Hawkeyes, Hoosiers Set for Saturday Showdown

Jan. 23, 2014

Iowa Game Notes: Indiana

The University of Iowa women’s basketball team (15-5, 3-3) hosts Indiana (15-4, 2-4) on Saturday. Tip is set for 6 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes are 9-2 at home this season and 84-21 in their last 105 games inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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.

Saturday’s contest will be televised nationally on BTN (BTN2GO). Lisa Byington and Vera Jones will call the action.

Game 21 | Indiana (15-4, 2-4) at Iowa (15-5, 3-3)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 25 | 6 p.m. (CT)
Location: Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena
TV: Big Ten Network (BTN2GO)
Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network
Live Coverage: GameTracker | Twitter Game Updates
All-Time Series: Iowa leads, 45-16

MidWestOne Bank has partnered with the Iowa women’s basketball team by purchasing 2,500 tickets to the “Go Red for Women” game against Indiana on Saturday at 6 p.m. The Hawkeyes are encouraging fans to “Go Red For Women,” but wear “Black & Gold” for Iowa. Fans can pick up free tickets at any Johnson County branch of MidWestOne (Iowa City — Clinton St., Keokuk St., Rochester Ave., Coralville — 1st Ave., North Liberty — Hwy 965 NE), while supplies last.

“Go Red for Women” is a nationwide movement encouraging and celebrating heart health among women. This year marks the 10th anniversary of “Go Red for Women” and during that time, about 650,000 women’s lives have been saved from Cardiovascular diseases. Tickets are also available at the regular price of $10 for adults and $6 for youth by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS or visiting hawkeyesports.com. Tickets are free for UI students.

? Iowa and Indiana lead the Big Ten in overall victories (15).
? Iowa has attempted more 3-pointers than any other league team (424), while Indiana leads the conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.264).
? Indiana ended Iowa’s seven-game winning streak in the series earlier this season, winning the Big Ten opener in Bloomington, 86-84.
? Junior guard Samantha Logic is the only player in the Big Ten to average 14 or more points (14.6), six or more rebounds (6.8), and six or more assists (6.9).
? Freshman Ally Disterhoft posted a double-double in her first career start last time out at Ohio State (24 points, 10 rebounds, 12-of-12 from the line).
? Iowa is averaging 81.2 points and 18.5 assists per contest, leading the Big Ten in both categories. In addition, the Hawkeyes are 19th nationally in scoring offense and 13th in assists per game.
? Iowa has had three or more players score in double figures in each of the last 18 contests, including five in the win at Ohio State (Disterhoft 24, Dixon 16, Doolittle 14, Taylor 11, Kastanek 10).
? Five Hawkeyes are averaging double figures (Logic, Dixon, Doolittle, Disterhoft, Taylor).
? Iowa is the only team in the Big Ten with three players averaging 14.0 or more points per game (Doolittle – 14.5, Logic – 14.2, Dixon – 14.1).

? Free posters inside all four main entrances while supplies last.
? “Go Red for Women” — Go Red for Women, but go Black and Gold for Iowa; all fans (and staff) are encouraged to wear black & gold to the game.
? Free “I heart Iowa” t-shirts for the first 500 fans — will be handed out behind section A.
? Girls Night Out — Enjoy free manicures, hair styling, makeovers, and more before the game. Local salons will be set up on the south end of the concourse.
? Free Iowa Women’s Basketball headbands for the first 250 girls, 12 and under — will be handed out at south and west entrances.
? UI Women’s Basketball Alumni Night.
? Lucas & Lincoln Elementary Night.
? Halftime entertainment: ISS Kids Clinic performance, Alumni recognition, “Go Red for Women” video/prize giveaway.
? The team will sign autographs at the north end of the concourse after the game.

Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call the action for the Hawkeye Radio Network. Hawkeye fans can listen to the contest on the Hawkeye Radio Network (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.

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. Follow @IowaWBB on Twitter for game updates.

Iowa has played 1,152 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 707-445 (.613). That includes a 351-181 (.660) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 344-99 (.776) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa is receiving votes in The Associated Press Top 25 poll this week. The Hawkeyes have been ranked as high as No. 21/24 this season. Four Iowa opponents are ranked in the Associated Press/USA Today polls: Penn State (13/13), Iowa State (20/17), Nebraska (21/18), and Purdue (22/20). In addition, Colorado, Dayton, Indiana, Michigan State, Syracuse and Michigan are receiving votes.

Lisa Bluder needs four wins to surpass Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer (269) as Iowa’s all-time winningest coach. Bluder — one of 13 active Division I coaches with 600 or more wins — is 266-162 all-time as the Hawkeye head coach.

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 Hoosiers (15-4, 2-4) dropped a 65-52 decision at Penn State on Wednesday night. Indiana is 6-3 on the road this season, with an 0-3 mark in conference road games.
? Indiana ended nonconference play without a loss for the fourth time ever, opening the season at 13-0 for the best start in program history. Indiana’s 13 nonconference regular season victories are the most ever in program history.
? Indiana is coached by Curt Miller. In his first season at the helm of the Indiana program last year, Miller led the Hoosiers to their most wins in three years, nearly doubling the program’s win total from the year prior to his arrival. The Hoosiers finished 11-19 overall, and 2-14 in league play.
? Freshman Larryn Brooks leads the Hoosiers, and all Big Ten freshmen, in scoring at 17.5 points per game.

? Saturday’s contest marks the 62nd meeting between Iowa and Indiana.
? Iowa leads the all-time series, 45-16.
? The Hawkeyes have won seven of the last eight in the series.
? Iowa is 25-3 all-time against the Hoosiers in Iowa City, with a 25-2 mark inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Indiana made 11 3-point field goals and held on to defeat the University of Iowa, 86-84, on Jan. 2 in Assembly Hall in a Big Ten Conference opener for both teams. The Hoosiers snapped a seven-game losing streak in the series to improve to 14-0 on the season; No. 22 Iowa fell to 12-3. While Indiana shot 47.8-percent from 3-point land, the Hawkeyes were 3-of-17 from long range (17.6 percent). Iowa dug itself out of a double-digit deficit in the second half and cut Indiana’s lead to two points with two minutes to play (74-72) on a layup by Samantha Logic; she made a 3-point field goal with 29 seconds left to pull the Hawkeyes within 83-81, before Indiana held on for the victory.

In the last meeting between the two in Iowa City, Iowa defeated Indiana, 75-70, on Feb. 28, 2013 in its Big Ten home finale last year inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. On a night when the UI program honored seniors Morgan Johnson, Trisha Nesbitt, and Jaime Printy, a sophomore sharpshooter came off the bench to score a team-high 22 points and help dig the Hawkeyes out of an 18-point hole. Melissa Dixon made 5-of-13 3-point field goals — four coming in the first half — as she all but cemented the Big Ten Conference Sixth Player of the Year Award. Iowa outscored the Hoosiers 22-0 in bench points, and all 22 came from Dixon. Indiana scored 14 of the game’s first 16 points and led by 18 with 6:16 left in the first half. The Hoosiers led 44-34 at halftime, before Iowa outscored Indiana in the second half, 41-26.

The Hawkeyes (2-1 on the road in B1G games) are coming off an 81-74 win at Ohio State last Sunday. Iowa never trailed on its way to its first win in Columbus since 1998. Five players (Disterhoft 24, Dixon 16, Doolittle 14, Taylor 11, Kastanek 10) scored in double figures. Iowa finished 17-of-19 (89.5%) from the foul line and 8-of-17 from 3-point-range (47.1%), while out-rebounding the Buckeyes (32-31). Four Hawkeyes (Disterhoft, Dixon, Taylor, Kastanek) tallied two 3-point field goals.

Freshman Ally Disterhoft posted a double-double in her first career start (24 points, 10 rebounds, 12-of-12 from the line). She finished 6-for-6 from the charity stripe in the final 28 seconds. Her 12-for-12 mark from the line marks the third-best total (when shooting 100%) in the league this season, and the best performance from the line in conference only action. It also tied the program record for most free throws made (when making 100%) during a Big Ten game. Disterhoft averaged 18 points and 8.5 rebounds last week, both tying for the sixth-most in the Big Ten.

Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder, the dean of Big Ten coaches, is a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2001, 2008 and 2010). She has guided Iowa to nine upper-division finishes in the Big Ten in 13 seasons. Iowa won a share of the Big Ten regular season championship in 2008 and finished in a three-way tie for second in 2009. The Hawkeyes clinched a share of the title in 2008 with a win at Wisconsin in the regular season finale (March 2, 2008).

? Samantha Logic is the only player in the Big Ten to average 14 or more points (14.2), six or more rebounds (6.6), and six or more assists (6.9).
? She ranks 17th in scoring, 12th in rebounding, second in assists, and third in steals (2.2) and assist/turnover ratio (1.8).
? Logic is second in career assists (485) at Iowa. Cara Consuegra (1997-2001) is Iowa’s all-time assists leader (576).
? She has 137 assists this season, marking the second-highest total for a junior in progam history (Cara Consuegra, 138 in 1999-00).
? Logic is 15th in the NCAA in career assists among active players, and sixth in assists/game (5.69).
? Logic is nearly averaging a triple-double over the last eight contests (14.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 7.5 assists).
? She has registered a triple-double and three double-doubles during the stretch.
? Last season, Logic led the Big Ten and ranked 15th in the NCAA with 6.4 assists per game. She has led the Big Ten in the category for most of this season, and is 10th nationally.
? Logic’s 10 career games with double digit assists are the most in program history. Cara Consuegra is second with nine games of 10 or more assists. The next closest Hawkeyes on the list are Kachine Alexander, Jolette Law and Michelle Edwards, with two career games.
? Logic — who has 18 career double-doubles — became Iowa’s single-season assist record holder a year ago, 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 finished the season with 217.
? Logic recorded her 13th career double-double (16 points, 14 assists) on Nov. 10, leading the Hawkeyes to a 97-93 overtime victory against No. 14 Dayton. 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).

Five Hawkeyes are averaging double figures: Bethany Doolittle (14.5), Samantha Logic (14.2), Melissa Dixon (14.1), Ally Disterhoft (12.6), and Theairra Taylor (10.6). Iowa has had three or more players score in double figures in each of the last 18 contests, including five in the win at Ohio State (Disterhoft 24, Dixon 16, Doolittle 14, Taylor 11, Kastanek 10). Iowa is the only team in the Big Ten with three players averaging 13.9 or more points per game (Doolittle – 14.5, Logic – 14.2, Dixon – 14.1).

? Samantha Logic is second in career assists (490). Cara Consuegra (1997-2001) is Iowa’s all-time assists leader (576).
? Melissa Dixon is sixth in career 3-pointers (166). Dixon surpassed Kelli Krei (162) during Iowa’s win over Minnesota on Jan. 8. Kristi Smith is fifth with 185.
? Bethany Doolittle is fifth all-time with 139 career blocks. Toni Foster is fourth with 145.

? The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in assists, averaging 18.5 per contest. Iowa also leads the league in assist/turnover ratio (1.3).
? Iowa tallied 28 assists on 31 made field goals on Dec. 7 in its win over Idaho State. The Hawkeyes have tallied 28 or more assists four times this season. The school record for assists in a game is 31.
? 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.

Tickets for the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds, hosted by the University of Iowa, are now on sale for UI women’s basketball season ticket holders and the general public. Iowa’s First and Second Round Games will be played Sunday, March 23 (4:30 and 7 p.m.) and Tuesday, March 25 (8:30 p.m.). The UI was one of 16 sites chosen to host First and Second Round Games, and 1-of-8 chosen to host in back-to-back years. Fans can order tickets by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS, visiting the Carver-Hawkeye Arena ticket office, or by visiting hawkeyesports.com.

Check out the Iowa women’s basketball Facebook page (/iowawomenshoops) or the University of Iowa Athletics Facebook page. Fans can also follow @IowaWBB or @TheIowaHawkeyes on Twitter.

The Hawkeyes continue Big Ten action on the road next week, traveling to Minnesota on Jan. 29. The contest is set to begin at 7 p.m. (CT). Iowa returns home to host Nebraska at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.