Jan. 6, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women's basketball team hosts the Nebraska Cornhuskers Sunday on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m.
All tickets for Sunday's game are $5.
Sunday is Iowa's "Pack the House Challenge." All tickets are just $5. Fans are also encouraged to wear white to "White Out" Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Sunday is also "Girl Scout Day." Girl Scouts/Troop Leaders can receive $1 tickets by pre-registering. Contact the UI Sports Marketing Office at (319) 335-9431 for more information.
ON YOUR TELEVISION
Sunday's game will be televised live by BTN (HD). Dan Kelly and Mary Murphy will call the action.
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-600 WMT in Cedar Rapids, AM-1040 WHO in Des Moines or on the Hawkeye All-Access page of hawkeyesports.com.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
Sunday's contest can be streamed live on your smart phone, tablet or computer by visiting BTN2Go.com. The service is available for Bright House, Charter, Cox or Time Warner cable subscribers, along with Dish Network and DirecTV satellite subscribers.
Hawkeye fans can also 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 1,083 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa's overall record is 662-420 (.611). That includes a 331-166 (.666) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 317-90 (.779) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are 13-1 overall and 2-0 in Big Ten play. Nebraska's only loss came at Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Huskers have won seven-straight games.
In their last game, the Huskers defeated Indiana in Lincoln, 62-48. The Huskers converted 26 Indiana turnovers into 26 points. Jordan Hooper led Nebraska with 21 points and 11 rebounds in just 27 minutes of action. Emily Cady had 18 points and nine rebounds.
Hooper leads the team and is second in the Big Ten with 21.2 points per game. She leads the conference with 9.4 rebounds per contest. Lindsey Moore is next at 15.4 points per game.
As a team, Nebraska is scoring 75.9 points per game and shooting .406 (357-879) from the field, including .325 (104-320) from three-point range.
NEBRASKA VS. IOWA NOTES
Nebraska, the newest member of the Big Ten Conference, and Iowa have played 11 times since 1977. Iowa leads the all-time series, 7-4. The Hawkeyes won the last meeting, 71-67 in Lincoln March 21, 2005 in WNIT second round action.
Nebraska and Iowa are the top two three-point shooting teams in the Big Ten. Nebraska leads the conference with 7.4 three-pointers made per game and Iowa is second at 7.1 per contest.
Both and Iowa and Nebraska drained 14 three-pointers against Mississippi Valley State this year. The 14 three-pointers are the most for any Big Ten team this season and set a new school record for the Hawkeyes.
Iowa's Morgan Johnson and Nebraska's Jordan Hooper have the top two scoring performances in the Big Ten this season. Johnson netted 37 points at Bradley and Hooper scored 32 against Northern Arizona.
Nebraska Head Coach Connie Yori is from Ankeny, Iowa, and graduated from Ankeny High School. She is a member of the Iowa Girls' High School Athletic Union Hall of Fame as a basketball and softball player.
OPPONENTS IN THE RANKINGS
Five Iowa opponents are ranked in the AP or ESPN/USA Today polls: Ohio State (8/11), Texas A&M (9/8), Purdue (18/22), Nebraska (19/RV) and Penn State (22/19).
In addition, Michigan is receiving votes.
HAWKEYES PREVAIL IN OT VS. ILLINOIS
Iowa overcame a late second half deficit to defeat Illinois, 69-62, in overtime on Thursday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes trailed Illinois, 55-52, with 2:10 remaining. After Karisma Penn missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Kamille Wahlin drained a three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining to force overtime. The Hawkeyes were 0-12 from three-point range before Wahlin's game-tying shot.
Iowa sprinted out to eight-point lead in overtime. Jaime Printy converted two free throws and nailed a three-pointer, followed by three Morgan Johnson free throws, to take a 63-57 lead. Iowa held on for the win late in overtime.
Johnson led Iowa with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Printy had 20 points and Wahlin had 13. Kelly Krei added 11 rebounds.
WAHLIN DELIVERS IN THE CLUTCH
Iowa's game against Illinois (Jan. 5) marked the seventh time in Kamille Wahlin's four-year career that she hit a shot in the final 1:05 of a game or overtime to either tie the game or give the Hawkeyes a lead.
Year - Opponent - Time Remaining - Type of Shot - Result
Sr. - Illinois - 10 seconds - 3-pointer - Tied game
Sr. - UNI - 31 seconds - 3-pointer - 2 pt. lead
Jr. - Michigan St. - 10 seconds - 3-pointer - Tied game
Jr. - Drake - 50 seconds - 2-pointer - 2 pt. lead
So. - Michigan St. - 1:04 - 3-pointer - 3 pt. lead
So. - Wisconsin - 35 seconds in OT - 3-pointer - 5 pt. lead
So. - Columbia - 16 seconds - 3-pointer - 3 pt. lead
JOHNSON COLLECTES DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Junior Morgan Johnson collected her first double-double of the season and the ninth of her career against Illinois (Jan. 5).
Johnson scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds in the overtime win.
Johnson tallied five double-doubles as a sophomore and three as a freshman.
KREI HITTING THE GLASS
Senior Kelly Krei recorded her fourth career double-digit rebound performance against Illinois (Jan. 5).
Krei grabbed 11 rebounds against the Fighting Illini, two shy of her career-high. Krei had 13 rebounds against Indiana as a sophomore, 10 against Southern as a junior and 10 against Albany this season.
Krei's rebounding numbers have steadily improved since her sophomore season. She averaged 4.7 rebounds in 34 games as a sophomore and 5.1 boards in 31 games as junior. The Iowa City native is already averaging 5.8 rebounds in 16 games this season.
PRINTY CLOSE TO ANOTHER MILESTONE
Junior Jaime Printy is just three points away from collecting her 1,300th career point.
Printy would be just the 13th player in school history score 1,300 career points. Only nine players have reached the 1,400 career mark.
CHARITY STRIPE SUCCESS
The Hawkeyes have cashed in from the free throw line so far this season.
Iowa is 269-327 from the charity stripe and their .823 free throw percentage ranks first in the Big Ten and is ranked third-best in latest NCAA statistics.
Individually, Jaime Printy is second in the Big Ten with a .896 percentage and is ranked 17th-nationally in the latest NCAA statistics.
The Hawkeyes haven't missed more than seven free throws in any game this year and have attempted at least 10 in every contest, including eight games with 20 or more attempts.
JOHNSON AMONG THE BEST AT HER POSITION
Junior Morgan Johnson's .803 (61-76) free throw percentage is the best percentage in the country for players listed as true centers.
According to the latest NCAA statistics, Johnson's .803 free throw percentage tops Stephen F. Austin's Porsha Roberts (.791) for the best among centers.
IOWA GUARDS LIKE TO SHARE
Iowa is the only team to have three players ranked inside the top 15 in assists in the latest Big Ten statistics.
The trio has combined for 95 of Iowa's 136 assists over the last seven games. Printy has tallied 35 assists, Wahlin has 34 and Logic has 26.
In the latest NCAA statistics, Iowa ranks 26th in assists per game (16.8).
JOHNSON FROM THE FIELD
Junior Morgan Johnson ranks second in the Big Ten and 34th in the nation with a .540 (88-163) field goal percentage.
Johnson has atttempted at least 10 shots in eight of Iowa's 16 games this season. In seven of those games, Johnson has shot .500 or better.
Johnson was 5-10 (.500) vs. Harvard, 9-13 (.692) at Northern Iowa, 6-11 (.545) at Kansas State, 5-10 (.500) at Iowa State, 13-20 (.650) at Bradley, 11-16 (.688) at Ohio State and 5-10 (.500) vs. Illinois.
The only game Johnson failed to shoot .500 with 10 or more shots was vs. Virginia Tech (8-21, .381).
REACHING DOUBLE FIGURES
Iowa's game vs. Illinois (Jan. 5) marked the ninth time this season that at least three players have scored 10 or more points. In those games, Iowa is 7-2 (losses at Kansas State and at Ohio State).
The Hawkeyes had all five starters score double figures against Mississippi Valley State. Four players hit double figures against Northern Iowa, Kansas State, Western Illinois and Northwestern. Three players reached double digits against Harvard, Albany, Ohio State and Illinois.
Two Hawkeyes have recorded consistent starts in certain statistical categories through 15 games this season.
Junior Jaime Printy has scored at least 15 points in all but five games, including seven 20 point performances.
Freshman Samantha Logic has grabbed at least five rebounds and dished out at least four assists in nine of Iowa's 16 games.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
Four Hawkeyes are currently working their way up the career records lists at Iowa.
Kamille Wahlin ranks third in career three-pointers made (195), sixth in career assists (368) and 16th in career scoring (1,253). She needs 27 more three-pointers to move past Wendy Ausdemore into second place, 20 more assists to move past Franthea Price for fifth place and 13 more points to past Jamie Cavey for 15th place.
Morgan Johnson ranks second in career blocks (191) and 18th in career rebounds (522). She needs 45 more blocks to move past Tangela Smith for first place and 15 more rebounds to move past Kim Howard for 17th place.
Jaime Printy ranks fifth in career three-pointers made (182), 13th in career scoring (1,297) and 16th in career assists (275). She needs four more three-pointers to move past Kristi Smith for fourth place, 23 more points to move past Amy Herrig for 12th place and five more assists to move past Necole Tunsiil and Laurie Aaron for 14th place.