Dec. 18, 2012
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women’s basketball team hosts Missouri State in its final home nonconference game of the 2012-13 regular season. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Tickets are $10 for adults. Youth (18 and under) and UI students are admitted free. Women’s ticket holders are invited to stay for the men’s game against South Carolina State that follows at 8 p.m. (limited seating available). Men’s ticket holders are also invited to come early for the women’s game.
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Wednesday’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
Wednesday’s contest vs. Missouri 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.
Iowa has played 1,109 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 679-430 (.612). That includes a 340-170 (.667) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 339-92 (.787) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
SCOUTING MISSOURI STATE
The Missouri State Lady Bears are 6-3 overall, winning five of their last six games. Missouri State’s only loss over the six-game stretch was at Missouri.
Missouri State is the defending Missouri Valley Conference champion and Christiana Shorter was a preseason All-MVC selection.
In their last game, the Lady Bears knocked off Arkansas State, 83-60. Missouri State turned 18 Arkansas State turnovers into 24 points and shot 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from 3-point distance. Kenzie Williams had 15 points, while Hannah Wilkerson and Karly Buer had 14 points. Whitney Edie had seven points and 10 rebounds.
Edie leads the team with 14.7 points and 9.9 rebounds and Shorter is next at 14.6 points and 7.6 rebounds. Williams is averaging 11.7 points, while Wilkerson is at 10.7 points per contest.
As a team, Missouri State is averaging 74.3 points per game and shooting 43.8 percent (243-of-555) from the field, including 33.9 percent (41-of-121) from 3-point distance.
MISSOURI STATE VS. IOWA NOTES
? Iowa trails in the all-time series, 4-3. The Hawkeyes are 2-1 against the Lady Bears in Iowa City. Iowa won the last meeting, 79-70, in the 2006 WBCA Classic in Kansas City.
? Missouri State sophomore NiJay Gaines is from Des Moines and attended Des Moines East High School.
? Iowa assistant coach Shannon Gage was a four-year letterwinner at Missouri State from 1995-98. She was a team captain and helped lead the Lady Bears to MVC championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 1995, 1996 and 1998.
HAWKEYES COMPLETE STATE SWEEP WITH WIN OVER DRAKE
Iowa claimed the 2012 mythical state championship with an 82-65 win at Drake on Dec. 16. The Hawkeyes used a 22-2 run midway through the first half to seal the win.
The Hawkeyes shot a season-best 52.5 percent (31-of-59) from the field and tallied a season-high 23 assists. Iowa committed a season-low eight turnovers.
Morgan Johnson led the way with 26 points, on 11-of-19 shooting, along with eight rebounds and three blocks. Samantha Logic had 13 points, five rebounds and seven assists. Trisha Nesbitt added 12 points off the bench.
IOWA IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa is receiving votes in the latest Associated Press poll.
Seven Iowa opponents are ranked in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls: Penn State (11th/10th), Purdue (13th/12th), North Carolina (17th/25th), Texas (20th/23rd), Florida State (23rd/RV), West Virginia (24th/20th) and Ohio State (RV/24th).
In addition, Nebraska, Iowa State, Michigan, 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 a 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.
? This season marks just the fifth time in school history that Iowa has defeated two ranked nonconference opponents prior to Big Ten play, and the first time since 1995 (No. 12 West Virginia and No. 22 Iowa State). The other years include 1993, 1992 and 1990.
NESBITT COLLECTS CAREER HIGH AGAINST BULLDOGS
Senior Trisha Nesbitt scored a career-high 12 points in Iowa’s win at Drake (Dec. 16). Playing roughly 30 minutes from her hometown of Ames, Nesbitt netted two 3-pointers and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
Nesbitt, who has battled injuries throughout her entire career, scored in double figures for just the second time in her four years at Iowa. Nesbitt’s first double figure performance came as a freshman against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament.
Iowa’s bench is outscoring its opponents’ bench 171-127, through the first 11 games of the season. Hawkeye substitues are combining to average 15.5 points per game, while their opposition is averaging just 11.5 points per contest.
Iowa’s bench has scored 14 or more points in eight of Iowa’s 11 games, including three games with at least 20 points.
IMPROVED DEFENSIVE NUMBERS
? Through 11 games last season, Iowa was giving up an average of 67.4 points. Against a much tougher nonconference schedule in 2012, the Hawkeyes are allowing 60 points, a difference of 7.4 points per game.
? Iowa leads the Big Ten and ranks 14th in the NCAA in blocks per game at 6.0.
? The Hawkeyes are second in the Big Ten and 34th in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to a 33.5 field goal percentage.
PRINTY CLOSE TO B1G FREE THROW RECORDS
Jaime Printy currently owns an 88.7 career free throw percentage (361-of-407). Former Hawkeye Wendy Ausdemore holds the Iowa and Big Ten record for career free throw percentage at 89.2 (174-of-195).
Printy is shooting 94.6 percent (53-of-56) for the season. The Big Ten single season record is 92.5 percent (99-of-107) by Indiana’s Cyndi Valentin.
PRINTY FREE THROW NOTES
? Printy has gone 3-of-3 from the line against Drake, 4-of-4 against Northern Illinois and Northern Iowa, 6-of-6 against Iowa State, 11-of-11 against Middle Tennessee and 17-of-17 against West Virginia.
? Printy converted 21-consecutive free throws between Iowa’s game vs. North Carolina and the road contest at Florida State. She has put together a string of at least 20-consecutive made free throws in each year of her career. She converted 27-straight as a freshman and 32-straight as a sophomore and junior. Iowa’s record for consecutive free throws made is 33 by Lindsey Meder.
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).
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 249 blocks.
STELLAR FROM THE FIELD
Morgan Johnson owns a career field goal percentage of 51.7 percent, converting on 509-of-984 shot attempts.
Johnson has played in 107 career games and attempted 10 or more shots in 45 of those contests. She has shot over 50 percent from the field in 32 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 nine games with over 10 shots as a senior, converting at least 50 percent seven times.
LOGIC LIKES TO SHARE
Samantha Logic has collected five or more assists in seven of Iowa’s last nine 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 and had seven at Drake.
? 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.
BLUDER CLOSING IN ON MILESTONE
Head coach Lisa Bluder is just six 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 (249), 11th in career rebounds (713) and 15th in career scoring (1,291). She needs 14 more rebounds to move past Franthea Price for 10th place and 29 more points to past Amy Herrig for 14th place.
? Jaime Printy ranks fourth in career 3-pointers made (213), eighth in career scoring (1,542) and 10th in career assists (345). She needs nine more 3-pointers to move past Wendy Ausdemore for third place, 57 more points to move past Tangela Smith for eighth place and nine more assists to move past Jolette Law for ninth 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.