Jan. 1, 2012
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women’s basketball team travels to Columbus, Ohio, Monday to take on the ninth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. Tip-off is slated for 11 a.m. (CT).
Monday’s game is the first Big Ten road contest for Iowa this season.
ON YOUR TELEVISION
Monday’s game will be televised live by BTN (HD). Lisa Byington and Debbie Antonelli will call the action.
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Monday’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
Monday’s contest at Northwestern can be streamed live on your smart phone, tablet or computer by visiting BTN2Go.com. The service is available for Bright House, Charter, Cox or Time Warner cable subscribers, along with Dish Network and DirecTV satellite subscribers.
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 1,081 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 661-420 (.611). That includes a 330-165 (.667) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 316-90 (.778) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
SCOUTING OHIO STATE
The No. 9 Ohio State Buckeyes are a perfect 14-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The Buckeyes are 11-0 at Value City Arena this season.
In its last game, Ohio State defeated Wisconsin, 77-61, to open Big Ten play. Four Buckeyes scored double figures, led by Tayler Hill’s 21 points. Samantha Prahalis had 12 points and 11 assists while playing all 40 minutes. Ashley Adams had 14 points and Kalpana Beach led the team with eight rebounds. Ohio State out-scored Wisconsin, 38-16 in the paint.
Hill leads Ohio State with 21.2 points per game and is shooting .503 (98-195) from the field, including .416 (37-89) from three-point range. Prahalis is next at 17.5 points. Beach is the team’s leading rebounder, with 6.3 boards per contest.
As a team, Ohio State leads the Big Ten in scoring (78.9 points per game) and field goal percentage (404-844, .474).
IOWA VS. OHIO STATE NOTES
? Friday will be the 57th meeting between the two schools, with Ohio State holding a slim 30-26 advantage in the all-time series. Ohio State has won 15 of the last 17 meetings, dating back to the 2002-03 season. Iowa’s two wins in that stretch came during the 2008-09 season (85-75, Feb. 12, 2009) and last season in Iowa City (89-76, Jan. 8, 2011). The Hawkeyes hold a 7-18 record in Columbus, including a 1-10 record at Value City Arena. Iowa’s last win at Ohio State was Feb. 20, 1998 (74-71).
? The top two free throw shooters in the Big Ten will face off Monday night. Samantha Prahalis leads the conference with a .920 percentage. Jaime Printy is second at .908.
? Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder and Ohio State Head Coach Jim Foster are the longest-tenured Big Ten coaches. Bluder is in her 12th season at Iowa and has 220 wins as a Hawkeye. Foster is in his 10th year at Ohio State with 250 wins.
Ohio State defeated Iowa, 71-61, in the quarterfinals of last year’s Big Ten Tournament.
The contest was tied at 27 at halftime but Ohio State built a 52-40 lead with 10 minutes left in the second half. The Hawkeyes responded with an 11-0 run in the next five minutes to pull the game to 52-51. Ohio State maintained a small advantage throughout the remainder of the game to hold on for the win.
Ohio State was led by Birttany Johnson’s 23 points. Jantel Lavender had 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Tayler Hill had 12 points and five assists.
OPPONENTS IN THE RANKINGS
Five Iowa opponents are ranked in the AP or ESPN/USA Today polls: Ohio State (9/12), Texas A&M (10/9), Penn State (16/17), Purdue (20/21) and Nebraska (23/RV).
In addition, Northwesternare receiving votes.
HAWKEYES OPEN BIG TEN SEASON WITH VICTORY
Iowa used a furious scoring run early in the first half en route to an 86-55 win over Northwestern (Dec. 30) to open the conference season with a win.
Kamille Wahlin drained a three-pointer at the 15:11 mark in the first half to spark a 22-5 run over the next 4:58. The Hawkeyes drained six-straight three-pointers during the run to take a 35-18 advantage. Iowa finished with 12 three-pointers and shot .444 from long distance.
Four players scored double figures, led by Jaime Printy with 20 points. Wahlin (16), Morgan Johnson (14) and Melissa Dixon (10) led Iowa in scoring. Johnson was also one rebound shy of a double-double, while Printy (8) and Wahlin (7) led the team in assists.
PRINTY AND WAHLIN SHARING WELL
Kamille Wahlin and Jaime Printy have been unselfish in Iowa’s last five games, while holding on to the ball. The two have combined for 54 of Iowa’s 96 assists over the last five games.
Wahlin has recorded 28 assists over the five-game stretch and has only committed 10 turnovers. Printy has 26 assists to 13 turnovers.
Wahlin dished out five assists vs. Western Illinois (Dec. 9), six at Bradley (Dec. 17), three vs. Drake (Dec. 20) and seven vs. Mississippi Valley State (Dec. 22) and Northwestern (Dec. 30).
Printy recorded four assists vs. Western Illinois (Dec. 9), seven at Bradley (Dec. 17), three vs. Drake (Dec. 20) four vs. Mississippi Valley State (Dec. 22) and eight vs. Northwestern (Dec. 30).
IMPROVING FROM LONG DISTANCE
The Hawkeyes have improved their three-point shooting by 20 percentage points over the past two games.
Iowa entered its final non-conference game vs. Missississippi Valley State shooting .322 (78-242) from beyond the arc. Entering Monday’s game at Ohio State, the Hawkeyes are at .342 (104-304).
In their last two games, the Hawkeyes have shot a combined .419 (26-62) from three-point distance. Iowa drained 14 three-pointers to set a new school record against Mississippi Valley State and followed with 12 treys against Northwestern.
CHARITY STRIPE SUCCESS
The Hawkeyes have cashed in from the free throw line so far this season.
Iowa is 228-278 from the charity stripe and their .820 free throw percentage ranks first in the Big Ten and is ranked second-best in latest NCAA statistics.
Individually, Jaime Printy is second in the Big Ten with a .908 percentage and is ranked 27th-nationally in the latest NCAA statistics.
The Hawkeyes haven’t missed more than six free throws in any game this year and have attempted at least 10 in every contest, including seven games with 20 or more attempts.
JOHNSON AMONG THE BEST AT HER POSITION
Junior Morgan Johnson’s .806 (54-67) free throw percentage is the second-best percentage in the country for players listed as true centers.
Only Ruta Zurauskyte from Santa Clara has a better free throw percentage among players listed as centers in the most recent NCAA statistics.
STATS DON’T LIE
In eight of Iowa’s nine 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 only opponent to record a higher field goal percentage and still lose was Mississippi Valley State (Dec. 22).
JOHNSON FROM THE FIELD
Junior Morgan Johnson has atttempted at least 10 shots in six of Iowa’s 14 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).
REACHING DOUBLE FIGURES
Iowa’s game vs. Northwestern (Dec. 30) marked the seventh time this season that at least three players have scored 10 or more points. In those games, Iowa is 6-1 (only loss was at Kansas State).
The Hawkeyes had all five starters score double figures against Mississippi Valley State. Four players hit double figures against Northern Iowa, Kansas State, Western Illinois and Northwestern. Three players reached double digits against Harvard and Albany.
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 six 20 point performances.
? Freshman Samantha Logic has grabbed at least five rebounds and dished out at least four assists in eight of Iowa’s 14 games.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
Four Hawkeyes are currently working their way up the career records lists at Iowa.
? Kamille Wahlin ranks third in career three-pointers made (190), seventh in career assists (362) and 19th in career scoring (1,223). She needs 32 more three-pointers to move past Wendy Ausdemore into second place, six more assists to move past Steph Schueler for sixth place and eight more points to past Lisa Long for 18th place.
? Morgan Johnson ranks second in career blocks (185) and 21st in career rebounds (500). She needs 51 more blocks to move past Tangela Smith for first place and seven more rebound to move past Jamie Cavey for 20th place.
? Jaime Printy ranks fifth in career three-pointers made (180), 15th in career scoring (1,264) and 16th in career assists (266). She needs six more three-pointers to move past Kristi Smith for fourth place, one more point to move past Jamie Cavey for 14th place and 14 more assists to move past Necole Tunsiil and Laurie Aaron for 14th place.
? Kelly Krei ranks seventh in career three-pointers made (140) and needs 17 more to move past Leah Magner into sixth place.