Feb. 25, 2012
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women’s basketball team will play its final game of the regular season on Sunday, hosting the Michigan Wolverines on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for youth (6-to-18). UI students (with valid student ID) and kids five-and-under are admitted free.
Sunday is “Senior Day” at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa’s two senior managers and five senior student-athletes will be honored after the game. Sunday is also “Fan Appreciation Day” and 30 random seats will be chosen to win prizes. Gold poms will be given to the first 1,000 fans and 200 t-shirts and 100 mini balls will be thrown to the crowd during the game.
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Sunday’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-1040 WHO in Des Moines or on the Hawkeye All-Access page of hawkeyesports.com.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
Sunday’s contest vs. Michigan 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 1,095 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 670-424 (.612). That includes a 339-170 (.666) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 321-91 (.779) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Michigan Wolverines are 19-9 overall and 8-7 in Big Ten play.
In its last game, Michigan was defeated at home by Purdue, 60-49. Purdue turned 15 Michigan turnovers into 16 points and shot 45.1 percent (23-of-51) from the field to seal the win. Rachel Sheffer lead Michigan with 15 points and Carmen Reynolds had 11. Jenny Ryan had eight points and 10 rebounds.
Sheffer leads Michigan with 13.3 points per game, followed by Courtney Boylan with 12.8. Ryan has a team-best 6.3 rebounds per contest.
As a team, Michigan is shooting 41.4 percent (651-of-1572) from the field, including 30.7 percent (308-of-399) from 3-point distance.
MICHIGAN VS. IOWA NOTES
? Iowa 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 454 assists.
? Iowa leads the all-time series, 42-14. Michigan has won three of the last four contests. Iowa is 21-6 in games played in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes have won six of the last eight meetings in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
? Iowa Assistant Coach Shannon Gage served as an assistant coach at Michigan from 2005-07.
Senior Kamille Wahlin buried a 3-pointer with 46 seconds remaining to give Iowa a 58-57 win at Michigan (Feb. 16).
Iowa trailed by as many as 16 points in the contest, but mounted a late second half comeback to get the win. The Hawkeyes trailed by 15 points early in the final half, but a 14-4 run pulled Iowa within five with 11:50 remaining. Iowa kept things close and a Samantha Logic 3-pointer with 1:16 left made it a two-point game.
After a Michigan turnover, Wahlin sank a 3-pointer to give Iowa its first lead of the game with 46 seconds left. Michigan had two shots at the win with less than five seconds left, but both were unsuccessful to give Iowa the win.
Wahlin finished with 18 points while Logic had 12 points and 18 rebounds. Morgan Johnson had 11 points and eight rebounds.
OPPONENTS IN THE RANKINGS
Six Iowa opponents are ranked in the AP or ESPN/USA Today polls: Ohio State (8/14), Penn State (11/15), Texas A&M (14/11), St. John’s (20/25), Purdue (22/RV) and Nebraska (23/23).
In addition, Kansas State is receiving votes.
HAWKEYES TAME WILDCATS
Iowa used a solid first half performance to defeat Northwestern in Evanston, 70-63 (Feb. 23).
The Hawkeyes netted 38 points in the first half and held the Wildcats to just 10-of-30 shooting (30 percent) in the first 20 minutes. Northwestern opened the second half with a 24-3 run to make it a single-digit Hawkeye lead, but clutch free throw shooting down the stretch sealed the win for Iowa.
Four players scored double figures, led by Morgan Johnson’s 18 points. Samantha Logic had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Kamille Wahlin had 14 points and Kelly Krei added 11. Logic was 8-of-10 from the charity stripe.
Freshman Samantha Logic has recorded three-straight double-doubles, dating back to Iowa’s game vs. Michigan State (Feb. 12).
Logic scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds against Michigan State, collected 12 points and secured 18 rebounds at Michigan and had 17 points and 10 boards at Northwestern.
WAHLIN CLOSING IN ON ANOTHER RECORD
Senior Kamille Wahlin is just two games away from tying the school record for career games played.
Wahlin has played in 124 career games, two shy of Johanna Solverson’s record of 126 games played.
Wahlin has also started 106 games, which ranks fifth in Iowa history. Jennie Lillis holds the career mark for starts at 121.
STEPPING UP AFTER PRINTY GOES DOWN
Kamille Wahlin, Morgan Johnson and Samantha Logic’s numbers over the past five games have helped with the absence of Iowa’s leading scorer, Jaime Printy, who suffered a torn ACL at Wisconsin (Feb. 2).
Since Printy’s injury, Wahlin is averaging 16.8 points and is shooting 40 percent (16-of-40) from 3-point range. She also has 23 assists to just seven turnovers.
Johnson is scoring 16.4 points per game and shooting 49.2 perecent (32-of-65) from the field.
Logic is averaging a double-double with 14.2 points and 11.4 rebounds over the five-game stretch. She is shooting 47.9 percent (23-of-48) from the field.
HOT IN FEBRUARY
Over the past four seasons, Lisa Bluder and the Hawkeyes have compiled an impressive 30-7 mark in the month of February.
Iowa is 6-0 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 seven-game winning streak. ? As a team, Iowa is shooting 42.1 percent from the field (181-of-430).
? Iowa is averaging 16.1 assists per game and holds a +5.4 rebounding margin.
? Morgan Johnson is averaging 18 points and eight rebounds and is shooting 54.3 percent from the field (50-of-92).
? Kamille Wahlin is averaging 15.9 points and shooting 38.2 percent from 3-point range (21-of-55).
? Samantha Logic is scoring 13.1 points per game, grabbing 10.4 rebounds and is dishing out 4.9 assists per contest.
WAHLIN DELIVERS IN THE CLUTCH
Iowa’s game at Michigan (Feb. 16) marked the eighth 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, give the Hawkeyes a lead or make the contest a two-possession game.
Year – Opponent – Time Remaining – Type of Shot – Result
Sr. – Michigan – 46 seconds – 3-pointer – 1 pt. lead
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
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 21 games, including 16 games with at least three offensive rebounds.
? She has dished out at least four assists in 16 games.
? Logic has scored 10 or more points 11 times.
WAHLIN BECOMING GO-TO PLAYER ON OFFENSE
Senior Kamille Wahlin has become Iowa’s main scoring option over the last 10 games.
Dating back to Iowa’s win vs. Wisconsin on Jan. 19, Wahlin is averaging 15.8 points, shooting 43.2 percent from the field (54-of-125) and 37.8 percent from 3-point distance (28-of-74). She has also converted 22-of-25 free throws (88 percent).
Wahlin has also created shots for her teammates with 3.9 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 is third in the Big Ten and ranks 21st in the NCAA in assists per game (16.2) and is second in the Big Ten and 25th 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 454 assists.
IOWA RANKS HIGH IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
Iowa is shooting 80.3 percent (421-of-524) from the free throw line, which leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the NCAA. Delware is first at 81.7 percent.
The school and Big Ten record for team single-season free throw percentage is 79.2 percent, set during the 2008-09 season. Iowa is on pace to break those records.
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 12 games with 20 or more attempts.
JOHNSON NETS 1,000
Junior Morgan Johnson became the 30th 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).
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 passed Printy for 10th place on Iowa’s scoring list during the game at Michigan (Feb. 16).
HAWKEYES IN CONFERENCE ONLY STATS
? Iowa leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.779), assists per game (16) and field goal defense (.364).
? Morgan Johnson is second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.558).
? Kamille Wahlin is second in the Big Ten in 3-pointers made per game (2.5).
JOHNSON FROM THE FIELD
Junior Morgan Johnson leads the Big Ten and is 12th in the nation with a 53.8 (162-of-301) field goal percentage.
Johnson has atttempted at least 10 shots in 15 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 223 career 3-pointers ranks first, while Printy’s 197 rank third. Michigan’s Carmen Reynolds is second with 199, Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn is fourth with 187, Ohio State’s Samantha Prahalis is fifth with 186 and Penn State’s Maggie Lucas is sixth with 179.
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).
REACHING DOUBLE FIGURES
Iowa’s game at Northwestern (Feb. 23) marked the 19th 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, vs. Northwestern, at Indiana and at Northwestern. Three players reached double digits against Harvard, Albany, Ohio State, Illinois, Nebraska, at Purdue, vs. Wisconsin, at Nebraska, at Wisconsin, vs. Minnesota and at Michigan.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
Four Hawkeyes are currently working their way up the career records lists at Iowa.
? Kamille Wahlin ranks second in career 3-pointers made (224), third in career assists (413) and 10th in career scoring (1,432). She needs 38 more 3-pointers to move past Lindsey Meder into second place, 19 more assists to move past Michelle Edwards for second place and eight more points to past Megan Skouby for ninth place.
? Morgan Johnson ranks second in career blocks (216), 15th in career rebounds (614) and 29th in career scoring (1,033). She needs 20 more blocks to move past Tangela Smith for first place, one more rebound to move past Kachine Alexander for 13th place and 49 more points to pass Shanda Berry for 28th 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 25 more 3-pointers to move past Wendy Ausdemore for third place, 24 more points to move past Wahlin for 10th place and 19 more assists to move past Lisa Anderson for 11th place.
? Kelly Krei ranks sixth in career 3-pointers made (157) and 17th in career rebounds (549). She needs 29 more 3-pointers to move past Kristi Smith into sixth place and 16 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 59. The previous record was 47 by Toni Foster during the 1991-92 season.
? Samantha Logic broke the Iowa record for assists by a freshman with 108. The previous record was 99 held by Jaime Printy. She is also second in steals with 42 and Johanna Solverson holds the record with 57.