Nov. 21, 2012
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women’s basketball team will play on the road for the first time this season, traveling to Miami to compete in the FIU Thanksgiving Classic. The Hawkeyes open the tournament against host-school Florida International Friday at 5 p.m. (CT). West Virginia and LSU are also competing in the FIU Thanksgiving Classic.
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Friday’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. Balbinot is in his ninth season as Iowa’s play-by-play voice, while Till is in her eighth providing analysis.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
Fans can catch a live stream or follow live stats from Friday’s game against FIU in Miami at FIUSports.com.
Iowa has played 1,103 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 675-428 (.612). That includes a 340-170 (.667) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 337-92 (.786) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
SCOUTING FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
The Florida International Panthers are 1-2 overall. FIU opened the season with a 63-44 win over North Florida, but dropped its last two games against Florida Gulf Coast (45-69) and Western Kentucky (56-62).
Marita Davydova leads FIU with 15.7 points and 10 rebounds per contest, while shooting 52.6 percent from the field. Jerica Coley is next with 13.3 points and nine rebounds per game.
As a team, FIU is shooting 36.2 percent (64-of-177) from the field and holds +10.7 rebounding margin over its opponents.
IOWA VS. FIU NOTES
? This is Iowa’s third trip to FIU for a holiday tournament. The Hawkeyes competed in the 1992 FIU Sun and Fun Classic (Jan. 1-2) and the 2003 FIU Thanksgiving Classic. Iowa defeated Bucknell (97-39) and fell to No. 10 ranked Colorado (70-72) in the 1992 tournament. The Hawkeyes won the 2003 Thanksgiving classic, knocking off St. Joseph’s (62-58) and FIU (93-86).
? Iowa is 2-0 all-time against FIU. The Hawkeyes defeated FIU in the championship game of the 2003 FIU Thanksgiving Classic (93-86) and the 2006 Hawkeye Challenge (72-62).
The LSU Tigers are 1-2 overall. LSU opened the season with a 72-70 win over Wichita State, but dropped its last two games on the road at Hampton (58-67) and at Georgetown (69-71).
Three Tigers are averaging double figures, led by Theresa Plaisance with 15.3 points and 11 rebounds. Adrienne Webb is next at 15 points, followed by Bianca Lutley at 13.3 points per contest.
Iowa is 2-1 in the all-time series, winning the last two meetings.
SCOUTING WEST VIRGINIA
West Virginia is 3-0 overall with wins over UNC Wilmington (76-47), Boston (60-57) and USC Upstate (75-45).
Ayana Dunning leads the team with 12 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Bria Holmes is next at nine points, while Crystal Leary is avearging eight points. West Virginia assistant coach Malikah Willis lettered at Iowa from 1995-98 and was a part of the 1995 and 1996 Big Ten championship teams. She graduated in 1998 with a degree in African-American Studies.
Iowa leads the all-time series, 2-1. The two teams last met in the 2009 Nugget Classic in Reno. West Virginia came away with a 69-66 win. Jaime Printy scored 17 points and added six rebounds and eight assists, while Morgan Johnson had six points and four rebounds. Theairra Taylor had five points and four boards.
HAWKEYES BACK TO WINNING WAYS AGAINST ROBERT MORRIS
Iowa used another solid defensive effort to knock off Robert Morris, 58-44, improving to 4-1 overall.
Iowa outscored Robert Morris, 35-24, in the second half, including 20-4 in the paint. The Hawkeyes grabbed nine offensive rebounds in the final 20 minuts and limited Robert Morris to just 7-of-26 (26.9 percent) in the seond half.
Nine Hawkeyes scored against the Colonials, led by Morgan Johnson’s 19 points. She also added 11 rebounds in 33 minutes of play. Jaime Printy had eight points and five assists, while Samantha Logic chipped in nine assists, six rebounds and three steals.
IOWA IN THE RANKINGS
The Hawkeyes are receiving votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25.
Five Iowa opponents are also ranked in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls: Penn State (6th/7th), West Virginia (12th/14th), Purdue (14th/12th), Ohio State (16th/17th), Nebraska (23rd/20th) and North Carolina (25th/RV).
In addition, Iowa State, Middle Tennessee, Florida State and Minnesota are receiving votes.
JOHNSON CLOSE TO BLOCKS RECORD
Morgan Johnson needs two more blocks to become Iowa’s all-time blocked shots leader.
Johnson enters Tuesday’s game with 234 career blocks. Tangela Smith holds the Iowa school record with 235 blocks.
Johnson currently ranks ninth in Big Ten history in career blocks.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR JOHNSON
Morgan Johnson recorded her 14th career double-double in Iowa’s win over Robert Morris (Nov. 20). She finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds for her second consecutive double-double.
Johnson tallied three double-doubles as a freshman, five as a sophomore and four as a junior.
LOGIC LIKES TO SHARE
Samantha Logic has been finding her teammates over the last three games.
The sophomore has recorded 27 of her 33 assists on the season over the last three games. She picked up a career-best 12 assists against Middle Tennessee, added six against North Carolina and had nine against Robert Morris.
Johnson averaged 18.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in Iowa’s four Preseason WNIT contests. She scored 24 points in the quarterfinals against Illinois State and 20 points in the semifinals against Middle Tennessee and in the finals vs. North Carolina.
Printy averaged 12.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists over the four-game stretch. She buried a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds remaining against Middle Tennessee to force overtime and was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line.
JOHNSON NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Morgan Johnson was named Big Ten Player of the Week (Nov. 19) for her efforts in the Preseason WNIT semifinals and championship game.
Johnson averaged 20 points, 9.5 rebounds and shot 76.2 percent (16-of-21) from the floor against two tough opponents in Middle Tennessee and North Carolina.
Johnson started the week with 20 points (8-of-10 FGs), eight rebounds and two blocks in Iowa’s overtime win over Middle Tennessee. She followed with another 20-point performance, along with 11 rebounds, against ACC opponent North Carolina, battling 6-6 center Waltiea Rolle in the paint.
The award was Johnson’s second weekly honor from the Big Ten in her career. She was named Big Ten Player of the Week last year after scoring 37 points at Bradley.
DOOLITTLE BLOCK PARTY
Bethany Doolittle has made her presence known on the defensive end of the court.
Iowa’s power forward has swatted at least two shots in four of Iowa’s first five games, including a career-high six blocks in the season-opener against Northern Illinois (Nov. 9) and five blocks against Middle Tennessee (Nov. 14).
Last year as a freshman, Doolittle averaged just under one block per game.
SHARING AND SCORING
Iowa’s guards are sharing the ball well, which is leading to numerous scoring chances.
BLUDER CLOSING IN ON MILESTONE
Head coach Lisa Bluder is just 10 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 (all divisions) have reached the 600 career win plateau.
TWO SCHOOL RECORDS SET AGAINST MIDDLE TENNESSEE
? Samantha Logic tied the Iowa school record for assists in a single game with 12. She is the fifth Hawkeye to record 12 assists in a single game. The 12 assists also ties the Carver-Hawkeye Arena record. Logic now has three career games with 10 or more assists.
? Jaime Printy tied the school record for individual free throw percentage in a single game (minimum 10 attempts). Printy was 11-for-11 (1.000). It marked the eighth time in school history that a player has been perfect from the line with at least 10 attempts, and the second time Printy has accomplished the feat. That also tied a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record. Printy’s 11 made FTs tied a career high.
WINNING IN EXTRA TIME
With the win over Middle Tennessee, Iowa has now won four of its last five overtime games, dating to the 2009-10 season.
The Hawkeyes knocked off Wisconsin and Illinois in overtime last season and were defeated at Kansas State in overtime. Iowa also topped Wisconsin in OT in 2010.
PRINTY CRACKS TOP 10
Jaime Printy entered the top 10 in career scoring at Iowa after the victory over Middle Tennessee (Nov. 14).
Printy now sits in ninth place with 1,467 career points. She trails eighth place (Kamille Wahlin) by 16 points and seventh place (Tangela Smith) by 131 points.
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 21st in career scoring with 1,186 points.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
? Morgan Johnson ranks second in career blocks (234), 12th in career rebounds (674) and 21st in career scoring (1,186). She needs two more blocks to move past Tangela Smith for first place, 18 more rebounds to move past Lisa Becker for 11th place and eight more points to past Crystal Smith for 20th place.
? Jaime Printy ranks fourth in career 3-pointers made (206), ninth in career scoring (1,467) and 11th in career assists (323). She needs 16 more 3-pointers to move past Wendy Ausdemore for third place, 17 more points to move past Kamille Wahlin for eighth place and 17 more assists to move past Kachine Alexander for 10th 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.