Iowa to Face Northwestern in First Round of B1G Tournament

March 6, 2013

Iowa Game Notes

Northwestern Game Notes

The University of Iowa women’s basketball team is the No. 7 seed in this week’s Big Ten Tournament and will face No. 10 seed Northwestern Thursday at 11:30 a.m. The game will be televised live on BTN.

Iowa has played 1,128 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 690-438 (.612). That includes a 348-178 (.662) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 334-96 (.777) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Northwestern Wildcats finished the regular season with a 13-16 overall record and a 5-11 mark in Big Ten play.

Maggie Lyon was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by both the conference coaches and media. Kendall Hackney was named third team All-Big Ten by the coaches and honorable mention by the media. Dannielle Diamant, Karly Roser and Lyon were honorable mention selections by the media.

Hackney leads Northwestern with 13.8 points per game. Lyon is next in scoring at 12.8 points per contest. Diamant is scoring 11.6 points per game and has a team-best 7.6 rebounds per contest.

As a team, Northwestern is scoring 61.6 points per game and shooting 40.7 percent from the field, including 31.3 percent from 3-point distance.

? Iowa leads the all-time series, 47-14. The Hawkeyes have won 20 of the last 22 games against Northwestern.

? Iowa sophomore Kathryn Reynolds and Northwestern senior Kendall Hackney are both from Cincinnati, Ohio, and were teammates at Mount Notre Dame High School.

Iowa closed the 2013 regular season with a 62-45 win at Northwestern (March 3). The Hawkeyes used a late first half surge to take the lead and they never looked back.

Iowa trailed, 18-14, with 5:32 left in the first half. The Hawkeyes put together a 17-8 run to close the half, fueled by 13 points by Melissa Dixon, to take a 31-22 lead at intermission.

The Hawkeyes shot 41.4 percent from the field in the second half and limited Northwestern to just 27.6 percent, including 0-of-7 from 3-point distance, to seal the win.

Three Hawkeyes scored in double figures, led by Dixon’s 21 points (8-of-15 FGs, 5-of-12 3Pt. FGs). Morgan Johnson was one rebound shy of a double-double, finishing with 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Bethany Doolittle had 10 points (5-of-10 FGs).

Iowa collected 18 assists on 25 made field goals and outscored Northwestern, 12-0 on the fast break. The Hawkeyes also had 26 points in the paint.

? Iowa is 16-16 overall in the Big Ten Tournament, which includes championships in 1997 and 2001.

? Iowa is the No. 7 seed for the third time in school history and holds a 2-2 record in the tournament as the No. 7 seed.

? Iowa is 2-2 against Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament, having faced the Wildcats each time the Hawkeyes have been in the 7-10 matchup. Northwestern defeated Iowa, 68-59 in the opening round of the 2000 tournament. The Hawkeyes knocked off Northwestern, 70-58 in the 2003 opening round, en route to a semifinal appearance as the No. 7 seed. The two teams also played in the 1997 quarterfinals (Iowa, 73-63) and the 1999 first round (Northwestern, 75-71).

? This year marks only the second time the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament has been hosted outside of Indianapolis. Iowa won the 2001 tournament when it was hosted in Grand Rapids, Mich., which was Bluder’s first season at Iowa. ? Coach Bluder holds a 10-11 record in Big Ten Tournament games.

? No. 7 seeds have a combined record of 22-18 in the Big Ten Tournament.

? The Hawkeyes are 4-2 in first round games of the Big Ten Tournament. Iowa hasn’t played in the opening round since 2007.

? This season marks the second time that Iowa will have a rematch in the Big Ten Tournament against its opponent in the regular season finale. In 1996, Iowa defeated Illinois (73-55) to close the regular season and knocked off the Fighting Illini (74-56) in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

? Sophomore Melissa Dixon was named Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year. She is the second Hawkeye in school history to earn the award (Megan Skouby, 2008).

? Senior Morgan Johnson was a second team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media. She was a second team pick last year as a junior.

? Sophomore Samantha Logic was a third team All-Big Ten selection by the media and an honorable mention pick by the coaches. She was a unanimous selection to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team last year.

? Senior Jaime Printy was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media. Printy is the only player in school history to earn All-Big Ten honors in each of her four years. She was Big Ten Freshman of the Year and second team All-Big Ten as a freshman, second team All-Big Ten as a sophomore and third team All-Big Ten as a junior.

Sophomore Melissa Dixon is not only the best sixth player in the Big Ten, she is one of the best across the country.

Dixon’s 3-point percentage (40.1) and 3-pointers made (71) are the second-most in the nation among sixth players. Missouri’s Morgan Eye tops the list (41.7, 108 points).

Dixon is seventh in total points (308) and points per game (10.3) among the nation’s sixth players.

In conference games only, Dixon led the Big Ten in 3-point percentage (43 percent) and was tied for second in 3-pointers made (2.9).

Sophomore Melissa Dixon averaged 21.5 points in Iowa’s two wins over Indiana and Northwestern to close to regular season. She shot 51.6 percent from the field (16-of-31) and 40 percent from 3-point distance (10-of-25).

Dixon netted 22 points against Indiana, including 14 in the first half to help Iowa climb back into the game after the Hoosiers’ hot start. Iowa trailed 36-18 with 6:16 left in the first half before Dixon scored Iowa’s next 14 points in 3:22.

She stayed hot against Northwestern, scoring a game-high 21 points. Dixon scored 16 points in the first half on 6-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-8 from 3-point distance. Iowa trailed 18-14 with 5:32 left in the half before Dixon rattled off 13 of Iowa’s final 17 points of the half, including a buzzer-beating layup.

? Samantha Logic became Iowa’s single season assist record holder, breaking the mark in Iowa’s win at Northwestern (March 3). Logic entered the game tied with Cara Consuegra (2000-01) at 191 assists. Logic collected seven assists at Northwestern and currently has 198.

? Logic leads the Big Ten and ranks 12th in the NCAA with 6.6 assists per game.

? Logic has recorded seven or more assists in 15 games, including four games with 10 or more. She has had at least five assists in 22 games.

? Logic’s six games with double digit assists are the second most in Iowa history. Cara Consuegra had nine games in her career with 10 or more assists. The next closest Hawkeyes on the list are Kachine Alexander, Jolette Law and Michelle Edwards, with two career games.

Senior Jaime Printy is only the fourth player in Iowa history to score 1,800 career points and only the fifth Hawkeye to record 400 career assists.

Former Hawkeye-All American Michelle Edwards is the only other player in school history to reach 1,800 career points and 400 career assists.

Senior Morgan Johnson set the school record for career starts in Iowa’s game at Purdue (Feb. 17). Johnson broke Jennie Lillis’ record of 121 starts as a Hawkeye and currently has 125 career starts.

Johnson has played in 126 games in her four-year career, which is tied for the second-most in school history. Kamille Wahlin holds the record with 127 games.

Morgan Johnson not only set the Iowa school record for career blocks, but she now holds the record for blocks in the Johnson household.

Johnson’s mother, Leslie, compiled 265 career blocks from 1981-85 at Midland Lutheran College in Nebraska. Morgan broke her mother’s record against Michigan (Jan. 27), collecting her 266th career block, and her career total now stands at 283.

Senior Jaime Printy is one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website –

? Iowa leads the Big Ten and ranks 25th in the NCAA with 16 assists per game.

? The Hawkeyes broke the school record for team assists last year, collecting 514. This year’s team is nearly on pace to break that mark. Iowa had 496 assists through 30 games last year and has 479 through 30 games this year.

? Iowa has recorded at least 17 assists in 14 games, including five games with 20 or more.

Iowa has had seven different players lead, or share the lead, in scoring this season.

Morgan Johnson has paced the Hawkeyes in scoring 12 times, Jaime Printy nine times, Melissa Dixon eight times, Samantha Logic three times, Theairra Taylor twice and Kathy Thomas and Bethany Doolittle once.

? Jaime Printy currently owns an 89 percent career free throw percentage (427-of-480). 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 92.2 percent (119-of-129) for the season. The Iowa single season record is 89.4 percent (101-of-113) by Lindsey Meder in 2000-01. The Big Ten single season record is 92.5 percent (99-of-107) by Indiana’s Cyndi Valentin in 2003-04.

? Morgan Johnson, Iowa’s all-time blocks leader (283), ranks fifth in career rebounds (856) and ninth in career scoring (1,540). She needs four more rebounds to move past Tangela Smith for fourth place and 59 points to pass Tangela Smith for eighth place.

? Jaime Printy ranks second in career 3-pointers made (249), fourth in career scoring (1,800) and fifth in career assists (404). She needs 13 more 3-pointers to move past Lindsey Meder for first place, 22 points to move past Michelle Edwards for third place and nine more assists to move past Kristi Smith for fourth place.

? Samantha Logic ranks 12th in career assists (334). She needs six more assists to move past Kachine Alexander into 11th place.

? Iowa’s win over 11th-ranked Purdue (Jan. 20) marked the 15th 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.

? Purdue 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 second time in school history that Iowa has defeated three ranked teams prior to Big Ten play (No. 12 West Virginia, No. 22 Iowa State, No. 20 Texas). The only other time Iowa knocked off three ranked opponents was in 1993 (No. 4 Louisiana Tech, No. 20 Missouri State, No. 9 Southern California).

? This season is only the sixth time in school history that Iowa played at least three ranked teams prior to conference action. Iowa faced five ranked opponents in 1990 (2-3 record) and three in 1999 (0-3), 1995 (2-1), 1993 (3-0) and 1989 (1-2).

? Iowa has tied the school record for number of wins over ranked teams in a season with seven. The Hawkeyes have accomplished the feat three other times (1995-96, 1993-94, 1992-93).