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The 13th-ranked University of Iowa women’s basketball team returns to Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday, Nov. 17 for a matchup with North Carolina Central. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (CT). Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for youth (18 & younger), and free for UI students.
- The game will be streamed live on BTN Plus. Links to the broadcast are available on the women’s basketball schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.
- Live stats are available on the women’s basketball schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.
The Hawkeyes will sign autographs on the north side of the concourse following the contest.
- Zach Mackey 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.
- Lang is in her third 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.
- The Hawkeyes will face three nonconference teams who made the 2018 NCAA Tournament, including Drake, Western Kentucky, and defending National Champions Notre Dame.
- Iowa has a potential fourth match-up against Florida State at the Junkanoo Jam.
- Iowa is ranked No. 13 in this week’s AP Poll and No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
- The Hawkeyes are one of five conference teams that are ranked or receiving votes in the preseason AP Poll. No. 9 Maryland and No. 25 Minnesota are also ranked in the top-25, while Northwestern (15) and Michigan (3) are receiving votes.
- The No. 13 position is Iowa’s highest ranking since Feb. 16, 2016 (13th).
- Season tickets are still available for purchase. Tickets are $100 for adults, $80 for seniors and UI faculty/staff, and $25 for youth (18 & younger). For more information, visit hawkeyesports.com/ tickets.
- Single-game tickets are also available for purchase. Tickets may be ordered online at hawkeyesports.com/tickets, in person at the UI Athletics Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, or by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS.
SCOUTING NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL
- Saturday will be the first ever meeting between the Hawkeyes and Eagles.
- The Eagles are 0-3 on the season with losses to High Point (80-69), Elon (83-54), and Winthrop (66-41).
- NCCU is averaging 54.7 points per game.
- Junior forward Paulina Afriyie leads the team in points (9.0) and rebounds (10.0). She’s also averaging 3.7 offensive rebounds per game.
- Junior guard Shontai Totten is averaging 8.0 points per game, while freshman forward Kiyana Brown averages 9.7 rebounds per contest.
- The Eagles welcomed back just four returners this season. There are 12 newcomers on the roster.
- North Carolina Central played to a 9-21 overall record last season.
- The Eagles are led by second year head coach Trisha Stafford-Odom.
SHARING IS CARING
- Through two games this season, the Hawkeyes are averaging 28.0 assists per game.
- The Hawkeyes dished out a school-record 34 assists against Western Kentucky on Nov. 13.
- Iowa bested the previous school record of 32 set at Northwestern on Jan. 29, 2015.
- Three Hawkeyes dished out seven or more assists, including Makenzie Meyer (8), Alexis Sevillian (8), and Tania Davis (7).
- In their season opener, five Hawkeyes registered three or more assists including Megan Gustafson (6), Hannah Stewart (4), Meyer (3), Sevillian (3), and Davis (3).
- Iowa’s post players (Stewart, Gustafson, and Monika Czinano) registered 11 of the team’s 22 total assists against Oral Roberts.
A RECORD-BREAKING WIN
- The Hawkeyes dished out a school-record 34 assists in their win against Western Kentucky on Nov. 13. Iowa bested the previous mark of 32 set at Northwestern on Jan. 29, 2015.
- Iowa also broke the school record for field goal percentage in a single game. The Hawkeyes shot 68.9 percent from the field, besting the previous mark of 67.7 (Nortwestern, 1/4/87).
- Iowa’s 68.9 shooting percentage ranks sixth in Big Ten history.
- Iowa’s 37-point win in Bowling Green was its largest road win since Jan. 15, 1988 (84-41 win at Minnesota).
- Iowa’s 104 points marked a new Diddle Arena opponent record. The Hawkeyes were three points shy of tying the school record for points in a game (107, USC Upstate, 2014).
- Senior Megan Gustafson set an Iowa and Big Ten Conference record by going 13-for-13 from the field against the Hilltoppers.
- Gustafson surpassed the previous conference mark of 11-for-11 shared by Michigan State’s Cheri Euler (vs. Vanderbilt on Jan. 15, 1997) and Minnesota’s Amanda Zahui B. (vs. Purdue on Jan. 22, 2015).
- Gustafson became the first Hawkeye to register a perfect shooting percentage (min. 9 attempts) since Jamie Cavey went 9-for-9 against Marquette on March 23, 2003.
1,000 REBOUNDS CLUB
- Senior Megan Gustafson became just the second Hawkeye in program history to register 1,000 career rebounds.
- She joins career rebounding record holder Cindy Haugejorde (1976-80).
- The Port Wing, Wisconsin, native needs 60 rebounds to break Haugejorde’s record of 1,067.
- Gustafson’s 1,008 career rebounds ranks 22nd in Big Ten history.
- Gustafson needs 145 points to became the third Hawkeye in program history to school 2,000 points in her career. She is 247 points shy of Ally Disterhoft’s all-time career points record of 2,102 (2013-17).
- Gustafson has the chance to become just the seventh Big Ten student-athlete to register 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career.
THE B1G DUO
- Seniors Hannah Stewart and Megan Gustafson have dominated down low for the Hawkeyes this season.
- Stewart and Gustafson have combined for 85 points, 40 rebounds, 14 assists, nine blocks, and three steals in two games this season.
- Together, the duo is shooting 74.5 percent from the field (38-for-51).
MEYER’S CAREER DAY
- Junior Makenzie Meyer tied career highs in points (21), assists (8), and 3-pointers made in Iowa’s win over Western Kentucky on Nov. 13.
- Meyer also set a career high with seven rebounds.
- Through two games this season, Meyer is averaging 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.5 assists.
- Meyer is shooting 50 percent from the field (10-for-20) and 42.9 percent (6-for-14) from 3-point range in two games this season.
GUSTAFSON TABBED B1G PLAYER OF THE WEEK
- Senior Megan Gustafson was named the Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
- It is the 11th Player of the Week honor of her career.
- Gustafson led the Hawkeyes in points, rebounds, assists, and blocks in their season-opening win over Oral Roberts on Nov. 9.
- The Port Wing, Wisconsin, native registered 23 points, 17 rebounds (seven offensive), six assists, four blocks, and zero turnovers in 32 minutes of action.
- Gustafson broke a Big Ten single-season record last year, winning nine Player of the Week honors. She was also named to the conference’s honor roll six times.
IOWA WINS 19TH STRAIGHT SEASON OPENER
- Iowa defeated Oral Roberts, 90-77, in the 2018-19 season opener on Nov. 9. It is the 19th straight season-opening victory for the Hawkeyes.
- Four Hawkeyes scored in double figures, including Megan Gustafson (23), Hannah Stewart (19), Alexis Sevillian (18), and Makenzie Meyer (13). Tania Davis chipped in nine.
- Gustafson led the team in points (23), rebounds (17), assists (6), and blocks (4).
- Stewart, a senior, made her first career start. She registered career bests in points (19), field goals made (7), field goals attempted (12), free throws made (5), free throws attempted (6), and minutes played (26).
- The Hawkeyes shot 55 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from 3-point range.
STEWART SHINES IN FIRST CAREER START
- Senior Hannah Stewart registered the first start of her career in Iowa’s season opener against Oral Roberts on Nov. 9.
- The Minot, North Dakota, native registered career bests in points (19), field goals made (7), field goals attempted (12), free throws made (5), free throws attempted (6), and minutes played (26).
- Last season, Stewart appeared in all 32 games, averaging 7.3 points and 4.5 rebounds off the bench for the Hawkeyes.
GUSTAFSON TO WOODEN AWARD WATCH LIST
- Senior All-American Megan Gustafson was named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top-30 Watch List, ESPN’s SportsCenter and ESPNW announced Nov. 6.
- The list is comprised of 30 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the John R. Wooden Award All-American Team and Most Outstanding Player Award. The list is chosen by a preseason poll of national women’s college basketball media members.
TANIA DAVIS: THE RETURN
- Senior Tania Davis returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Dec. 17, 2017. She scored nine points on 3-for-4 shooting from 3-point range in Iowa’s season opener.
- Davis averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 assists in 12 games before tearing her ACL last season.
- The Flint, Michigan, native’s sophomore season was also cut short due to injury. In 23 games in 2016-17, Davis averaged 10.9 points and 4.3 assists.
GUSTAFSON NAMED TO LISA LESLIE AWARD WATCH LIST
- Senior All-American Megan Gustafson has been named to the 2019 Lisa Leslie Award Watch List, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced Oct. 26.
- Named after the three-time All-American and 1994 National Player of the Year, the annual award in its second year recognizes the top centers in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball.
- Senior Megan Gustafson has 1,855 career points. She needs 247 points to break Ally Disterhoft’s all-time career scoring mark of 2,102 set in 2017.
- Gustafson moved up to No. 4 on Iowa’s all-time career scoring list with 29 points at Western Kentucky on Nov. 13. She surpassed Jaime Printy’s mark of 1,841.
- Gustafson has 1,009 career rebounds. She needs 60 rebounds to break Cindy Haugejorde’s career rebounding record of 1,067 set in 1980.
- Gustafson registered career rebound No. 1,000 in Iowa’s win over Western Kentucky on Nov. 13. She is the second Hawkeye in program history to eclipse 1,000 career boards.
- Megan Gustafson recorded her 57th career double-double with 29 points and 12 rebounds against Western Kentucky on Nov. 13.
- Gustafson broke the program record (men or women) with her 49th career double-double (25 points, 15 rebounds) against Minnesota on Feb. 4, 2018. Gustafson surpassed former Iowa men’s basketball player Kevin Kunnert’s career total of 48 set in 1971-73.
- The Port Wing, Wisconsin, native had 28 double-doubles last season — the second most in the NCAA.
- She has registered a double-double in 35 of her last 42 games.
THE B1G THREE
- The Hawkeyes are led by seniors Tania Davis, Megan Gustafson, and Hannah Stewart.
- Together, the trio accounted for 1,174 of Iowa’s 2,518 total points (47 percent) and 594 of Iowa’s 1,351 rebounds (44 percent) last season.
PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN
- Megan Gustafson was named the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year, and junior Kathleen Doyle earned Preseason All-Big Ten honors, the conference office announced Oct. 22.
- As a team, the Hawkeyes were picked to finish second in the Big Ten by the conference’s head coaches and media.
- Gustafson, the 2017-18 Big Ten Player of the Year (media), was a unanimous preseason All-Big Ten selection by the league media and coaches. The All-American led the NCAA in points per game (25.7), field goal percentage (67.1), and field goals made (320) last season. Gustafson became one of only two NCAA women’s basketball players in the last 10 years to average 24 or more points and 12 or more rebounds (Chiney Ogwumike, 2014).
- Doyle, a 2017-18 second team All-Big Ten selection (coaches), earns the first preseason honor of her career. The LaGrange Park, Illinois, native finished last season ranked 12th nationally in assists per game (6.6) and 21st in total assists (199). The junior led the Big Ten with 7.5 assists per game in conference action last season. She scored in double figures 17 times, and dished out six or more assists on 22 occasions.
MEET THE CAPTAINS
- For the second straight year, senior Hannah Stewart and junior Kathleen Doyle have been named captains by their teammates.
- Stewart shot a career-best 49.3 percent from the field in her junior campaign.
- Doyle, a second team All-Big Ten selection, returns for her junior season after leading the Big Ten with 7.5 assists per game in conference play.
Iowa travels to the Bahamas for the 2018 Junkanoo Jam next week. The Hawkeyes take on West Virginia on Nov. 23 at 4:15 p.m. (CT). The Hawkeyes will face either Eastern Kentucky or Florida State on Nov. 24. Both contests will be streamed live via FloHoops. Links can be found on the Iowa women’s basketball schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.