WBB Notebook: North Carolina Central

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s basketball team hosts the North Carolina Central Eagles at Carver Hawkeye Arena on Mediacom Court on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. (CT), and the game will stream on BTN+.

  • Saturday’s contest will be streamed on BTN+. A subscription is required.
  • The game can also be streamed on the Fox Sports Go app (subscription).
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • North Carolina Central is 1-8 on the season — their sole win was on Nov. 19 over Campbell, 67-64.
  • The Eagles played their1 last contest on Dec. 8 — a 92-53 loss to North Carolina.
  • Sophomore guard Kieche White leads the Eagles, averaging 12.7 points per game. Senior forward Paulina Afriyie (12.3) and freshman forward Anissa Rivera (11.3) follow.
  • Rivera and Afriyie pull 11.3 and 7.4 rebounds per game, respectively.
  • As a team, the Eagles average 63.1 points per game, while opponents are averaging 77.3.
  • North Carolina Central head coach Trisha Stafford-Odom is in her third season. Stafford-Odom led the Eagles to their first NCAA Division I postseason win to cap her second season at NCCU in 2018-19. The ninth-seeded Eagles upset eighth-seeded Delaware State, 80-64, in the first round of the 2019 MEAC Tournament for the historic program victory.


  • Iowa leads the series 1-0.
  • The Hawkeyes beat the Eagles, 106-39, during the 2018-19 season at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Nov. 17.


  • In the Big Ten, the Hawkeyes rank second in free-throw percentage (.721) and assists (19.9), third in points per game (77.2), and tied for third in 3-point field goals per game (8.0).
  • Three Hawkeyes rank in the top 10 of the Big Ten for points per game in the conference, including senior Kathleen Doyle (15.4), sophomore Monika Czinano (15.0), and senior Makenzie Meyer (14.7). The Hawkeyes are the only team with multiple athletes in the top 10.
  • Czinano is tied for the lead in field goal percentage (69.9) with Indiana’s Mackenzie Holmes.
  • Doyle ranks second in assists per game (5.8) this season.
  • Senior Amanda Ollinger ties with Michigan’s Naz Hillmon for the third most rebounds per game, tallying 8.9. Ollinger averages 6.0 defensive rebounds per game, ranking second.


  • Iowa is ranked seventh in assists per game (19.9) and ninth in total assists (179) in Division I women’s basketball.
  • Sophomore Monika Czinano ranks third in the NCAA in field goal percentage (69.9).


  • The Hawkeyes won their fourth consecutive Cy-Hawk Series game, the most since Iowa won eight straight from 1983-97, achieving an undefeated record against the Cyclones for the three seniors.
  • Senior Amanda Ollinger pulled in 20 rebounds, tying the most since Megan Gustafson at Nebraska (Feb. 25, 2019).
  • Ollinger recorded four steals to tie her career high.
  • Three Hawkeyes scored in double figures, including Kathleen Doyle (21), Monika Czinano (20), and Makenzie Meyer (18).
  • Sophomore Tomi Taiwo went 3-for-3 from 3-point range, tallying her career high points (9) and 3-pointers in a game.
  • Doyle scored the Hawkeyes last six points, and 15 of her 21 points in the second half.


  • Iowa is 7-2 on the season — its most recent win was over Iowa State, 75-69.
  • Senior Kathleen Doyle (15.4), sophomore Monika Czinano (15.0), and senior Makenzie Meyer (14.7) lead the Hawkeyes in points per game.
  • Senior Amanda Ollinger leads the Hawkeyes in rebounds, averaging 8.9 per game. Ollinger recorded a career-high 20 rebounds against Iowa State on Dec. 11.
  • Czinano is leading the Hawkeyes in shooting percentage (69.9).


  • University of Iowa senior Kathleen Doyle was named to the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the Week Honor Roll, the conference announced Nov. 25.
  • 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 against FAU.
  • She is the 37th Hawkeye to reach 1,000 points and now ranks 36th all-time at Iowa (1,132).


  • 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 seven assists from ranking second all-time at Iowa. Doyle has 569 total assists. Cara Consuegra is in currently in second with 576 assists.

Iowa hosts Drake on Sat., Dec. 21 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Mediacom Court. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. (CT), and the game will stream on BTN+.