Jan. 18, 2016
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The University of Iowa women’s basketball team tips off against Penn State at 7 p.m. (CT) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena Wednesday.
|Game 19 | Iowa (13-5, 3-3) vs. Penn State (6-11, 1-5)|
|Date:||Wednesday, Jan. 20 | 7 p.m. (CT)|
|Location:||Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena|
|Live Coverage:||Gametracker | Twitter Game Updates|
|All-Time Series:||Penn State leads, 26-19|
? It is Nicole Smith bobble head night inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena Wednesday.
? It is also UI Student Night. Students in attendance get free food prior to the game and can register for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.
? Wednesday is Four Pack Night. Fans who order the package prior to game day get four tickets, four hot dogs, and four drinks for just $35.
? It is also Camper Reunion Night.
? Fans can watch the game live online on BTN Plus available at btn2go.com.
? Live audio of the game can be heard on select Hawkeye Radio Network affiliate stations and on Hawkeye All-Access available at hawkeyesports.com. Brent Balbinot and Kathryn Reynolds will call the action.
? Balbinot is in his 12th year as Iowa’s play-by-play voice.
? Reynolds, a member of the infamous Core Four and team captain for the Hawkeyes in 2014-15, is pursuing a law degree at the University of Iowa.
? Links to video, audio, and live stats are available on the women’s basketball schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.
? Penn State leads Iowa, 26-19, in the all-time series.
? Iowa won the lone meeting in 2014-15, 77-52, in Iowa City, Iowa.
? Iowa has the edge, 11-8, in games played inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
? In the Lisa Bluder era, the Hawkeyes trail the Nittany Lions, 14-11.
A LOOK AT THE NITTANY LIONS
? Penn State is 6-11 overall and 1-5 in Big Ten play (tied for 13th with Illinois) heading in to the Wednesday matchup.
? The Nittany Lions opened conference action with an upset win over Northwestern, 79-72, but have dropped their last five contests at Minnesota, 98-85, against Michigan State, 71-55, at Wisconsin, 82-62, against Nebraska, 83-78, and against Michigan, 91-87.
? As a team, Penn State averages 71.7 points and 37.9 rebounds per game. Three average double figures, including Teniya Page (15.6), Brianna Banks (13.9), and Lindsey Spann (12.6).
? In conference games alone, Page is averaging 19.2 points per game.
? The roster, comprised of three seniors, four juniors, and six freshmen, is led by ninth-year head coach Coquese Washington.
B1G RETURN FOR MISS MICHIGAN BASKETBALL
? Freshman Tania Davis, Miss Michigan Basketball in 2014-15, made a statement in her return to the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan, where she won state titles with Goodrich High School in 2012 and 2013.
? Davis led the Hawkeyes with a career-high 16 points and a career-high matching five assists at Michigan State. She matched another career-high with six rebounds in the contest.
? In the first half, Davis was 3-for-3, sinking all three of her three-point field goal attempts.
? The Grand Blanc, Michigan, native closed the game with a .417 field goal percentage (5-12) and an .800 three-point field goal percentage (4-5).
COMING ON STRONG
? Sophomore point guard Whitney Jennings has hit her stride, improving significantly in conference play.
? In four of six league games, Jennings has scored in double figures (10 vs. Rutgers; 10 vs. Maryland; 11 at Wisconsin; 15 at Michigan State).
? The Logansport, Indiana, native is leading the team with 20 assists and owns a .383 field goal percentage and a .350 three-point field goal percentage in conference contests. She averages 10.0 points per game in conference games.
? In all 18 games, she averages 8.6 points per game and is shooting .327 from field goal range and .327 from beyond the arc.
CALL ON ME
? Junior Ally Disterhoft, a preseason All-Big Ten selection by league coaches, has been a consistent force for the Hawkeyes all season.
? The 6-0 forward paces Iowa in points (16.6) and rebounds (5.6) per game. She is also second in assists, averaging 3.0 per contest.
? She has scored double figures in every game of the season and in 63 of 69 career starts.
? The Iowa City, Iowa, native has led Iowa in scoring in nine of 18 games this season, scoring 20 points or more in four contests.
? Disterhoft owns a .544 field goal percentage, .380 three-point field goal percentage, and .758 free throw percentage.
? She currently ranks 20th on Iowa’s all-time scoring list with 1,275 career points and 22nd all-time with 530 career rebounds. Disterhoft is the 34th player in program history to surpass the 1,000 career point threshold.
B1G STATS SUMMARY
? The Hawkeyes are tied for 5th place (3-3) in Big Ten Conference standings with Nebraska, Rutgers, Michigan, and Minnesota.
? As a team, Iowa is fourth in free throw percentage (.747), sixth in field goal percentage (.443), rebounding margin (+3.3), and three-pointers made per game (6.7), seventh in blocked shots per game (4.1), eighth in assists per game (15.2), ninth in three-point field goal percentage.
? Ally Disterhoft ranks sixth in minutes played per game (35.6), eighth in field goal percentage (.544), and 15th in scoring (16.6) and three-point field goal percentage (.380).
? Megan Gustafson is fifth in field goal percentage (.555) and blocks per game (1.6).
? Chase Coley is 10th in field goal percentage (.528) and 15th in blocks per game (0.9).
? Alexa Kastanek is seventh in three-pointers made per game (2.4), and 14th in three-point field goal percentage (.381).
? In conference games alone, Iowa is third in three-point field goal percentage, fourth in field goal percentage (.450), three-point field goals made per game (6.7), and rebounding margin (+5.5), fifth in defensive rebounds per game (27.3), and eighth in blocked shots per game (3.7).
MOVING UP THE CHARTS
? Junior Ally Disterhoft is 20tt on Iowa’s all-time scoring list with 1,275 career points and is also 21st all-time with 530 career rebounds.
? She has played in every game of her Hawkeye career with 69 consecutive starts.
? Disterhoft has scored in double figures in every game this season, and in 63 of her 69 career starts.
? The co-captain leads Iowa in points (16.6) and rebounds per game (5.6).
? Freshman Megan Gustafson has compiled 29 blocks through 18 games played this season, which is fourth on the all-time freshman list at Iowa. The record at Iowa in a freshman season is 79 blocks, set by Morgan Johnson in 2009-10.
Check out the Iowa women’s basketball team’s website, iowawbb.com, devoted to everything on-and-off-the-court surrounding the program. Iowawbb.com allows fans a chance to go behind the scenes with the Hawkeye basketball program. The site is complete with exclusive videos, photo galleries, and content featuring the basketball program.
Iowa is back on the road to face Purdue on Sunday, Jan. 24. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. (CT) in West Lafayette, Indiana. The game will air live on the Big Ten Network.