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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The No. 18/19 University of Iowa women’s basketball team travels to State College, Pennsylvania, on Thursday to take on Penn State at Bryce Jordan Center. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. (CT), and the game will be live streamed on BTN+.
- Thursday’s contest will be streamed on BTN+.
- 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.
NATIONALLY RANKED HAWKEYES
- Iowa is ranked No. 18 in the AP Poll and No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
- Iowa is one of five conference teams that are ranked or receiving votes in the AP Poll. No. 17 Maryland, No. 18 Iowa, No. 20 Indiana, and No. 23 Northwestern are ranked in the top 25, while Rutgers is receiving 1 vote.
- The Hawkeyes are one of four Big Ten teams ranked or receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll. They include: No. 15 Maryland, No. 19 Iowa, No. 23 Indiana, and Northwestern (71 votes).
ON THE SEASON
- Iowa closed out the nonconference schedule, 9-2, and is 8-1 in conference play, including eight consecutive conference wins. The Hawkeyes are 17-3 on the season.
- Senior Kathleen Doyle (18.7), sophomore Monika Czinano (15.2), and senior Makenzie Meyer (15.1) lead the Hawkeyes in points per game.
- Freshman McKenna Warnock scored 22 points against Michigan State (Jan. 26), recording the first 20-point game by a freshman since Doyle (21) did during the 2016-17 season.
- Three Hawkeyes, including Meyer (22), Doyle (21), and Czinano (20), were the first to score 20 points in the same game since Megan Gustafson (25), Allie Disterhoft (22), and Chase Coley (20) did against Michigan at the Big Ten Tournament (March 3, 2016).
- Senior Amanda Ollinger tallied a career-high eight blocks in Iowa’s 66-61 win over Maryland (Jan. 9).
- 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.
- Doyle scored a career high 33 points in 26 minutes against Illinois (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 (70.5).
- Ollinger leads the Hawkeyes in rebounds, averaging 8.8 per game. Ollinger recorded a career-high 20 rebounds against Iowa State on Dec. 11.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
- Penn State is 7-13 overall and 1-8 in Big Ten Conference action, dropping its last five contests. Its sole Big Ten win of the season was against Michigan State, 86-73.
- Two Nittany Lions average double-figure scoring, including junior guard Kamaria McDaniel (20.1) and senior guard Siyeh Frazier (12.8).
- McDaniel is leading the Big Ten in points per game (20.1), free throws made (103), free throws attempted (138), total points (402). The junior ranks second in the league for field goals made (134) and field goal attempts (336).
- Frazier leads Penn State with 46 total steals and averages 2.3 steals per game.
- Sophomore forward Lauren Ebo and junior forward Alisia Smith lead the Nittany Lions with 5.8 rebounds per game, while Frazier averages 5.5 per game.
- As a team, Penn State is leading the Big Ten in free throws made (303), ranks second in free throw attempts (413), and ranks third in free-throw percentage (73.4). The Nittany Lions ranks 11th, 24th, and 69th nationally in these categories, respectively.
- Penn State’s opponents have outscored them, 72.0-68.7.
- Penn State leads the all-time series, 30-20.
- The Hawkeyes have won four of the last seven matchups between the two teams.
- Iowa and Penn State met just once last season. The Hawkeyes defeated the Nittany Lions, 81-61, in University Park, Pa.
- Senior Makenzie Meyer tabbed 18 points and three assists, while senior Kathleen Doyle scored 10 points and had six assists. The pair each had three rebounds.
- Iowa leads the nation in field goals assisted (72.2 percent) with 411 assists on 569 baskets.
- The Hawkeyes rank fourth nationally in and total assists (411), assists per game (20.6) and field-goal percentage (48.8).
- Iowa is also ranked in the top 25 in five additional categories, including ranking 11th in scoring offense (80.0) and free throws made (303), 13th in assist turnover ratio (1.32), 16th in 3-point field goal percentage (37.5), and 19th in won-lost percentage (85.0).
LEADING THE NATION
- Sophomore Monika Czinano ranks second in the country in field goal percentage (70.1), shooting 131-of-187. Czinano’s 131 made field goals ranks 36th in the country.
- Senior Kathleen Doyle is sixth in the nation in total assists (123), 10th in assists per game (6.2), 11th in free throws made (102), 17th in free throws attempted (128), 23rd in total points (374), and 34th in points per game (18.7).
- Senior Makenzie Meyer ranks 27th in 3-pointers made (54), 28th in 3-pointer percentage (42.9), 36th free-throw percentage (84.5), and 37th in 3-pointers per game (2.7).
- Senior Amanda Ollinger is ranked 44th in the country with 36 blocked shots.
CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP — DOYLE
- Senior guard Kathleen Doyle was named the Naismith Women’s Player of the Week, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced 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 over the Hoosiers and Terrapins.
- 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 (123) and assists per game (6.2). Nationally, Doyle ranks sixth and 10th in these categories, respectively.
- Doyle ranks second in the conference for free throws made (102), free throws attempted (128) and total points (374), ranking 11th, 17th, and 23rd, nationally.
- Doyle is among the top of the league in free-throw percentage (79.7) and points per game (18.7), ranking third.
- With 123 field goals made and 270 attempted, Doyle ranks fourth in the Big Ten.
HAWKEYES RANK B1G
- The Hawkeyes are leading the Big Ten in six categories, including total assists (411), assists per game (20.6), field-goal percentage (48.8), free throws made (303), 3-pointers made (158), and 3-pointers per game (7.9).
- Iowa ranks second in assist turnover ratio (1.32), free-throw percentage (74.6), scoring offense (80.0 ppg), and 3-point percentage (37.5).
- The Hawkeyes are third in fewest fouls (290), free throw attempts (406), fouls per game (14.5), and 3-point attempts (421).
- Three Hawkeyes rank in the Big Ten top 10 points per game, including senior Kathleen Doyle (18.7), who ranks third, sophomore Monika Czinano (15.2), who ranks eighth, and senior Makenzie Meyer (15.1), who ranks ninth. 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 (70.1) and ranks third field goals made, sinking 131-of-187 shots taken.
- Meyer leads the Big Ten in 3-pointers made, knocking down 54 on the season. She ranks second in free-throw percentage (84.5), 3-pointers made per game (2.7), 3 pointers attempted (126), and ranks fourth in 3-point percentage (42.9).
- Senior Amanda Ollinger averages 6.3 defensive rebounds per game, ranking second. Ollinger ranks third in total blocks (36), ties for third in blocks per game (1.8), and ties for fifth in rebounds per game (8.6).
B1G FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
- Freshman McKenna Warnock earned the first Big Ten honor of her career when the conference announced Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Jan. 27).
- Warnock recorded her second career double-double, scoring a career-high 22 points and pulling in 10 rebounds in Iowa’s, 74-57, win over Michigan State (Jan.26).
- Warnock scored 19 of her team-leading 22 points in the second half, knocking down seven made shots on eight attempts.
- The Marshall, Wisconsin, native averaged 8.5 rebounds in the Hawkeyes’ wins over Ohio State and Michigan State, tallying seven against Ohio State on Thursday.
B1G PLAYER OF THE WEEK
- 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 20 games this season, Iowa is averaging 80.0 points per game, a mark that ranks second in the Big Ten and 11th nationally.
- Iowa’s 48.8 field goal percentage is leading 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.
- The Hawkeyes are leading the country in assist/field goal percentage (72.2) with 411 assists on 569 baskets.
- Senior Kathleen Doyle ranks second all-time at Iowa in assists, tallying 640 career assists.
- Doyle recorded nine assists against NC Central (Dec. 14), surpassing Cara Consuegra (576) to rank second all-time at Iowa in career assists.
- Doyle leads the Hawkeyes with 123 assists on the season, followed by fellow senior Makenzie Meyer with 874 assists.
B1G HONOR ROLL
- Three Hawkeyes have earned Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the Week Honor Roll, including seniors Kathleen Doyle (Nov. 25, Jan. 27), Makenzie Meyer (Dec. 16, Dec. 23), and sophomore Monika Czinano (Jan. 20).
- Doyle averaged 23 points, seven rebounds, and six assists in the Hawkeyes’ wins over Ohio State and Michigan State. She scored 26 points, shooting 75 percent from the field and went 9-for-9 from the free throw line against Ohio State. Against Michigan State, she tallied 20 points and recorded a career-high seven steals against the Spartans.
- Czinano averaged 20.5 points during the Minnesota (Jan. 16) and Wisconsin (Jan. 19) games, making 18 of her 20 shots attempted.
- Meyer registered 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.
WELCOME TO THE 1,000-POINT CLUB
- Senior Makenzie Meyer scored her 1,000th career point in the Hawkeyes, 79-67, win over Drake on Dec. 21. She currently has 1,128 points at Iowa and ranks 32nd.
- 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 was the 37th Hawkeye to reach 1,000 points and now ranks 17th (1,367) all-time at Iowa.
- 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.
HOME IS WHERE THE TIGERHAWK IS
- Iowa has won 32 consecutive games on Mediacom Court in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, including a 11-0 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 51-consecutive wins on their home court.
OH CAPTAINS, OUR CAPTAINS
- 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.
PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN
- 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 Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Sunday to take on Michigan at Crisler Center. Tip-off is set for 11 a.m. (CT), and the game will be broadcast on BTN.