Iowa, American to Meet in First Round


March 18, 2015


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The 15th-ranked and third-seeded University of Iowa women’s basketball team (24-7, 14-4) faces No. 14 seed American (24-8, 17-2) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. (CT) in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. The winner advances to Sunday’s Second Round game (11 a.m., ESPN2) to face No. 6 seed Washington or No. 11 seed Miami (Florida).

The Hawkeyes have earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament eight seasons in a row and 24 seasons overall.

NCAA Tournament First and Second Round contests in Iowa City, Iowa, will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Clay Matvick and Katie Smith will call the action.

Game 32 | #15 Iowa (24-7, 14-4) vs. American (24-8, 17-2)
Date: Friday, March 20 | 1:30 p.m. (CT)
Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena | Iowa City, Iowa
Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network
Radio (online): Hawkeye All-Access
Live Coverage: GameTracker | Twitter Updates (@iowawbb)
All-Time Series: First Meeting

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. Till is in her 10th providing analysis.

? Iowa received its eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and its 24th overall. The Hawkeyes, a No. 3 seed, will host First and Second Round NCAA Tournament contests for the third straight season.
? Iowa is the only Big Ten team, and one of only 10 teams nationally, to appear in the last eight NCAA Tournaments. There are 349 Division I teams.
? No. 3 seed Iowa (24-7, 14-4) will meet No. 14 seed American (24-8, 17-2) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. (CT) in First Round action. The winner advances to the Second Round game, where it will play the winner of No. 6 seed Washington and No. 11 seed Miami (Florida) on Sunday at 11 a.m. Each game will be shown live on ESPN2.
? The Hawkeyes’ No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament is the highest for the program since earning a No. 2 seed in 1996.
? Iowa is 4-4 all-time as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Elite Eight in 1987 and the Sweet 16 in 1989.
? Head coach Lisa Bluder has led the Hawkeyes to 12 NCAA Tournament appearances in her 15 years at Iowa.
? The Hawkeyes own an 11-6 record this season against the 64-team NCAA Tournament field.
? Iowa is ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press Top-25 poll and No. 15 in the USA Today Coaches poll. Iowa has been ranked in all 19 weeks this season.
? Iowa’s NCAA RPI is No. 9. Iowa is 10-6 against teams in the top 50 of the RPI.
? Iowa’s Melissa Dixon leads the nation in 3-pointers per game (3.74).
? Iowa’s senior class — Melissa Dixon, Bethany Doolittle, Samantha Logic, and Kathryn Reynolds — is the program’s winningest graduating class in 21 years, in terms of total victories over four seasons (91 wins).
? Samantha Logic (first team), Melissa Dixon (second), Ally Disterhoft (second), and Bethany Doolittle (second) earned All-Big Ten honors. Iowa equaled Maryland for the most all-league selections.
? Logic, the NCAA’s active career assists leader (869), is the first player in NCAA history to record at least 1,400 career points, 800 rebounds, 800 assists, and 200 steals. She was named a second team All-American by ESPN.
? Iowa is 51-16 overall since the start of last season.
? 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 eighth nationally this season (79.8).

Hawkeye fans can also follow the game via live stats (Gametracker). The link can be accessed on the tournament central page at Follow @iowawbb on Twitter for live game updates.

? The Hawkeyes are 365-101 (.781) all-time inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and 11-7 in NCAA Tournament games. Iowa is 105-23 in its last 128 games inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
? The Hawkeyes are 16-0 at home this season, setting a program record for wins at home in a single season.
? Iowa is 1-of-13 teams nationally (out of 349 schools) to finish undefeated at home during the regular season, and 1-of-4 to finish undefeated at home when playing at least 16 home games, joining Baylor, Tennessee, and Wichita State.
? Iowa has won 19-straight regular season home games dating back to last year.
? Iowa last finished undefeated at home during the 1995-96 season (14-0). The Hawkeyes have finished undefeated at home four times (1987-88, 14-0; 1988-89, 14-0; 1992-93, 15-0; 1995-96, 14-0). Iowa advanced to the NCAA Final Four during the 1992-93 season.
? The Hawkeyes are 30-4 at home over the last two years.

? Friday’s game is the first meeting between the Hawkeyes and the Eagles. American (24-8, 17-2) is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance, after winning the Patriot League regular season and tournament championships.
? The Eagles have a 1-4 record against teams appearing in the RPI Top 50. American defeated Gonzaga, 59-56, in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas on Nov. 28. Iowa defeated Gonzaga, 79-67, in the same event on Nov. 29.
? The Eagles are led by second-year head coach Megan Gebbia. In her first season, she guided American to a 22-10 record and a WNIT berth — the school’s first postseason at-large bid in conference history.
? The roster is comprised of five freshmen, two sophomores, two juniors and three seniors.
? Three Eagles average double figures, including Jen Dumiak (16.9), Michelle Holmes (11.0), and Arron Zimmerman (10.0).

? This marks Iowa’s 24th trip to the NCAA Tournament, including its eighth in a row. Iowa is 19-23 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes have advanced to the Sweet 16 five times, the Elite 8 three times, and also played in the 1993 Final Four.
? The Hawkeyes, a No. 3 seed, will host NCAA Tournament First and Second Round contests for the third straight season, and the 14th time in program history.
? The Hawkeyes’ No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament is the highest for the program since earning a No. 2 seed in 1996. Iowa advanced to the Sweet 16 that season. It is the fifth time in program history (1987, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2015) that Iowa has earned a No. 3 seed.
? Iowa is 4-4 all-time as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Elite Eight in 1987 and the Sweet 16 in 1989.
? Iowa is one of five teams in this year’s NCAA Tournament field, and one of 15 teams in NCAA history, to earn a bid in at least 24 seasons.
? Iowa is the only Big Ten team, and one of only 10 teams in the country to appear in the last eight NCAA Tournaments (Baylor, DePaul, Tennessee, Stanford, Oklahoma, Duke, Texas A&M, Iowa State, and Connecticut).
? 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.
? Head coach Lisa Bluder has led the Hawkeyes to 12 NCAA Tournament appearances in her 15 years at Iowa.
? The No. 3 seed is the highest accomplished by Bluder and her staff in their tenure at Iowa.
? The Hawkeyes own an 11-6 record this season against the 64-team NCAA Tournament field, boasting wins over Rutgers, Dayton, Iowa State, Gonzaga, Minnesota, Northwestern (twice), Nebraska (three times), and Ohio State.
? Iowa’s 19 NCAA Tournament wins are the sixth-most among the 14 Big Ten teams, and Iowa’s 24 NCAA Tournament appearances equal Purdue and Rutgers for the second-most behind Penn State (25).
? Iowa is 10-6 in NCAA Tournament First Round games. Iowa defeated Miami two years ago in the First Round in Iowa City, and downed Marist last year.

? Senior point guard Samantha Logic earned ESPN Second Team All-American distinction on March 13. She was also tabbed a preseason All-American by the organization earlier this year.
? ESPN honored 10 players — five First Team selections and five Second Team picks. Logic is one of three seniors and one of three players from the Big Ten Conference to receive recognition.
? Joining her on the list from the conference were Minnesota’s Amanda Zahui B. (First Team) and Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell (Second Team).

? Washington leads Iowa in the all-time series, 4-2. In games played inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the series is tied, 1-1.
? The Huskies (23-9, 11-7) earned their first NCAA Tournament bid since 2007 and 17th overall.
? Washington is 15-16 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the regional finals in 1990 and 2001.
? Washington head coach Mike Neighbors is in his second season and is the fourth coach in school history to take the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament.
? The roster is comprised of two seniors, three juniors, four sophomores, and five freshmen.
? Three Huskies average double figures in scoring, including Kelsey Plum (22.8), Jazmine Davis (15.9), and Talia Walton (12.9).

? Iowa leads the all-time series against Miami, 3-0. Two of the three meetings have taken place inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, once during the regular season in 1986 and once in the NCAA Tournament in 2013.
? The Hurricanes (19-12, 8-8) earned their 10th bid to the NCAA Tournament and their fourth in the last five years.
? Miami has a 4-9 record all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
? The roster is comprised of three seniors, two juniors, two sophomores, and five freshmen.
? The Hurricanes are led by 10th-year head coach Katie Meier.
? Adrienne Motley paces the team offensively, averaging in double figures (16.4).

? Iowa is 51-16 overall since the start of last season (27-9 last year; 24-7 this year).
? The Hawkeyes are ranked No. 9 (out of 349 schools) in the NCAA RPI.
? Iowa is 10-6 against teams in the top 50 of the RPI.
? Iowa is 22-4 this season when scoring 70 or more points, and 2-3 when failing to reach the 70-point plateau.
? The Hawkeyes are 15-1 when registering more steals than their opponent this year, and 17-3 when recording fewer turnovers.
? Iowa ranks sixth nationally, and first in the Big Ten, in assists per game (18.3). The Hawkeyes are 16-2 when notching more assists than their opponent.
? The Hawkeyes are third nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (39%), eighth in scoring offense (79.8) and assist to turnover ratio (1.34), 10th in field goal percentage (45.5%), and 14th in 3-pointers per game (8.2).

? Samantha Logic, Melissa Dixon, Ally Disterhoft, and Bethany Doolittle earned All-Big Ten honors.
? For the second-straight year, Logic has been named a unanimous first team selection by the coaches, and a first team selection by the media.
? Logic becomes the first Hawkeye since Kachine Alexander (2010, 2011) to earn multiple first-team All-Big Ten honors, and the ninth in program history. The team co-captain has been honored by the Big Ten in all four years, earning third team honors as a sophomore, while being named to the All-Freshman Team in 2012.
? Dixon and Disterhoft earned second team honors from both the coaches and the media, while Doolittle earned second team honors from the coaches, and honorable mention honors from the media. Dixon also earned Iowa’s Sportsmanship Award nomination.
? Iowa equaled Maryland for the most all-league selections.
? Iowa’s four selections are the most since 2009. The Hawkeyes have had three All-Big Ten honorees in each of the previous five years.

? The University of Iowa honored seniors Melissa Dixon, Bethany Doolittle, Samantha Logic, and Kathryn Reynolds following the conclusion of Iowa’s win over Minnesota on March 1.
? The group has led Iowa to 91 victories over the last four seasons, and the NCAA Tournament in each of the last four years.
? The #CoreFour is Iowa’s winningest (91 wins in four years) graduating class in 21 years, in terms of total victories. The 1994 class had 94 total wins. The 1990 class holds the record with 105 wins in four seasons.

? Iowa owns a 4-2 record against ranked opponents this season.
? The Hawkeyes posted wins over No. 16 Rutgers (79-72) on the road, No. 15 Nebraska (78-72 in overtime) at home, No. 20 Nebraska (69-61) on the road, and No. 25 Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament (74-65).
? No. 7 Louisville (86-52) and No. 5 Maryland (93-88) were the lone losses against ranked opponents. Both came on the road.
? Iowa is 10-6 against teams in the top 50 of the RPI. The Hawkeyes are No. 9 in the RPI.

? The 14th-ranked Hawkeyes finished second in the Big Ten and earned the No. 2 seed in the 2015 Big Ten Conference Tournament. The tournament featured a five-day format for the first time in conference history. Iowa earned a double-bye in the inaugural 14-team format.
? The Hawkeyes defeated seventh-seeded Nebraska in the quarterfinals, 74-65, to complete the three-game season sweep, but fell in overtime to third-seeded Ohio State, 91-85, in the semifinals.
? Bethany Doolittle was selected to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team for the second consecutive year.
? Iowa made its second-straight semifinal appearance and 10th overall.
? Iowa is 21-19 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament; only three schools have won more tournament games.
? Iowa owns a 5-2 all-time record as the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.


? Senior point guard Samantha Logic was named Big Ten Player of the Week and ESPN’s National Player of the Week on March 2.
? The laurel marked Logic’s sixth career weekly honor.
? Logic averaged 22 points, eight rebounds, and 11 assists per game, leading the Hawkeyes to wins over Wisconsin and Minnesota. Against the Badgers, she finished one assist shy of her sixth career triple-double, registering 20 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists. In the Senior Day win over the Gophers, Logic recorded her 30th career double-double, recording 24 points and 13 assists, to go along with six rebounds.

? Iowa senior Melissa Dixon is first in the nation in 3-point field goals per game, averaging 3.74. Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell is second at 3.70.
? Dixon is currently tied for 12th in NCAA history in 3-point field goals per game in a season (3.74).
? Dixon is second in the Big Ten and fourth nationally in 3-point percentage (45.1%).
? Dixon has made 116 3-pointers in 31 games, while Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell has made 122 in 33 games. No other player in the country has converted more than 116.
? The NCAA record for 3-pointers in a season is 126, set by Lisa McMullen of Alabama State in 1991 (390 attempts).
Dixon has attempted 257 3-pointers this year, and Mitchell has attempted 319. ? Dixon is third in Big Ten history with 326 career 3-pointers, and 27th in NCAA history.
? Dixon is third in career 3-pointers among active players.
? Dixon has set or tied an arena record at five venues this season (Iowa – 8, Illinois – 8, Drake – 10, Northwestern – 9, Rutgers – 6).
? Dixon made six 3-pointers (6-of-10) in the win at Rutgers on Jan. 4, surpassing Lindsey Meder (261) for the most in Iowa history.
? She scored 31 points in Iowa’s win at Drake on Dec. 21, making 10 3-pointers (10-of-14), setting a new school record. The previous school record was seven, accomplished five times in program history, twice by Dixon; the NCAA and Big Ten record for 3-pointers in a single game is 12.
? Dixon finished 9-of-10 from 3-point range in Iowa’s 102-99 win at Northwestern (Jan. 29).
? Dixon finished 8-of-11 from 3-point range in the Senior Day win over Minnesota (March 1), marking the fourth game this season she has made at least eight 3-pointers in a game (10 at Drake, 8 at Illinois, 9 at Northwestern). The eight 3-pointers set a new Carver-Hawkeye Arena record.

? Ally Disterhoft and Samantha Logic have been named Capital One Academic All-Americans.
? The Hawkeye duo has been named to the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I third team.
? Disterhoft, a business major, and Logic, a health and human physiology and sports studies major, account for two of the 15 honorees, and represent two of the three honorees from the Big Ten.
? Iowa is the only Division I school in the nation to have two honorees.
? Disterhoft is the only sophomore to earn the accolade.

300 AT IOWA:
? Head coach Lisa Bluder has led the Hawkeyes to 302 wins in her 15 seasons at the helm of the program. She earned her 300th victory at Iowa on Feb. 26 vs. Wisconsin (78-74).
? Two other coaches have won 300 or more games while at a Big Ten school (as a member of the conference): Karen Langeland, Michigan State (376 wins) and Rene Portland, Penn State (335 wins).
? Iowa logged its 20th victory of the season on Feb. 12 at Nebraska. It is the team’s quickest 20-win season since 1995-96.
? Bluder has led Iowa to three consecutive 20-win seasons and eight overall. Iowa has won at least 20 games in seven of the last eight years.
? Bluder owns a 302-173 (.636) mark at Iowa and a 658-315 (.676) overall record in 31 seasons as a head coach.

Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder is a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2001, 2008 and 2010). She has guided Iowa to 11 upper-division finishes in the Big Ten in 15 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 three times, third twice, fourth once, and seventh once. Iowa finished second in the inaugural 14-team league in 2015.

? Lisa Bluder is the winner of the 2015 Carol Eckman Award, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced Feb. 19.
? The Carol Eckman Award is presented annually to an active WBCA member coach who exemplifies Eckman’s spirit, integrity and character through sportsmanship, commitment to the student-athlete, honesty, ethical behavior, courage and dedication to purpose. The award is named in honor of the late Carol Eckman, the former West Chester State College coach, who is considered the “Mother of the Women’s Collegiate Basketball Championship.” Eckman organized the first women’s basketball championship at West Chester in 1969, and continued to garner recognition and support for the women’s game until her death from cancer in 1985.

Senior point guard Samantha Logic is 1-of-5 finalists for the 2015 Nancy Lieberman Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on March 13. 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.

? Hawkeye guard Samantha Logic was named one of 10 finalists for the 2014-15 Senior CLASS Award on Feb. 12.
? Nationwide fan voting has begun to select the winner at Fans can vote for Logic — the #LogicalChoice — once per day on every device until March 23.
? The Racine, Wisconsin, native is the lone finalist from the Big Ten Conference.
? An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their athletic platforms to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
? To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be classified as NCAA Division I seniors and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

The Hawkeyes have enjoyed their best start in Big Ten play since the 1997-98 season, and their best start overall since the 1995-96 season. The Hawkeyes finished 27-4 overall and 15-1 in Big Ten action that year while advancing to the Sweet Sixteen.

? Four members of this year’s team have reached, or have the potential to reach 1,000 career points this season.
? Senior Samantha Logic (1,507 points) ranks 10th on Iowa’s all-time scoring list. Morgan Johnson is ninth (1,582).
? Senior Melissa Dixon (1,443 points) is 13th.
? Senior Bethany Doolittle became the 33rd member of Iowa’s 1,000-point club in the Hawkeyes’ win over Penn State on Dec. 28. She has 1,305 career points to rank 18th.
? Sophomore Ally Disterhoft has 941 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 (869 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, during the 2013-14 regular season finale. She is third in assists in Big Ten history. Nancy Kennelly of Northwestern is second (892) and Ohio State’s Samantha Prahalis is first (901). She is tied for 14th in NCAA history in assists.
? Melissa Dixon is Iowa’s career record holder for 3-pointers (326). She is third in Big Ten history and 27th in NCAA history. Kelly Mazzante of Penn State is second (357), while Maggie Lucas of Penn State is the Big Ten record holder (365).
? Bethany Doolittle is second all-time in program history with 270 career blocks. Morgan Johnson is first with 293. Doolittle is ninth in Big Ten history.

? Iowa is No. 18 in this week’s Associated Press Top-25 poll and No. 15 in the USA Today Coaches poll. Iowa has been ranked in all 19 weeks this year: preseason (19/19), week 2 (18/18), week 3 (17/16), week 4 (22/19), week 5 (24/24), week 6 (23/24), week 7 (23/20), week 8 (20/20), week 9 (17/17), week 10 (22/21), week 11 (20/18), week 12 (20/17), week 13 (16/17), week 14 (14/13), week 15 (13/11), week 16 (17/16), week 17 (14/15), week 18 (18/15), and week 19 (18/15).
? It marks the longest Iowa has been ranked since being ranked for 18-straight weeks during the 1995-96 season.
? Iowa’s No. 11 ranking during week 15 marked its highest in the USA Today Coaches poll since the 1996-97 season.
? In the AP Poll, Maryland is No. 4, followed by Iowa (No. 18), Northwestern (No. 22), and Ohio State (No. 23). Rutgers is receiving votes.
? 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 is 1-of-15 players named to the John R. Wooden Award Women’s National Ballot, comprised of the front-runners for college basketball’s most prestigious individual honor. The list is chosen by a poll of national women’s college basketball media members. Logic is the only player from the Big Ten named a finalist.

Senior Samantha Logic is one of 16 student-athletes to be named to the Midseason Watch List for the Dawn Staley Award. The Dawn Staley Award is given to the most outstanding collegiate guard in the country; a player who exemplifies the skills that Dawn possessed during her career (ball handling, scoring, her ability to distribute the basketball, and her will to win).

Head coach Lisa Bluder has 152 career Big Ten victories (152-96), surpassing former Ohio State head coach Jim Foster (136) for the fourth-most in league history. Karen Langeland of Michigan State has the third most (156), while Rene Portland of Penn State is second (176). Former Hawkeye head coach and current Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer is first with 181 wins. She won 169 at Iowa.

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.

Iowa has played 1,199 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 743-456 (.620). That includes a 373-187 (.667) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 365-101 (.781) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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