Rematch With Michigan Next For Hawkeyes
Jan. 5, 2010
IOWA CITY - THE SETTING
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Veronica Hicks leads the team with 13.9 points per game. Hollins is scoring 13.5 points per contest, while Reynolds is at 11.8 per game. Ryan is the team's leading rebounder at 6.6 boards per game. As a team, the Wolverines are shooting .456 from the field and .345 from three point range. Michigan is shooting .626 from the charity stripe.
MINNESOTA VS. IOWA NOTES
Iowa Assistant Coach Shannon Gage served as an assistant coach at Michigan from 2005-07.
Michigan Administrative Assistant Mark Uitermarkt is a native of Pella, IA, and served as a women's basketball assistant at Central College during the 2003-04 season.
Iowa's Kamille Wahlin and Michigan's Courtney Boylan were two prized recruits coming out of the state of Minnesota. Boylan (Chaska) was named Minnesota's Miss Basketball, while Wahlin (Crookston) was a finalist.
Iowa and Michigan share one common non-conference opponent in Kansas. The Jayhawks defeated both teams by 11 points (Iowa, 66-55, Michigan, 77-66).
The Hawkeyes could never grab a lead in the contest, and trailed by 14 points at halftime. Iowa opened the second half with a 14-6 run to pull within six points at the 13:43 mark. After Michigan stretched its lead to 49-38 at the 7:33 mark, Iowa used a 13-3 surge to come within one point with 2:02 remaining.
Iowa wasn't able to convert from the free throw line, missing the front end of two one-and-one situations, and did not score in the final 2:02.
Freshman Theairra Taylor led the way with 13 points, and was one of four players to grab seven rebounds. Taylor scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half, and also added four assists, four blocks and three steals. Sophomore Kelly Krei and freshman Morgan Johnson each added 12 points.
ANOTHER TOUGH OVERTIME LOSS
In a back and forth game, Iowa couldn't pull away in regulation, as the Golden Gophers forced overtime. With 2:41 remaining, Minnesota's Brittany McCoy hit a jumper to tie the game at 62, which would also be the last points of the second half. After the teams traded missed baskets, Iowa grabbed a defensive rebound with 11 seconds left. Kamille Wahlin had a jumper in the lane with two seconds remaining the rimmed out, forcing overtime.
Minnesota used a 7-2 run in overtime to put the game out of reach for the Hawkeyes.
Iowa was led by Jaime Printy, who scored a career-high 26 points, along with two rebounds, three assists and two steals. Kachine Alexander recorded yet another double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
PRINTY NAMED BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Printy led the Hawkeyes in a win over Wisconsin and a tough overtime loss at Minnesota, averaging 19.0 points, 5.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game last week. The freshman contributed a career high 26 points, including a perfect 8-8 mark at the free-throw line, against the Golden Gophers on Sunday. Printy also recorded three assists and two boards in the effort. On Thursday vs. the Badgers, she tallied 12 points with seven assists and five rebounds.
Printy first earned the award after stellar games against William & Mary, West Virginia and Columbia.
Printy averaged 16.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists, as the Hawkeyes posted a 2-1 record that week. Printy recorded her first-ever 20-point game against William & Mary, adding nine rebounds with five assists. Against West Virginia in the first round of the Nugget Classic in Reno, Printy netted 16 points with four boards and five assists in the close, three-point loss. The Marion, IA, native scored Iowa's first eight points against the Mountaineers, and made her first four shots, including a perfect 3-3 from distance.
Printy saved her best for last in Iowa's win over Columbia. She scored 12 points with five rebounds and three assists in the thrilling win. Printy nailed a three-pointer with 52 seconds left to tie the game, giving Iowa a chance to win on its next possession.
HAWKEYES HIT ANOTHER FREE THROW MARK
Earlier this season, Iowa tied the school record for single-game free throw percentage, converting all 16 attempts against Columbia (1.000).
Alexander had double-doubles in each of Iowa's first three games, before missing the next seven games with a stress fracture.
OH, SO CLOSE
The Hawkeyes had a three-point attempt at the buzzer against West Virginia fall short, that would have sent the game to overtime.
Against Boston College, Iowa missed a three-pointer with seven seconds left that would have tied the game.
Against Michigan, Iowa missed the front-end of a one-and-one from the free throw line with both 27 and 11 seconds left, each time trailing by only one point.
Iowa's two overtime losses came at Penn State (four points) and at Minnesota (three points). In each of those games, the Hawkeyes had the potential game winning shot in regulation bounce off the iron as time expired.
DRAINING FROM DISTANCE AND THE LINE
Individually, Kamille Wahlin leads the Big Ten in three point field goals made per game (2.8), which also ranks her 31st in the country. Wahlin's 15.6 points per game is good enough for sixth place in Big Ten scoring.
Morgan Johnson ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 31st nationally in blocked shots per game (2.2).
Krei finished with six steals, while Wahlin swiped four. The two combined for 10 of Iowa's 12 total steals. Krei had all six of her steals in the first half, while three of Wahlin's four came in the second period.
Hamlin has missed the entire season after having a blood clot removed in her right leg. Taylor suffered a torn ACL in Iowa's win over South Dakota State. Draxten has played four games this season, despite suffering from a herniated disc. It was announced after Iowa's loss at Penn State that Draxten will be forced to miss the rest of the season due to the back injury.
Hawkeye underclassmen are responsible for 86 percent of the teams' points, 70 percent of rebounds, 85 percent of minutes played, 84 percent of assists, 86 percent of steals and 89 percent of blocks.
LOGGING MAJOR MINUTES
PLAYING THEM ALL
Kamille Wahlin, Jaime Printy, Morgan Johnson, Kelly Krei, Trisha Nesbitt and Kelsey Cermak have seen action in all contests. Wahlin, Printy and Johnson have started all 15 games, while Krei has started 14. Cermak has started two games for the Hawkeyes.
Krei never left the court in consecutive games against Illinois State (Nov. 15) and Kansas (Nov. 18). Wahlin did the same against Boston College (Dec. 2) and Michigan (Dec. 6).
Wahlin also played over 40 minutes in Iowa's two overtime games. She registered 43 minutes at Penn State (Dec. 28) and 41 minutes at Minnesota (Jan. 3)
ALEXANDER NAMED CO-BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alexander recorded double-doubles in each of Iowa's first two games. She tied a Hawkeye Challenge tournament record by grabbing 18 rebounds (nine offensive, nine defensive), along with netting 19 points in Iowa's season-opening win over Santa Clara. Both her 19 points and 18 rebounds were game highs.
Alexander followed on Sunday with a 21 point, 12 rebound (nine offensive, three defensive) performance in the championship game against Illinois State. Alexander was clutch down the stretch at the free-throw line, making 13-16 attempts from the charity stripe.
WAHLIN ON ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS
In the season-opening Hawkeye Challenge, Wahlin netted 13 points and added three rebounds.
She was clutch down the stretch in the championship against Illinois State, scoring seven points during Iowa's crucial 12-2 run in the final three minutes of the second half to give the Hawkeyes the victory. Wahlin drained a three-pointer with 3:46 left to give Iowa a one-point lead (64-63). She then hit a jumper with 37 second left, extending Iowa's lead to five points (70-65). Wahlin added two free throws on the next trip down the court to seal the win.
Wahlin scored 16 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out five assists against West Virginia in the Nugget Classic. She followed with 18 points, including the game-winning three-pointer with 10 seconds left, to go along with three points and four assists against Columbia in the consolation game.
JOHNSON TIES SCHOOL RECORD
Johnson added 11 points and eight rebounds in the win.
PRINTY PUTS ON A SHOW AGAINST THE JACKS
With the Hawkeyes ahead by one point (67-66) at the 3:34 mark in the second half, Printy ignited a 15-3 run to close the game, scoring the first seven points of the surge, and all nine of her second half points, during the crucial stretch.
Printy drained a long-distance three to put Iowa up four (70-66) at the three-minute mark. On the next two possessions, Printy sliced through the lane with the shot clock winding down, nailing layups to give Iowa a 74-66 advantage. She then scored the final two points of the game on a layup with two seconds remaining for the final count.
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