Jan. 5, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women's basketball team hosts Michigan on Sunday in Big Ten play. Tip-off is scheduled for noon on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for youth (18 and under). UI students are admitted free.
Sunday is "Father/Daughter Day" at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Fans can receive a free youth ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket. Father/Daughter pairs can also register to win a $50 gift card from Monica's.
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Sunday's game 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 or on the Hawkeye All-Access page of hawkeyesports.com.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
Sunday's contest vs. Michigan will be streamed live on hawkeyesports.com via the BTN Digital Network. Hawkeye All-Access subscribers can watch live video streams of UI events on the BTN Digital Network at no extra charge.
Hawkeye fans can follow the game 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.
Iowa has played 1,113 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa's overall record is 683-430 (.614). That includes a 341-170 (.667) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a a 331-92 (.783) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Michigan Wolverines are 12-2 overall, with their only losses coming at Utah (Nov. 16) and vs. No. 4 ranked Duke (Nov. 28). The Wolverines have won seven in a row.
Michigan defeated Indiana, 65-48, in its Big Ten opener Thursday night. Sam Arnold scored 17 points off the bench to lead the Wolverines. Nya Jordan had 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Jenny Ryan had 11 points, eight rebounds, nine assists and four steals.
Kate Thompson leads Michigan with 15.8 points per game. She currently leads the NCAA in 3-pointers made per game at 3.96 per contest. She has 172 field goal attempts on the season, with 112 from beyond the 3-point arc (54-of-112, 48.2 percent). Rachel Sheffer is averaging 12.3 points per game and Nicole Elmblad has a team-best 6.7 boards per game.
As a team, Michigan is shooting 41 percent (98-of-239) from 3-point range and limiting its opponents to 49.9 points per game.
MICHIGAN VS. IOWA NOTES
Iowa leads the all-time series, 43-14. The Hawkeyes swept the season series a year ago and hold a 22-6 mark in games played in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes have won seven of the last nine meetings in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa sophomore Kathy Thomas is from Flint, Mich.
Michigan senior Kate Thompson and Iowa freshman Kayla Timmerman both attended Wayzata High School. Thompson is from Plymouth, Minn., and Timmerman is from Wayzata.
Iowa Assistant Coach Shannon Gage served as an assistant coach at Michigan from 2005-07.
Iowa closed the 2011-12 regular season with a 79-71 win over Michigan. The Hawkeyes used standout performances by two individuals to wrap up the win.
Samantha Logic recorded the fourth triple-double in school history, finishing with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Melissa Dixon tied the Iowa school record for 3-pointers attempted and also tied an Iowa record for 3-pointers made inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Dixon finished with six made 3-pointers and 15 attempts.
HAWKEYES OPEN B1G PLAY WITH WIN OVER NO. 24 OHIO STATE
Iowa defeated Ohio State, 77-71, in overtime to open Big Ten play (Jan. 3). Morgan Johnson sank two free throws with 20 seconds left to force overtime, and the Hawkeyes prevailed in the extra frame.
Iowa was 4-of-5 from the field and made all six of its free throws in overtime for the win. Theairra Taylor scored Iowa's first six points of the overtime period.
Taylor led Iowa with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Morgan Johnson collected a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Samantha Logic had 17 points, six rebounds and eight assists and Jaime Printy added 14 points. Bethany Doolittle had eight points, five rebounds and six blocks.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR JOHNSON
Morgan Johnson recorded her 16th career double-double in Iowa's win over Ohio State. She finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Johnson tallied three double-doubles as a freshman, five as a sophomore and four as a junior. She has four this season.
WINNING IN EXTRA TIME
With the win over Ohio State, Iowa has now won five of its last six overtime games, dating to the 2009-10 season.
The Hawkeyes knocked off Middle Tennessee this season, along with Wisconsin and Illinois last season. Iowa lost at Kansas State last year and also topped Wisconsin in OT in 2010.
CAREER-HIGH FOR TAYLOR
Junior Theairra Taylor recorded career-highs in points (19) and field goals made (8) in Iowa's win over Ohio State. Taylor's previous career-high of 16 points came her freshman season against William & Mary.
HAWKEYES LIKE TO SHARE
Iowa currently leads the Big Ten and ranks 19th in the NCAA with 17.2 assists per game. Logic also leads the Big Ten in assists at 6.9 per contest.
The Hawkeyes have 258 assists on 387 made field goals this season (1.5 assist/field goal ratio).
Iowa went a perfect 6-0 in the month of December, knocking off two ranked opponents in the month. This is the fifth time in school history an Iowa team has recorded a perfect December, and the second time under Bluder (2004).
Vivian Stringer recorded three perfect December's (1987, 1992, 1993).
HOT OVER THE LAST FIVE GAMES
Iowa has shot over 50 percent from the field in four of the last five contests (48 percent vs. Missouri State) and has a 51.6 field goal percentage (161-of-312) over that stretch. The Hawkeyes are also shooting 40.2 percent (37-of-92) from 3-point distance.
Iowa is averaging 85 points per game over the last five contests and holds a +22 scoring margin.
IOWA IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa is receiving votes in the latest Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls.
Seven Iowa opponents are ranked in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls: Penn State (9th/9th), Purdue (14th/14th), North Carolina (15th/23rd), Florida State (19th/21st), Nebraska (25th/19th) and Ohio State (RV/24th).
In addition, Iowa State, West Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State and Texas are receiving votes.
HAWKEYES IN ELITE VICTORY COMPANY
Iowa and Connecticut are the only teams to have played at least three opponents ranked in the ESPN/USA Today poll and have an undefeated record against them. Connecticut is 5-0 against ranked teams, while Iowa is a perfect 4-0.
Connecticut, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Iowa are the only teams in the country to have at least four wins over opponents ranked in the ESPN/USA Today poll. Connecticut is 5-0, Tennessee is 5-2, Notre Dame is 4-1 and Iowa is 4-0.
IOWA CONTINUES TREND AGAINST RANKED FOES
Iowa's win over 12th-ranked West Virginia (Nov. 25) marked the 14th time under Lisa Bluder that the Hawkeyes have defeated a top-15 team.
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.
West Virginia was the highest ranked opponent the Hawkeyes have defeated since knocking off No. 10 Michigan State (66-64) on Jan. 27, 2011.
This season marks just the second time in school history that Iowa has 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 knocked off three ranked opponents was in 1993 (No. 4 Louisiana Tech, No. 20 Missouri State, No. 9 Southern California).
This season is only the sixth 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 ranked school in 1999 (0-3), 1995 (2-1), 1993 (3-0) and 1989 (1-2).
Iowa has now defeated four ranked teams, marking the first time since the 1995-96 season that the Hawkeyes have accomplished that feat (seven victories, 7-3 record versus ranked teams in 1995-96).
RPI AND STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE NOTES
Iowa has an RPI of 12 and a strength of schedule of 16, according to the Jan. 1 RealTimeRPI .com ranking. Iowa's RPI is higher than 14 teams inside the top 25 of both major polls, including three top 10 teams. The RPI is also higher than any team receiving more votes than the Hawkeyes.
Iowa's strength of schedule is higher than 18 top 25 teams, including six top 10 teams and all teams receiving more votes than Iowa in the polls.
SCHOOL/B1G RECORDS SET THIS SEASON
Morgan Johnson became the Iowa career leader in blocks against Florida International.
Johnson entered the game needing two blocks to break Tangela Smith's career blocks record and she finished with five. Johnson currently ranks eighth in Big Ten history with 257 blocks.
Jaime Printy tied the school record for 3-pointers made in a single game with seven against San Diego. Kamille Wahlin and Lindsey Meder are the only other Iowa players to hit seven 3's in a single game. Printy was 6-of-7 in the second half, making her final five attempts. Her seven made treys are the most by a Big Ten player this season.
Samantha Logic broke Iowa's school record for assists in a single game against Texas, finishing with 14 assists. Her 14 assists are the most by a Big Ten player this season. Earlier this year, Logic tied the previous school record with 12 against Middle Tennessee State.
Against West Virginia, Jaime Printy became only the third player in Big Ten history to go 17-of-17 from the free throw line, matching the best single game free throw performance in conference history. Wisconsin's Michele Kozelka (1989) and Keisha Anderson (1996) are the only other players in Big Ten history to accomplish the feat.
Printy's 17 made free throws tied the single game school record and are tied for the second most made free throws in Big Ten history.
Printy's performance against West Virginia marked the ninth time in school history that an Iowa player has been perfect from the free throw line (minimum 10 attempts). Printy now has three of those marks, with one of those performances coming earlier this year against Middle Tennessee (11-for-11). The other came against Indiana (10-for-10) on Feb. 27, 2011.
As a team, the Hawkeyes set the Big Ten and school record for made free throws made (42) and set the school record for free throw attempts (50).
The last time an Iowa team had three players go over 20 points was against Wisconsin on March 9, 1991. Toni Foster had 23 points while LoTonya Tate and Steph Schueler each had 22.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE THE HARD WAY
Samantha Logic recorded a double-double against Texas without using points as one of the statistical categories. She finished with 15 rebounds and 14 assists.
The last Iowa player to record a rebound-assist double-double was April Calhoun against Denver during the 2002-03 season (10 rebounds, 10 assists).
IMPROVED DEFENSIVE NUMBERS
Through 15 games last season, Iowa was giving up an average of 67.1 points per game. Against a much tougher schedule in 2012, the Hawkeyes are allowing 60.7 points, a difference of 6.4 points per game.
Iowa ranks second in the Big Ten and 11th in the NCAA in blocks per game at 6.1. Iowa is the only team in the Big Ten to block 10 shots in more than one game, having done it three times.
The Hawkeyes are second in the Big Ten and 40th in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to a 34.4 field goal percentage.
PRINTY CLOSE TO B1G FREE THROW RECORDS
Jaime Printy currently owns an 88.5 career free throw percentage (378-of-427). Former Hawkeye Wendy Ausdemore holds the Iowa and Big Ten record for career free throw percentage at 89.2 (174-of-195).
Printy is shooting 92.1 percent (70-of-76) for the season. The Big Ten single season record is 92.5 percent (99-of-107) by Indiana's Cyndi Valentin.
BLUDER CLOSING IN ON MILESTONE
Head coach Lisa Bluder is just two wins away from career win No. 600. Bluder entered the 2012-13 season as the 26th winningest active coach and the 46th overall winningest coach in NCAA women's basketball history (by victories).
Only 41 coaches in NCAA women's basketball history (all divisions) have reached the 600 career win plateau.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
Morgan Johnson is Iowa's all-time blocks leader (257), 10th in career rebounds (740) and 12th in career scoring (1,1360). She needs six more rebounds to move past Randi Peterson for ninth place and 80 more points to past Megan Skouby for 11th place.
Jaime Printy ranks third in career 3-pointers made (225), sixth in career scoring (1,623) and eighth in career assists (359). She needs seven more 3-pointers to move past Kamille Wahlin for second place, 119 more points to move past Franthea Price for fifth place and nine more assists to move past Steph Schueler for seventh place.
IOWA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AND SOCIAL MEDIA
The Hawkeye women's basketball has four different social media outlets. Check out the Iowa women's basketball Facebook page or the University of Iowa Athletics Facebook page. Fans can also follow @IowaWBB or @TheIowaHawkeyes on Twitter.