Feb. 15, 2012
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women’s basketball team travels to Ann Arbor on Thursday to take on the Michigan Wolverines. Tip-off at Crisler Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT).
Thursday will be the first of two meetings between Iowa and Michigan in the final three-game stretch of the season.
ON YOUR TELEVISION
Thursday’s game will be televised live on BTN (HD). Dan Kelly, Lisa Stone and Megan Bower will call the action.
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-1360 KMJM in Cedar Rapids or on the Hawkeye All-Access page of hawkeyesports.com.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
Thursday’s contest 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 1,093 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 668-424 (.611). That includes a 337-170 (.665) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 321-91 (.779) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Michigan Wolverines are 18-7 overall and 7-5 in Big Ten play.
In its last game, Michigan knocked off Nebraska in Lincoln, 63-52. Michigan held Nebraska to just 12 first half points, including a 13.3 field goal percentage (4-of-30) and a 6.7 3-point percentage (1-of-15) in the first 20 minutes. Four Wolverines scored double figures, led by Carmen Reynolds’ 16 points (4-of-5 3-point FGs). Courtney Boylan had 14 points, Rachel Sheffer had 13 and Nya Jordan had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Sheffer leads the team with 13.3 points per game. Boylan is next with 13.1 points and Jenny Ryan has a team-best 6.1 rebounds.
As a team, the Wolverines are shooting 42 percent (590-of-1405) from the field, including 31.7 percent (151-of-476) from 3-point distance.
MICHIGAN VS. IOWA NOTES
? Iowa leads the all-time series, 41-14. Michigan has won the last three contests. Iowa is 16-9 in games played in Ann Arbor.
? Iowa Assistant Coach Shannon Gage served as an assistant coach at Michigan from 2005-07.
Michigan defeated Iowa, 60-53, in Iowa City (Jan. 2, 2011).
Iowa couldn’t overcome a tough shooting night. The Hawkeyes finished 20-51 (.392) from the field, including just .222 (4-18) from three-point range.
OPPONENTS IN THE RANKINGS
Five Iowa opponents are ranked in the AP or ESPN/USA Today polls: Ohio State (9/11), Penn State (12/17), Texas A&M (14/13), Nebraska (17/19) and Purdue (17/19).
In addition, St. John’s and Kansas State are receiving votes.
HAWKEYES FLY PAST SPARTANS
Iowa used an impressive second half performance to defeat Michigan State, 74-57, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena (Feb. 12).
The game was tied at 30 at halftime, but 44 second half points on 15-of-28 shooting (53.6 percent) and a perfect 11-of-11 from the charity stripe sealed the win. Iowa limited Michigan State to just 27 points in the final 20 minutes, as the Spartans converted only nine field goals in the second half.
Samantha Logic had 17 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Morgan Johnson had 18 points and Kamille Wahlin had 11 points and six assists. Bethany Doolittle and Theiarra Taylor each had 10 points off the bench.
LOGIC EARNS BIG TEN HONORS
Samantha Logic was been named co-Big Ten Player and Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Feb. 14) for her efforts in Iowa’s wins over Minnesota and Michigan State.
Logic averaged a double-double with 18.5 points and 11 rebounds in the Hawkeyes’ two wins. She shot a blistering 65 percent from the field (13-of-20) and 90 percent (9-of-10) from the free throw line. The Racine, Wis., native also added 4.5 assists per contest.
Logic started the week just one rebound shy of a double-double, finishing with 20 points (7-of-10 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), nine rebounds and six assists in a win over Minnesota.
She collected her third career double-double in Iowa’s win over Michigan State, finishing with 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Logic also had three assists, shot 6-of-10 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
HOT IN FEBRUARY
Over the past four seasons, Lisa Bluder and the Hawkeyes have compiled an impressive 28-7 mark in the month of February.
Iowa is 4-0 this season during February and went 5-2 last season.
The Hawkeyes collected a 6-2 mark during the 2009-10 season, 8-1 in 2008-09 and 5-2 in 2007-08.
Iowa closed the 2010-11 season with five-straight wins and won six of its final seven in 2009-10. The Hawkeyes won six-straight to end the 2008-09 season and 11 of their last 13 in 2007-08.
NUMBERS OVER WINNING STREAK
Iowa has recorded some impressive figures over the current five-game winning streak.
? As a team, Iowa is shooting 45 percent from the field (140-of-311).
? Iowa is averaging 17.2 assists per game and holds a +4.2 rebounding margin.
? Morgan Johnson is averaging 19.4 points, 8.0 rebounds 2.2 blocks and is shooting 58.8 percent from the field (40-of-68).
? Kamille Wahlin is averaging 15.8 points and shooting 36.8 percent from 3-point range (14-of-38).
? Samantha Logic is scoring 12.6 points per game, grabbing 9.0 rebounds and is dishing out 5.0 assists per contest.
PRINTY AND WAHLIN SCORING NOTES
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), and senior Kamille Wahlin joined the 1,300 point club in Iowa’s game at Penn State (Jan. 22).
Printy became just the 10th player in Iowa history to hit the 1,400 point mark in Iowa’s win over Purdue (Jan. 28). Wahlin hit the 1,400 point milestone in Iowa’s win over Michigan State (Feb. 12).
Printy 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 needs just 10 more points to pass Printy for 10th place on the scoring list.
JOHNSON NETS 1,000
Junior Morgan Johnson became the 32nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points, hitting the milestone against Minnesota (Feb. 9).
Johnson entered the game needing 19 points to join the elite club and finished with 23. She is the third active Hawkeye to score 1,000 career points (Wahlin and Printy).
MORE MILESTONES FOR WAHLIN
Senior Kamille Wahlin became the first player in Iowa school history to record 400 career assists and 200 made 3-pointers in Iowa’s win over Minnesota (Feb. 9).
Wahlin is just the fourth player in school history to collect 400 career assists. She is one of only three players to have 200 career 3-pointers, reaching the mark at Penn State this season (Jan. 22).
STAT SHEET STUFFER
Freshman Samantha Logic has contributed in numerous areas during her first season at Iowa.
? Logic has grabbed at least five rebounds in 19 games, including 14 games with at least three offensive rebounds.
? She has dished out at least four assists in 14 games.
? Logic has scored 10 or more points nine times.
WAHLIN BECOMING GO-TO PLAYER ON OFFENSE
Senior Kamille Wahlin has become Iowa’s main scoring option over the last eight games.
Dating back to Iowa’s win vs. Wisconsin on Jan. 19, Wahlin is averaging 15.8 points, shooting 44.3 percent from the field (43-of-97) and 36.8 percent from 3-point distance (21-of-57). She has also created shots for her teammates with 4.1 assists per contest.
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.
Iowa leads the Big Ten and ranks 19th in the NCAA in assists per game (16.4) and is second in the Big Ten and 23rd in the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio (1.0).
The Hawkeyes could potentially break the school record for team assists in a season. The record of 468 assists was set in 2003 and 2010. Iowa currently has 427 assists.
IOWA RANKS HIGH IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
Iowa is shooting 80.4 percent (390-of-485) from the free throw line, which leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth in the NCAA.
The Hawkeyes haven’t missed more than 10 free throws in any game this year and have attempted at least 10 in all but one contest, including 11 games with 20 or more attempts.
HAWKEYES IN CONFERENCE ONLY STATS
? Iowa leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.777), assists per game (16.4), assist/turnover ratio (1.1) and field goal defense (.365).
? Morgan Johnson is second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.581) and is tied for second in blocks per game (2.2).
JOHNSON FROM THE FIELD
Junior Morgan Johnson leads the Big Ten and is 13th in the nation with a 54.9 (152-of-277) field goal percentage.
Johnson has atttempted at least 10 shots in 14 of Iowa’s 26 games this season. In 11 of those games, Johnson has shot 50 percent or better.
Johnson was 5-of-10 (.500) vs. Harvard, 9-of-13 (.692) at Northern Iowa, 6-of-11 (.545) at Kansas State, 5-10 (.500) at Iowa State, 13-20 (.650) at Bradley, 11-16 (.688) at Ohio State, 5-of-10 (.500) vs. Illinois, 9-of-14 (.643) vs. Nebraska, 12-of-20 (.600) at Wisconsin, 9-of-13 (.692) vs. Minnesota and 7-of-14 (.500) vs. Michigan State.
Wahlin’s 216 career 3-pointers ranks first, while Printy’s 197 rank second. Michigan’s Carmen Reynolds is tied for second with 197, Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn is fourth with 186, Ohio State’s Samantha Prahalis is fifth with 179 and Penn State’s Maggie Lucas is sixth with 173.
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 3-point shooting in school history.
Kamille Wahlin (third), Jaime Printy (fourth) and Kelly Krei (seventh) all rank inside the top 10 in career 3-pointers made at Iowa. Only Oral Roberts and Miami (Fla.) have three players inside its respective top 10.
DIXON SHINES IN FIRST CAREER START
Freshman Melissa Dixon recorded her first career start at Indiana (Feb. 5) in place of the injured Jaime Printy and recorded career-highs in nearly every statistical category.
Dixon finished with career bests in points (19), field goals made (7), 3-pointers made and attempted (5-for-10), steals (3) and minutes played (28).
Junior Morgan Johnson and freshman Samantha Logic each recorded double-doubles in Iowa’s win at Wisconsin (Feb. 2). The last time Iowa had two players record a double-double in the same game was Nov. 20, 2010 against Northeastern. Johnson had 22 points and 10 rebounds while Kachine Alexander had 21 points and 12 boards.
Logic’s double-double against Wisconsin was the second of her career. She scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds at Northern Iowa (Nov. 19) for her first career double-double.
Logic’s first double-double was the first for an Iowa freshman since the 2009-10 season. Morgan Johnson had 16 points and 11 rebounds vs. Purdue (Jan. 31, 2010).
Logic’s 20 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists at Wisconsin were all career highs.
Johnson’s double-double was the fourth of the season and 11th of her career. Iowa’s starting center recorded back-to-back double-doubles for the first time in her career earlier this season. She scored 14 points (5-of-10 FGs) and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds against Illinois. Johnson followed with 21 points (9-of-14 FGs) and 12 rebounds against Nebraska. Johnson had a double-double at half against the Huskers (10 points and 11 rebounds).
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
REACHING DOUBLE FIGURES
Iowa’s game vs. Minnesota (Feb. 9) marked the 17th 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 and vs. Michigan State. Four players hit double figures against Northern Iowa, Kansas State, Western Illinois, Northwestern and at Indiana. Three players reached double digits against Harvard, Albany, Ohio State, Illinois, Nebraska, at Purdue, vs. Wisconsin, at Nebraska, at Wisconsin and vs. Minnesota.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
Four Hawkeyes are currently working their way up the career records lists at Iowa.
? Kamille Wahlin ranks third in career 3-pointers made (217), fourth in career assists (407) and 11th in career scoring (1,400). She needs five more 3-pointers to move past Wendy Ausdemore into second place, six more assists to move past Kristi Smith for third place and 10 more points to pass Jaime Printy for 10th place.
? Morgan Johnson ranks second in career blocks (213), 15th in career rebounds (602) and 31st in career scoring (1,022). She needs 23 more blocks to move past Tangela Smith for first place, 13 more rebounds to move past Lynn Kennedy for 14th place and 25 more points to pass Robin Anderson for 30th place.
? Jaime Printy ranks fourth in career 3-pointers made (197), 10th in career scoring (1,409) and 12th in career assists (304). She needs 21 more 3-pointers to move past Wahlin for third place, 31 more points to move past Megan Skouby for ninth place and 19 more assists to move past Lisa Anderson for 11th place.
? Kelly Krei ranks seventh in career 3-pointers made (152) and 17th in career rebounds (524). She needs five more 3-pointers to move past Leah Magner into sixth place and 29 more rebounds to pass Necole Tunsil for 16th place.
LOGIC AND JOHNSON AMONG BEST IN THEIR CLASS
? Morgan Johnson now holds the Iowa record for blocks by a junior with 58. The previous record was 47 by Toni Foster during the 1991-92 season.
? Samantha Logic tied the freshman assist record against Michigan State and has 99 assists this season. The previous record was held by Jaime Printy. She is also tied for second in steals with 39 and Johanna Solverson holds the record with 57.