Jan. 21, 2012
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women’s basketball team travels to Penn State on Sunday. Tip-off at the Bryce Jordan Center is set for 2 p.m. (CT).
ON YOUR TELEVISION
Sunday’s game at Penn State will be televised live on ESPN2. Pam Ward and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude will call the action.
Brent Balbinot and former Hawkeye JoAnn Hamlin will call Sunday’s game for the Hawkeye Radio Network. Hawkeye fans can listen to the contest on 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
Sunday’s game at Penn State can be found online at ESPN3.com.
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 1,086 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 663-422 (.610). That includes a 332-168 (.664) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 318-91 (.778) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
The 21st-ranked Penn State Lady Lions are 14-4 overall and 4-2 in Big Ten play.
In their last game, the Lady Lions defeated Illinois in Champaign, 71-65. Penn State was led by Maggie Lucas’ 19 points (10-10 FTs). Alex Bentley added 15 points and Nikki Greene had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Lucas leads the team with 20.3 points per game. She is shooting .410 (48-117) frm three-point range. Alex Bentley is next at 14.7 points and Zhaque Gray is averaging 11.2 points per contest. Nikki Greene is the team’s leading rebounder at 7.9 boards per game.
As a team, Penn State is shooting .446 (507-1138) from the field, including .369 (89-241) from three-point distance.
PENN STATE VS. IOWA NOTES
? Sunday’s contest is the 40th meeting between Iowa and Penn State State, with the Lady Lions leading the all-time series, 23-17. Iowa has won six of the last 10 contests, but Penn State has won four of the last five. Iowa is 5-12 in games played at Penn State, but has won two of the last four games at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Two furious comebacks in the second half weren’t enough, as Penn State knocked off Iowa, 82-75 (Feb. 6, 2011) in Iowa City.
The Lady Lions led by 12 at halftime, but an 8-2 run cut the deficit to just three at 54-51 with 13:26 remaining. Penn State stretched its lead to 13 points with 8:25 left, but an 11-2 surge pulled Iowa within four at 66-62. That would be as close as Iowa could get, as the Lady Lions held on for the win.
Kamille Wahlin led Iowa with 24 points. Jaime Printy added 20 points, four rebounds and four assists. Kachine Alexander chipped in a double-double with 12 points, 17 rebounds and four assists. Kelly Krei had 10 points.
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.
SECOND HALF SURGE LIFTS IOWA PAST WISCONSIN
Iowa used a solid second half run to defeat Wisconsin, 69-57, Thursday night in Iowa City.
With the game tied at 47 with 10:52 remaining, Iowa put together a 17-2 run to put the contest out of reach. The Hawkeyes were a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line during the run.
HAWKEYES SET FREE THROW RECORDS
Iowa tied the school and Carver-Hawkeye Arena record for free throw percentage against Wisconsin (Jan. 19).
The Hawkeyes were a perfect 16-16 from the charity stripe against the Badgers, marking the fourth time in school history, and just the second time in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, an Iowa team has converted every free throw attempt when shooting at least 10 free throws. Iowa was also a perfect 10-10 against UNLV earlier this season.
There have been five times this season a Big Ten team has converted every free throw when shooting at least 10 from the charity stripe, with Iowa having two of those performances.
Iowa also 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).
IOWA LEADS THE NATION IN FT PERCENTAGE
Iowa’s .829 (306-369) free throw percentage ranks first in the latest NCAA statistics.
Four Hawkeyes are shooting over .820 from the line, with four more shooting at least .750 Iowa’s starting five has only missed a combined 47 free throws and is shooting .839 from the charity stripe (245-292).
Individually, Jaime Printy is first in the Big Ten with a .897 percentage and is ranked 12th-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.
WAHLIN IMPROVING IN BIG TEN PLAY
Iowa senior Kamille Wahlin’s numbers have improved greatly since entering Big Ten play.
Wahlin is averaging 13.7 points per game in six conference games, compared to 9.5 points during Iowa’s 13 non-conference contests. She has also earned 18 trips to the free throw line in Big Ten play, converting 17 attempts. In the 13 non-conference games, Wahlin was 16-20 from the stripe.
Wahlin has already made 11 three-pointers in Big Ten play after making 19 in the non-conference portion of the schedule.
Wahlin’s 197 career three-pointers ranks first, while Printy’s 189 rank second. Michigan’s Carmen Reynolds is third with 181, Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn is fourth with 179, Ohio State’s Samantha Prahalis is fifth with 163 and Penn State’s Maggie Lucas is sixth with 160.
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.
JOHNSON RECORDS SOLID PLAY VS. TOUGH OPPONENTS
Junior Morgan Johnson averaged 19 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in Iowa’s four games at No. 9 Ohio State, vs. Illinois vs. No. 19 Nebraska and at No. 17 Purdue.
Johnson shot .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).
PRINTY HITS 1,300, TOP 10 IN SCORING
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 also cracked the top 10 on Iowa’s career scoring list against Wisconsin (Jan. 19). She entered the game needing five points to pass Wendy Ausdemore for 10th place and she netted 25.
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 19 games this season.
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 (43-53, .811) 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 133 of Iowa’s 183 assists over the last 10 games. Printy has tallied 49 assists, Wahlin has 45 and Logic has 39.
In the latest NCAA statistics, Iowa ranks 21st in assists per game (16.6).
JOHNSON FROM THE FIELD
Junior Morgan Johnson leads the Big Ten and is 30th in the nation with a .532 (107-201) field goal percentage.
Johnson has atttempted at least 10 shots in 10 of Iowa’s 19 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 vs. Wisconsin (Jan. 19) marked the 12th 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, at Purdue and vs. Wisconsin.
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 (197), sixth in career assists (379) and 14th in career scoring (1,289). She needs 25 more three-pointers to move past Wendy Ausdemore into second place, nine more assists to move past Franthea Price for fifth place and 31 more points to past Amy Herrig for 13th place.
? Morgan Johnson ranks second in career blocks (200) and 17th in career rebounds (548). She needs 36 more blocks to move past Tangela Smith for first place and 17 more rebounds to move past Necole Tunsil for 16th place.
? Jaime Printy ranks fourth in career three-pointers made (189), 10th in career scoring (1,364) and 13th in career assists (289). She needs nine more three-pointers to move past Wahlin for third place, 76 more points to move past Megan Skouby for ninth place and nine more assists to move past Jennie Lillis for 12th place.
? Kelly Krei ranks seventh in career three-pointers made (146) and needs 11 more to move past Leah Magner into sixth place.