Women's Hoops Set for Big Ten Tournament

March 4, 2014

Iowa Game Notes: Big Ten Tournament First Round

The 23rd-ranked University of Iowa women’s basketball team (23-7, 11-5) travels to Indianapolis this week for the annual Big Ten Tournament. Iowa, the No. 5 seed, will face 12th-seeded Illinois in the first round on Thursday. Tip-off for the second game of the day inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse is set for approximately 1:30 p.m. (CT). The winner of the contest advances to the quarterfinals on Friday to face fourth-seeded Purdue (21-7, 11-5) at 1:30 p.m. (CT).

Game 31 | #23 Iowa (23-7) vs. Illinois (9-20)
Date: Thursday, March 6 | 1:30 p.m. (CT)
Location: Indianapolis | Bankers Life Fieldhouse
TV: Big Ten Network (BTN2GO)
Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network
Live Coverage: GameTracker | Twitter Game Updates
All-Time Series: Iowa leads, 51-17

Thursday’s contest will be televised nationally on BTN (BTN2GO). Lisa Byington, Stephanie White and Shelley Till will call the action. The contest marks Iowa’s 10th on the Network this season. Iowa is 9-0 this year when playing on BTN. The Big Ten Network will televise each game on the first three days of the tournament. ESPN will televise Sunday’s championship game.

Brent Balbinot and Kristi Faulkner 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. Faulkner, a former Hawkeye, was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

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.

Three University of Iowa women’s basketball players — Samantha Logic, Bethany Doolittle, and Ally Disterhoft — received All-Big Ten recognition. Logic was a unanimous first team selection by the coaches, and a first team selection by the media. Doolittle garnered second team honors from both the coaches and media, and was named to the All-Defensive team. Disterhoft was one of five league rookies named to the All-Freshman team, while also garnering honorable mention all-league accolades. Senior Theairra Taylor earned Iowa’s Sportsmanship Award nomination. Logic becomes the 18th Iowa player to garner first-team All-Big Ten honors, marking the most of any Big Ten program. Kachine Alexander was the last Hawkeye to earn first team honors (2010, 2011).

Iowa defeated Illinois inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Feb. 13 (69-55), earning its 20th win of the season and becoming the first Big Ten team to reach the mark. The Hawkeyes have won 20 games or more in a season eight times under Lisa Bluder, including six of the last seven seasons (Iowa finished 19-12 in 2011-12). Dating back to the 1984-85 season, Iowa has reached the 20-win mark 18 times. Iowa won its 20th game this season in its 26th contest, marking the fastest year to 20 wins under Bluder, and fastest since the 1995-96 season. That year, the Hawkeyes won their 20th in their 21st game under head coach Angie Lee. Iowa started 20-1 and finished 27-4 while advancing to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Iowa’s 23 wins equal the highest total under UI head coach Lisa Bluder. The Hawkeyes won 23 games in 2004-05 (23-10).

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.

? This season marks the third time that Iowa will have a rematch in the Big Ten Tournament against its opponent in the regular season finale, and the second time it has happened against Illinois. In 1996, Iowa defeated Illinois (73-55) to close the regular season and knocked off the Fighting Illini (74-56) in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Last season, Iowa finished the regular season with a win over Northwestern (62-45), and opened the Big Ten Tournament with a win over the Wildcats in the first round (60-55), before falling to Nebraska.
? Iowa is 17-17 overall in the Big Ten Tournament, which includes championships in 1997 and 2001 (Lisa Bluder’s first season).
? Iowa is one of four league schools (Purdue, Ohio State, Penn State) with two or more tournament titles. Purdue, Ohio State, and Penn State are the only schools with more wins in tournament history.
? The Hawkeyes are 5-2 in first round games of the Big Ten Tournament.
? Iowa has been the No. 5 seed once in tournament history, falling to Michigan State in the quarterfinals in 2006.
? Iowa is 3-0 all-time against Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament. The two league foes have not met in the tournament since 2001.
? The top-seeded Hawkeyes defeated No. 8 seed Illinois in the quarterfinals in 1996 (74-56).
? The Hawkeyes defeated Illinois in the 1997 Big Ten Tournament championship game, 63-56. Iowa was a No. 4 seed, while the Illini were the No. 3 seed.
? Iowa and Illinois last met in the semifinals of the 2001 Big Ten Tournament. Iowa, the No. 2 seed, defeated sixth-seeded Illinois, 86-79. Iowa went on to defeated top-seeded Purdue in the title game (75-70).
? Coach Bluder holds an 11-12 record in Big Ten Tournament games; only four league coaches have won more tournament games in the history of the tournament.
? No. 5 seeds have a combined record of 17-16 in the Big Ten Tournament. Three No. 5 seeds have won the tournament, the last coming in 2011 (Ohio State).
? Iowa (No. 9 seed) defeated Minnesota (No. 8 seed), 57-44, in the first ever Big Ten Tournament game in 1995.

The Hawkeyes finished 6-2 in Big Ten road games this season, with both losses coming by a combined three points. Iowa dropped its league opener at then-undefeated Indiana (86-84) on Jan. 2, and fell at No. 23 Purdue on Feb. 16, 74-73. Overall, Iowa is 10-4 away from Iowa City this season: 7-4 in true road games, and 3-0 in neutral site contests. The Hawkeyes’ two nonconference road losses came against top-25 teams (No. 16 Colorado, No. 11 Iowa State).

Junior Samantha Logic has notched three triple-doubles this season, becoming the first Big Ten player to record three triple-doubles in a single season. The point guard is second nationally; Alyssa Thomas of Maryland has four this season. Entering the 2013-14 campaign, there had only been 11 seasons in NCAA history in which a player registered three or more triple-doubles. Nicole Powell of Stanford tallied five in 2002, Tasha Pointer of Rutgers notched four in 2001, and nine other players registered three. Logic has four career triple-doubles, the second most in Big Ten history, and the most while competing in the Big Ten. The total equals the seventh-highest total in NCAA history (Suzie McConnell, Penn State 7; Louella Tomlinson, St. Mary’s (CA) 7; Nicole Powell, Stanford 6; Joskeen Garner, Northwestern St. 5; Brittney Griner, Baylor 5; Shalee Lehning, Kansas State 5).

Junior Samantha Logic (577 career assists) surpassed Cara Consuegra (1997-2001; 576) as Iowa’s all-time assists leader during the team’s win at Illinois on March 2 in the regular season finale. She finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Logic needs two assists to surpass Stephanie White (Purdue) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota) for ninth in league history (578). Ohio State’s Samantha Parahalis is first in league history with 901 career assists. Logic has 224 assists this season, setting a new school record. She topped her own mark of 217 set last season.

Junior guard Samantha Logic notched a game-high 19 points in Iowa’s win at Michigan on Feb. 22, becoming the 31st 1,000-point scorer in program history.

Four Hawkeyes have combined to register 14 double-doubles this season: Samantha Logic (10), Ally Disterhoft (two), Kali Peschel (one), and Bethany Doolittle (one). Logic is fifth in the Big Ten with 10 double-doubles this season. She has notched the second-most in league play (seven). Logic has 21 career double-doubles, the second most among active Big Ten players (Jordan Hooper – 36).

? Illinois is 9-20 overall, and 2-14 in conference play.
? The Fighting Illini are 2-10 on the road this season, and 1-2 in neutral site games.
? Illinois has dropped 10-straight games overall.
? Illinois is coached by Matt Bollant. Bollant is in his second year at the helm of the program.

? Iowa leads the all-time series, 51-17.
? The Hawkeyes have won 16 of the last 18 meetings against Illinois, dating back to the 2003-04 season.
? Iowa is 3-0 all-time against Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament.
? The Hawkeyes defeated Illinois in the championship game of the 1997 Big Ten Tournament.

? Iowa defeated Illinois in Champaign on March 2 in its regular season finale, 81-56.
? Iowa was one point away from having all five starters score in double figures (Taylor 17, Disterhoft 14, Logic 12, Doolittle 11, Dixon 9).
? The Hawkeyes led at the half, 40-22, and led by as many as 35 during the second half.
? Iowa shot 56 percent from the field, while limiting Illinois to a 37.5 percentage from the field.

? Iowa defeated Illinois on Feb. 13 in Iowa City, 69-55, earning its 20th win of the season.
? Iowa moved to 25-3 all-time against Illinois at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
? Freshman Ally Disterhoft notched her second career double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds).
? Iowa was one point away from having all five starters score in double figures, as Samantha Logic finished with nine points, seven rebounds, and six assists, while not recording a turnover.
? Bethany Doolittle finished 6-of-7 from the field, notching 16 points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes.
? Sophomore center Nicole Smith saw her first action of the season, recording a rebound in two minutes. She missed the first 25 games of the season due to injury.
? Iowa…
o out-rebounded Illinois, 40-23, marking its largest positive rebound margin of the season
o out-scored Illinois in the paint, 36-10
o recorded 22 points off turnovers, limiting Illinois to seven
o tallied 12 fastbreak points, while Illinois tallied zero

Iowa’s lone senior Theairra Taylor led the Hawkeyes to a 65-61 victory over Ohio State on Feb. 27 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Senior Night. Taylor posted a season-high and game-high 21 points, adding seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. She scored 10 points in the final 11:41 (Iowa trailed by seven with 11:41 left), and tallied Iowa’s final four points to seal the win. Iowa swept the season series (two or more games) over Ohio State for the first time since 1997-98. The Hawkeyes won in Columbus on Jan. 19, 81-74.

The University of Iowa women’s basketball program honored senior Theairra Taylor following Iowa’s win over Ohio State on Feb. 27. Taylor, Iowa’s lone senior, is a native of St. Paul, Minn. She suffered her third ACL injury in a 20-month span during preseason workouts in 2010, and missed a total of 53 games with ACL injuries from 2009 through 2011. Taylor has started 71 career games and played in 104. She has started every game since the start of last season, and was named Iowa’s Most Improved Player last year. Taylor, a 2013-14 team co-captain, has scored in double figures in 12 of the last 14 games, while scoring nine points twice. Join us in thanking Taylor by including #thanksTheairra in your social media posts.

The Hawkeyes are ranked 23rd in the AP Top 25 poll, and have been ranked as high as No. 21/24 this season. Five Iowa opponents are ranked in the latest Associated Press/USA Today polls: Penn State (11/12), Nebraska (16/13), Purdue (17/29), Michigan State (19/RV), and Iowa State (RV/24). In addition, Syracuse and Dayton are receiving votes.

Lisa Bluder surpassed C. Vivian Stringer as Iowa’s all-time winningest coach on Feb. 10 as the Hawkeyes defeated Northwestern, 90-84. Bluder — one of 13 active Division I coaches with 600 or more wins — is 274-164 all-time as the Hawkeye head coach. Bluder scored the first points in a women’s game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena as a student-athlete at Northern Iowa.

Head coach Lisa Bluder has agreed to a one-year contract extension that secures her as head coach of the women’s basketball program at the University of Iowa through the 2019 basketball season, UI director of athletics Gary Barta announced Dec. 26, 2013.

Head coach Lisa Bluder has 138 career Big Ten victories (136-92), surpassing former Ohio State head coach Jim Foster (136) for the fourth-most in league history. Rene Portland of Penn State has the most in conference history (176). Former Hawkeye head coach C. Vivian Stringer is second with 169 wins, and Karen Langeland of Michigan State has the third most (156).

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 10 upper-division finishes in the Big Ten in 14 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). Since the 2008 season, Iowa has finished first once, second twice, third twice, fourth once, and seventh once.

Iowa junior point guard Samantha Logic has been named 1-of-22 watch list finalists for the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Feb. 24. The award recognizes the top point guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. Candidates exhibit the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills of Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman. She is 1-of-2 league players named to the Watch List along with Northwestern’s Ashley Deary. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame became the new host of the Nancy Lieberman Award in October 2013 after the Rotary Club of Detroit managed it for several years. The Hall of Fame appointed a premier Selection Committee made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers to review the candidates. The list will be narrowed down to a final five by March and the winner will be announced during Final Four weekend activities. Previous winners of the Nancy Lieberman Award include last year’s recipient Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Sue Bird (Connecticut), Renee Montgomery (Connecticut), Diana Taurasi (Connecticut), Lindsey Harding (Duke), Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga), Temeka Johnson (LSU), Kristi Toliver (Maryland), Ivory Latta (North Carolina) and Andrea Riley (Oklahoma State).

Freshman Ally Disterhoft posted a double-double in her first career start at Ohio State on Jan. 19 (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 has started the last 11 games (the first starts of her career), and Iowa is 9-2 (5-1 on the road). She is second on the team in scoring during the stretch, averaging 14.3 points per contest, and has scored in double figures 10 times.

? Iowa leads the Big Ten in overall victories (23) entering the Big Ten Tournament.
? Iowa, the Big Ten leader in assists/game (18.2) and assist/turnover ratio (1.3), is 21-1 when tallying as many or more assists than its opponents, and 17-3 when registering fewer turnovers.
? The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in scoring (78.8 points/game), averaging three more points than the second-highest average.
? Iowa is 20-1 when leading at the half.
? The Hawkeyes are 20-1 when holding their opponents to less than 80 points.
? Iowa is 9-1 when shooting over 40 percent from 3-point range, 10-1 when grabbing more rebounds, and 910-1 when shooting 80 percent or better from the free throw line.
? The Hawkeyes are 7-4 in road games this season and 10-4 overall away from Iowa City. Iowa is 6-2 in Big Ten road games.

Five Hawkeyes are averaging double figures: Samantha Logic (14.1), Bethany Doolittle (13.8), Melissa Dixon (13.2), Ally Disterhoft (12.8), and Theairra Taylor (12.1). Iowa is the only Big Ten team with five players averaging double figures. Iowa has had three or more players score in double figures in each of the last 29 contests, including four in the win at Illinois (Taylor 17, Disterhoft 14, Logic 12, Doolittle 11). The only game this season in which Iowa has not had three or more in double figures came in the season-opening win over UC Riverside (70-65) on Nov. 8. Samantha Logic scored 28 points, and four other Hawkeyes scored seven or more points. Iowa is the only Big Ten team with three players averaging 13.2 or more points per game (Logic – 14.1, Doolittle – 13.8, Dixon – 13.3).

? Samantha Logic (577 career assists) surpassed Cara Consuegra (1997-2001; 576) as Iowa’s all-time assists leader during Iowa’s win at Illinois on March 2 in the regular season finale.
? Melissa Dixon is fifth in 3-pointers on Iowa’s all-time list (195). She surpassed Kristi Smith during Iowa’s game at Purdue on Feb. 16. Wendy Ausdemore is fourth all-time with 221.
? Bethany Doolittle is third all-time with 176 career blocks. She surpassed Megan Skouby who is now fourth with 150, during Iowa’s game against Nebraska on Feb. 1. Tangela Smith is second with 235.

? With Iowa’s 90-84 victory over Northwestern (Feb. 10), UI head coach Lisa Bluder surpassed C. Vivian Stringer (269 wins) as the all-time winningest coach in program history.
? Samantha Logic posted her 21st career double-double (20 points, 10 assists), finishing one rebound shy of her second-straight, and fourth-career, triple-double. She finished 7-of-7 from the foul line.
? Logic has 14 career games with double-digit assists, the most in program history.
? Melissa Dixon (team-high 24 points) finished 6-of-9 from 3-point range, marking the fourth time this season she has connected on six or more 3-pointers (7 vs. UNCW, 7 vs. Syracuse, 6 vs. Idaho State).
? Iowa has scored 90 or more points five times this season.

? The Hawkeyes won at No. 9 Penn State in their last road game on Feb. 6, 73-70, giving UI head coach Lisa Bluder her 269th career win at Iowa, tying her with C. Vivian Stringer as the all-time winningest coach in program history.
? The win marked Iowa’s first victory over a top-10 foe since defeating No. 10 Michigan State, 66-64, on Jan. 27, 2011.
? The victory marked the Hawkeyes’ first over a top-10 team away from Iowa City since defeating No. 7 Purdue, 75-70, in the 2001 Big Ten Tournament title game (March 4, 2001), and Iowa’s first in a true road game since winning at No. 9 Southern California, 50-49, on Dec. 30, 1993.
? The wins marked Iowa’s first road victory over a ranked opponent since winning at No. 18 Purdue last year, 72-52 (Feb. 14, 2013).
? The victory marked the first for Iowa at Penn State since 2009.
? Samantha Logic finished with her second triple-double of the season, and third of her career (14 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists).
? Freshman Ally Disterhoft equaled a career high with 24 points, missing only one shot (8-of-9 field goals, 3-of-3 3-pointers, 5-of-5 free throws).
? Melissa Dixon (13 points) and Theairra Taylor (10 points) also finished in double figures.
? Iowa and Penn State both finished with 30 points in the paint. The Nittany Lions opened the game with a 12-0 advantage.
? The Hawkeyes led 63-58 with 8:16 to play, before Penn State went on a 10-0 run to grab a 68-63 lead with 4:26 remaining. Iowa answered, as Theairra Taylor converted a layup and Ally Disterhoft nailed a 3-pointer to even the score at 68 with 3:32 to play.
? Iowa ended the game on a 10-2 run over the final 4:26.

? Samantha Logic is the only player in the nation to average 13+ points (14.1), 6+ rebounds (6.6), and 7+ assists (7.5).
? Logic is averaging 17.6 points, 9.0 assists, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 steals in eight games against ranked opponents.
? She leads the Big Ten in assists (7.5/game), ranks 15th in scoring (14.1), 14th in rebounding (6.6), 14th in field goal percentage (.490), 13th in free throw percentage (.823), 13th in defensive rebounds (4.8), seventh in minutes played (35.2) and second in steals (2.5) and second in assist/turnover ratio (2.0); leads the league in assists in league games only (8.0), and steals (3.0).
? Logic is one of 26 players in Big Ten history to total 500 or more career assists.
? She has posted 224 assists this season, the highest single-season total in program history. Logic set the previous record last season (217).
? Logic is 11th in the NCAA in career assists among active players, and third in career assists/game (6.1).
? Logic has four career triple-doubles, the most in program history. For all active Big Ten players, there have been a total of five, with four by Logic.
? Logic has notched three triple-doubles this season, becoming the first Big Ten player to record three in a single season.
? Last season, Logic led the Big Ten and ranked 15th in the NCAA with 6.4 assists per game. She leads the Big Ten and is third nationally in assists this season.
? Logic’s 16 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 22 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).

? The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in assists, averaging 18.2 per contest. Iowa also leads the league in assist/turnover ratio (1.3).
? Iowa has led the league in assists in three of the last six years.
? 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.

? For the second-straight season, the Hawkeyes have set the school record for single-season assists. Iowa tallied 20 assists in its win at Illinois during the regular season finale (March 2), surpassing the mark of 531 set last season. The Hawkeyes enter postseason play with 546 assists.
? 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.

Iowa has played 1,162 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 715-447 (.613). That includes a 359-183 (.660) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 348-100 (.776) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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.

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