Nov. 19, 2013
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The University of Iowa women’s basketball team (4-0) hits the road for the first time this season, playing at No. 16 Colorado (2-0) on Wednesday night. Tip-off is set for 9:30 p.m. (CT) at the Coors Events Center at Boulder, Colo.
|Game 5 | Iowa (4-0) at Colorado (2-0)|
|Date:||Wednesday, Nov. 20 | 9:30 p.m. (CT)|
|Location:||Boulder, Colo. | Coors Events Center|
|Radio:||Hawkeye Radio Network|
|Live Coverage:||| Twitter Game Updates|
|All-Time Series:||Colorado leads, 2-1|
Colorado leads the all-time series, 2-1. The Buffaloes won the last meeting, 92-83, during the 2001-02 season in Boulder. Iowa won the previous year in Iowa City, 92-66. Colorado claimed the first meeting at a neutral site during the 1992-93 season, 72-70.
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.
Wednesday night’s game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Mountain Network. Anne Marie Anderson and Ros Gold-Onwude will have the call.
FOLLOW THE ACTION:
Hawkeye fans can also follow the action via live stats. The link can be accessed on the women’s basketball schedule page.
Iowa has played 1,136 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 696-440 (.612). That includes a 348-178 (.662) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 339-97 (.776) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
IOWA IN THE RANKINGS:
The Hawkeyes are the first team listed 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 (11/10), Penn State (14/15), Colorado (16/20), Purdue, (18/22), Michigan State (21/19), Iowa State (22/16) and Dayton (RV/24). In addition, Ohio State is receiving votes.
Colorado is 2-0, defeating Colorado State on the road, 63-59, and Alcorn State in its home opener, 83-33. The Buffaloes are allowing 46 points per game and averaging 73. Colorado has not allowed an opponent to reach 70 points in its last 34 contests. The Buffaloes have won 26-straight nonconference regular season games. Colorado finished the last two seasons with 11-0 nonconference marks. Colorado is coached by Linda Lappe. Lappe, in her fourth year at Colorado, has never faced Iowa. She was a player at Colorado from 1998-2003, and served as an assistant coach at Drake from 2003 to 2006. The Buffaloes finished 25-7 last season, with a 13-5 mark in the Pac-12 in their second year in the league. Colorado was picked to finish third in the Pac-12 this season.
BIG TEN RANKINGS:
Iowa, one of two 4-0 teams in the Big Ten, leads the conference in assists (20.8/game) and assist/turnover ratio (1.4). The Hawkeyes are second in scoring margin (+23.5), field goal percentage defense (.293), and blocks (7.8/game). Iowa ranks third in offensive rebounds (14.8), defensive rebounds (32.2), and 3-pointers per game (6.8).
Five Hawkeyes are averaging double figures: Bethany Doolittle (14.0 ppg), Ally Disterhoft (13.8), Samantha Logic (13.0), Melissa Dixon (11.0), and Theairra Taylor (10.5). Iowa has had different leading scorers in every game this season (Disterhoft has been leading scorer twice, once equaled the top scoring output. Six Hawkeyes scored in double figures in Iowa’s overtime win against No. 14 Dayton, and Iowa has had three players score in double figures in each of the last two contests.
HAWKEYES LIMIT STONY BROOK:
Iowa improved to 4-0 by limiting Stony Brook to 18.6-percent shooting from the field and 6.7-percent from 3-point range during a 78-40 victory on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Nov. 17. Four days after holding Arkansas-Pine Bluff to 38 points, the Hawkeyes held Stony Brook to 21 points in the first half and 19 in the second. Iowa shot 43.8-percent for the game (28-of-64) with five 3-pointers in 28 attempts. The Hawkeyes maintained huge advantages in bench points (33-11), paint points (38-18), and points off turnovers (22-8). Iowa outscored Stony Brook by 23 points in the second half (42-19). Ten Hawkeyes saw action and 10 Hawkeyes found the scoring column. Iowa’s leading scorer and rebounder came off the bench in freshman Ally Disterhoft. She scored 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field (2-of-3 from 3-point), with nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 28 minutes.
FEWEST POINTS ALLOWED IN 19 YEARS:
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.
HAWKEYES TOP DAYTON IN OVERTIME:
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.
IOWA CONTINUES TREND AGAINST RANKED FOES:
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.
CLIMBING TO THE TOP:
Lisa Bluder needs 15 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.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS:
? Samantha Logic is eighth in career assists (384). She needs four more assists to move past Franthea Price for seventh place.
? Melissa Dixon ranks 10th in career 3-pointers (119). She needs seven more 3-pointers to move past Johanna Solverson for ninth place.
? Bethany Doolittle is seventh all-time with 95 career blocks. She needs 20 blocks to move past Jennie Lillis for fifth place.
LOGIC NAMED PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN:
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).
NCAA STREAK LEADS THE BIG TEN:
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.
SUCCESS UNDER BLUDER:
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.
BLUDER GETS WIN NO. 600:
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.
HAWKEYES LIKE TO SHARE:
? The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in assists, averaging 20.8 per contest.
? Samantha Logic leads the league in assists, averaging 7.8 a game.
? 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’ next five games will be away from Iowa City. Following the game at Colorado, Iowa heads 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.