Nov. 30, 2012
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women’s basketball team returns home Saturday after a three-game road trip to face the Northern Iowa Panthers. Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m. on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for youth (18 and under). UI students are admitted free.
ON YOUR TELEVISION
Saturday’s game will be televised live on Mediacom Connections (MC22). Rob Brooks and Shelley Till will have the call.
Viewers in eastern Iowa will be able to see the entire game. Mediacom will join the Iowa women’s game in progress after the conclusion of the Iowa State men’s game that begins at 1 p.m.
Brent Balbinot and former Hawkeye Kelsey Cermak will call Saturday’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
Hawkeye fans can 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 1,106 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 676-430 (.611). That includes a 340-170 (.667) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 337-92 (.786) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
SCOUTING NORTHERN IOWA
The Northern Iowa Panthers are 3-3, with wins over South Dakota, North Dakota State and North Carolina State. Northern Iowa’s three losses are against Green Bay, Arizona State and Florida.
Saturday marks Northern Iowa’s first game in six days. The Panthers defeated North Carolina State, 76-72, on Nov. 25. The Panthers were outscored in the paint, 32-12 and gave up 20 second chance points, but finished 14-of-28 (50 percent) from 3-point distance to come away with the win. Jacqui Kalin finished with 28 points (4-of-8 3Pt. FGs, 10-of-10 FTs). Jen Keitel came off the bench to score 10 points.
Kalin leads the Panthers with 19 points per game and is third on the team with 5.2 rebounds per contest. She is 29-of-30 from the free throw line. Keitel has come off the bench in all six contests and leads the team with 5.5 rebounds per game and is second in scoring at 10 points per contest.
As a team, the Panthers are shooting 40.3 percent (135-of-335) from the field, including 34.2 percent (51-of-149) from 3-point distance.
NORTHERN IOWA vs. IOWA NOTES
? Iowa leads the all-time series, 15-2. Northern Iowa won the first meeting in the series during the 1974-75 season. The Hawkeyes then won 10-straight over Northern Iowa before the Panthers picked up their second win during the 2006-07 season. Iowa has won the last five meetings and holds a 6-1 record against Northern Iowa in games played in Iowa City.
? Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder graduated with a degree in marketing from Northern Iowa in 1983. She was a three-year starter for the Panther women’s basketball team.
? Saturday’s game features three coaches who are members of the Iowa Girls High School Hall of Fame. Northern Iowa Head Coach Tanya Warren (Des Moines Lincoln), along with Iowa Associate Head Coach Jan Jensen (Elk Horn Kimballton) and Iowa Assistant Coach Jenni Fitzgerald (North Scott), were all inducted after stellar high school careers.
? Ten of Northern Iowa’s 16 players are from the state of Iowa. Three of the 13 players on Iowa’s roster are from the state.
Iowa picked up its first road of the 2011-12 season win with a 78-74 win at Northern Iowa (Nov. 19).
The Hawkeyes enjoyed a 14 point lead with 12 minutes remaining, but a hard-fought comeback by the Panthers saw them gain a 74-73 lead with 36 seconds left. Senior Kamille Wahlin buried a deep three-pointer with 31 seconds on the clock to give Iowa a 76-74 advantage, and a tough defensive stop on Northern Iowa’s next possession led to a pair of game-clinching free throws by junior Jaime Printy.
Five players hit double figures for Iowa, led by Morgan Johnon’s 23 points (9-13 FGs). Printy added 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Samantha Logic, Bethany Doolittle and Wahlin each netted 10.
HAWKEYES FALL TO FLORIDA STATE IN ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
Florida State netted 50 points in the second half to secure an 83-69 victory over Iowa in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday night.
The Seminoles forced 24 Hawkeye turnovers, converting 28 points off the miscues. Florida State also received 23 points off its bench.
IOWA IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa is receiving votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25.
Seven Iowa opponents are ranked in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls: Penn State (6th/7th), Purdue (14th/13th), Ohio State (15th/16th), Nebraska (21st/19th), North Carolina (22nd/RV), Iowa State (24th/RV) and West Virginia (25th/23rd).
In addition, Florida State, Middle Tennessee and Minnesota are receiving votes.
DOOLITTLE PICKS UP HER GAME
Last year as a freshman, Bethany Doolittle scored in double figures in two games (at Northern Iowa, vs. Michigan State) and had six rebounds in one contest (at Northern Iowa). Through eight games this season, Doolittle has already doubled those performances.
Doolittle has scored 10 or more points in Iowa’s last two games (17 vs. West Virginia, 10 vs. Florida State). She already has four games with six or more rebounds, including a career-high nine vs. Middle Tennessee.
FREE THROW RECORDS FALL AGAINST WEST VIRGINIA
? Jaime Printy is only the third player in Big Ten history to go 17-of-17 from the free throw line, matching the best single game free throw performance in conference history. Wisconsin’s Michele Kozelka (1989) and Keisha Anderson (1996) are the only other players in Big Ten history to accomplish the feat.
? Printy’s 17 made free throws tied the single game school record and are tied for the second most made free throws in Big Ten history.
? Printy’s performance against West Virginia marked the ninth time in school history that an Iowa player has been perfect from the free throw line (minimum 10 attempts). Printy now has three of those marks, with one of those performances coming earlier this year against Middle Tennessee (11-for-11). The other came against Indiana (10-for-10) on Feb. 27, 2011.
? As a team, the Hawkeyes set the Big Ten and school record for made free throws made (42) and set the school record for free throw attempts (50).
CLOSING IN ON A BIG TEN RECORD
Jaime Printy currently owns an 88.3 career free throw percentage (348-of-394). Former Hawkeye Wendy Ausdemore holds the Iowa and Big Ten record for career free throw percentage at 89.2 (174-of-195).
JOHNSON SETS BLOCK RECORD
Morgan Johnson became the Iowa career leader in blocks against Florida International (Nov. 23).
Johnson entered the game needing two blocks to break Tangela Smith’s career blocks record and she finished with five.
Johnson currently ranks eighth in Big Ten history with 243 blocks.
? Jaime Printy is just the third player in school history with 1,500 career points, 400 career rebounds and 300 career assists. Michelle Edwards and Franthea Price are the other two Iowa players to record those career numbers.
? Morgan Johnson is only the second player in school history to collect over 200 blocks, joining Tangela Smith.
STELLAR FROM THE FIELD
Morgan Johnson owns a career field goal percentage of 51.7 percent, converting on 489-of-946 shot attempts.
Johnson has played in 104 career games and attempted 10 or more shots in 43 of those contests. She has shot over 50 percent from the field in 30 of those games.
Johnson had 10 or more shot attempts in eight games as a freshman, making over half of her shots in six of those games. She went over 50 percent in eight of the 13 games she shot at least 10 times as a sophomore and 11-of-15 in those games as a junior.
Johnson has seven games with over 10 shots as a senior, converting at least 50 percent five times.
LOGIC LIKES TO SHARE
Samantha Logic has collected five or more assists in Iowa’s last six games.
She tied a school record with 12 assists against Middle Tennessee, dished out six against North Caroina, nine against Robert Morris and seven against Florida International, West Virginia and Florida State.
SHARING AND SCORING
Iowa’s guards are sharing the ball well, which is leading to numerous scoring chances.
IOWA CONTINUES TREND AGAINST RANKED FOES
Iowa’s win over 12th-ranked West Virginia (Nov. 25) marked the 14th time under Lisa Bluder that the Hawkeyes have defeated at top-15 team.
The Hawkeyes have recorded at least one win against a top-25 team in all but two seasons under Bluder. In nine of those seasons, Iowa has knocked off at least one top-15 opponent.
West Virginia was the highest ranked opponent the Hawkeyes have defeated since knocking off No. 10 Michigan State (66-64) on Jan. 27, 2011.
BLUDER CLOSING IN ON MILESTONE
Head coach Lisa Bluder is just nine 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.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
? Morgan Johnson is Iowa’s all-time blocks leader (243), 12th in career rebounds (687) and 18th in career scoring (1,239). She needs five more rebounds to move past Lisa Becker for 11th place and four more points to past Kristi Faulkner for 17th place.
? Jaime Printy ranks fourth in career 3-pointers made (212), eighth in career scoring (1,514) and 11th in career assists (331). She needs 10 more 3-pointers to move past Wendy Ausdemore for third place, 85 more points to move past Tangela Smith for eighth place and nine 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.