THE BENCH
Freshman Melissa Dixon averaged 13 points and four rebounds in Iowa’s two games at Iowa State (Dec. 7) and vs. Western Illinois (Dec. 9).
Dixon scored 11 points (4-7 FGs) and grabbed four rebounds in Iowa’s game at Iowa State. She followed with 15 points and four rebounds against Western Illinois.
Dixon played a total of 39 minutes and did not commit a turnover.
STARTING TO HEAT UP FROM DISTANCE
Iowa is the only team in the Big Ten to have four players ranked among the top 15 three-point shooters in the league (by shooting percentage).
Penn State and Nebraska are the only other schools to have more than one player in the top 15 (both have two players ranked).
JOHNSON FROM THE FIELD
Junior Morgan Johnson has atttempted at least 10 shots in five of Iowa’s 10 games this season. In four of those games, Johnson has shot .500 or better.
Johnson was 5-10 (.500) vs. Harvard, 9-13 (.692) at Northern Iowa, 6-11 (.545) at Kansas State and 5-10 (.500) at Iowa State.
The only game Johnson failed to shoot .500 with 10 or more shots was vs. Virginia Tech (8-21, .381).
CHARITY STRIPE SUCCESS
The Hawkeyes have cashed in from the free throw line so far this season.
Iowa is 153-191 from the charity stripe and their .801 free throw percentage ranks second in the Big Ten and sixth-best in the NCAA.
Individually, Jaime Printy’s .897 free throw percentage is second-best in the Big Ten and 29th-nationally.
REACHING DOUBLE FIGURES
Iowa’s game vs. Western Illinois (Dec. 9) marked the fifth time this season that at least three players have scored 10 or more points.
The Hawkeyes had four players in double figures against Northern Iowa, Kansas State and Western Illinois. Three players reached double digits against Harvard and Albany.
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 three games, including four 20 point performances.
? Freshman Samantha Logic has grabbed at least five rebounds and dished out at least four assists in six of Iowa’s 10 games.
? Junior Morgan Johnson has recorded three blocks in four of Iowa’s first 10 contests.
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 (182), tied for 10th in career assists (339) and 21st in career scoring (1,157). She needs four more three-pointers to move past Kristi Smith into third place, 15 more assists to move past Jolette Law for eighth place and 23 more points to past Crystal Smith for 19th place.
? Morgan Johnson ranks second in career blocks (177) and needs 59 more to move past Tangela Smith for first place.
? Jaime Printy ranks fifth in career three-pointers made (172) and 18th in career scoring (1,199). She needs 11 more three-pointers to move past Wahlin for fourth place and 32 more points to move past Crystal Smith for 18th place.
? Kelly Krei ranks eighth in career three-pointers made (132) and needs seven more to move past Kristi Faulkner into seventh place.