Jan. 4, 2014
The 22nd-ranked University of Iowa women's basketball team (12-3, 0-1) hosts No. 15/17 Penn State (9-3, 0-0) in its Big Ten home opener on Sunday. Tip is set for 2 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes, 8-0 at home this season, have won 8-of-10 overall. Iowa entered the week as one of 14 teams nationally with 12 or more wins, and tied for the second-highest win total in the country this season.
Tickets are $10 for adults. Youth -- high school-aged and younger --- are admitted free to all weekday games, while weekend games are $6. Youth -- five years old and younger -- are admitted free to all games, and UI students are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased online at hawkeyesports.com, over the phone at 1-800 IA-HAWKS, and at the UI Athletics Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
|Game 16 | #15 Penn State (9-3) at #22 Iowa (12-3, 0-1)|
|Date:||Sunday, Jan. 5 | 2 p.m. (CT)|
|Location:||Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena|
|Radio:||Hawkeye Radio Network|
|Live Coverage:||GameTracker | Twitter Game Updates|
|All-Time Series:||Penn State leads, 25-17|
BE BOLD, WEAR GOLD:
Sunday's game has been designated as the `Be Bold Wear Gold!' game. Fans are encouraged to wear gold, and the first 1,000 fans in attendance will be given gold poms poms. In addition, Iowa women's basketball trading cards will be available for the first 500 fans.
Sunday's game can be seen locally in the state of Iowa on Mediacom Connections (MC22) and online via video.BTN.com (Big Ten Digital Network). Rob Brooks and Shelley Till will call the action.
Brent Balbinot and former Hawkeye Kristi Faulkner will call the action for the Hawkeye Radio Network. Hawkeye fans can listen to the contest on AM-800 KXIC in Iowa City, AM-1360 KMJM in Cedar Rapids, AM-1040 WHO in Des Moines or on the Hawkeye All-Access page of hawkeyesports.com. Balbinot is in his 10th season as Iowa's play-by-play voice.
FOLLOW THE ACTION:
Fans can watch live on the Big Ten Digital Network (video.BTN.com). Fans can also follow the action via live stats (Gametracker). The "GT" link can be accessed under the "Calendar" tab on the front page of hawkeyesports.com or on the women's basketball schedule page. Follow @IowaWBB on Twitter for game updates.
Iowa has played 1,147 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa's overall record is 704-443 (.613). That includes a 348-179 (.662) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 343-97 (.776) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
SCOUTING PENN STATE:
No. 15/17 Penn State is 9-3 overall, with losses to the two teams currently ranked the highest in the national polls (Connecticut, Notre Dame), and at South Dakota State.
The Nittany Lions, the defending Big Ten champions, are the top rebounding team in the conference this season (45.4/game).
Penn State is coached by Coquese Washington. In her seventh season at the helm of the program, she is 127-76 overall.
Maggie Lucas, the 2012-13 Big Ten Player of the Year, leads Penn State and ranks second in the Big Ten in points per game (21.1). She is 13th in Big Ten history in scoring with 2,091 career points.
The Nittany Lions are projected to start four seniors and a junior. Three of the five starters are 6-foot-3 or taller.
IOWA-PENN STATE NOTES:
Penn State leads the all-time series, 25-17.
The Nittany Lions claimed the only meeting last season, winning 81-69 on Feb. 14, 2013, in Iowa City.
Iowa and Penn State have split the last six meetings in Iowa City. The Nittany Lions have won the last three.
Penn State has claimed the last four games overall in the series.
THE LAST MEETING:
A ninth double-double of the season by senior center Morgan Johnson and some sharpshooting from long range by guard Melissa Dixon (4-of-9 from 3-point range) wasn't enough for Iowa to overcome No. 8 Penn State last season in Iowa City. The Nittany Lions led 37-34 at halftime, before using a 17-6 run during the second half on their way to an 81-69 victory inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
IOWA DROPS BIG TEN OPENER AT UNDEFEATED INDIANA:
Indiana made 11 3-point field goals and held on to defeat Iowa, 86-84, on Wednesday in Assembly Hall in a Big Ten Conference opener for both teams. The Hoosiers snapped a seven-game losing streak in the series to improve to 14-0 on the season. While Indiana shot 47.8-percent from 3-point land, the Hawkeyes were 3-of-17 from long range (17.6 percent). Samantha Logic led all players with 25 points, making 9-of-15 field goals and 6-of-7 free throws. She added 12 rebounds. Bethany Doolittle made 10-of-15 field goals for 20 points and six blocked shots before fouling out with 4:41 remaining. Ally Disterhoft (13) and Kali Peschel (10) also scored in double figures for the Hawkeyes.
IN THE RANKINGS:
Iowa is ranked 22nd in The Associated Press Top 25 poll this week, and sits 23rd in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Six Iowa opponents are also ranked in the Associated Press/USA Today polls: Colorado (12/14), Iowa State (14/10), Penn State (15/17), Purdue (17/19), Nebraska (18/15), and Syracuse (20/24), In addition, Dayton and Indiana are receiving votes.
HAWKEYES IN BIG TEN PLAY:
Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder, the dean of Big Ten coaches, is a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2001, 2008 and 2010). She has guided Iowa to nine upper-division finishes in the Big Ten in 13 seasons. Iowa won a share of the Big Ten regular season championship in 2008 and finished in a three-way tie for second in 2009.
Iowa's 12 wins prior to the start of conference play equaled the most in a season under head coach Lisa Bluder. Iowa finished 12-1 in its pre-conference slate during the 2010-11 campaign. The Hawkeyes were 11-3 prior to the start of league play last season, and 11-0 in 2004-05.
Five Hawkeyes are averaging at least 9.9 points per game: Samantha Logic (14.9), Melissa Dixon (14.8), Bethany Doolittle (13.9), Ally Disterhoft (11.9), and Theairra Taylor (9.9). Iowa has had three or more players score in double figures in each of the last 13 contests, including four in the loss at Indiana (Logic 25, Doolittle 20, Disterhoft 13, Peschel 10).
CLIMBING TO THE TOP:
Lisa Bluder needs seven wins to surpass Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer (269) as Iowa's all-time winningest coach. Bluder -- one of 13 active Division I coaches with 600 or more wins -- is 263-160 all-time as the Hawkeye head coach.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS:
Samantha Logic is second in career assists (452). Cara Consuegra (1997-2001) is Iowa's all-time assists leader (576).
Melissa Dixon has 158 career 3-pointers, and ranks seventh in program history. Kelli Krei is sixth with 162.
Bethany Doolittle is fifth all-time with 127 career blocks. Toni Foster is fourth with 145.
HAWKEYES CONTINUE TREND AGAINST RANKED FOES:
Iowa is 2-2 this season against ranked opponents:
- W vs. No. 14 Dayton (97-93 in overtime) - Nov. 10
- L at No. 16 Colorado (90-87) - Nov. 20
- W vs. No. 22 Syracuse (97-91) - Dec. 5
- L at No. 11 Iowa State (83-70) - Dec. 12
The Hawkeyes have defeated nine top-25 opponents since the start of last season (9-6 record).
Iowa is averaging 87.8 points per game during its four contests against ranked teams this season.
The Hawkeyes have recorded at least one win against a top-25 team in all but two seasons under Bluder. In nine of those seasons, Iowa has knocked off at least one top-15 opponent.
This year marked the seventh time in school history that Iowa played at least three ranked teams prior to conference action. Iowa faced five ranked opponents in 1990 (2-3 record) and three in 2012 (last year) (3-0), 1999 (0-3), 1995 (2-1), 1993 (3-0), and 1989 (1-2).
Last season marked just the second time in school history that Iowa defeated three ranked teams prior to Big Ten play (No. 12 West Virginia, No. 22 Iowa State, No. 20 Texas). The only other time Iowa defeated three ranked opponents was in 1993 (No. 4 Louisiana Tech, No. 20 Missouri State, No. 9 Southern California).
Iowa tied the school record for number of wins over ranked teams in a season last year with seven. The Hawkeyes have accomplished the feat three other times (1995-96, 1993-94, 1992-93). Iowa faced 11 ranked teams last season, which tied for the most games against ranked opponents in a season. The only other time Iowa played 11 ranked teams in a season was in 1992-93 (7-4 record).
B1G HONOR ROLL:
Two Hawkeyes -- Samantha Logic and Melissa Dixon -- have been named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll in the last six weeks. Iowa has had a player named to the Honor Roll or be named Player of the Week in five of the last six weeks.
Logic was named to the Honor Roll on Nov. 25 after averaging 21.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals as Iowa split a pair of road contests at No. 16 Colorado and UNI.
Dixon was honored Dec. 2 after being named MVP of the Cancun Challenge Mayan Division, where she averaged 22.3 points per game, including a career-high 32 against UNC-Wilmington.
Dixon was honored again on Dec. 9, after helping Iowa to wins over No. 22 Syracuse and Idaho State last week, averaging 25.5 points per game, while converting 13-of-21 three-point attempts.
Logic was to the Honor Roll on Dec. 31. She finished with 21 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals while shooting 60 percent from the floor in a win over North Dakota.
Logic was named Big Ten Player of Week on Nov. 12 for her efforts in Iowa's wins against UC Riverside and No. 14 Dayton, and on Dec. 23 following her triple-double against Drake.
NCAA 1ST AND 2ND ROUND TICKETS ON SALE:
Tickets for the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds, hosted by the University of Iowa, are now on sale for UI women's basketball season ticket holders and the general public. Iowa's First and Second Round Games will be played Sunday, March 23 (4:30 and 7 p.m.) and Tuesday, March 25 (8:30 p.m.). The UI was one of 16 sites chosen to host First and Second Round Games, and 1-of-8 chosen to host in back-to-back years. Fans can order tickets by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS, visiting the Carver-Hawkeye Arena ticket office, or by visiting hawkeyesports.com.
FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES:
Check out the Iowa women's basketball Facebook page or the University of Iowa Athletics Facebook page (/iowawomenshoops). Fans can also follow @IowaWBB or @TheIowaHawkeyes on Twitter.
The Hawkeyes resume conference play at home on Wednesday, hosting Minnesota at 7 p.m. (CT) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.