Dec. 21, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women’s basketball team hosts Mississippi Valley State Thursday on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tipoff is slated for 5 p.m.
Tickets are $9 for adults. Youth (18 and under) and UI students (with valid student ID) are admitted free. Fans who have a ticket for the women’s game are invited to stay for the men’s game vs. Boise State at 7 p.m. Men’s basketball ticket holders can use their ticket for free admission to the women’s game.
Children can have their picture taken with Santa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena before Thursday’s game. Fans can also receive a coupon for $2 off a future game ticket by bringing a new toy to donate to the UI Children’s Hospital.
ON YOUR TELEVISION
Thursday’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 Thursday’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.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
Thursday’s contest vs. Mississippi Valley State 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 1,079 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 659-420 (.611). That includes a 329-165 (.666) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 314-90 (.777) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
SCOUTING MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE
The Mississippi Valley State Devilettes hold a 2-5 overall record.
The Devilettes are making their second trip to the state of Iowa this season. In its last game on Dec. 11, Mississippi Valley State was defeated by Iowa State in Ames, 77-47. Iowa State limited the Devilettes to a .271 (16-59) field goal percentage. Ka’Neshia Smith led the Devilettes with 11 points and nine rebonds, while Brittney Lakes added 10 points and five boards.
OPPONENTS IN THE RANKINGS
Five Iowa opponents are ranked in the AP or ESPN/USA Today polls: Texas A&M (10/10), Ohio State (11/13), Penn State (16/16), Purdue (20/21) and Nebraska (24/RV).
In addition, Northwestern, Michigan and Kansas State are receiving votes.
HAWKEYES DOWN DRAKE, 71-46
Iowa used a solid defensive effort and a strong shooting night to defeat intra-state rival Drake, 71-46 Tuesday night inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes held Drake to just a .345 (20-58) field goal percentage, including a .240 (6-25) percentage in the first half. Iowa forced 22 turnovers and turned them into 18 points.
Iowa made its first five shots and six of its first seven to take an early 14-4 lead. The Hawkeyes led by as many as 27 points early in the second half.
JOHNSON NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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.
CHARITY STRIPE SUCCESS
The Hawkeyes have cashed in from the free throw line so far this season.
Iowa is 194-236 from the charity stripe and their .822 free throw percentage ranks first in the Big Ten and ranked second-best in the NCAA entering the week.
Individually, Jaime Printy’s .903 free throw percentage is second-best in the Big Ten and 27th-nationally entering the week.
NOT MISSING FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE
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.
WAHLIN LENDING A HELPING HAND
Kamille Wahlin has been unselfish in Iowa’s last three games, while holding on to the ball.
Wahlin has a combined 14 assists to just four 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).
Wahlin had three assists and two turnovers against Drake (Dec. 20).
STATS DON’T LIE
In all seven of Iowa’s victories this season, the Hawkeyes have recorded a higher field goal percentage than their opponents.
In all five of Iowa’s losses, the Hawkeyes have had a lower shooting percentage than their opponents.
The Hawkeyes are 6-1 when recording a higher three-point percentage and just 1-4 when their opponents have a better percentage beyond the arc.
JOHNSON FROM THE FIELD
Junior Morgan Johnson has atttempted at least 10 shots in six of Iowa’s 12 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).
Two 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 eight of Iowa’s 12 games.
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), ninth in career assists (348) and 19th in career scoring (1,193). She needs four more three-pointers to move past Kristi Smith into third place, six more assists to move past Jolette Law for eighth place and 30 more points to past Jaime Printy for 18th place.
? Morgan Johnson ranks second in career blocks (183) and needs 53 more to move past Tangela Smith for first place.
? Jaime Printy ranks fifth in career three-pointers made (173), 18th in career scoring (1,222) and 17th in career assists (254). She needs 10 more three-pointers to move past Wahlin for fourth place, nine more points to move past Lisa Long for 17th place and nine more assists to move past Leah Magner to move into 16th place.
? Kelly Krei ranks eighth in career three-pointers made (135) and needs four more to move past Kristi Faulkner into seventh place.