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March 25, 2013

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    Iowa Game Notes

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    The University of Iowa women’s basketball team hosts No. 2 ranked Notre Dame in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. (CT).

    Iowa has played 1,131 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 692-439 (.612). That includes a 348-178 (.662) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 335-96 (.777) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

    ? This marks Iowa’s 22nd trip to the NCAA Tournament, including its sixth trip in a row. Iowa is 18-21 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes have advanced to the Sweet 16 five times, the Elite 8 three times and also played in the 1993 Final Four.

    ? Iowa is the only Big Ten team, and one of only 13 teams in the country, to have appeared in the last six NCAA Tournaments. The other teams include Baylor, Fresno State, DePaul, Tennessee, Stanford, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt, Duke, Georgia, Marist, Texas A&M, Connecticut and Iowa State.

    ? Head coach Lisa Bluder has led the Hawkeyes to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances in her 13 years at Iowa.

    ? This year is the 12th time that Iowa has hosted NCAA Tournament action. Iowa first hosted a regional final in 1986. Carver-Hawkeye Arena also hosted from 1987-90, 1992-94, 1996, 1998 and in 2009. The Hawkeyes hold a 10-5 record in NCAA Tournament games played in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

    ? Iowa is a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year and the fifth time in school history. The Hawkeyes are 3-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 9 seed. Iowa advanced to the second round as a No. 9 seed in 1997, 2002 and 2013.

    ? Iowa is 5-10 in NCAA Tournament second round games.

    The No. 2 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 32-1 overall and finished a perfect 16-0 in the Big East. Notre Dame’s only loss came at home to Baylor on Dec. 5. The Fighting Irish have won 27 straight games.

    Skylar Diggins was named Big East Player of the Year, Jewell Loyd was Freshman of the Year and Muffet McGraw was Coach of the Year. Diggins, Natalie Achonwa and Kayla McBride were all first team All-Big East selections and Loyd was an honorable mention pick.

    In its last game, Notre Dame defeated UT Martin, 97-64. The Fighting Irish outrebounded UT Martin, 49-14, including 20-5 on the offensive glass. McBride had a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds while Loyd had a team-best 27 points. Achonwa had 16 points and eight rebounds while Diggins had 10 points and six assists.

    Diggins leads the team with 16.8 points per game on 41.9 percent field goal shooting. McBride is next with 15.6 points per game. Achonwa is scoring 13.8 points per game along with a team-high 9.3 rebounds.

    As a team, Notre Dame is scoring 81.3 points per game, shooting 46 percent from the floor, holds a +23.4 scoring margin and an +11.5 rebounding margin.

    ? The two schools have only met one other time. Notre Dame, ranked No. 20, defeated Iowa, 61-50 on Nov. 17, 1996 in Iowa City.

    ? Notre Dame freshman Markisha Wright is from Des Moines, Iowa and attended Des Moines East High School.

    ? Margaret (Nowlin) McCaffery, wife of Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery, was a four-year women’s basketball letterwinner at Notre Dame (1988-92). She was MVP of the 1992 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Tournament, helping Notre Dame earn its first ever NCAA Tournament berth.

    ? Samantha Logic recorded her fourth double-double of the season, and the 12th of her career, in Iowa’s win over Miami (March 24). Logic finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Logic has 10 double-doubles of the points/rebounds variety, one with points/assists and one with assists/rebounds. She also has one career triple-double.

    ? Logic has record a double-double in each of her two career NCAA tournament games. She finished with 11 points and 11 assists against California last season.

    ? Logic tallied the second 20-point performance of the season, and the fourth of her career, in the win over Miami. Her other 20-point game this year was a career-high 26 at Purdue (Feb. 17).

    ? With 11 rebounds against Miami in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Logic collected her 12th career double digit rebounding performance. Logic has six games this season with 10 or more rebounds. Last year as a freshman, Logic tallied six games, including a stretch of four-straight during Big Ten play.

    ? Iowa broke the school record for single-season assists in the win over Miami (March 24). The previous record of 514 was set last year. Iowa currently has 523 assists on the 2012-13 season.

    ? Iowa is second in the Big Ten and ranks 25th in the NCAA with 15.8 assists per game.

    ? Iowa has recorded at least 17 assists in 15 games, including five games with 20 or more.

    The first round of the Iowa City Regional drew 6,836 fans, which was the third-best attended site among the 16 host sites in the 2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championships.

    Only Waco (9,540) and College Station (7,225) had a better attendance figure than Iowa City.

    Entering the NCAA Tournament, Iowa ranked 19th in the country in attendance, averaging 4,401 fans per contest.

    This year marks the third straight season that Iowa has ranked inside the top 20 in attendance. The Hawkeyes were 19th in attendance last year and were 13th in 2010.

    Iowa faced 10 teams that will participate in this year’s NCAA Tournament, finishing 6-8 against those teams. The Hawkeyes played five nonconference games against NCAA Tournament teams (Florida State, Middle Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina and Iowa State). Five Big Ten teams were selected (Purdue, Michigan, Penn State, Nebraska and Michigan State).

    Iowa’s victory over Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament (March 7) marked its 20th win of the season.

    This year is the seventh time in head coach Lisa Bluder’s 13 seasons that the Hawkeyes have reached 20 wins. Iowa has collected 20 or more wins in five of the last six years.

    ? 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.

    Entering the NCAA Tournament, Dixon’s 3-point percentage (40.3) and 3-pointers made (75) were the second-most in the nation among sixth players. Missouri’s Morgan Eye topped the list (40.3, 109 3-pointers).

    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).

    ? 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 212.

    ? Logic leads the Big Ten and ranks 13th in the NCAA with 6.4 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 23 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 128 career starts.

    Johnson set the school record for career games played in Iowa’s Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal game against Nebraska (March 8). Johnson broke Kamille Wahlin’s record of 127 games played and has currently played in 129 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 291.

    ? Jaime Printy currently owns an 89 percent career free throw percentage (439-of-493). 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 92.3 percent (131-of-142) 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.

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

    Morgan Johnson has paced the Hawkeyes in scoring 13 times, Jaime Printy 10 times, Melissa Dixon eight times, Samantha Logic four times, Theairra Taylor three times and Kathy Thomas and Bethany Doolittle once.

    ? Morgan Johnson, Iowa’s all-time blocks leader (291), ranks fourth in career rebounds (881) and ninth in career scoring (1,566). She needs seven more rebounds to move past Toni Foster for third place and 24 points to pass Tangela Smith for eighth place.

    ? Jaime Printy ranks second in career 3-pointers made (252), third in career scoring (1,822) and fifth in career assists (406). She needs 10 more 3-pointers to move past Lindsey Meder for first place, 76 points to move past Lindsey Meder for second place and three more assists to move past Kristi Smith for fourth place.

    ? Samantha Logic ranks 11th in career assists (348). She needs six more assists to move past Jolette Law into 10th 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).

    ? Iowa has faced 11 ranked teams this season, which is tied for the most games against ranked opponents in a season. The only other time Iowa played 11 ranked teams in a season was in 1992-93 (7-4 record).