Jan. 11, 2014
Iowa Game Notes: at Wisconsin
The University of Iowa women's basketball team (13-4, 1-2) continues Big Ten action on the road this weekend, traveling to Wisconsin (8-6, 1-1) on Sunday. Tip is set for noon (CT) at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. The Hawkeyes have won 9-of-12 overall.
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call the action for the Hawkeye Radio Network. Hawkeye fans can listen to the contest on the Hawkeye All-Access page of hawkeyesports.com. Balbinot is in his 10th season as Iowa's play-by-play voice, while Till is in her ninth providing analysis.
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 1,149 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa's overall record is 705-444 (.613). That includes a 349-180 (.662) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 344-98 (.776) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
IN THE RANKINGS:
Iowa is receiving votes in The Associated Press Top 25 poll this week and the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Hawkeyes were ranked No. 22/23 last week. Six Iowa opponents are also ranked in the Associated Press/USA Today polls: Iowa State (11/9), Penn State (14/15), Nebraska (16/14), Colorado (17/18), Purdue (21/20), and Indiana (22/RV), In addition, Syracuse and Ohio State are receiving votes.
CLIMBING TO THE TOP:
Lisa Bluder needs six 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 264-161 all-time as the Hawkeye head coach.
NCAA STREAK LEADS THE BIG TEN:
Iowa is the only Big Ten team, and one of only 13 teams in the country, to have appeared in the last six NCAA Tournaments.
Wisconsin is 8-6 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten, with both games coming on the road. The Badgers opened league play with a 76-74 overtime victory at Illinois on Jan. 3. Wisconsin dropped a 70-62 decision at Michigan on Jan. 9.
Wisconsin is 4-2 at home this season, defeating Drake, Northern Illinois, Boston College, and Green Bay. The Badgers dropped home games to Gonzaga and UIC.
Three Badgers (Michala Johnson - 15.4, Taylor Wurtz - 14.4, Morgan Paige - 13.4) are averaging double digits in scoring. Wurtz is the Badgers' leading rebounder, averaging 8.4 boards per game, while Johnson averages 7.9.
Paige was a 2013 third team All-Big Ten honoree, and Wurtz earned third team all-conference accolades in 2012. Wurtz took a medical redshirt last year due to lingering back issues.
Wisconsin is coached by Bobbie Kelsey. Kelsey is in her third season at the helm of the program, after serving as an assistant at her alma mater, Stanford, from 2007-11.
IOWA-WISCONSIN SERIES NOTES:
Iowa leads the all-time series against Wisconsin, 42-20.
Iowa has won the last 12 meetings against the Badgers, including the last five in Madison.
Iowa is 17-11 all-time against the Badgers in Madison.
The Hawkeyes won both contests last year, defeating Wisconsin at the Kohl Center on Jan. 10, 65-56, and in Iowa City on Jan. 24, 71-60.
Iowa junior guard Samantha Logic hails from the state of Wisconsin (Racine), while Wisconsin senior guard Morgan Paige is from the state of Iowa (Marion).
Iowa junior center Bethany Doolittle and Wisconsin sophomore guard Tessa Cichy both attended Hill-Murray High School in Minnesota. Doolittle is from Oakdale and Cichy is from Maplewood.
THE LAST MEETING IN MADISON:
A 16-3 second-half run fueled the Hawkeyes to a 65-56 victory on Jan. 10 in Madison last year. The Hawkeyes received double-doubles from center Morgan Johnson (23 points, 11 rebounds) and guard Samantha Logic (12 points, 10 rebounds). Once again, Logic flirted with a triple double; she handed out nine assists.
IOWA DOWNS MINNESOTA FOR FIRST BIG TEN WIN:
Senior Theairra Taylor, a Minnesota native, guided the Hawkeyes past Minnesota on Wednesday night in Iowa City, 78-71, on "Theairra Taylor Bobblehead Night". Taylor finished the contest with a season-high 20 points, and matched her previous season-high point total of 16 before halftime. She scored her 12th point 11:36 into the contest, putting her on pace for more than a point a minute. At halftime she had made 6-of-8 field goals, 2-of-3 3-pointers, and 2-of-2 free throws. In the second half she scored four points, making her only field goal and both free throws. Taylor wasn't alone, as it took an entire effort by the Hawkeyes to overcome a 32-point performance by Minnesota's Rachel Banham. Bethany Doolittle scored 19 points, followed by Melissa Dixon with 13, Samantha Logic with 11, and Ally Disterhoft with nine.
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. The Hawkeyes clinched a share of the title in 2008 with a win at Wisconsin in the regular season finale (March 2, 2008).
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 double figures: Melissa Dixon (15.1), Samantha Logic (14.6), Bethany Doolittle (13.8), Ally Disterhoft (11.5), and Theairra Taylor (10.5). Iowa has had three or more players score in double figures in each of the last 15 contests, including four in the win over Minnesota (Taylor 20, Doolittle 19, Dixon 13, Logic 11).
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS:
Samantha Logic is second in career assists (472). Cara Consuegra (1997-2001) is Iowa's all-time assists leader (576).
Melissa Dixon is fifth in career 3-pointers (164). Dixon surpassed Kelli Krei (162) during Iowa's win over Minnesota on Jan. 8. Kristi Smith is fifth with 185.
Bethany Doolittle is fifth all-time with 131 career blocks. Toni Foster is fourth with 145.
LEADING THE BIG TEN IN ASSISTS:
The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in assists, averaging 18.7 per contest. Iowa also leads the league in assist/turnover ratio (1.3).
Samantha Logic leads the league in assists, averaging 7.0 a game.
Iowa tallied 28 assists on 31 made field goals on Dec. 7 in its win over Idaho State. The Hawkeyes have tallied 28 or more assists four times this season. The school record for assists in a game is 31.
Iowa broke the school record for single-season assists last year in the win over Miami (March 24). The previous record of 514 was set in 2011-12. Iowa finished with 531 assists. Iowa finished second in the Big Ten and 26th in the NCAA with 15.7 assists per game. Iowa recorded at least 17 assists in 15 games, including five games with 20 or more.
LOGIC BREAKS ASSIST RECORD:
Last season, Logic led the Big Ten and ranked 15th in the NCAA with 6.4 assists per game. She leads the Big Ten in the category this season, and is ninth nationally.
Logic's 10 career games with double digit assists are the most in program history. Cara Consuegra is second with nine games of 10 or more assists. The next closest Hawkeyes on the list are Kachine Alexander, Jolette Law and Michelle Edwards, with two career games.
Logic recorded seven or more assists in 15 games, including four games with 10 or more. She had at least five assists in 24 games.
Samantha Logic recorded her 13th career double-double (16 points, 14 assists) on Nov. 10, leading the Hawkeyes to a 97-93 overtime victory against No. 14 Dayton. Logic hit the game-tying 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime. The 14 assists equaled a personal best and Iowa school record, and are the most in Carver-Hawkeye Arena history. The previous high was 12 (three times).
Logic -- who now has 17 career double-doubles -- became Iowa's single-season assist record holder a year ago, breaking the mark in Iowa's win at Northwestern (March 3). Logic entered the game tied with Cara Consuegra (2000-01) at 191 assists. Logic collected seven assists at Northwestern and finished with 217.
HAWKEYES CONTINUE TREND AGAINST RANKED FOES:
Iowa is 2-3 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
- L vs. No. 15 Penn State (87-71) - Jan. 5
The Hawkeyes have defeated nine top-25 opponents since the start of last season (9-7 record).
Iowa is averaging 84.4 points per game during its five 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 (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).
DIXON TURNS IT AROUND FROM 3-POINT RANGE:
Junior guard Melissa Dixon finished with six 3-point field goals in Iowa's win over Idaho State on Dec. 7 -- one shy of her personal record and the school record (seven -- accomplished five times, twice by Dixon).
After converting seven 3-pointers total during the first six games of the season (7-of-46), Dixon has made 44 over the last 11 games (44-of-105).
Prior to the Cancun Challenge, Dixon was averaging 9.7 points per game. She is now averaging 15.3 points per outing.
BLUDER GETS WIN NO. 600:
Head coach Lisa Bluder became the 42nd coach in NCAA women's basketball history (all divisions) and only the 25th Division I head coach (minimum 10 years at a DI school) to collect 600 wins Jan. 20 vs. Purdue. Bluder is one of 13 active Division I coaches with 600 or more wins.
BLUDER SIGNS CONTRACT EXTENSION:
Head coach Lisa Bluder has agreed to a one-year contract extension that secures her as head coach of the women's basketball program at the University of Iowa through the 2019 basketball season, UI Director of Athletics Gary Barta announced Dec. 26.
LOGIC NAMED B1G PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Iowa junior guard Samantha Logic was named Big Ten Player of Week on Dec. 23 following her second career triple-double in Iowa's 73-51 win over Drake on Dec. 21. Logic (5-foot-9) -- the Big Ten leader in assists -- tallied 12 points, 10 assists and 17 rebounds, while shooting 85.7 percent from the field on 6-of-7 shooting and added two steals. She last accomplished the feat on Feb. 26, 2012, against Michigan (13 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists). Logic, the only current Big Ten player with two career triple-doubles, has two of the five triple-doubles in program history -- Cara Consuegra, Kachine Alexander (twice). The award marks Logic's fourth career Player of the Week honor, and second this season (Nov. 12).
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 (/iowawomenshoops) or the University of Iowa Athletics Facebook page. Fans can also follow @IowaWBB or @TheIowaHawkeyes on Twitter.
Iowa returns home to host Michigan State on Thursday, Jan. 16. Tip is set for 7 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The contest can be seen live on Mediacom (MC22). Thursday night's game against Michigan State is "Buck Night;" all tickets are only $1.