Jan. 2, 2016
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The 25th-ranked University of Iowa women’s basketball team (11-2, 1-0) welcomes Rutgers (10-3, 1-0) on Monday, Jan. 4. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (CT).
Game 14 | #25 Iowa (11-2, 1-0) vs. Rutgers (10-3, 1-0) Date: Monday, Jan. 4 | 7 p.m. (CT) Location: Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena Watch: BTN Radio: Hawkeye All-Access Live Coverage: Gametracker | Twitter Game Updates All-Time Series: Tied, 2-2
• Monday is Buck Night, which means fans can purchase tickets for just $1.
• It is also Kali Peschel bobble head night. Doors open at 6 p.m.
• Monday’s game against Rutgers will air live on the Big Ten Network. Lisa Byington (play-by-play) and Debbie Antonelli (color) will call the action.
• Audio of the contest will also be available on select Hawkeye Radio Network stations and on Hawkeye All-Access at hawkeyesports.com. Brent Balbinot and Stacy Schlapkohl are on the call.
• Balbinot is in his 12th year as Iowa’s play-by-play voice.
• Schlapkohl, who played in 104 games with 49 starts, helped Iowa to three NCAA Tournaments. She scored in double figures in 22 games.
• Links to video, audio, and Gametracker (live stats) are available on the women’s basketball schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.
• The all-time series is tied, 2-2, between Iowa and Rutgers.
• The teams met for the first time as members of the Big Ten Conference last season. The Hawkeyes won the away contest, 79-72, in Piscataway, New Jersey.
• Rutgers won the first two meetings of the series, 57-51 in 2005-06 and 70-53 in 2006-07.
• The Hawkeyes have won the last two meetings, 70-63 in 2009-10 and 79-72 in 2014-15.
SCOUTING THE SCARLET KNIGHTS
• Rutgers brings a 10-3 overall mark and a 1-0 Big Ten Conference record in to the Monday night matchup.
• The Scarlet Knights opened conference play with a win at home against Minnesota, 66-55.
• As a team, Rutgers averages 61.5 points per game. Two average in double figures in Kahleah Copper (16.9 points per game) and Tyler Scaife (16.5 points per game).
• Twenty-one year head coach C. Vivian Stringer leads a roster comprised of five freshmen, one sophomore, two juniors, and six seniors.
• Rutgers finished 2014-15 with a 23-10 record overall and a 12-6 mark in conference play. The Scarlet Knights finished tied for fourth in Big Ten standings and earned an invitation to the 2015 NCAA Tournament for the 24th time in program history.
• Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer, a 12-year head coach at Iowa from 1983-84 to 1994-95, makes her return to Iowa City for the first time since 2005-06. This matchup will be her first at Iowa with Rutgers as a part of the Big Ten Conference.
• During her tenure with the Hawkeyes, Stringer led Iowa to nine NCAA Tournaments and six Big Ten Championships. She compiled a 269-84 (.762) overall record and a 169-45 (.790) mark in conference play.
• Sixteenth-year UI head coach Lisa Bluder and Stringer have a strong relationship, created through many years coaching against one another and the Iowa ties they share.
B1G OPENER, BIG SUCCESS
• Iowa opened its Big Ten Conference slate on the road with a big win at Nebraska on Dec. 31. It is the lone matchup against the Huskers this season.
• The Hawkeyes have won four consecutive games against the Huskers, dating back the 2014-15 season when Iowa topped Nebraska three times (at Iowa, at Nebraska, in Big Ten Tournament).
• Iowa dominated the boards in the contest, outrebounding Nebraska, 51-29.
• Iowa shot 45.6% from field goal range, 35% from three-point land, and 78.9% from the charity stripe in the win.
• Three Hawkeyes scored in double figures, led by junior Ally Disterhoft who netted 17 points. She added 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the year. Sophomore Chase Coley and Lincoln, Nebraska, native junior Alexa Kastanek scored 16 and 13 points, respectively.
DISTERHOFT DOUBLES UP AT NEBRASKA
• Junior forward Ally Disterhoft led the Hawkeyes past Nebraska in Lincoln on Dec. 31 with her first double-double of the season and the sixth of her career (17 points, 11 rebounds).
• Her last double-double also came against Nebraska in 2014-15 in an overtime win in Iowa City.
• In the game at Nebraska, she shot .500 (7-14) from field goal range and .400 (2-5) from three-point field goal range.
• Disterhoft moved up to 24th all-time on Iowa’s scoring list (1,201 career points) and 25th all-time on the rebounding list (503 career rebounds).
HOME SWEET HOME
• Iowa has won 24 consecutive games on Mediacom Court in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
• The streak began when the Hawkeyes posted a perfect 18-0 mark at home in 2014-15 and has continued into the 2015-16 season.
• The 24-game win streak is the third-longest home win streak in program history.
• Iowa’s longest home win streak lasted 46 games, including the final 13 home games of the 1986-87 season, all 14 home games in the 1987-88 season, all 14 home games in the 1988-89 season, and the first five home games of the 1989-90 season.
• The second longest home win streak lasted 25 games. It began when the Hawkeyes went 17-0 at home in 1992-93 and stretched eight home games into the 1993-94 season.
• Nine home contests, all against Big Ten opponents, remain on the 2015-16 schedule.
• Iowa was one of 13 teams nationally to finish undefeated on its home court with an 18-0 mark last season, a program record for wins at home in a single season.
DISTERHOFT EARNS B1G HONOR ROLL RECOGNITION… AGAIN
• Junior Ally Disterhoft was named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll on Dec. 28, after helping Iowa defeat intrastate rival Drake, 89-76, last week. The win stretches the Hawkeyes’ win streak to 24 consecutive home games.
• The 6-0 forward scored a team-high 20 points, tied for the team lead with seven rebounds, and dished out four assists against the Bulldogs. It is her fourth time scoring 20 points or more in a game this season.
• The Iowa City, Iowa native, hit 6-of-9 field goals, including a 3-of-6 performance from beyond the arc in the game.
• She has scored in double figures in all 12 games this season and in 57 of 63 career starts.
• Disterhoft, who leads the team in points (17.3) and assists (3.33) per game, moved up to 25th on Iowa’s all-time scoring list with 1,184 career points and 26th on the rebounding list with 492 career rebounds with her performance.
• Disterhoft was also named to the Big Ten Honor Roll on Dec. 7, after guiding the Hawkeyes to a pair of wins at Virginia and against Robert Morris.
NCAA STREAK ATOP THE BIG TEN
Iowa is the only Big Ten team, and one of only 10 teams in the country, to appear in the last eight NCAA Tournaments. There are 349 Division I teams.
The Hawkeyes advanced to the program’s first Sweet Sixteen since 1996, and the sixth overall, a season ago. It was the first Sweet Sixteen appearance for Iowa under head coach Lisa Bluder. Iowa, a No. 3 seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, defeated 14th-seeded American in the First Round, 75-67, and 11th-seeded Miami in the Second Round, 88-77, inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena to advance.
HAWKEYES IN BIG TEN PLAY
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). In conference games alone, Bluder owns a 152-96 (.613) record at Iowa.
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.
The Hawkeyes continue Big Ten Conference play on the road at Michigan on Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. (CT), before returning home to host Maryland on Jan. 10 at 2 p.m.