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GAME #23: IOWA (14-8; 5-4) at Michigan (18-5; 7-2)
Date Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 | 1 p.m. (CT)
Location Ann Arbor, Michigan | Crisler Center (12,707)
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THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women’s basketball team travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for a contest against the Wolverines on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. (CT) from the Crisler Center. 

WATCH/LISTEN

  • Sunday’s contest will be streamed live on BTN Plus. Links can be found on the Iowa women’s basketball schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.  
  • Rob Brooks and Jamie Cavey Lang will have the call on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Links to the broadcast are available on the women’s basketball schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.

SCOUTING MICHIGAN

  • Michigan enters Sunday’s contest with a 18-5 overall record and a 7-2 mark in Big Ten play. 
  • The Wolverines are currently third in the Big Ten and receiving votes in both polls. 
  • Michigan has won 18 of its first 23 games for the first time in school history. 
  • The Wolverines are 11-0 at Crisler Center this season. 
  • Senior guard Siera Thompson ranks fifth nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.35). Thompson has dished out 124 assists on the season. 
  • Freshman Kysre Gondrezick is the reigning Big Ten Player and Big Ten Freshman of the Week. She tied career highs in points (22), rebounds (7), and 3-pointers made (6) in Michigan’s win over Northwestern on Jan. 25. Gondrezick was 8-for-17 from the field and 6-for-10 from 3-point range in the victory. Her performance also earned her USBWA Freshman of the Week accolades. 
  • Junior guard Katelynn Flaherty leads the team, averaging 20.3 points per game. Sophomore Hallie Thome (15.0) and Gondrezick (14.0) are also averaging double figures for the Wolverines. 
  • Michigan is led by fifth-year head coach Kim Barnes Arico.  

THE SERIES

  • Iowa leads the all-time series, 48-16. 
  • The Hawkeyes won 2-of-3 meetings last season. Michigan defeated the Hawkeyes, 82-75, in Ann Arbor on Jan. 7, before Iowa evened the season series with an, 85-69, win in Iowa City on Jan. 28. The Hawkeyes then defeated the Wolverines, 97-85, in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on March 3. 
  • Iowa has won seven of the last 10 meetings between the two teams. 

LAST TIME OUT

  • The Hawkeyes clinched the series sweep over Rutgers with a 71-57 victory on Thursday night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. 
  • The win marked Iowa’s third victory in its last four contests. 
  • Sophomore Megan Gustafson and senior Ally Disterhoft combined for 45 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Hawkeyes. 
  • Gustafson notched her 11th double-double of the season, tying her career high with 25 points and pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds. 
  • Disterhoft was one rebound shy of her second double-double on the season. The Iowa City, Iowa, native registered 20 points and nine boards.
  • Three Hawkeyes — sophomore Tania Davis and freshmen Kathleen Doyle and Makenzie Meyer — each registered five assists in the contest. Iowa tallied 17 assists on 23 field goals. 
  • Davis registered 11 points for the Hawkeyes and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. 

HOME SWEET HOME

  • Sophomore Tania Davis and freshman Alexis Sevillian are both Michigan natives. 
  • In five games against Michigan teams last season (3 vs. UM, 2 vs. MSU), Davis averaged 10.8 points, 5.0 assists, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. 
  • Davis registered her first career double-double (10 points, 10 assists) in Iowa’s Big Ten Tournament win over Michigan on March 3, 2016. The 10 assists marked a career high. 

APPROACHING HISTORY

  • Head coach Lisa Bluder has 693 career wins and is just seven away from recording career win No. 700. 
  • Bluder is in her 33rd season as a head coach and her 17th at the helm of the Hawkeyes. 
  • In her 17 seasons in Iowa City, Bluder — Iowa’s all-time winningest coach — has accumulated  337 wins. 
  • The Hawkeyes have advanced to 15 postseason appearances (12 NCAA and three WNIT) under Bluder’s direction, including NCAA Tournament berths in eight of the last nine seasons. 

DYNAMIC DUO

  • Sophomore Megan Gustafson and senior Ally Disterhoft combined for 45 points and 21 rebounds in Iowa’s 71-57 victory over Rutgers on Feb. 2. Gustafson notched her 11th double-double of the season (25 points, 12 rebounds), while Disterhoft was one rebound shy of her second double-double of the season (20 points, nine boards). 
  • Gustafson has scored in double figures in every game this season, while Disterhoft has netted double digits in 20-of-22 games. 
  • Gustafson has netted 20 or more points 10 times this year, while Disterhoft has accomplished the feat five times. Both Hawkeyes have scored 20 or more points in games against Oral Roberts, James Madison, Drake, and Rutgers. 
  • Together, the pair averages 33.7 points per game.

HAWKS HELPING HAWKS

  • Sophomore Tania Davis and freshmen Kathleen Doyle and Makenzie Meyer each registered five assists in Iowa’s win over Rutgers on Feb. 2. 
  • The trio combined for 15 of Iowa’s 17 assists. The Hawkeyes registered 23 field goals in the contest. 
  • Meyer’s five assists marked a new career high. 
  • On the season, Davis, Doyle and Meyer have combined for 223 of Iowa’s 401 total assists. 

DOYLE HAS CAREER DAY

  • Freshman Kathleen Doyle set career highs in points (21), field goals made (8), and 3-point field goals made (3) against Maryland on Jan. 29. 
  • Doyle also registered a team-high three steals and dished out five assists in the contest. 
  • In nine conference games this season, Doyle is averaging 11.0 points, 4.9 assists, and 2.2 steals per game. She’s shooting .424 (38-of-85) from the field and .345 (17-of-27) from behind the arc. 

GUSTAFSON NAMED TO B1G HONOR ROLL… AGAIN

  • Sophomore Megan Gustafson was named to the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the Week Honor Roll by the league office on Jan. 23. 
  • It marked the fifth weekly honor of Gustafson’s career and her fourth of the season. 
  • Gustafson shot .750 (15-of-20) from the field to help Iowa to a pair of Big Ten Conference wins against Rutgers and Minnesota last week. She averaged 19.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in 62 minutes of action. 
  • The Port Wing, Wisconsin, native scored a team-high 19 points on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting performance to lead Iowa to is first Big Ten Conference road win of the season at Rutgers on Jan. 17. Four days later, Gustafson registered a team-leading 19 points and 12 rebounds against the Golden Gophers. It marked her 10th double-double of the season and the 19th of her career. 
  • Gustafson earned Big Ten Player of the Week accolades on Nov. 14 before being named to the Honor Roll on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. She garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors on Feb. 22, 2016. 

HAVE A DAY, TANIA 

  • Tania Davis netted a career-high 25 points against No. 3 Maryland on Jan. 14. 
  • It marked the second time this season the sophomore has registered 20 or more points. 
  • Davis also matched her career high with seven field goals made. 

UNSELFISH BASKETBALL 

  • The Hawkeyes rank second in the Big Ten and 10th nationally in assists per game (18.2)  
  • Iowa also ranks fourth in the conference and 14th in the NCAA in total assists (401).
  • Seven Hawkeyes have dished out 20 or more assists on the season. Sophomore Tania Davis leads the team with 95. She is joined by freshman Kathleen Doyle (89), senior Ally Disterhoft (57), freshmen Makenzie Meyer (39) and Bre Cera (25), junior Chase Coley (24) and senior Alexa Kastanek (24). 
  • Davis dished out a season-high eight assists in Iowa’s win over Minnesota on Jan. 21. 
  • Doyle registered a career-high seven assists against No. 3 Maryland on Jan. 14, while Meyer recorded a career-high five against Rutgers on Feb. 2. 

I’LL TAKE THAT, PLEASE

  • Freshman Kathleen Doyle leads the team with 45 steals on the season. 
  • The LaGrange Park, Illinois, native ranks sixth in the Big Ten Conference, averaging 2.05 steals per game. 
  • Doyle’s 2.05 steals per game average is the highest among all Big Ten freshmen. 
  • In nine conference games this season, Doyle is averaging 2.2 steals — the fifth-highest total in the Big Ten. 

MOVIN’ ON UP 

  • Senior Ally Disterhoft now ranks third on Iowa’s all-time career scoring list. 
  • Disterhoft has 1,896 career points and is 163 points from tying Iowa’s all-time scoring record of 2,059 set by Cindy Haugejorde (1976-80). 
  • Disterhoft also ranks ninth all-time in 3-point field goals (149), 13th in career blocks (64), and 12th in rebounds (726). 

DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE

  • Sophomore Megan Gustafson registered the 20th double-double of her career against Rutgers on Feb. 2. It was her 11th double-double of the season.
  • Gustafson is one of 27 NCAA student-athletes to record 11 or more double-doubles this season. 
  • Gustafson has led Iowa in boards in 20-of-22 games this season. 
  • Gustafson has netted 20 or more points 10 times this year. 
  • The Port Wing, Wisconsin, native ranks fifth nationally in field goal percentage (.661), 15th in field goals made (160), 19th in double-doubles (11), 32nd in rebounds (214), and 40th in rebounds per game (9.7). 

FAST FACTS 

  • The Hawkeyes are 13-1 when leading at the half. 
  • Iowa is 14-2 when scoring 70 points or more. 
  • Iowa is ranked seventh nationally in field goal percentage, shooting .476 on the season. 
  • Sophomore Megan Gustafson is one of 27 student-athletes to record 11 or more double-doubles on the season. 
  • The Hawkeyes rank 15th nationally in total attendance (63,734) and 18th in attendance average (4,552). Iowa’s largest crowd of the season (7,191) came against Minnesota on Jan. 21. 

IN THE POLLS

  • Two Big Ten teams are included in the week 13 (Jan. 30) Associated Press Top 25. They include: No. 3 Maryland and No. 14 Ohio State. Michigan (32) and Northwestern (3) are both receiving votes. 
  • Maryland (No. 3) and Ohio State (No. 14) are also included in the week 13 USA TODAY Coaches Poll (Jan. 31). Michigan (62) and Northwestern (12) are receiving votes. 

CALL ON ME

  • Senior Ally Disterhoft has netted double figures in 98 of her 106 career starts, including 53 of her last 55 games. 
  • The Iowa City, Iowa, native has started 106 consecutive games and appeared in every game of her Hawkeye career (124). 
  • Disterhoft has 1,896 career points and is 163 points from tying Iowa’s all-time scoring record of 2,059 set by Cindy Haugejorde (1976-80). 
  • Disterhoft has registered 20 or more points in five games this season. 
  • Last season, Disterhoft became the program’s highest scoring junior, netting 565 points to break Michelle Edwards’ record of 564 points in 1986-87. 

AROUND THE NATION

  • Iowa is ranked seventh nationally in field goal percentage, shooting .476 on the season. 
  • The Hawkeyes rank 10th nationally, averaging 18.2 assists per game. 
  • Iowa’s 401 total assists rank 14th nationally. 
  • The Hawkeyes also rank 22nd in scoring offense (76.4).
  • Sophomore Megan Gustafson ranks fifth nationally in field goal percentage (.661), 15th in field goals made (160), 19th in double-doubles (11), 32nd in rebounds (214), and 40th in rebounds per game (9.7). 
  • Sophomore Tania Davis is 23rd nationally in free throw percentage (.875). 

AROUND THE LEAGUE 

  • Iowa ranks second in the Big Ten, averaging 18.2 assists per game. 
  • The Hawkeyes also rank second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.294), third in field goal percentage (.476), and fifth in defensive rebounds (28.5). 
  • Two Hawkeyes rank within the top-10 in field goal percentage. They include: Megan Gustafson (.661; 2nd) and Ally Disterhoft (.521; 10th). 
  • Gustafson ranks second in field goal percentage (.661) and double-doubles (11), third in offensive rebounds (3.5), fourth in defensive rebounds (6.3), fifth in rebounding (9.7), and 10th in scoring (17.6). 
  • Sophomore Tania Davis is shooting .875 from the free throw line — the third-highest total in the conference. She also ranks 12th in assists, averaging 4.3 per game. 
  • Freshman Kathleen Doyle is sixth in the conference in steals (2.0), tied 11th in assist to turnover ratio (1.8) and 13th in assists (4.0). 
  • Disterhoft ranks 10th in field goal percentage (.521) and 13th in scoring (16.1). 

HISTORICALLY GOOD DEFENSE

  • Iowa currently ranks second in the Big Ten Conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.294). 
  • The Hawkeyes held Massachusetts to just 30 points in the first game of the Hawkeye Challenge on Nov. 19, tying a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record for fewest points allowed. It also marked the second-fewest points allowed in the Big Ten this season (27, Purdue vs. North Carolina Central). 
  • Iowa held the Minutewomen to just 10 first half points, breaking a program record for fewest points allowed in a first half. 
  • The Hawkeyes allowed just 39 points against UNI on Dec. 4. It marked the second time this season Iowa has held an opponent to under 40 points. 
  • GUSTAFSON EARNS 2ND STRAIGHT B1G HONOR ROLL PLAUDIT
  • For the second straight week, sophomore Megan Gustafson was named to the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the Week Honor Roll, the conference office announced Jan. 2. It marked the fourth weekly honor of Gustafson’s career and her third of the season.
  • Gustafson averaged 21.5 points and 11.0 rebounds in a pair of Big Ten Conference games against Illinois and Nebraska last week.
  • She led all scorers with 21 points, shooting 7-of-12 (.583) from the field at Illinois. Gustafson pulled down 13 boards (6 offensive) to register her eighth double-double of the season. She also dished out three assists and went 7-for-8 from the free throw line against the Illini.
  • The Port Wing, Wisconsin, native recorded a team-high 22 points and a team-leading nine rebounds to lead Iowa to its first Big Ten victory of the season. She shot an impressive .750 from the field (9-for-12) and added two blocks and a pair of steals.
  • Gustafson was also named Big Ten Player of the Week on Nov. 14.  The Port Wing, Wisconsin, native posted back-to-back double-doubles to lead Iowa to wins overall Oral Roberts and Hampton on Nov. 11 and 13. The sophomore tied a career high in points (25) and recorded 12 rebounds, an assist and a block in 26 minutes of action against Oral Roberts on Nov. 11. Two days later, Gustafson netted 14 points and pulled down 11 boards to lead the Hawkeyes past Hampton. She also went a combined 7-for-8 from the free throw line.

DAVIS NAMED MADNESS B1G PLAYER OF THE WEEK 

  • Sophomore Tania Davis was named the Madness Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, College Sports Madness announced Dec.12. 
  • Davis averaged a team-high 18.5 points, shot .526 from the field (10-of-19), .600 from 3-point range (6-for-10) and a perfect 1.000 (11-for-11) from the free throw line to lead Iowa to a pair of wins over Iowa State and Robert Morris. 
  • The Flint, Michigan, native registered career highs in points (23), 3-pointers made (5) and field goals made (7) to guide the Hawkeyes past in-state rival Iowa State (88-76) on Wednesday. 
  • Two days later, Davis netted 14 points and was a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe to help the Hawkeyes to an 81-60 win over Robert Morris. 

HAWKEYES CONTINUE POSTSEASON STREAK

  • Iowa made its ninth straight postseason appearance (8 NCAA, 1 WNIT) with an at-large bid to the WNIT in 2016.
  • Iowa was one of six Big Ten Conference teams (Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Rutgers) and one of three teams from Iowa (Drake, UNI) to be included in the WNIT field of 64.

RETURNING EXPERIENCE

  • Iowa returns four of its five starters from last season in senior Ally Disterhoft, junior Chase Coley, and sophomores Tania Davis, and Megan Gustafson. 
  • Senior Ally Disterhoft garnered second team All-Big Ten accolades by coaches and media for the second consecutive season and received Iowa’s Sportsmanship Award. The preseason All-Big Ten pick by coaches and media scored in double figures in every game last season and in 78 of her 84 consecutive starts. 
  • Tania Davis and Megan Gustafson were named to the 2016 Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
  • Davis was one of two Big Ten freshmen to lead her team in assists per game (3.4) and average at least one steal per game (1.2) last season. She has dished out 111 assists in 33 games played, the second-highest total recorded by a freshman at Iowa (Samantha Logic; 136). 
  • Gustafson was the only freshman and one of three players in the conference overall to lead her team in field goal percentage (.554), rebounds (225), and blocks (58) last season. 
  • Chase Coley averaged 11.1 points per game last season — the second highest mark on the team. The junior compiled 365 points, 194 rebounds, 53 assists, 37 blocks, and 24 steals in her sophomore campaign to receive Iowa’s Most Improved Award. 

QUALITY YOUTH

  • Iowa’s freshman class was ranked No. 7 nationally by Blue Star — the highest ranked recruiting class for head coach Lisa Bluder and her staff. 
  • Iowa’s freshmen class consists of Bre Cera (2016 Journal Sentinel Player of the Year), Kathleen Doyle (Illinois Miss Basketball), Makenzie Meyer (Iowa Miss Basketball), Amanda Ollinger (2016 Gazette Female Athlete of the Year), and Alexis Sevellian (finalist for Michigan Miss Basketball). 

THE BLUDER FILE

  • Head coach Lisa Bluder begins her 17th season at the helm of the Iowa women’s basketball program this season. She owns a 337-196 (.632) overall record and a 165-110 Big Ten record at Iowa. In her 32 seasons as a head coach, Bluder is 693-338 (.673).
  • Bluder is one of 14 active Division I coaches to collect 675 or more career wins.
  • The head Hawkeye is second in career Big Ten wins (164) and in total wins among Big Ten coaches. She trails only C. Vivian Stringer who has compiled 189 Big Ten wins and 971 career wins.
  • Bluder ranks third all-time among all Big Ten coaches with 164 conference victories.

UP NEXT
The Hawkeyes return to Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday, Feb. 9 when they host Michigan State. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised on BTN.