Iowa, Baylor to Meet in Sweet 16


March 24, 2015


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The 15th-ranked and third-seeded University of Iowa women’s basketball team (26-7) faces fifth-ranked and second-seeded Baylor (32-3) on Friday at 6:30 p.m. (CT) in the NCAA® Division I Women’s Basketball Oklahoma City Regional. The contest will be played at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The winner advances to the Elite Eight to meet No. 1 seed Notre Dame or No. 4 seed Stanford on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. (CT).

Friday’s contest will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Beth Mowins (play-by-play), Stephanie White (analyst), and LaChina Robinson (sideline) will call the action.

Game 34 | #15 Iowa (26-7) vs. #5 Baylor (32-3)
Date: Friday, March 27 | 6:30 p.m. (CT)
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena | Oklahoma City
Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network
Radio (online): Hawkeye All-Access
Live Coverage: GameTracker | Twitter Updates (@iowawbb)
All-Time Series: First Meeting

? The Hawkeyes are appearing in their sixth Sweet 16 in program history, and first since 1996.
? Iowa’s game against Baylor on Friday in the NCAA® Division I Women’s Basketball Oklahoma City Regional marks the first meeting between the two programs.
? Iowa is 3-2 all-time in the Sweet 16, defeating Georgia (1987), USC (1988), and Auburn (1993), while falling to Stanford (1989) and Vanderbilt (1996).
? 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. ? Iowa’s Melissa Dixon leads the nation in 3-pointers per game (3.70).
? Baylor’s Niya Johnson leads the nation in assists per game (8.7), while Iowa’s Samantha Logic is third (7.9).
? 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 (93 wins).
? Samantha Logic, the NCAA’s active career assists leader (884), is the first player in NCAA history to record at least 1,500 career points, 800 rebounds, 800 assists, and 200 steals. She was named a second team All-American by ESPN.
? 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 starting senior trio of Melissa Dixon, Bethany Doolittle, and Samantha Logic are the second group of three players, from the same class, to eclipse 1,300 career points in Big Ten history, joining Iowa’s 2009 trio of Kristi Smith, Megan Skouby and Wendy Ausdemore.
? Iowa has notched 53 wins since the start of last season, marking the best two-year run since 1988-89 (56 wins).
? The Hawkeyes rank seventh nationally in scoring offence (79.9), and are on pace to set a new school record for the second-straight year.


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.

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 appearing in their sixth Sweet 16 in program history, and first since 1996.
? Iowa defeated No. 14 seed American (75-67) in the First Round on March 20, before downing No. 11 seed Miami (88-70) in the Second Round on March 22. All five Iowa starters scored in double figures in both of the victories in Iowa City.

? Friday’s game marks the first meeting between Iowa and Baylor.
? Baylor, the No. 2 seed, also hosted First and Second Round games, and defeated Northwestern State (77-36) and Arkansas (73-44) to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the seventh-straight year.
? The Lady Bears are 32-3 overall, and ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Top-25 poll and No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches poll.
? Baylor finished 16-2 in the Big 12, winning the league by three games over Oklahoma. The Lady Bears also captured the Big 12 tournament championship. Baylor has won the conference regular season and tournament championships in each of the last five seasons.
? Baylor is 6-0 in neutral site contests this season.
? The Hawkeyes and Lady Bears share three common opponents: Arkansas, Iowa State, and Michigan State. Iowa lost to Arkansas, and defeated Iowa State and Michigan State. Baylor split two meetings against Iowa State, and defeated Arkansas and Michigan State.
? Baylor is competing in the NCAA Tournament for the 12th-straight year, and 14th time in program history. All tournament appearances have come under head coach Kim Mulkey.
? Mulkey is in her 15th season as head coach at Baylor.
? Baylor is 35-11 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, winning the 2005 and 2012 NCAA Championships. The Lady Bears are 5-4 in the Sweet 16.
? The Lady Bears are led by sophomore forward Nina Davis, who averages 20.9 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game.
? Junior guard Niya Johnson leads the nation in assists per game (8.7).

? This marks Iowa’s 24th trip to the NCAA Tournament, including its eighth in a row. Iowa is 21-23 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes have advanced to the Sweet 16 six times, the Elite 8 three times, and also played in the 1993 Final Four.
? Iowa is 3-2 all-time in the Sweet 16, defeating Georgia (1987), USC (1988), and Auburn (1993), while falling to Stanford (1989) and Vanderbilt (1996).
? Iowa defeated American in the First Round on March 20, 75-67, marking the third-straight year the Hawkeyes have advanced to the Second Round.
? The Hawkeyes, a No. 3 seed, hosted 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 6-4 all-time as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Elite Eight in 1987 and the Sweet 16 in 1989 and 2015.
? 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 previous 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 a 13-6 record this season against the 64-team NCAA Tournament field, boasting wins over American, Miami (Fla.), Rutgers, Dayton, Iowa State, Gonzaga, Minnesota, Northwestern (twice), Nebraska (three times), and Ohio State.
? Iowa’s 21 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’s starting senior trio of Melissa Dixon, Bethany Doolittle, and Samantha Logic are the second group of three players, from the same class, to eclipse 1,300 career points in Big Ten history, joining Iowa’s 2009 trio of Kristi Smith, Megan Skouby and Wendy Ausdemore.
? They are the second-highest scoring trio, from the same class, in Big Ten history. The three senior Hawkeyes have combined for 4,340 points: Dixon (1,470), Doolittle (1,337), and Logic (1,533).
? Penn State’s 2004 senior trio of Kelly Mazzante (2,919), Jess Brungo (1,142), and Mel Croser (297) combined for 4,358 points.
? Iowa’s 2009 trio combined for 4,237 points: Smith (1,455), Skouby (1,439) and Ausdemore (1,343), surpassing Purdue’s 2004 senior trio of Shereka Wright (2,251), Erika Valek (1,219) and Beth Jones (640), who accumulated 4,110 points.

? 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.

? 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).

? Iowa is averaging 79.9 points per game this season to rank seventh nationally. The Hawkeyes are on pace to set a new program record for scoring offense.
? 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).

? Iowa senior Melissa Dixon is first in the nation in 3-point field goals per game, averaging 3.70. Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell is second at 3.63.
? Dixon is currently 15th in NCAA history in 3-point field goals per game in a season (3.70).
? Dixon is second in the Big Ten and fourth nationally in 3-point percentage (46%).
? Dixon has made 122 3-pointers in 33 games, while Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell made 127 in 35 games. No other player in the country has converted more than 109.
? The previous NCAA record for 3-pointers in a season was 126, set by Lisa McMullen of Alabama State in 1991 (390 attempts).
? Dixon has attempted 265 3-pointers this year, and Mitchell has attempted 336.
? Dixon is third in Big Ten history with 332 career 3-pointers, and 26th 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.

? Iowa is 53-16 overall since the start of last season (27-9 last year; 26-7 this year).
? The 53 wins mark the most for the program over two years since the 1987-88 (29) and 1988-89 (27) seasons (56 wins).

? 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 24-4 this season when scoring 70 or more points, and 2-3 when failing to reach the 70-point plateau.
? The Hawkeyes are 16-1 when registering more steals than their opponent this year, and 19-3 when recording fewer turnovers.
? Iowa ranks seventh nationally, and first in the Big Ten, in assists per game (18.2). The Hawkeyes are 19-2 when notching more assists than their opponent.
? The Hawkeyes are third nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (39.7%), seventh in scoring offense (79.9) and assist to turnover ratio (1.34), eighth in field goal percentage (45.8%), and 17th in 3-pointers per game (8.1).

? 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 93 victories over the last four seasons, and the NCAA Tournament in each of the last four years. The group finished 57-12 at home.
? The #CoreFour is Iowa’s winningest (93 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.

? 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.

? Four members of this year’s team have reached, or have the potential to reach 1,000 career points this season.
? Senior Samantha Logic (1,533 points) ranks 10th on Iowa’s all-time scoring list. Morgan Johnson is ninth (1,582).
? Senior Melissa Dixon (1,470 points) is 12th.
? 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 1,337 career points to rank 16th.
? Sophomore Ally Disterhoft has 974 career points. She tallied 474 in 36 games as a freshman last year (13.2 per game), and is averaging 15.2 points per game this season.

? Samantha Logic (884 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). Logic is 13th in NCAA history in assists.
? Melissa Dixon is Iowa’s career record holder for 3-pointers (332). She is third in Big Ten history and 26th 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 273 career blocks. Morgan Johnson is first with 293. Doolittle is eighth in Big Ten history.

? 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.

? The Hawkeyes are 367-101 (.781) all-time inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and 13-7 in NCAA Tournament games. Iowa is 107-23 in its last 130 games inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
? The Hawkeyes finished 18-0 at home this season, setting a program record for wins at home in a single season.
? Iowa was 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 last finished undefeated at home during the 1995-96 season (14-0). The Hawkeyes have finished undefeated at home four other times (1987-88, 14-0; 1988-89, 14-0; 1992-93, 15-0; 1995-96, 14-0). Iowa advanced to the Final Four during the 1992-93 season.
? Iowa has won 19-straight regular season home games dating back to last year.
? The Hawkeyes are 32-4 at home over the last two years, and 57-12 over the last four.

Iowa assistant coach Lacey Goldwire is an Oklahoma City native. She was an all-state and all-city player at Del City High School.

? 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.

300 AT IOWA:
? Head coach Lisa Bluder has led the Hawkeyes to 304 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 304-173 (.637) mark at Iowa and a 660-315 (.677) 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.

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. Iowa has won at least 26 games in each of the last two seasons.

? Iowa is No. 18 in the latest 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 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.


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.

? Hawkeye guard Samantha Logic was named one of 10 finalists for the 2014-15 Senior CLASS Award.
? Nationwide fan voting has begun to select the winner at
? 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.

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 1,201 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 745-456 (.620). That includes a 373-187 (.667) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 367-101 (.781) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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