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IOWA CITY, Iowa — THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women’s basketball team hosts Iowa State in the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series Thursday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults. Youth (18 and under) and UI students are admitted free.
Fans are encouraged to wear black for Thursday’s “Blackout” game. Iowa will be wearing its black uniforms for the event.
ON YOUR TELEVISION
Thursday’s game will be televised live to a national audience on BTN. Lisa Byington, Mary Murphy and Shelley Till will call the action.
Fans can also access the game online at BTN2Go.com or by using the BTN2Go app on their smart phones or tablets.
Brent Balbinot and former Hawkeye Kristi Faulkner 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-600 WMT 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 1,107 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 677-430 (.612). That includes a 340-170 (.667) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 338-92 (.786) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
SCOUTING IOWA STATE
The No. 23 ranked Iowa State Cyclones are 5-0 after wins over Western Illinois, North Dakota, Loyola Marymount, Illinois and Drake.
Iowa State defeated Drake, 87-45, in its last game (Nov. 27). The Cyclones used 38 points in the paint and 28 points off turnovers for the win. Iowa State shot 51.7 percent (30-of-58) from the field and created 21 Drake turnovers. Four players scored in double figures, led by a double-double from Hallie Christofferson (20 points and 10 rebounds). Nikki Moody also had a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists.
Christofferson leads Iowa State with 15.2 points per game. Chelsea Poppens, who has missed the last two games with a concussion, is next at 13 points and leads the team with 9.7 rebounds per contest.
As a team, Iowa State is averaging 73.4 points per game and shooting 46.5 percent (134-of-288) from the field, including 31.9 percent (38-of-119) from 3-point distance.
IOWA STATE VS. IOWA NOTES
? Iowa leads the all-time series, 22-20. The Hawkeyes are 15-7 against the Cyclones in Iowa City. Iowa has won four of the last five contests in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
? The home team has won 10 of the last 11 meetings, including the last five matchups.
? The average margin of victory over the last five years of the series has been 16.6 points. Last year’s eight-point win by Iowa State marked the first time in five years that the game had been decided by single digits.
? Two experienced coaches will face off Thursday night. Lisa Bluder is the dean of Big Ten coaches, and is in her 13th season at Iowa. Bill Fennelly is the dean of Big 12 coaches, and is in his 18th year at Iowa State.
? In three career games against Iowa State, Morgan Johnson is averaging 15 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks.
? The Cyclones have six native Iowans on their roster: Hallie Christofferson (Hamlin), Chelsea Poppens (Aplington), Ashley Hagedorn (Irwin), Elly Arganbright (Panora), Madison Baier (Tama) and Amanda Zimmerman (Huxley). The Hawkeyes have three native Iowans: Claire Till (Dubuque), Trisha Nesbitt (Ames) and Jaime Printy (Marion).
The Hawkeyes were defeated at Iowa State, 62-54 (Dec. 7, 2011). Iowa held the Cyclones without a point for 6:08 in the first half, using a 12-2 run to gain a 21-16 lead. The Hawkeyes gave up six points in the final five seconds of the half and took just a one point lead into the locker room at halftime.
Iowa State limited Iowa to just a .269 (7-26) field goal percentage in the second half to seal the win. The Cyclones forced 22 turnovers and converted them into 21 points and also outscored Iowa in the paint, 24-14.
HAWKEYES KNOCK OFF NORTHERN IOWA
Iowa improved to 6-3 on the season with an impressive 68-46 win over Northern Iowa (Dec. 1).
The Hawkeyes outscored Northern Iowa in the paint, 34-4 and only had nine turnovers in the victory. Iowa shot 57.7 percent (15-of-26) from the field in the second half and limited the Panthers to just 22 second half points.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR JOHNSON
Morgan Johnson recorded her 15th career double-double in Iowa’s win over Northern Iowa (Dec. 1). She finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Johnson tallied three double-doubles as a freshman, five as a sophomore and four as a junior. She has three this season.
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 nine games this season, Doolittle has already doubled those performances.
Doolittle has scored 10 or more points in two of Iowa’s last three games (17 vs. West Virginia, 10 vs. Florida State). She already has five 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 88.4 career free throw percentage (352-of-398). 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 245 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 495-of-957 shot attempts.
Johnson has played in 105 career games and attempted 10 or more shots in 44 of those contests. She has shot over 50 percent from the field in 31 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 eight games with over 10 shots as a senior, converting at least 50 percent six times.
LOGIC LIKES TO SHARE
Samantha Logic has collected five or more assists in Iowa’s last six of Iowa’s last seven 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.
? Sophomore Kathryn Reynolds will miss the entire 2012-13 season after tearing her left ACL during offseason workouts in April. The injury was the second tear to Reynolds’ left ACL. She tore the same ligament six games into her junior season in high school.
? Freshman Claire Till was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her right femur on Nov. 29. She will be sidelined 3-4 weeks.
OPPONENTS IN THE RANKINGS
Eight Iowa opponents are ranked in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls: Penn State (10th/10th), Texas (12th/16th), Purdue (15th/14th), Ohio State (20th/20th), North Carolina (21st/RV), Iowa State (22nd/RV), Florida State (24th/24th) and Nebraska (25th/22nd).
In addition, West Virginia, Michigan State and Middle Tennessee are receiving votes.
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 eight 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.
PRECONFERENCE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM HONORS
Morgan Johnson was named to the Preseason WNIT all-tournament team, while Jaime Printy was selected to both the Preseason WNIT and FIU Thanksgiving all-tournament teams.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
? Morgan Johnson is Iowa’s all-time blocks leader (245), 11th in career rebounds (699) and 18th in career scoring (1,258). She needs 28 more rebounds to move past Franthea Price for 10th place and eight more points to past Jamie Cavey for 16th place.
? Jaime Printy ranks fourth in career 3-pointers made (213), eighth in career scoring (1,523) and 11th in career assists (336). She needs nine more 3-pointers to move past Wendy Ausdemore for third place, 76 more points to move past Tangela Smith for eighth place and four more assists to move past Kachine Alexander for 10th place.
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.