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The University of Iowa women’s basketball team hosts No. 13 Florida State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT). Tickets are $1 for adults and free for children (18 & younger and UI Students).
- Wednesday’s contest will air live on the Big Ten Network. Chris Vosters and Brenda VanLengen will have the call from Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
- The contest will also be streamed live on BTN Plus ($). Links are available on the Iowa women’s basketball schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.
- Wednesday is Buck Night. All adult tickets are $1. Admission is free for youth (18 & younger) and UI students.
- Wednesday is a Blackout. All Hawkeye fans are encouraged to wear black. The Hawkeyes will dawn their black uniforms, while Florida State will wear white.
- Rob Brooks and Jamie Cavey Lang will call the action on the Hawkeye Radio Network. A link to the broadcast is available on the women’s basketball schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.
- Brooks is in his second year as the play-by-play announcer for the Iowa women’s basketball team. He has been Iowa football’s sideline announcer since 2004. He has called seven different Iowa sports on radio or television.
- Lang enters her second year as Iowa’s color commentator. She lettered at Iowa from 2002-05. Lang finished her Hawkeye career with 1,265 points and 506 rebounds. She was a two-time All-Big Ten selection.
IOWA VS. THE ACC
- Iowa is 3-7 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
- Iowa fell to No. 1 Notre Dame, 73-58, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena last season.
- The Hawkeyes are 16-10 all-time against ACC opponents.
- The ACC owns a 7-0-3 record against the Big Ten in the conference challenge, including a 9-5 win last season.
- Iowa’s 7-0 record matches the best start for the program since 2010. Iowa finished the 2010-11 season with a 20-9 overall record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
- A win on Wednesday would give the Hawkeyes their best start since going 13-0 to begin the 2004-05 season.
SCOUTING FLORIDA STATE
- No. 13 Florida State is 6-0 on the season. The Seminoles are 3-0 on the road.
- Florida State has wins over North Florida (109-51), Jacksonville State (75-51), Florida (84-54), Grambling State (96-53), Sacred Heart (101-52), and Samford (87-62) this season.
- Senior forward Shakayla Thomas leads the team, averaging 21.0 points per game.
- Senior center Chatrice White leads the team with 9.3 rebounds per game. White spent the first two years of her career at Illinois.
- Florida State leads the nation in rebounding margin (21.7) and scoring margin (38.2),
- The Seminoles advanced to the Elite Eight last season before falling to eventual tournament champion South Carolina, 71-64.
- Florida State leads the all-time series, 1-0. The Seminoles defeated the Hawkeyes 83-69 in Tallahassee, Florida, on Nov. 28, 2012.
GUSTAFSON EARNS 3RD STRAIGHT CONFERENCE HONOR
- Junior Megan Gustafson was named to the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the Week Honor Roll on Monday. It is the ninth honor of Gustafson’s career and her third in as many weeks.
- Gustafson averaged 20.3 points, 12.7 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, and shot 67.4 from the field to lead Iowa to three wins in four days last week.
- The Port Wing, Wisconsin, native registered a double-double in all three contests, bringing her season total to seven and her career total to 34. She is one of two players nationally to register seven double-doubles this season.
TOTAL TEAM EFFORT
- Four Hawkeyes are averaging double figures in scoring this season, while seven are averaging eight or more.
- Four Hawkeyes average 5.2 or more rebounds per game, including Megan Gustafson (13.4), Chase Coley (5.4), Hannah Stewart (5.4), and Kathleen Doyle (5.2).
- Eight Hawkeyes have registered 10 or more assists on the season.
IOWA SWEEPS PUERTO RICO CLASSIC
- The Hawkeyes registered three wins in four days to finish the Puerto Rico Classic with a perfect 3-0 mark.
- Three Hawkeyes averaged double figures in scoring throughout the tournament, including junior Megan Gustafson (20.3), redshirt freshman Alexis Sevillian (13.0), and sophomore Makenzie Meyer (10.0).
- Gustafson led the team in rebounding, averaging 12.7 per game, while junior Hannah Stewart chipped in 7.0 per contest.
- Iowa shot an impressive 51.1 percent from the field during the three-game span and 34.7 percent from 3-point range. Iowa averaged 80.3 points per game and 24.7 assists per contest.
SHARING IS CARING
- Iowa leads the nation in assists (171) and ranks second in assist/turnover ratio (1.76) and assists per game (24.4).
- The Hawkeyes have registered 23 assists or more in six of its seven contests this season.
- Iowa leads the Big Ten Conference in assists (171), assists per game (24.4), and assist/turnover ratio (1.76).
- Junior Tania Davis leads the team and ranks 24th nationally in assists (38), while sophomore Makenzie Meyer’s 37 assists ranks 28th.
- Eight Hawkeyes have registered 10 or more assists on the season, including Davis (38), Meyer (37), sophomore Kathleen Doyle (24), junior Hannah Stewart (19), redshirt freshman Alexis Sevillian (15), sophomore Amanda Ollinger (11), senior Chase Coley (10), and redshirt junior Carly Mohns (10).
- After scoring in double figures once last season, senior Chase Coley has scored 10 or more points in three contests this season.
- Coley netted 20 points in Iowa’s win over Northern Illinois on Nov. 15 — her most points since scoring 20 against Michigan on March 3, 2016.
- The Minneapolis native has scored eight or more points four times this season, and registered four or more rebounds on four occasions.
- Junior Megan Gustafson has 34 double-doubles in her Hawkeye career, including double-doubles in 12 of her last 15 games.
- Last season, Gustafson broke a program record with 18 double doubles on the season.
- Gustafson is one of two players nationally to register seven double-doubles this season.
- As of Wednesday, Nov. 29, it has been 251 days since Megan Gustafson finished a game without a double-double.
SEVILLIAN STEPS IN
- Redshirt freshman Alexis Sevillian ranks second on the team, averaging 13.6 points per game.
- Sevillian has scored in double figures in six of Iowa’s seven contests this season.
- The Goodrich, Michigan, native has netted 3-or-more 3-pointers five times this season.
- Sevillian led the team in scoring with a career-best 21 points on 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point range against Elon on Nov. 25 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
LOCKED IN AT THE LINE
- Iowa leads the Big Ten and ranks 12th nationally in free throw percentage (79.2).
- Iowa was a perfect 15-for-15 from the line against Northern Illinois on Nov. 15.
- The Hawkeyes made 17-of-19 (89.5 percent) from the line against Quinnipiac, including 10-of-11 in the fourth quarter.
- Iowa shot 92.0 percent from the line against Western Kentucky. The Hawkeyes were a perfect 8-for-8 in the fourth quarter and overtime period.
STEWART MAKES AN IMPACT
- Junior Hannah Stewart is averaging 8.1 points and 5.4 rebounds off the bench for the Hawkeyes this season.
- The Minot, North Dakota, native has netted a career-high 13 points twice this season (Northern Illinois, Morgan State).
- In Iowa’s win over Elon, Stewart set career-highs in rebounds (9) and blocks (4).
- Stewart leads the team in steals, averaging 1.4 per contest.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
- Iowa has defeated three teams — Quinnipiac, Western Kentucky, and Elon — that made the NCAA Tournament last season.
- Seven of Iowa’s nonconference opponents made the 2017 NCAA Tournament, including Quinnipiac, Western Kentucky, Elon, Florida State, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, and Drake.
- Florida State is ranked No. 13 in the latest AP Poll. The Hawkeyes received 17 votes in the poll.
CLIMBING THE CAREER CHARTS
- Junior Megan Gustafson’s 1, 129 career points ties for 30th all-time (Lisa Anderson, 80-84.). She needs one point to tie Johannah Solverson (02-05, 08) for 29th all-time and eight to tie Jolette Law (86-90) for 28th.
- Gustafson has 662 rebounds in her career. She currently ranks 15th all-time and needs 29 boards to tie Lisa Becker (83-87) for 14th all-time.
MEYER’S CAREER DAY
- Sophomore Makenzie Meyer netted a career-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field against Western Michigan on Nov. 19.
- Meyer scored a career-high five 3-pointers and was 5-for-8 from behind the arc.
- She also dished out four assists and added a block in 27 minutes of action.
THE CENTURY MARK
- For the first time in school history, Iowa scored 100 or more points in back-to-back contests on Nov. 11 and Nov. 15.
- Iowa scored 104 points in an overtime win against Western Kentucky on Nov. 11, before netting 105 against Northern Illinois on Nov. 15.
- Iowa’s scoring average of 97.3 ranks third in the Big Ten Conference and 13th in the nation.
DOUBLE THE DOUBLE-DOUBLE
- Junior Megan Gustafson and Tania Davis each registered double-doubles in Iowa’s win over Northern Illinois on Nov. 15.
- Gustafson led the team with 22 points and 11 rebounds. It marked the 30th double-double of her career and her third of the season.
- Davis registered 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to record her second career double-double. Davis also chipped in seven assists in the contest.
- Head coach Lisa Bluder collected her 700th victory on Nov. 10 against Quinnipiac.
- Bluder is one-of-10 active Division I head coaches with 700 or more victories and one-of-29 women’s coaches to ever accomplish the feat. Bluder is one of 80 coaches (men or women) to win 700 or more contests.
- Bluder is in her 34th season as a head coach and her 18th at the helm of the Hawkeyes.
- In her 18 seasons in Iowa City, Bluder — Iowa’s all-time winningest coach — has accumulated 350 wins.
- Bluder has collected 10 20-win seasons as a Hawkeye.
- Junior Megan Gustafson surpassed the 1,000 career point milestone on Saturday, Nov. 11.
- She is the 35th Hawkeye in program history to surpass 1,000 career points.
- Gustafson’s 1,129 points ranks 30th all-time at Iowa.
HAWKEYE CHALLENGE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
- Junior Megan Gustafson was named the Hawkeye Challenge Most Valuable Player, while sophomore Kathleen Doyle was named to the all-tournament team.
- Gustafson averaged 25.5 points and 16.0 rebounds and shot 67.7 from the field to take home MVP honors. Doyle averaged 16.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. She shot 57.9 from the field and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
TANIA DAVIS — THE RETURN
- Junior point guard Tania Davis returned to the Iowa lineup on Nov. 10 after suffering a season-ending knee injury at Michigan on Feb. 5, 2017.
- In 23 games last season, Davis averaged 10.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 4.3 assists.
- Davis is averaging 10.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, and shooting 42.9 percent from 3-point range so far this season.
- Iowa’s sophomore class of Kathleen Doyle, Makenzie Meyer, and Amanda Ollinger combined for 89 games played and 52 starts last season.
- The class accounted for a combined 38 percent of Iowa’s total steals (88/231), 37 percent of Iowa’s assists (221/600), and 22 percent of Iowa’s total points (565/2588).
GUSTAFSON EARNS PRESEASON HONOR
Junior Megan Gustafson was named Preseason All-Big Ten by league coaches and media, the conference office announced Oct. 23. The Port Wing, Wisconsin, native was a first team All-Big Ten selection (league coaches and media) in 2016. She was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2015.
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 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 returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 3, hosting Samford in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. (CT).