WBB Notebook: B1G/ACC Challenge vs. Clemson

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s basketball team returns to Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Wednesday, hosting Clemson in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Tip-off is set for 8:01 p.m. (CT) on BTN.

  • Wednesday’s contest will air live on BTN. Sloane Martin and Jantel Lavender are on the call from Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
  • The game can also be streamed on the Fox Sports Go app. A subscription is required.
  • Live stats are available on the women’s basketball schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.


  • 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 fourth year as the play-by-play announcer for the Iowa women’s basketball team. He has been Iowa football’s sideline reporter since 2004. He has called seven different Iowa sports on radio or television.
  • Lang is in her fourth 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.


  • Black Out – All fans are encouraged to wear black.
  • Buck Night – All adult tickets are $1. Children and Iowa students are free.


  • Season tickets are 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.


  • Before the game, Iowa will be honoring Tania Davis and Hannah Stewart with their Big Ten Championship rings from the 2018-19 season.
  • Davis is a graduate assistant for the Clemson women’s basketball team, and Stewart returns from playing professional basketball in Australia.


  • Clemson is 3-5 on the season with wins over Furman, Alabama State, and Alcorn State.
  • Clemson played its last contest on Nov. 30 — a 77-46 win over Alcorn State.
  • Senior forward Kobi Thornton leads the Tigers with 13.3 points per game, coming off the bench. Freshman forward Amari Robinson follows with 18.1 points per game.
  • The pair also lead in rebounds with Robinson pulling in 7.0 per game and Thornton recording 5.8.
  • As a team, Clemson is averaging 60.4 points per game, while opponents are averaging 63.4.
  • In Amanda Butler’s first year as Clemson’s head coach, the Tigers climbed to historical heights, highlighted by their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002. Clemson finished the 2018-19 season at 20-13, the most wins in a season since 2001.


  • Wednesday’s contest is the first between Iowa and Clemson.


  • Iowa won two of three contests in San Juan, Puerto Rico, including matchups against Cincinnati (69-61) and Towson (100-72).
  • The Hawkeyes 100-72 win over Towson is their first 100-point game since North Carolina Central during the 2018-19 season.
  • Senior guard Makenzie Meyer scored a career-best 29 points in the Towson win.
  • Iowa dropped its only game of the tournament against Washington, 70-63.


  • Iowa is 5-2 on the season with wins over Florida Atlantic, North Alabama, Princeton, Cincinnati, and Towson.
  • Senior guard  Makenzie Meyer is leading the Hawkeyes in points per game (15.4), closely followed by senior Kathleen Doyle (14.9. Sophomore Monika Czinano is also averaging in double figures (13.0).
  • Senior Amanda Ollinger leads the Hawkeyes in rebounds, averaging 7.3 per game. Ollinger recorded a career-high 13 rebounds against Princeton on Nov. 20.
  • Czinano is leading the Hawkeyes in shooting percentage (.745).


  • University of Iowa senior Kathleen Doyle was named to the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the Week Honor Roll, the conference announced Monday.
  • Doyle earned the Hawkeyes’ first honor of the year and her first Big Ten Weekly honor.
  • The La Grange Park, Illinois, native challenged for a triple-double in the Hawkeyes’ overtime win over Princeton on Nov. 20. She finished the game with 21 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.


  • Senior Kathleen Doyle scored her 1,000th-career point in Iowa’s 85-53 win over Florida Atlantic.
  • Doyle put up seven points in the first quarter to break into the 1,000-point club. She is the 37th Hawkeye to reach 1,000 points and now ranks 36th all-time at Iowa (1,058).


  • Senior Kathleen Doyle earned unanimous preseason All-Big Ten recognition, the conference office announced Oct. 21.
  • Doyle, a 2018-19 first team All-Big Ten selection (coaches), earns the second preseason honor of her career. The LaGrange Park, Illinois, native finished last season ranked 15th nationally in assists per game (5.9) and tied for 31st in total assists (170). The senior led the Big Ten with 6.3 assists per game in conference action last season. She scored in double figures 20 times in 29 games, and dished out five or more assists on 21 occasions.

2018-19 RECAP

  • The Hawkeyes won their first Big Ten Tournament Title since 2001 and advanced to their first Elite Eight since 1993.
  • Iowa tied the highest win total in program history (29 wins, 1987-88).
  • The Hawkeyes went undefeated in Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the first time since 2014-15 (18-0).
  • Last season, Iowa registered seven wins over ranked opponents (No. 20 West Virginia, No. 20 Minnesota, No. 14 Rutgers, No. 21 Michigan State, No. 7 Maryland, No. 8 Maryland, and No. 10 NC State).
  • The Hawkeyes set the Big Ten record for assists in a single-season with 775 assists, crushing the previous record of 694 set by Maryland in 2016-17.
  • Iowa set a Big Ten record with 392 assists in conference play, topping Ohio State’s mark of 356 set in 1984-85.
  • The Hawkeyes averaged 21.8 assists per game during Big Ten contests, passing Iowa’s own Big Ten record of 20.8 assists per game during the 2000-01 season.
  • Iowa set new school assists records in back-to-back games, dishing out 34 assists against Western Kentucky (Nov. 13), before besting that mark with 36 against N.C. Central (Nov. 17).
  • The Hawkeyes finished the 2018-19 season with a 29-7 overall record.
  • Iowa registered its 13th upper division finish in conference, placing second.
  • Iowa has advanced to the postseason in 12 consecutive seasons (10 NCAA and two WNIT).
  • The Hawkeyes finished the 2018-19 season ranked first nationally in field goal percentage (51.5), second in assists per game (21.5), third in total assists (775), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.55), 12th in free throw percentage (77.3), 13th in fewest fouls per game (13.6), and 14th in scoring offense (78.4).


  • The Hawkeyes return nine letterwinners, including two starters in All-Big Ten selection Kathleen Doyle and Makenzie Meyer. Alexis Sevillian made 12 starts last season.
  • Doyle led the team last season in assists, averaging 5.9 per game – a mark that led the Big Ten and ranked 15th nationally. She also led in steals, averaging 2.3 per contest – the second-best mark in the Big Ten. She ranked third on the team in scoring, averaging 12.0 points per game.
  • Meyer led the team with 62 3-pointers made and recorded 143 assists.
  • Guard Megan Meyer enters her freshman season after averaging 24.9 points per game, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.5 assists as a senior. Meyer is a four-time all-state honoree and two-time Globe Gazette Player of the Year (2017, 2018).
  • Guard/forward McKenna Warnock joins the squad from Monona Grove where she was the all-time leading scorer (boys and girls) and all-time leading rebounder.
  • Guard Gabbie Marshall enters her first year after leading Mount Notre Dame to a 2019 Ohio State Championship title, recording 73 steals and shooting 42.6 percent from 3-point range.
  • Edwardsville, Illinois, native, Kate Martin will make her debut after redshirting last season with a knee injury. The first-team all-state honoree averaged 16.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 2.1 steals per game as a senior.


  • The Hawkeyes are experienced at the guard position, returning seniors Kathleen Doyle, Makenzie Meyer, and junior Alexis Sevillian.
  • Together, the trio accounted for 131 of Iowa’s 201 3-pointers made (65 percent) and collectively averaged 78.9 percent from the free-throw line last season.


  • For the third consecutive year, senior Kathleen Doyle has been named captain by her teammates along with senior Makenzie Meyer and junior Alexis Sevillian.
  • Doyle, a first team All-Big Ten selection, returns for her senior season after leading the Big Ten with 6.3 assists per game in conference play.


  • Senior Kathleen Doyle is 26 assists from ranking second all-time at Iowa. Doyle has 550 total assists. Cara Consuegra is in currently in second with 576 assists.

Iowa heads to Ames, Iowa to play in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series hosted by Iowa State on December 11. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. (CT), and the game will air on FS1.