Women's Hoops Return to Action Wednesday

Nov. 12, 2013

Game Notes: Iowa vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff

The University of Iowa women’s basketball team hosts Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Wednesday on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. (CT). Tickets are $10 for adults. Youth (18 and under) and UI students are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased online at hawkeyesports.com, over the phone at 1-800 IA-HAWKS, and at the UI Athletics Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Game 3 | Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-1) at Iowa (2-0)
Date Wednesday, Nov. 13 | 7 p.m. (CT)
Location Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Webstream video.BTN.com
Radio Hawkeye Radio Network
Live Coverage GameTracker | Twitter Game Updates
All-Time Series First Meeting

Free posters, schedule cards, and magnets will be available while supplies last. Women’s basketball season ticket holders can also pick up their “Bluder’s Bunch” t-shirt (must have t-shirt ticket from season tickets).

Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call the action 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. Balbinot is in his 10th season as Iowa’s play-by-play voice, while Till is in her ninth providing analysis.

Hawkeye fans can also follow the action 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. Fans can watch live on the Big Ten Digital Network.

Iowa has played 1,134 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 694-440 (.612). That includes a 348-178 (.662) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 337-97 (.776) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes are receiving votes in the AP Top 25 Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. Seven Iowa opponents are also ranked in the Associated Press/USA Today polls: Nebraska (15/10), Penn State (13/15), Dayton (23/21), Michigan State (19/20), Colorado (17/19), Iowa State (22/18), and Purdue (18/22). In addition, Syracuse, Ohio State and Minnesota are receiving votes.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff finished the 2012-13 season with a 13-18 overall record and a 7-11 mark in the SWAC. The Lady Lions are coached by Nate Kilbert. He is in his second season at the helm of the program. Arkansas-Pine Bluff returns two starters and 10 letterwinners from last year’s squad, including guard Cassidy Wright, who averaged 10.6 points per game. The Lady Lions are 1-1 in the early going, defeating Philander Smith College, 57-42, on Nov. 8, and falling at Marquette, 96-44, on Nov. 11.

The Hawkeyes defeated No. 14 Dayton on Nov. 10 in overtime, 97-93, to win the Hawkeye Challenge. Iowa equaled its high point total from a year ago, when it defeated Missouri State, 97-43, on Dec. 19 — 97 points equals the seventh-highest total in a game in school history (106 is most). Iowa led by double digits in both halves, then overcame a five-point deficit with 32 seconds to play, before winning in overtime.

Samantha Logic (tournament MVP), Bethany Doolittle, and Kali Peschel were named to the all-tournament team, as six Hawkeyes scored in double figures. Logic recorded her 13th career double-double (16 points, 14 assists). Doolittle notched a career-best six blocks, moving into a tie for seventh all-time in program history with 86 career blocks. The center also netted a team high and career best 22 points. Peschel recorded her first career double-double, posting career highs in points (12) and rebounds (14). She has grabbed double-digit rebounds in Iowa’s first two contests (11 vs. UC Riverside). Freshman Ally Disterhoft netted 19 points off the bench. Melissa Dixon (13 points) and Theairra Taylor (10) also scored in double figures.

The Hawkeyes have recorded at least one win against a top-25 team in all but two seasons under Bluder. In 10 of those seasons, Iowa has knocked off at least one top-15 opponent. Iowa defeated No. 11 Purdue and No. 12 West Virginia last year, when it tied a single-season record with seven victories over ranked foes.

Junior guard Samantha Logic has been named Big Ten Player of Week for her efforts in Iowa’s wins against UC Riverside and No. 14 Dayton last week.

Logic (5-foot-9) was named tournament MVP of the Hawkeye Challenge after averaging 22 points, 9.5 assists, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.0 steals, leading Iowa to the team title. She went 4-of-5 from 3-point range and made 10-of-12 free throws.

In the season-opening victory against UC Riverside on Nov. 8, Logic netted a career-best and game-high 28 points. She added seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.

The Racine, Wis., native recorded her 13th career double-double (16 points, 14 assists) on Nov. 10, leading the Hawkeyes to a 97-93 overtime victory against the Flyers. Logic hit the game-tying 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime. The 14 assists equaled a personal best and Iowa school record, and are the most in Carver-Hawkeye Arena history. The previous high was 12 (three times).

Logic, 1-of-2 conference juniors named preseason All-Big Ten, has seven career games with double-digit assists, the second most in Iowa history. Cara Consuegra had nine games in her career with 10 or more assists. Logic moved into eighth place on Iowa’s all-time assists list, passing Steph Schueler (367). Logic has 372 career assists. The award marks Logic’s third career Player of the Week honor. Jaime Printy was the last Hawkeye to garner the weekly honor (Jan. 29, 2013).

Lisa Bluder needs 17 wins to surpass Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer (269 wins) as Iowa’s all-time winningest coach. Bluder is 253-157 all-time as the Hawkeye head coach.

? Samantha Logic is eighth in career assists (372). She needs 16 more assists to move past Franthea Price for seventh place.
? Melissa Dixon ranks 12th in career 3-pointers (115). She needs two more 3-pointers to move past Crystal Smith for 11th place.
? Bethany Doolittle notched a career-best six blocks against Dayton, moving into a tie for seventh all-time in program history with 86 career blocks. She needs nine blocks to move past Jamie Cavey for sixth place.

Season tickets are on sale for the 2013-14 Iowa women’s basketball season. General public season tickets are $85. UI faculty/staff can purchase tickets for $68. Seniors (50 and older) are also $68, while youth season tickets (18 or younger) are $20. UI students are admitted free to women’s basketball games.

Junior Samantha Logic was named Preseason All-Big Ten by league media, the conference office announced Thursday. Logic, a junior from Racine, Wis., started all 34 games last season and was a third team All-Big Ten selection. The 5-foot-9 guard set school records for single-season assists (217) and single-game assists (14 vs. Texas, Dec. 28). Logic tallied five double-doubles, and led the Big Ten and ranked 15th in the NCAA in assists per game (6.4).

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.

Head coach Lisa Bluder became the 42nd coach in NCAA women’s basketball history (all divisions) and only the 25th Division I head coach (minimum 10 years at a DI school) to collect 600 wins Jan. 20 vs. Purdue. Bluder is one of 13 active Division I coaches with 600 or more wins.

? As a team, Iowa registered 30 assists, one shy of the school record, in the win against No. 14 Dayton on Nov. 10.
? Iowa broke the school record for single-season assists last year in the win over Miami (March 24). The previous record of 514 was set in 2011-12. Iowa finished with 531 assists. Iowa finished second in the Big Ten and 26th in the NCAA with 15.7 assists per game. Iowa recorded at least 17 assists in 15 games, including five games with 20 or more.

The Hawkeyes return to action Sunday, hosting Stony Brook on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. (CT). The contest can be seen live on Mediacom (MC22) and the Big Ten Digital Network.