PROGRAM QUICK HITS
• Iowa broke the WBB all-time attendance record for a single game with 55,646 on hand for the Crossover at Kinnick exhibition against DePaul.
• Iowa advanced to its first National Championship appearance in program history in 2023.
• Iowa netted a program best 31 victories in a single season in 2023.
• Iowa won its third Big Ten Tournament title since 2019, over Ohio State which was the largest margin of victory in BTT Championship history. It was also the first time in program history that the Hawkeyes won the tournament championship in back-to-back years.
• The Hawkeyes led the country in field-goal percentage (51.1), scoring offense (87.3), and assists per game (20.9). They ranked in the top-10 in three additional categories, fourth in assist to turnover ratio (1.46), seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (38.0), and seventh 3-pointers per game (9.2).
• Since 2008, Bluder’s teams own a 231-42 record inside of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. In that stretch, the Hawkeyes have posted three undefeated seasons at home.
• Over the last nine years, Iowa has dropped the second-fewest regular season home games in the Big Ten.
• Iowa’s 2023-24 roster is comprised of two fifth-year, one graduate, one senior, five juniors, three sophomores, and two freshmen. Four Hawkeyes are Iowa natives, four from Illinois, two from Michigan, and one each from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio.
• Six Big Ten regular-season games will be on a nationally broadcast platform (either NBC or FOX), the most in conference history. The Hawkeyes are featured in four of the six contests – Indiana (Jan. 13/FOX), at Ohio State (Jan. 21/NBC), at Maryland (Feb. 3/FOX), Ohio State (March 3/FOX).
• Iowa has had five out of the last six Big Ten Players of the Year.
• The Hawkeyes had a nation’s best six wins against AP Top 10 opponents last season.
• For the first time in the Lisa Bluder era, the Hawkeyes won 15 Big Ten regular season conference games in 2022-23.
• Bluder owns a 495-249 (.665) record and a 247-141 (.637) conference mark at Iowa. In her 39 seasons as a head coach, Bluder is 851-391 (.685).
The Hawkeyes are set to travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the Ally Tipoff against Virginia Tech inside Spectrum Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. (CT) on ESPN2 and will air on the Hawkeye Radio Network.
• Thursday’s contest will air on the ESPN2, Sirius XM and on the Hawkeye Radio Net- work.
• Rob Brooks and Tiffany Reedy will call the action on the Hawkeye Radio Network. A link to the broadcast is available on the women’s basketball schedule page on hawk- eyesports.com.
• Brooks is in his eighth year as the play-by-play announcer for the Iowa women’s basketball team. He has been Iowa football’s sideline reporter since 2004. Brooks has called seven different Iowa sports on radio or television.
• Reedy will begin her first full season providing color for radio with the Iowa women’s basketball program.
• Reedy was four-year letterwinner from 2002-06 at Iowa and is a native of Dysart, Iowa.
• This will be the third meeting between the two programs.
• Iowa leads the all-time series, 2-1.
• Lisa Bluder is undefeated against the Hokies, with the last win coming in the 2011-12 season. (58-47)
WHAT 2 WATCH 4
• Clark needs 60 points to surpass Megan Gustafson (2,804) for Iowa’s all-time scoring title.
• Clark is one triple-double away from joining Sabrina Ionescu as the only DI players to record a triple-double in four different seasons.
• Marshall needs seven steals and nine 3-pointers made to cross the 200-mark in both categories. She would be the first Iowa WBB player to have 200 steals and 200 3-pointers in a career.
• Clark is five double-doubles shy of reaching the Big Ten’s top-10 list for most career double-doubles in a career. (44)
• Head Coach Lisa Bluder is five wins from 500 career victories at Iowa.
• Marshall (129) and Martin (125) are eyeing Monika Czinano’s games played record. (162)
SCOUTING VIRGINIA TECH
• The Hokies made the Final Four last season but fell to LSU in the Semifinals.
• Since Kenny Brooks’ arrival in Blacksburg, the Hokies have enjoyed seven consecutive winning seasons, and made three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
• Center Elizabeth Kitley became the program’s first 2,000-point scorer and she is also first in Virginia Tech women’s basketball history in field goals, blocks and double-doubles.
• She is a two-time ACC Player of the year, two-time Kay Yow Scholar Athlete of the Year and two-time AP All-American. Kitley is the first Hokie to hold those titles, in addition to being a three-time First Team All-ACC player and two-time All-Defensive Team member.
• Point guard Georgia Amoore won the ACC’s MVP of the ACC Tournament in 2023 and went on to be Seattle 3 Region’s Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament. She was a First Team All-ACC athlete during the regular season and also garnered AP All-America Honorable Mention precognition.
COURT OF DREAMS
• Season tickets for the 2023-24 University of Iowa women’s basketball team are officially sold out.
• Eight of Iowa women’s basketball 10 sellout crowds inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena have happened in the last three seasons, with the other two coming in 1985 and 1988.
• Iowa has been ranked in the national attendance top 10 each of the past four seasons with fans (2023, 2022, 2021, 2019). The No. 2 ranking last season is the highest in the Lisa Bluder era. (11,143)
• Iowa City’s first round attendance last year was higher than nine of the 16 sites’ first/second round combined attendance figure.
• Iowa City owns four of the top 10 second round, single session attendance numbers in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship history.