Hawkeyes Host Drake Tuesday Night

Dec. 19, 2011

Iowa Game Notes vs. Drake

The University of Iowa women’s basketball team hosts Drake Tuesday on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Tickets are $9 for adults. Youth (18 and under) and UI students (with valid student ID) are admitted free).

Tuesday is Kalli Hansen bobblehead night. The first 1,000 fans will receive a Kalli Hansen bobblehead.

Tuesday is also Hy-Vee Night. Hy-Vee purchased 2,000 tickets to the Drake game and fans were able to pick up a free ticket at any one of the four Iowa City/Coralville Hy-Vee locations.

Tuesday’s game will be televised live by Mediacom. Rob Brooks and Shelley Till will call the action.

Brent Balbinot and former Hawkeye JoAnn Hamlin will call Tuesday’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.

Tuesday’s contest vs. Drake will be streamed live on hawkeyesports.com via the BTN Digital Network. Hawkeye All-Access subscribers can watch live video streams of UI events on the BTN Digital Network at no extra charge.

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.

Iowa has played 1,078 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 658-420 (.610). That includes a 329-165 (.666) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 313-90 (.777) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Drake Bulldogs are 5-4 after a 62-60 win at Saint Louis Sunday night. The win was Drake’s fourth-straight victory.

Drake held a 40-31 lead at half but a strong second half run by Saint Louis made the contest close. Rachael Hackbarth led the Bulldogs with 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Kyndal Clark had 13 points. Drake shot .511 (24-47) from the field and recorded 16 assists on 24 made baskets.

Hackbarth is nearly averaging a double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 9.9 rebounds per game. She is also shooting .504 (61-121) from the field. Clark is next at 10.2 points per contest.

As a team, Drake is shooting .419 (204-487) from the field, including .380 (41-108) from three-point distance.

? Drake leads the all-time series, 24-19. Iowa has won the last nine games in the series, including the last four in Iowa City.

? Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder coached 10 successful seasons (1990-2000) at Drake before joining the Hawkeyes.

? Iowa Associate Head Coach Jan Jensen and Assistant Coach Jenni Fitzgerald both played and coached at Drake. Jensen is one of only two Drake women’s basketball players to have her uniform retired. Both Jensen and Fitzgerald received the Drake Double D Award, which is the highest honor Drake bestows on its student-athletes.

? The last four meetings in the series have all been on Dec. 20.

Iowa fought off a tough first half and made clutch shots down the stretch to hold on for a 75-71 win at Drake last season.

Iowa committed 12 turnovers in the first half and trailed by six at halftime. The Hawkeyes were much more efficient in the second half, turning the six-point deficit into a 10-point lead. Drake battled back and tied the score at 71 with 1:10 left, but Kamille Wahlin drained a jumper with 50 seconds remaining to give Iowa a two-point lead at 73-71. The Hawkeyes stopped Drake on its next two offensive possessions to seal the win.

The Hawkeyes were led by Kachine Alexander with 26 points and eight rebounds. Wahlin and Printy each added 13 points.

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.

Bradley used a scorching shooting performance to knock off Iowa, 96-88, Saturday night in Peoria. The Braves shot .591 (13-22) from three-point distance for the win.

Iowa trailed by six at halftime and Bradley made six-straight three-pointers from the 19:07 to the 14:05 mark to gain a double-digit lead. Bradley led by as many as 19 before a late Iowa run cut the deficit to single digits.

Morgan Johnson led Iowa with 37 points and eight rebounds. Kelly Krei also grabbed eight boards. Kamille Wahlin chipped in 18 points and six assists.

Junior Morgan Johnson was named Big Ten Player of the Week after a career night at Bradley (Dec. 17).

Johnson notched new career highs in points (37), field goals made (13), free throws made (11) and free throws attempted (12). Her 37 points were also a Renaissance Coliseum record and are the most scored by any player in the Big Ten, so far, this season.

Johnson’s 37 points were the most for an Iowa center since Megan Skouby netted 33 at Kansas in 2008. Skouby finished the game 10-17 from the field and 13-14 from the free throw line.

The award was Johnson’s first Big Ten Player of the Week honor. She was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week once during her first season at Iowa.

Iowa finished 27-30 (.900) from the free throw line at Bradley (Dec. 17), which is believed to be a school record for free throw percentage (minimum 30 attempts).

Morgan Johnson was 11-12 from the line, while Melissa Dixon was 5-6. Kelly Krei was 2-3 and Kamille Wahlin, Kalli Hansen, Theairra Taylor and Virginia Johnson were all 2-2. Samantha Logic was also 1-1.

The Hawkeyes have cashed in from the free throw line so far this season.

Iowa is 180-221 from the charity stripe and their .814 free throw percentage ranks first in the Big Ten and second-best in the NCAA.

Individually, Jaime Printy’s .897 free throw percentage is second-best in the Big Ten and 27th-nationally.

Kamille Wahlin has been unselfish in Iowa’s last two games, while holding on to the ball.

Wahlin has a combined 11 assists to just two turnovers in Iowa’s last two contests. She finished with five assists and zero turnovers against Western Illinois (Dec. 9) and followed with six assists and just two turnovers at Bradley (Dec. 17).

Junior Morgan Johnson has atttempted at least 10 shots in six of Iowa’s 11 games this season. In five 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, 5-10 (.500) at Iowa State and 13-20 (.650) at Bradley.

The only game Johnson failed to shoot .500 with 10 or more shots was vs. Virginia Tech (8-21, .381).

Three Hawkeyes have recorded consistent starts in certain statistical categories through 11 games this season.

? Junior Jaime Printy has scored at least 15 points in all but four games, including four 20 point performances.

? Freshman Samantha Logic has grabbed at least five rebounds and dished out at least four assists in seven of Iowa’s 11 games.

? Junior Morgan Johnson has recorded three blocks in five of Iowa’s first 11 contests.

Four Hawkeyes are currently working their way up the career records lists at Iowa.

? Kamille Wahlin ranks fourth in career three-pointers made (182), ninth in career assists (345) and 20th in career scoring (1,189). She needs four more three-pointers to move past Kristi Smith into third place, nine more assists to move past Jolette Law for eighth place and five more points to past Crystal Smith for 19th place.

? Morgan Johnson ranks second in career blocks (181) and needs 55 more to move past Tangela Smith for first place.

? Jaime Printy ranks fifth in career three-pointers made (173), 18th in career scoring (1,206) and 18th in career assists (251). She needs 10 more three-pointers to move past Wahlin for fourth place, 25 more points to move past Lisa Long for 17th place and two more assists to move past Kristi Faulkner to move into 17th place.

? Kelly Krei ranks eighth in career three-pointers made (133) and needs six more to move past Kristi Faulkner into seventh place.