WBB Notebook: at Minnesota

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s basketball team hits the road on Thurs., Jan. 16 to take on Minnesota at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. (CT), and the game will be streamed on BTN+.

  • Thursday’s contest will stream on BTN. A subscription is required.
  • 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.


  • Iowa is ranked No. 22 in the AP Poll and No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
  • Iowa is one of five conference teams that are ranked or receiving votes in the AP Poll. No. 15 Indiana, No. 20 Maryland, and No. 22 Iowa are ranked in the top 25, while Northwestern is receiving 23 votes and Rutgers is receiving 15 votes.
  • The Hawkeyes are one of five Big Ten teams ranked or receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll. They include: No. 16 Indiana, No. 20 Maryland, No. 24 Iowa, Northwestern (23 votes), and Rutgers (5 votes).


  • Iowa closed out the nonconference schedule, 9-2, and is 4-1 in conference play with its most recent wins over No. 17/16 Maryland (66-61) on Jan. 9 and No. 12/13 Indiana (91-85) on Jan. 12.
  • The Hawkeyes’, 91-85, win over No. 12/13 Indiana ended in double overtime
  • Senior Kathleen Doyle (18.1), sophomore Monika Czinano (15.4), and senior Makenzie Meyer (15.1) lead the Hawkeyes in points per game.
  • Senior Kathleen Doyle scored a career high 33 points in 26 minutes against the Illini (Dec. 31) and added a second 30-point game against Indiana, finishing the double-overtime game with 31 points.
  • 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 (69.1).
  • Senior Amanda Ollinger recorded her first career double-double, scoring 12 and rebounding 14 against Illinois (Dec. 31) and followed it up with her second against Northwestern (Jan. 5) with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Ollinger leads the Hawkeyes in rebounds, averaging 9.1 per game. Ollinger recorded a career-high 20 rebounds against Iowa State on Dec. 11.
  • Ollinger tallied a career-high eight blocks in Iowa’s 66-61 win over Maryland.


  • Minnesota is 11-5 overall and 1-4 in Big Ten Conference action on a four-game drought, losing by an average 6.25 points and less than four in three of the last four.
  • Four Gophers average double-figure scoring, including junior guard Destiny Pitts (16.3), senior forward Taiye Bello (13.0), redshirt junior guard Gadiva Hubbard (11.8) and freshman guard Sara Scalia (10.7).
  • Pitts leads the Big Ten in free-throw percentage (85.7), 3-pointers per game, and ties for the lead in 3-pointers made (45) with Iowa senior Makenzie Meyer.
  • Taiye Bello leads the big ten in total rebounds (149) and rebounds per game (9.9).
  • Minnesota has held its opponents to 63.3 points per game.
  • As a team, Minnesota is leading the Big Ten in two categories — free-throw percentage (75.1) and 3-point percentage (39.1).
  • Nationally, the Gophers rank in the top 25 in two categories, including ninth in 3-point percentage (39.1) and 25th in turnovers per game, averaging 13.


  • Iowa leads the all-time series, 51-27.
  • The teams have split the last eight meetings, 4-4.
  • The Hawkeyes defeated the Gophers last season at Williams Arena, 81-63.
  • In last season’s matchup, Kathleen Doyle put up 11 points, seven assists, and two rebounds and Alexis Sevillian recorded five points and an assist.


  • Senior guard Kathleen Doyle was named the Naismith Women’s Player of the Week, the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Jan. 14, following her performances against No. 12 Indiana (Jan. 12) and No. 16 Maryland (Jan. 9).
  • Doyle averaged 26 points, six rebounds, and six assists in the pair of upset wins.
  • Against the Hoosiers, Doyle challenged for a triple-double in the Hawkeyes’ double-overtime win (91-85), posting 31 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds.
  • In Iowa’s win over Maryland, Doyle registered 21 points, three rebounds, and two assists, leading the Hawkeyes to their third consecutive win over the Terrapins.
  • Doyle is leading the Big Ten in assists (97) and assists per game (6.1). Nationally, Doyle ranks seventh and eighth in these categories, respectively.
  • Doyle ranks second in the conference and 15th in the country for free throws made (78) and ranks third for the Big Ten and 21st nationally in free throw attempts (100).
  • Doyle is among the top of the league in total points (290) and field goals made (95), ranking fourth.


  • Iowa leads the nation in field goals assisted (73.1 percent) and ranks second in total assists (335) and fourth in assists per game (20.9).
  • The Hawkeyes rank sixth in field-goal percentage (48.4) and 10th in 3-point field goal percentage (39.1).
  • Iowa is also ranked in the top 25 in four additional categories, including ranking 11th in scoring offense (80.4), 15th in assist turnover ratio (1.32), 19th in free-throws made (238), and 25th in 3-pointers made (238).


  • Sophomore Monika Czinano ranks second in the country in field goal percentage (79.1), shooting105-for-152. Czinano’s 105 made field goals ranks 41st in the country.
  • Senior Makenzie Meyer is highly ranked, ranking 22nd in 3-point percentage (44.1), 25th in 3-pointers made with 45 on the season. and 29th in 3-pointers per game (2.81).
  • Senior Amanda Ollinger is ranked 46th in the country with 146 total rebounds, 58th in blocked shots (27), and 59th in rebounds per game (9.1).


  • The Hawkeyes are leading the Big Ten in five categories, including total assists (335), assists per game (20.9), field-goal percentage (48.4), 3-pointers made (133), and 3-pointers per game (8.3).
  • Iowa ranks second in assist turnover ratio (1.32), free throws made (238) free-throw percentage (73.7), scoring offense (80.4 ppg), and 3-point percentage (39.1).
  • The Hawkeyes are third in fewest fouls (237), fouls per game (14.8), and 3-pointers attempted (340).


  • Three Hawkeyes rank in the top 10 of the Big Ten for points per game, including senior Kathleen Doyle (18.1), who ranks fourth, sophomore Monika Czinano (15.4), who ranks seventh, and senior Makenzie Meyer (15.1), who ranks 10th. The Hawkeyes are the only team with multiple athletes on the Big Ten top-10 scoring list.
  • Czinano is leading the conference in field goal percentage (69.1), making 105 of 152 shots taken.
  • Meyer ties for the lead in 3-pointers made, knocking down 45 on the season. She ranks second in 3-pointers per game (2.81), third in 3-point percentage (44.1), and fourth in free-throw percentage (80.8) and 3-pointer attempted (102).
  • Senior Amanda Ollinger averages 6.6 defensive rebounds per game, tying for the conference lead. Ollinger is ranked third in rebounds per game, tallying 9.1, and total rebounds, pulling in 146. She ranks fourth in blocked shots, averaging 1.69 per game, and total blocks (27).


  • Senior guard Kathleen Doyle tabbed her second consecutive Big Ten Player of the Week award, the conference announced on Jan. 13.
  • Doyle averaged 26 points, six assists, and six rebounds per game in upset-wins over No. 16 Maryland (Jan. 9) and No. 12 Indiana (Jan. 12).
  • Doyle scored 31 points, posted 10 assists, and pulled in nine rebounds, challenging for a triple double against Indiana.
  • Doyle earned her first Big Ten Player of the Week on Jan. 6 after averaging 24.0 points, 5.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game with a .708 field-goal percentage against Illinois and Northwestern.
  • Doyle scored a career high 33 points in 25 minutes, leading the Hawkeyes’ to a program-record 108 points in its win over Illinois (Dec. 31). Doyle shot 78.6 percent from the field and was 9-for-9 from the free-throw line against the Illini.
  • In Iowa’s matchup at Northwestern, Doyle tallied 15 points and seven assists. Doyle totals 85 assists on the season and 602 in her career, making her the 12th women’s basketball student in Big Ten history to reach the milestone.


  • Through 16 games this season, Iowa is averaging 80.4 points per game, a mark that ranks second in the Big Ten and 11th nationally.
  • Iowa’s 48.4 field goal percentage is leading the Big Ten and ranks sixth in the NCAA.
  • Iowa scored 108 points in its win over Illinois on Dec. 31, marking the highest point total in program history.


  • The Hawkeyes are leading the country in assist/field goal percentage (74.7) with 301 assists on 403 baskets.
  • Senior Kathleen Doyle ranks second all-time at Iowa in assists, tallying 602 career assists.
  • Doyle recorded nine assists against NC Central (Dec. 14), surpassing Cara Consuegra (576).
  • Doyle leads the Hawkeyes with 97 assists on the season, followed by fellow senior Makenzie Meyer with 64 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.


  • Iowa has won 30 consecutive games on Mediacom Court in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, including a 9-0 mark this season.
  • The last loss for the Hawkeyes at home was a 92-74 defeat against Nebraska on Jan. 28, 2018.
  • The Hawkeyes went undefeated on their home court in the regular season for the first time since 2014-15 (18-0) during the 2018-19 season.
  • Baylor is leading the country with 48-consecutive wins on their home court.


  • 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 1,067 points at Iowa and ranks 33rd.
  • Meyer is the 38th Hawkeye to reach 1,000 points, following fellow senior Kathleen Doyle.
  • 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 ties for 21st all-time at Iowa (1,283).


  • 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 three wins away from 200 in the Big Ten Conference.


  • 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 travels to Madison, Wisconsin, on Sun., Jan. 19 to take on the Wisconsin Badgers at Williams Arena. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. (CT), and the game will be streamed on BTN+.