Women's Hoops to Entertain Stony Brook Sunday

Nov. 15, 2013

Iowa Game Notes

The University of Iowa women’s basketball team hosts Stony Brook on Sunday on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. (CT). The contest is part of a women’s/men’s doubleheader.

Tickets are $10 for adults. Youth — high school-aged and younger — are admitted free to all weekday games, while weekend games are $6. Youth — five years old and younger — are admitted free to all games, 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 4 | Stony Brook (1-1) at Iowa (3-0)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 17 | 1 p.m. (CT)
Location: Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena
TV: Mediacom Connections (MC22)
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. Free Iowa Basketball lunch boxes/pencil boxes will be available for the first 250 kids, 12 and under. 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 former Hawkeye Wendy Ausdemore 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.

Sunday afternoon’s game can be seen locally in the state of Iowa on Mediacom Connections (MC22) and online via video.BTN.com. Rob Brooks and Shelley Till will call the action.

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 1,135 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 695-440 (.612). That includes a 348-178 (.662) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 338-97 (.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.

Stony Brook enters the weekend at 1-1 overall, and travels to Bradley on Friday night. The Seawolves return two starters and eight letterwinners from a squad that finished 14-16 overall and 6-10 in the America East last season. Stony Brook is coached by Beth O’Doyle. O’Doyle, in her third season, led the Seawolves to their best season in recent history in 2012-13. Stony Brook produced a 10-win improvement from 2011-12, the seventh-best improvement in the country last season.

The Hawkeyes sprinted to an 11-0 lead, outscored Arkansas-Pine Bluff 20-0 in fast break points, and cruised to a 76-38 win on Wednesday night inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. It marked the fewest points allowed by Iowa since it defeated Michigan 53-36 on Dec. 30, 1994. Three Hawkeyes scored in double figures with juniors Bethany Doolittle and Melissa Dixon sharing game high honors with 17. Freshman Ally Disterhoft played 23 minutes and scored 12 points with nine rebounds and four assists. Three other Hawkeyes logged career highs in minutes played: sophomore Claire Till (25), and freshmen Alexa Kastanek (21) and Hailey Schneden (six). Eight of the 10 Iowa players saw 20 or more minutes of action.

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 was named Big Ten Player of Week on Nov. 12 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 marked 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 16 wins to surpass Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer (269 wins) as Iowa’s all-time winningest coach. Bluder is 254-157 all-time as the Hawkeye head coach.

? Samantha Logic is eighth in career assists (377). She needs 11 more assists to move past Franthea Price for seventh place.
? Melissa Dixon ranks 11th in career 3-pointers (117). She needs two more 3-pointers to move past Nadine Domond for 10th place.
? Bethany Doolittle is seventh all-time with 90 career blocks. She needs five 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.

Last season marked the 10th time in 13 seasons under head coach Lisa Bluder — one of 13 active Division I coaches with 600 or more wins — that Iowa has been selected for the NCAA Tournament, including each of the last six seasons. The Hawkeyes have participated in postseason play in all but one season under Bluder (two WNIT appearances). It also marked the seventh time in Bluder’s 13 seasons that the Hawkeyes reached 20 wins. Iowa has collected 20 or more wins in five of the last six years. In addition, Iowa finished with a winning record for the 12th time in 13 seasons under Bluder.

The University of Iowa and Carver-Hawkeye Arena have been selected by the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee to serve as one of 16 hosts for the first and second rounds of the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. Iowa is 1-of-8 schools chosen to host first/second round games for the second-straight year. The 2014 NCAA Championship will mark the 13th time the University of Iowa has served as a host. Iowa hosted its first NCAA action in 1986 when it was one of four regional final sites. Carver-Hawkeye Arena also hosted from 1986-90, 1992-94, 1996-98 and in 2009 and 2013. Carver-Hawkeye Arena has hosted the regional finals four times and first and/or second round games 11 times. Iowa hosted first and second round games in 2009. Despite having late afternoon and evening games on a Sunday in March of 2009, Iowa’s site recorded the fourth-highest first round attendance (5,615). In 2013, 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 addition, Iowa City had the sixth-best figure for second round games (4,942) and the fifth-highest total attendance (11,778).

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.

Two Hawkeyes that earned Big Ten honors last year return in 2013-14:
? 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).
? 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 in 2012.

The Hawkeyes’ next five games will be away from Iowa City. Iowa travels to No. 17 Colorado on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. CT), before heading to Cedar Falls to face UNI on Sunday (2 p.m. CT). The Hawkeyes then take on USC, Boston College and UNC-Wilmington in the Cancun Challenge, Nov. 28-30.