Iowa To Face Big Ten Foe Illinois Thursday
Jan. 18, 2010
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Smith leads the team in both scoring (18.8 ) and rebounding (10.9). Penn is next on the team at 11.8 points per game, while Simpson is averaging 6.2 boards per contest. As a team, the Fighting Illini are shooting .420 from the field, including .300 from behind the arc.
IOWA VS. ILLINOIS NOTES
Iowa and Illinois share one common non-conference opponent in Illinois State. Both teams defeated the Redbirds (Iowa, 75-67, Illinois, 62-51).
Iowa's Megan Considine is the only player from the state of Illinois on the Hawkeye roster. Thursday's game will be the first trip back to Illinois for Considine.
Kachine Alexander posted a double-double, recording 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Kamille Wahlin chipped in 13 points, while Hannah Draxten contributed eight points and two assists off the bench.
Iowa outscored Illinois, 15-7 at the foul line, shooting 88 percent from the charity stripe. The Fighting Illini were led by Jenna Smith, who scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
HAWKEYES DROP ROAD GAME AT PURDUE
The Boilermakers jumped out to a 21-6 lead in the first 12:41 of the contest, and the Hawkeyes couldn't battle back. Purdue outscored Iowa, 44-23 in the first half, but the Hawkeyes responded in the second half, scoring 36 points to Purdue's 37.
Junior Kachine Alexander led the Hawkeyes in scoring with 18 points, and also tallied eight rebounds, two assists and three steals. Freshman Morgan Johnson added six points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Purdue's Brittany Rayburn led all scorers with 28 points on 8-15 shooting, including 4-7 behind the arc.
IOWA AT PURDUE TIP-INS
Purdue used a strong shooting performance to come away with the win. The Boilermakers shot .482 (27-56) from the field and .471 (8-17) from beyond the arc. Iowa shot just .370 (20-54) from the field, including just .278 (5-18) from distance.
Iowa was never able to lead in Sunday's game.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF FREE THROWS
The Hawkeyes have ranked in the top 18 in the nation four of the past five seasons. Iowa finished the 2005-06 season ranked 10th (.760), 2006-07 ranked fifth (.788) and also ranked fifth (.792) last season.
The 2009-10 campaign is no different. Iowa currently ranks 18th in free throw percentage across the NCAA (.756). The Hawkeyes are led by freshman Jaime Printy, who is a blistering .905 from the charity stripe. Sophomore Kamille Wahlin is also shooting an impressive .870 from the line.
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 (Dec. 2), Iowa missed a three-pointer with seven seconds left that would have tied the game.
Against Michigan (Dec. 6), 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 (Dec. 28, four point loss) and at Minnesota (Jan. 3, three point loss). In each of those games, the Hawkeyes had the potential game winning shot in regulation bounce off the iron as time expired.
Iowa led by nine points with 9:48 remaining against Penn State (Jan. 14), but an 11-0 Lady Lion run gave them a 51-49 advantage with 7:13 left. Penn State took the lead for good with 5:36 left, as Iowa could only come within four points with 44 seconds left.
In addition, Iowa led No. 19 Kansas by three points (54-51) with 6:41 remaining in the game, but the Jayhawks closed the contest with a 15-1 run.
Printy's 39 made three-pointers ranks second for an Iowa freshman. She trails Lindsey Meder, who made 49 treys during the 1998-99 season.
Johnson's 45 blocks rank third all-time for a Hawkeye freshman. She trails Megan Skouby (47) for second place and Tangela Smith (73) for first place.
Wahlin's 46 made three-pointers currently ranks second in Iowa history for a sophomore. She trails Wendy Ausdemore (62) for first place.
HAWKEYES LEADING IN STAT CATEGORIES
As a team, the Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.756) and three-pointers made per game (7.50). Iowa also ranks third in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.351). Nationally - the Hawkeyes are 18 in free throw percentage, 20th in three-pointers made per game and 65th in three-point percentage.
Freshman Jaime Printy leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.905) and ranks second in three-pointers made per game (2.28). In league games only, Printy is second in three-pointers made per game (2.29). Among Big Ten freshmen, Printy ranks first in scoring and free-throw percentage.
Freshman Morgan Johnson leads Big Ten freshmen in rebounding (7.1) and blocked shots (2.50). She also ranks third across the conference in blocks,second in league games only and 18th nationally.
Sophomore Kamille Wahlin leads the league in three-pointers made per game (2.56) and minutes played (35.56). Nationally, Wahiln is 52nd in three-pointers made per game.
Alexander had double-doubles in each of Iowa's first three games, before missing the next seven games with a stress fracture. She now has a double-double in Iowa's last three contests.
Alexander was close to yet another double-double Thursday against Penn State, but came up two points short. She finished with eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds against the Lady Lions.
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 18 games, while Krei has started 17. 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).
Hawkeye underclassmen are responsible for 84 percent of the teams' points (1,016-1203), 84 percent of the minutes played (3,061-3,650) and 68 percent of rebounds (461-687).
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.
HAWKEYES HIT FREE THROW MARKS
Earlier this season, Iowa tied the school record for single-game free throw percentage, converting all 16 attempts against Columbia (1.000).
JOHNSON TIES SCHOOL RECORD...AGAIN
Johnson first blocked seven shots at Northern Iowa Nov. 22. She repeated the accomplishment Jan. 14 against Penn State. Johnson's seven blocks are also a career high.
Johnson holds the record with Jerica Watson (vs. Kent State, 12/8/01) and Tangela Smith (at Michigan State, 1/15/95).
WAHLIN SHOOTS HER WAY INTO RECORD BOOKS
Wahlin's 15 three-point attempts set a school record for long distance shots attempted in a single game. Her seven made treys also tied Lindsey Meder's school record, set against Wisconsin Dec. 31, 2000.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PRINTY HITS CAREER MARK AGAINST LADY LIONS
Printy was 9-19 from the field, including 4-8 from three-ponit range and a perfect 4-4 from the charity stripe against Penn State. She aslo added two assists in 32 minutes of action.
Printy also scored 26 points in Iowa's game at Minnesota Jan. 3. Thursday's game marked the second time in three games Printy has gone for 26 points.
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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