No. 24 Iowa, Iowa State Set for Thursday Showdown

Dec. 9, 2014


Game Notes: Iowa State Get Acrobat Reader

The 24th-ranked University of Iowa women’s basketball team (7-2) hosts Iowa State (5-1) on Thursday on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup is set to begin at 7:10 p.m. (CT). Fans are encouraged to wear black for Thursday’s Blackout, while the Hawkeyes will wear their black uniforms at home for the first time this season.

Game 10 | Iowa State (5-1) at #24 Iowa (7-2)
Date: Thursday, Dec. 11 | 7:10 p.m. (CT)
Location: Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network
Radio (online): Hawkeye All-Access
Live Coverage: GameTracker | Twitter Updates (@iowawbb)
All-Time Series: Iowa leads, 23-21

? Iowa State is 5-1 this season, following a 74-64 win over Stony Brook at home on Sunday.
? The home team has won 12 of the last 13 meetings in the series, including the last seven matchups. The Hawkeyes won the last meeting in Iowa City, 50-42, on Dec. 6, 2012.
? Iowa senior Samantha Logic (677) is No. 1, while Iowa State’s Nikki Moody is No. 2 (581) among active career NCAA assists leaders. Logic is seventh in Big Ten history in career assists.
? Iowa is ranked No. 24 in the Associated Press Top-25 poll and No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches poll.
? Senior Samantha Logic, an honorable mention All-American last year, has been named Preseason All-America Second Team by ESPN, preseason All-Big Ten by league media and coaches, a “Wade Watch” list candidate, and to the John R. Wooden Award Women’s Preseason Top 30 list.
? Iowa ranks ninth nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (40%). Melissa Dixon is eighth in 3-pointers/game (3.4).
? Iowa set the school record for scoring offense (78.2) last season, leading the league in scoring while notching the second-most points in a season in Big Ten history (2,814). The Hawkeyes rank second in the category this year (80.2).
? Ally Disterhoft has scored in double figures in 23 of her first 26 career starts. Iowa is 20-6 when Disterhoft starts.
? Iowa is the only Big Ten team, and one of only 14 teams in the country, to appear in the last seven NCAA Tournaments. There are 349 Division I teams.
? Iowa was picked to finish third behind Maryland and Michigan State in the Coaches Big Ten preseason rankings.

Single game women’s basketball tickets are $12 for adults. Youth — high school-aged and younger — are admitted free to all weekday games, including Friday night games. Youth tickets for weekend games cost $8. Youth — five years old and younger — are admitted free to all games. UI students are admitted free with student ID. Tickets are available by visiting the ticket office at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS, or online at

Season tickets are on sale for the 2014-15 Iowa women’s basketball season. General public season tickets are $100. UI faculty/staff can purchase tickets for $80. Seniors (50 and older) are also $80, while youth season tickets (18 or younger) are $25. UI students are admitted free to women’s basketball games.

Thursday’s contest will be broadcast live on BTN and BTN2Go. Lisa Byington and Stephanie White will call the action.

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 Balbinot is in his 11th season as Iowa’s play-by-play voice, while Till is in her 10th providing analysis.

Hawkeye fans can also follow the game via live stats (Gametracker). The “GT” link can be accessed under the “Calendar” tab on the front page of or on the women’s basketball schedule page.

? Iowa’s RPI is 31, while Iowa State’s is 75. Iowa is 6-0 at home, while Iowa State is 0-1 on the road.
? Iowa leads the all-time series, 23-21.
? The home team has won 12 of the last 13 meetings in the series, including the last seven matchups.
? The Hawkeyes won the last meeting in Iowa City, 50-42, on Dec. 6, 2012.
? Iowa State won last season in Ames, 83-70, on Dec. 12, 2013.
? Two experienced coaches will face off Thursday night. Lisa Bluder is the longest-tenured Big Ten coach, and is in her 15th season at Iowa. Bill Fennelly is the dean of Big 12 coaches, and is in his 20th year at Iowa State.
? The Cyclones have four native Iowans on their roster: Madison Baier (Tama), Jadda Buckley (Mason City), Lexi Albrecht (Carroll), and Blaire Thomas (Waterloo). The Hawkeyes have three native Iowans: Ally Disterhoft (Iowa City), Hailey Schneden (Davenport), and Claire Till (Dubuque).
? Iowa’s Samantha Logic (677) is No. 1, while Iowa State’s Nikki Moody is No. 2 (581) among active career NCAA assists leaders.

? Iowa State is 5-1 on the season after defeating Stony Brook at home on Sunday, 74-64.
? The Cyclones are 0-1 on the road, falling at Saint Mary’s (CA), 67-63, on Nov. 29.
? Four Cyclones are averaging double figures: Seanna Johnson (14.7), Nikki Moody (13.7), Brynn Williamson (13.7), and Bryanna Fernstrom (11.0).

Junior Kali Peschel has been nominated for the 2015 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team®. This prestigious community service award recognizes a distinguished group of student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities.

Peschel, a junior from Sauk Centre, Minnesota, has played in every game for the Hawkeyes the last two seasons, making 22 starts. She was a 2014 Academic All-Big Ten honoree.


Iowa is No. 24 in this week’s Associated Press Top-25 poll and No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches poll. In the AP Poll, Nebraska is the highest-ranked Big Ten team (No. 12), followed by Maryland (No. 14), Rutgers (No. 17), Michigan State (No. 19), and Iowa (No. 24). Northwestern and Minnesota are receiving votes. Iowa has been ranked in each of the first five weeks this year: preseason (19/19), week 2 (18/18), week 3 (17/16), week 4 (22/19), and week 5 (24/24). The Hawkeyes finished the 2013-14 season ranked 19th in the AP Top-25 poll, and 26th (receiving votes) in the USA Today Coaches poll. Iowa was ranked for eight weeks last season in the AP poll, and received votes in nine additional weeks.

Senior Samantha Logic notched her fifth career triple-double on Nov. 22, tallying 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists to lead Iowa over Dayton in the Hawkeye Challenge title game. She is tied for the fifth-most triple-doubles in NCAA history, and has the most of any player as a member of the Big Ten. Suzie McConnell of Penn State (1985-88) and Louella Tomlinson of St. Mary’s (CA) (2008-11) hold the career record with seven. Stanford’s Nicole Powell (2001-04) and Alyssa Thomas of Maryland (2011-14) both posted six in their careers. Logic, Joskeen Garner (Northwestern State, 1993-96), Shalee Lehning (Kansas State, 2006-09), and Brittney Griner (Baylor, 2010-13), all have five career triple-doubles.

Samantha Logic, named Preseason All-Big Ten and preseason All-America by ESPN, has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Women’s Preseason Top 30 list, comprised of the early front-runners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor. The list is chosen by a preseason poll of national women’s college basketball media members.

She has also been named a 2014-15 “Wade Watch” list candidate for the prestigious award (The Wade Trophy), the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced. Logic, the NCAA’s active career assists leader (677), ranks seventh in assists in Big Ten history.

Four members of this year’s team have reached, or have the potential to reach 1,000 career points this season. Senior Samantha Logic (1,190 points) ranks 22nd on Iowa’s all-time scoring list. Crystal Smith is 21st (1,193). Lisa Long is 20th (1,230). Senior Melissa Dixon (1,098 points) is 29th. Shanda Berry is 28th (1,100). Lisa Anderson is 27th (1,129). Senior Bethany Doolittle has 970 career points. She needs 30 points to become the 33rd career member of the 1,000-point club. Sophomore Ally Disterhoft has 610 career points. She tallied 474 in 36 games as a freshman last year (13.2 per game), and is averaging 15.1 points per game this season.

? Samantha Logic (677 career assists) surpassed Cara Consuegra (1997-2001; 576) as Iowa’s all-time assists leader during Iowa’s win at Illinois on March 2, 2014, in the regular season finale last season. She ranks seventh in Big Ten history. Nebraska’s Lindsey Moore is sixth with 699 career assists.
? Melissa Dixon is third in 3-pointers on Iowa’s all-time list (241). Jaime Printy is second with 252. Lindsey Meder holds the school record (261).
? Bethany Doolittle is third all-time with 200 career blocks. Tangela Smith is second with 235.

Iowa’s schedule this season features 29 regular season games (18 conference, 11 nonconference). Of those 29 contests, 20 will come against teams that played in a postseason tournament last season. Seventeen-of-24 teams the Hawkeyes play this season reached a postseason tournament a year ago.

Twenty-six of Iowa’s 29 regular season contests can be seen on BTN, BTN Plus, ESPN2, ESPN3, or MC22 (Mediacom Connections). Seventeen games will appear on BTN or digitally on BTN Plus, and two additional regular season contests will be televised by ESPN2. All 18 of Iowa’s league games can be seen on one of the BTN or ESPN platforms, and the Hawkeyes’ home nonconference contest against Iowa State on Dec. 11 will be televised by BTN at 7 p.m. (CT).

Iowa is the only Big Ten team, and one of only 14 teams in the country, to appear in the last seven NCAA Tournaments. There are 343 Division I teams.

Iowa is 1-of-21 teams to advance to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons. The Hawkeyes, a No. 6 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, defeated 11th-seeded Marist in the First Round, 87-65, marking the fourth-largest margin of victory in an NCAA Tournament game in program history.

The Hawkeyes are 355-101 (.778) all-time inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and 11-6 in NCAA Tournament games. Iowa went 14-4 at home last season, and is 95-23 in its last 118 games inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa’s 14 home wins a year ago equaled the second-highest single-season total in program history. The 14 wins were the most in Iowa City since the Hawkeyes finished 14-0 in the 1995-96 season. Iowa also won 14 home games in 1988-89 (14-0), 1987-88 (14-0), 1986-87 (14-1), 1985-86 (14-1). The program record for home wins is 15, as the Hawkeyes finished 15-0 in 1992-93. Iowa advanced to the NCAA Final Four that season.

Iowa has played 1,177 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 726-451 (.617). That includes a 359-183 (.660) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 354-101 (.778) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa finished 12-0 last year when playing on BTN.

Iowa concludes nonconference action at Drake on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. (CT), before hosting Penn State in the Big Ten opener on Sunday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m.

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