The University of Iowa women’s basketball team hosts Stanford on Sunday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. (CT). Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for youth (18 & younger). UI students are free.
- The contest will be streamed live on BTN Plus ($). Links are available on the Iowa women’s basketball schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.
- Live stats are also available on the women’s basketball schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.
The Iowa women’s basketball team will sign autographs following the conclusion of Sunday’s game.
- 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 started the season 7-0, matching its best start since 2010. The Hawkeyes finished the 2010-11 season with a 20-9 overall record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
- Samford is 3-4 on the season with wins over Rhode Island, Alabama State, and UCF.
- The Bulldogs fell to Iowa’s last opponent — No. 13/11 Florida State — 87-62 in Tallahassee on Nov. 26.
- Senior guard Hannah Nichols leads the Bulldogs, averaging 16.3 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per contest.
- Nichols led Samford with 14 points and 11 rebounds in its 58-51 win over UCF on Nov. 30.
- Sophomore Charity Brown ranks sixth in the nation in assists per game. Through the first seven games of the season, Brown is averaging 7.7 assists per game.
- Iowa owns a 1-0 advantage in the all-time series. The Bulldogs and Hawkeyes last met on December 3, 2006. Iowa won the contest, 66-60, in Iowa City.
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 ranks second nationally with seven double-doubles this season.
TOTAL TEAM EFFORT
- Four Hawkeyes are averaging double figures in scoring this season, while seven are averaging seven or more.
- Four Hawkeyes average 5.0 or more rebounds per game, including Megan Gustafson (12.9), Hannah Stewart (5.9), Chase Coley (5.5) and Kathleen Doyle (5.0).
- Nine Hawkeyes have registered 10 or more assists on the season.
IOWA SHOOTS LIGHTS OUT AGAINST #13/11 FLORIDA STATE
- Iowa shot 61.0 percent from the field in its 94-93 loss to No. 13/11 Florida State on Wednesday night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
- The Hawkeyes shot 93.0 percent from the field in the opening quarter and made 15 consecutive baskets over a 9:37 second span in the first and second quarters.
- Junior Megan Gustafson scored 34 points on 15-of-18 field goals with nine rebounds in 37 minutes. Four other Hawkeyes scored in double figures: Tania Davis (14), Alexis Sevillian (14), Kathleen Doyle (13), and Chase Coley (10).
GUSTAFSON NAMED TO NAISMITH TROPHY WATCH LIST
- Junior Megan Gustafson was named to the Naismith Trophy Watch List by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Wednesday. The award honors the nation’s top player.
- The list currently features 50 student-athletes. It will be trimmed to 30 on Feb. 12, 2018.
- Nine different conferences are represented on the list. Gustafson is one of eight Big Ten student-athletes included.
- Iowa leads the nation in assists (199), assists per game (24.9), and defensive rebounds per game (35).
- The Hawkeyes also rank second in field goal percentage (52.3), assist/turnover ratio (1.69), and personal fouls per game (11.6), fourth in free throw percentage (80.7), and eighth in scoring offense (88.1).
- Junior Megan Gustafson ranks in the top-10 nationally in seven different categories, including field goals made (1st, 79), field goal percentage (2nd, 70.5), double-doubles (2nd, 7), total points (3rd, 183), rebounds (4th, 103), rebounds per game (5th, 12.9), and points per game (9th, 22.9). She also ranks 11th in defensive rebounds per game (8).
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 (199) and assists per game (24.9), and ranks second in assist/turnover ratio (1.69).
- The Hawkeyes have registered 23 assists or more in seven of their eight contests this season.
- Junior Tania Davis and sophomore Makenzie Meyer lead the team and rank 24th nationally with 43 assists on the season.
- Nine Hawkeyes have registered 10 or more assists on the season, including Davis (43), Meyer (43), sophomore Kathleen Doyle (30), junior Hannah Stewart (22), redshirt freshman Alexis Sevillian (15), senior Chase Coley (15), sophomore Amanda Ollinger (11), junior Megan Gustafson (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 four 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 five times this season, and registered four or more rebounds on five occasions.
- Junior Megan Gustafson has 34 double-doubles in her Hawkeye career, including double-doubles in 12 of her last 16 games.
- Last season, Gustafson broke a program record with 18 double doubles on the season.
- Gustafson’s seven double-doubles this season rank second nationally.
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 seven of Iowa’s eight contests this season.
- The Goodrich, Michigan, native has netted 3-or-more 3-pointers six 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 fourth nationally in free throw percentage (80.7).
- The Hawkeyes have shot 80.0 percent or better from the free throw line in seven of their eight contests this season.
- 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 8.5 points and 5.9 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).
- Stewart has registered a career-best nine rebounds in back-to-back contests (Elon and Florida State).
- Stewart leads the team in steals, averaging 1.25 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.
- The Hawkeyes received 17 votes in the AP Poll and 31 in the Coaches Poll this week.
CLIMBING THE CAREER CHARTS
- Junior Megan Gustafson’s 1,163 career points ranks 26th all-time. She is 30 points from tying Crystal Sith (02-06) for 25th.
- Gustafson has 671 rebounds in her career. She currently ranks 15th all-time and needs 20 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 1,163 points ranks 26th 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 11.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and shooting 41.2 percent from 3-point range so far this season.
Iowa traves to Ames, Iowa, for its annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup with Iowa State on Dec. 6. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. (CT).