Nov. 10, 2012
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women’s basketball team hosts Illinois State in the quarterfinal round of the Preseason WNIT on Sunday. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for youth (18 and under). UI students are admitted free.
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. Balbinot is in his ninth season as Iowa’s play-by-play voice, while Till is in her eighth providing analysis.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
Sunday’s contest vs. Illinois State 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.
Fans can receive a $2 discount off tickets by showing their ticket stub from the Iowa versus Purdue football game. U.S. Veterans can purchase a ticket for $5, in honor of Veteran’s Day.
Free 3-point cards will be given out to the first 1,250 fans and Iowa women’s basketball wristbands will be handed out to the first 1,000 fans.
The Kids Zone will be set up near the south concourse with plenty of activities for children before tip-off.
Iowa has played 1,099 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 672-427 (.611). That includes a 340-170 (.667) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 334-91 (.786) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
PRESEASON WNIT INFORMATION
? The Preseason WNIT is in its 19th year and is one of the longest-running preseason women’s basketball tournaments. Teams are selected based on expected success for that season, relevant past, conference standing, fan base and geographical location.
? Sixteen teams from 16 conferences compete in a three-game guarantee championship format. The event opens Nov. 9 with first round games. Second-round games will be played Nov. 11. If Iowa defeats Northern Illinois, the Hawkeyes will host a second round game Sunday at 2 p.m. The semifinals are set for Nov. 14-15 and the championship will be held Nov. 18. Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games Nov. 16-17 at a participating school site.
? The consolation bracket will be re-drawn with regard to matchups based on geography of teams involved, who is able to host and recent history of the teams. The consolation bracket will be released after the completion of first round games on Nov. 10.
? The official tournament website is womensnit.com. Fans can also follow the WNIT on Facebook and on Twitter (@womensNIT). The official Twitter hashtag of the tournament is #WNIT.
IOWA IN THE PRESEASON WNIT
The Hawkeyes are participating in the Preseason WNIT for the second time. Iowa’s only other Preseason WNIT appearance was in 1996. The Hawkeyes, ranked No. 6 in the country, defeated Illinois State (66-41) in first round action, but were upset by No. 20 Notre Dame (60-51) in the second round. Both games were played in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
SCOUTING ILLINOIS STATE
The Illinois State Redbirds opened their season with a 62-45 win over Morehead State in Bloomington, Ill. Jamie Russell led all scorers with 20 points. She also added six assists and three steals. Maddie Oliver had 12 points and seven rebounds. The Redbirds outrebounded Morehead State, 40-23.
Russell was named to the Missouri Valley Preseason All-Conference team and is Illinois State’s top returner in seven categories, including points (13.1), field goals (157), steals (82) and assists (109). The Redbirds were picked to finish third in the MVC and return 10 letterwinners, including four starters, from last year’s team that finished 19-13 overall and 13-5 in MVC play.
ILLINOIS STATE VS. IOWA NOTES
? Iowa leads the all-time series, 5-1. Iowa lost the first-ever matchup in the 1975-76 season, but has won the last five meetings.
? Iowa defeated Illinois State, 75-67, in the championship game of the Hawkeye Challenge on Nov. 15, 2009. Jaime Printy had 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Illinois State’s Alexis Jenkins was the only current player on the Redbird roster to play in that game (one rebound, two assists, seven minutes).
? Sunday will be the 1,100th game in Iowa women’s basketball history.
? Illinois State’s Maddie Oliver is from Roland, Iowa and attended Roland-Story High School.
HAWKEYES OPEN WITH WIN OVER NORTHERN ILLINOIS
Iowa used a solid defensive effort to open the 2012-13 campaign with a 63-40 win over Northern Illinois in the first round of the Preseason WNIT. The Hawkeyes limited NIU to just 29.2 percent shooting (14-of-48).
Iowa outscored the Huskies, 24-10 in the paint and turned 22 turnovers into 26 points. As a team, the Hawkeyes shot 40.4 percent from the field (23-of-57).
IOWA IN THE RANKINGS
The Hawkeyes are receiving votes in both the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today preseason Top 25.
Five Iowa opponents are also ranked in the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls: Penn State (8th/8th), Purdue (18th/21st), Nebraska (19th/18th), Ohio State (21st/19th) and West Virginia (22nd/17th).
In addition, Iowa State, Texas, LSU, West Virginia and Florida State are receiving votes.
JOHNSON REACHES MILESTONE
Senior Morgan Johnson became the 27th player in school history to score 1,100 career points in Iowa’s win over Northern Illinois (Nov. 9). She currently ranks 26th in career scoring with 1,103 points.
NO BASKET FOR YOU
Sophomore Bethany Doolittle not only recorded the first start of her career against Northern Illinois (Nov. 9), she set a new career-high in blocks. Doolittle swatted six shots, besting her previous high of four.
BLUDER CLOSING IN ON MILESTONE
Head coach Lisa Bluder is just 13 wins away from career win No. 600. Bluder entered the 2012-13 season as the 26th winningest active coach and the 46th overall winningest coach in NCAA women’s basketball history (by victories).
Only 41 coaches in NCAA women’s basketball history have reached the 600 career win plateau.
PERFECT IN SEASON OPENERS
Iowa is now a perfect 13-0 in season openers under head coach Lisa Bluder. Iowa’s last season-opening loss came in 1999.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
? Morgan Johnson ranks second in career blocks (227), 13th in career rebounds (635) and 26th in career scoring (1,103). She needs nine more blocks to move past Tangela Smith for first place, 19 more rebounds to move past Shanda Berry for 12th place and 27 more points to pass Lisa Anderson for 25th place.
? Jaime Printy ranks fourth in career 3-pointers made (198), 11th in career scoring (1,420) and 12th in career assists (307). She needs 24 more 3-pointers to move past Wendy Ausdemore for third place, 20 more points to move past Megan Skouby for 10th place and 16 more assists to move past Lisa Anderson for 11th place.
IOWA SELECTED TO HOST NCAA 1ST AND 2ND ROUNDS
The University of Iowa has been selected to host first and second round games of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship.
The Iowa City site will host first round games on Sunday, March 24 at 4 and 6:30 p.m. The second round contest will be on Tuesday, March 26 at 8:30 p.m.
Fans can take advantage of a special advanced sale rate that runs until Jan. 1. All-session tickets are just $25 for adults and $15 for youth (18 and under), UI students and seniors (50+). The first 500 fans purchasing all-session tickets will receive a souvenir t-shirt.
IOWA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AND SOCIAL MEDIA
The Hawkeye women’s basketball has four different social media outlets. Check out the Iowa women’s basketball Facebook page or the University of Iowa Athletics Facebook page. Fans can also follow @IowaWBB or @TheIowaHawkeyes on Twitter.