Jan. 18, 2012
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women’s basketball team hosts Wisconsin on Thursday. Tip-off on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena is set for 7 p.m.
Tickets are $9 for adults. Youth (18 and under) and UI students (with valid student ID) are admitted free.
Thursday is Iowa’s Blackout game and Kamille Wahlin bobblehead night. It’s also UI Student night.
The first 1,000 fans will receive a Kamille Wahlin bobblehead, and all fans are encouraged to wear black. Any UI student wearing black will receive free ice cream and can enter to win a free iPod.
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till 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-600 WMT in Cedar Rapids, AM-1040 WHO in Des Moines or on the Hawkeye All-Access page of hawkeyesports.com.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
Thursday’s contest vs. Wisconsin 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 1,085 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 662-422 (.610). That includes a 331-168 (.663) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 317-91 (.777) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Wisconsin Badgers are 5-12 overall and 1-4 in Big Ten play.
In their last game, the Badgers wre defeated in Madison by Nebraska, 75-69. Four Wisconsin players scored double figures, led by Taylor Wurtz’s 20 points. Anya Covington and Morgan Paige added 14 points while Jade Davis had 11. Covington also grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double. Nebraska won the game in the paint, outscoring Wisconsin, 40-22.
Wurtz is the only player averaging double figures at 15.6 points per game. She is also the team’s leading rebounder at 7.6 boards per contest. Covington is next at 8.9 points and 6.6 rebounds.
As a team, Wisconsin is shooting .387 (351-906) from the field, including .323 (95-294) from three-point distance.
WISCONSIN VS. IOWA NOTES
? Iowa leads the all-time series, 38-20. The Hawkeyes have won eight-straight matchups against the Badgers, dating back to the 2006-07 season. The Hawkeyes are 23-8 vs. Wisconsin in games played in Iowa City.
? Wisconsin sophomore Morgan Paige is from the same hometown as Iowa’s Jaime Printy (Marion, Iowa). Paige attended Marion HS, while Printy prepped at Linn-Mar HS.
? Wisconsin freshman Lindsay Smith is from Dewitt, Iowa and prepped at Central DeWitt HS.
? Iowa freshman Samantha Logic is from Racine, Wis., and attended Racine J.I. Case HS.
? Wisconsin Director of Operations Jill Jameson graduated from Northern Iowa in 1993 and was a three-year starter for the Panthers.
? Wisconsin Head Coach Bobbie Kelsey is the newest coach in the Big Ten and is in her first season in Madison.
OPPONENTS IN THE RANKINGS
Six Iowa opponents are ranked in the AP or ESPN/USA Today polls: Ohio State (10/12), Purdue (13/18), Texas A&M (14/13), Nebraska (20/24), Penn State (22/21) and Kansas State (23/22).
In addition, Michigan State and Michigan are receiving votes.
HAWKEYES CAN’T HOLD ON FOR WIN AT PURDUE
No. 17 Purdue held on for a 57-55 win over Iowa on Sunday in West Lafayette.
The Hawkeyes trailed 30-17 with 5:21 left in the first half, but an 11-2 run to close the half made it a four point game at 32-28 heading into the second period.
Iowa opened the second half on a 9-0 run to take a 37-32 lead with 16:16 remaining, but a 16-2 surge by Purdue gave the Boilermakers a 48-39 lead with just over 11 minutes left.
The Hawkeyes clawed back and eventually took a one point lead after Kelly Krei made a pair of free throws with 37 seconds on the clock. Alex Guyton then made one of two free throws with 18 seconds left to tie the game, and Brittany Rayburn grabbed an offensive rebound as was fouled. She hit both free throws to take a two point lead, and Iowa’s final shot attempt was blocked.
JOHNSON CONTINUES SOLID PLAY VS. TOUGH OPPONENTS
Junior Morgan Johnson is averaging 19 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in Iowa’s last four games (at No. 9 Ohio State, vs. Illinois vs. No. 19 Nebraska and at No. 17 Purdue).
Johnson is shooting .571 (32-56) from the field and .750 (12-16) from the charity stripe over the four-game stretch.
Iowa’s starting center also recorded back-to-back double-doubles for the first time in her career. She scored 14 points (5-10 FGs) and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds against Illinois. Johnson followed with 21 points (9-14 FGs) and 12 rebounds against Nebraska. Johnson had a double-double at half against the Huskers (10 points and 11 rebounds).
Wahlin’s 196 career three-pointers ranks first, while Printy’s 187 rank second. Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn and Michigan’s Carmen Reynolds are tied for third with 179, Ohio State’s Samantha Prahalis is fifth with 162 and Penn State’s Maggie Lucas is sixth with 159.
HAWKEYE 3-POINT SHOOTERS IN ELITE COMPANY
Iowa is the only Big Ten school, and just one of three in the nation, to` boast three players inside the top 10 in career three-point shooting in school history.
Kamille Wahlin (3rd), Jaime Printy (4th) and Kelly Krei (7th) all rank inside the top 10 in career three-pointers made at Iowa. Only Oral Roberts and Miami (FL) have three players inside its respective top 10.
PRINTY HITS 1,300
Junior Jaime Printy became just the 13th player in school history to score 1,300 career points in Iowa’s game vs. Nebraska (Jan. 8).
Printy needs just five more points to move into the top 10 on Iowa’s all-time scoring list.
WAHLIN DELIVERS IN THE CLUTCH
Iowa’s game against Illinois (Jan. 5) marked the seventh time in Kamille Wahlin’s four-year career that she hit a shot in the final 1:05 of a game or overtime to either tie the game or give the Hawkeyes a lead.
Year – Opponent – Time Remaining – Type of Shot – Result
Sr. – Illinois – 10 seconds – 3-pointer – Tied game
Sr. – UNI – 31 seconds – 3-pointer – 2 pt. lead
Jr. – Michigan St. – 10 seconds – 3-pointer – Tied game
Jr. – Drake – 50 seconds – 2-pointer – 2 pt. lead
So. – Michigan St. – 1:04 – 3-pointer – 3 pt. lead
So. – Wisconsin – 35 seconds in OT – 3-pointer – 5 pt. lead
So. – Columbia – 16 seconds – 3-pointer – 3 pt. lead
KREI HITTING THE GLASS
Senior Kelly Krei recorded her fourth career double-digit rebound performance against Illinois (Jan. 5).
Krei grabbed 11 rebounds against the Fighting Illini, two shy of her career-high. Krei had 13 rebounds against Indiana as a sophomore, 10 against Southern as a junior and 10 against Albany this season.
Krei’s rebounding numbers have steadily improved since her sophomore season. She averaged 4.7 rebounds in 34 games as a sophomore and 5.1 boards in 31 games as junior. The Iowa City native is already averaging 5.7 rebounds in 18 games this season.
CHARITY STRIPE SUCCESS
The Hawkeyes have cashed in from the free throw line so far this season.
Iowa is 290-353 from the charity stripe and their .822 free throw percentage ranks first in the Big Ten and is ranked third-best in latest NCAA statistics.
Individually, Jaime Printy is first in the Big Ten with a .888 percentage and is ranked 15th-nationally in the latest NCAA statistics.
The Hawkeyes haven’t missed more than seven free throws in any game this year and have attempted at least 10 in every contest, including eight games with 20 or more attempts.
JOHNSON AMONG THE BEST AT HER POSITION
Junior Morgan Johnson’s .795 (66-83) free throw percentage is the second-best percentage in the country for players listed as true centers.
According to the latest NCAA statistics, only Stephen F. Austin’s Porsha Roberts (.816) tops Johnson’s .795 free throw percentage.
IOWA GUARDS LIKE TO SHARE
Iowa is the only team to have three players ranked inside the top 15 in assists in the latest Big Ten statistics.
The trio has combined for 119 of Iowa’s 166 assists over the last eight games. Printy has tallied 44 assists, Wahlin has 40 and Logic has 35.
In the latest NCAA statistics, Iowa ranks 23rd in assists per game (16.6).
JOHNSON FROM THE FIELD
Junior Morgan Johnson leads the Big Ten and is 27th in the nation with a .539 (104-193) field goal percentage.
Johnson has atttempted at least 10 shots in 10 of Iowa’s 18 games this season. In eight 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, 13-20 (.650) at Bradley, 11-16 (.688) at Ohio State, 5-10 (.500) vs. Illinois and 9-14 (.643) vs. Nebraska.
The only games Johnson failed to shoot .500 with 10 or more shots was vs. Virginia Tech (8-21, .381) and at Purdue (7-16, .438).
REACHING DOUBLE FIGURES
Iowa’s game at Purdue (Jan. 15) marked the 11th time this season that at least three players have scored 10 or more points.
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, Albany, Ohio State, Illinois, Nebraksa and at Purdue.
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 (196), sixth in career assists (374) and 15th in career scoring (1,274). She needs 26 more three-pointers to move past Wendy Ausdemore into second place, 14 more assists to move past Franthea Price for fifth place and 10 more points to past Necole Tunsil for 14th place.
? Morgan Johnson ranks second in career blocks (196) and 17th in career rebounds (534). She needs 40 more blocks to move past Tangela Smith for first place and 30 more rebounds to move past Necole Tunsil for 16th place.
? Jaime Printy ranks fourth in career three-pointers made (187), 11th in career scoring (1,339) and 13th in career assists (284). She needs 10 more three-pointers to move past Wahlin for third place, five more points to move past Wendy Ausdemore for 10th place and 14 more assists to move past Jennie Lillis for 12th place.
? Kelly Krei ranks seventh in career three-pointers made (144) and needs 13 more to move past Leah Magner into sixth place.