WBB Notebook: at Northwestern

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa heads to Evanston, Illinois, to take on the Northwestern Wildcats at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. (CT), and the game will be broadcast on BTN.

  • Sunday’s contest will air live on BTN. Lisa Byington and Tyra Buss are on the call from Welsh-Ryan 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.


  • Northwestern is 12-1 overall and 2-0 in Big Ten Conference action, dominating No. 12 Maryland 81-58 in its latest contest.
  • The Wildcats are receiving votes in the AP Poll (7) and the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll (15).
  • The Wildcats are 7-1 at home this season with their sole loss to No. 16 DePaul, 70-68.
  • Three Wildcats are averaging double figures in scoring. Junior guard Lindsey Pulliam leads the way, averaging 19.1 per game. Seniors Abbie Wolf and Abi Scheid follow, tallying 11.9 and 10.9, respectively.
  • The Wildcats are holding opponents to just 51.2 points per game — the leading mark in the Big Ten and ranked eighth nationally.
  • As a team, Northwestern ranks 10th nationally in assists (244), 13th in assists per game (18.8), and 25th in scoring margin (19.9). They’re also leading the Big Ten in assist turnover ratio (1.53), scoring defense, turnovers per game (12.3), and fewest fouls (173).
  • Sophomore Guard Veronica Burton ranks fifth nationally in total steals (48) and eighth in steals per game (3.69).


  • Iowa leads the all-time series, 56-14.
  • The Hawkeyes have won 10 of the last 11 meetings, dating back to 2013.
  • Iowa defeated Northwestern, 74-50, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last season.
  • In the last three games against the Wildcats senior Kathleen Doyle averaged 12.0 points and 6.7 assists. 
  • Iowa’s record in Evanston, Illinois, is 26-6 and have only lost three on the Wildcat’s home court since 1984.


  • In the Big Ten, the Hawkeyes are leading in total assists (277), assists per game (21.3), 3-pointers made (112), and 3-pointers per game (8.6). Iowa ranks second in assist turnover ratio (1.38), field goal percentage (48.1), and scoring offense (81.0 ppg), and are third in 3-point percentage (38.2), free throws made (193), free-throw percentage (73.1), and fewest fouls per game (15.5).
  • Three Hawkeyes rank in the top 10 of the Big Ten for points per game, including senior Kathleen Doyle (17.2), sophomore Monika Czinano (15.2), and senior Makenzie Meyer (15.0). The Hawkeyes are the only team with multiple athletes averaging 15 points or more.
  • Czinano is leading the conference in field goal percentage (72.3), making 86of 119 shots taken.
  • Doyle is leading the Big Ten in assists per game (6.0) this season.
  • Senior Makenzie Meyer ties for third in 3-pointers made, averaging 2.8 per game.
  • Senior Amanda Ollinger is ranked third in rebounds per game, tallying 8.8. Ollinger averages 6.2 defensive rebounds per game, tying for second.


  • Iowa leads the nation in field goals assisted (74.1 percent), second in total assists (277) — one behind No. 16 DePaul (278), and ranks fifth in assists per game (21.3).
  • The Hawkeyes rank ninth in three categories, including assist turnover ratio (1.38), field goal percentage (48.1), and scoring offense (81.0). Iowa is ranked 15th in 3-point percentage (38.2), 16th in free-throw made (193), 20th in 3-pointers made (112), and 24th in in 3-pointers per game (8.6).
  • Sophomore Monika Czinano continues to lead the country in field goal percentage (72.3), shooting 86-for-119. Czinano’s 86 made field goals ties for 28 in the country.
  • Senior Kathleen Doyle ties for eighth in assists per game (6.0) and sixth for total assists (78) on the season.
  • Doyle’s 223 points ranks at 48 in the NCAA, free-throws made (66) is 13th
  • Amanda Ollinger tied for 43 in total rebounds (115)
  • Senior Makenzie Meyer ranks 24th in 3-pointers made (37), T33rd in 3-ponters per game (2.85), and 45th in 3-point percentage (42.5).


  • Through 13 games this season, Iowa is averaging 81.0 points per game, a mark that ranks second in the Big Ten and ties ninth nationally.
  • Iowa’s 51.6 field goal percentage leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth in the NCAA.
  • Iowa scored 108 points in its win over Illinois on Dec. 31, marking the highest point total in program history.


  • Iowa closed out the nonconference schedule, 9-2 and is 1-1 in conference play.
  • Doyle (17.2), sophomore Monika Czinano (15.2), and senior Makenzie Meyer (15.0) lead the Hawkeyes in points per game.
  • Senior Kathleen Doyle scored a career high 33 points in 26 minutes against the Illini (Dec. 31).
  • Czinano recorded her first career double-double against Nebraska (Dec. 28), putting up 16 points and pulling in a career-high 17 rebounds. Czinano is also leading the Hawkeyes in shooting percentage (72.3).
  • Senior Amanda Ollinger recorded her first career double-double, scoring 12 and rebounding 14 against Illinois (Dec. 31).
  • Ollinger leads the Hawkeyes in rebounds, averaging 8.8 per game. Ollinger recorded a career-high 20 rebounds against Iowa State on Dec. 11.


  • The Hawkeyes are leading the country in assist/field goal percentage (74.1) with 277 assists on 374 baskets.
  • Senior Kathleen Doyle ranks second all-time at Iowa in assists, tallying 595 career assists.
  • Doyle recorded nine assists against NC Central (Dec. 14), surpassing Cara Consuegra (576).
  • Doyle leads the Hawkeyes with 78 assists on the season, followed by fellow senior Makenzie Meyer with 49 assists.


  • Single-game tickets are available for purchase online at hawkeyesports.com/tickets, in person at the UI Athletics Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, or by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS.


  • Two Hawkeyes have earned Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the Week Honor Roll, including seniors Kathleen Doyle (Nov. 25) and Makenzie Meyer (Dec. 16, Dec. 23).
  • Meyer registered a game-high 24 points, shooting 9-for-14, while adding five assists and four rebounds in the Hawkeyes’ home victory over in-state foe Drake (Dec. 21).
  • Meyer averaged 18.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game with a .632 field-goal percentage last week in the Hawkeyes’ wins over in-state rival Iowa State (Dec. 11) and North Carolina Central (Dec. 14).
  • Doyle 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 Makenzie Meyer scored her 1,000th career point in the Hawkeyes, 79-67, win over Drake on Dec. 21. She currently has 1,021 points at Iowa and ranks 37th.
  • Meyer is the 38th Hawkeye to reach 1,000 points, following Doyle, who accomplished the career mark earlier this season.
  • Senior Kathleen Doyle scored her 1,000th-career point in Iowa’s 85-53 win over Florida Atlantic on Nov. 14. She put up seven points in the first quarter to break into the 1,000-point club against FAU.
  • Doyle is the 37th Hawkeye to reach 1,000 points and now ranks 26th all-time at Iowa (1,216).


  • 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.


  • Head coach Lisa Bluder is six wins away from 200 Big Ten Conference wins.
  • Senior Kathleen Doyle is five away from 600 career assists.
  • Senior Amanda Ollinger is four points away from tying her season high.


  • 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.

Iowa returns to Carver-Hawkeye Arena to host Maryland in Iowa City, Iowa, on Jan. 9. Tip-off is set for 7p.m. (CT), and the game will be broadcast on BTN.