Jan. 21, 2011
PARDON OUR PROGRESS! As friends of the University of Iowa and fans of the Hawkeyes know, the UI Athletics Department is well into a multi-million dollar revitalization of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. This important and exciting project has reduced for this season the number of ticket windows that are operational on game nights. Fans attending the home events of the 2010-11 UI men's basketball, women's basketball and wrestling teams are invited to avoid game night delays by purchasing their event tickets online or in advance of game day. If your schedule doesn't allow for an advance purchase, we recommend you consider arriving at the Arena a little earlier than originally planned. Go Hawks!
IOWA CITY, Iowa - THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women's basketball team travels to Columbus, OH, Monday to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. (CT).
ON YOUR TELEVISION
Monday's game will be televised live to a national audience on ESPN2. Pam Ward and Carolyn Peck will call the action.
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Monday'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. Balbinot is in his seventh season as Iowa's play-by-play voice, while Till is in her sixth providing analysis.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
Hawkeye fans can also follow the game via live stats. The live stats 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 1,053 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa's overall record is 644-410 (.612). That includes a 321-161 (.666) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 305-88 (.776) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
WIN NO. 300 AT HOME
The UI women's basketball program picked up victory No. 300 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena with a 90-79 win over Central Michigan Nov. 21. The Hawkeyes have compiled a 305-88 (.776) record inside their home venue since it opened in 1983.
SCOUTING OHIO STATE
The Ohio State Buckeyes are 12-6 overall and 3-3 in Big Ten Play.
In their last game, Ohio State defeated Illinois in Champaign, 71-62. Brittany Johnson led the Buckeyes with 22 points (7-12 3Pt FGs). Jantel Lavender added 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Tayler Hill had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Lavender leads the Big Ten in scoring (23.3 points per game) and rebounding (11.4 rebounds per game). Samantha Prahalis is scond on the team with 13.8 points per game. Hill (12.1) and Johnson (10.8) are also averaging double figures.
The Buckeyes are shooting .428 (470-1,097) from the field, including .261 (295-400) from three-point distance.
IOWA VS. OHIO STATE NOTES
Saturday will be the 55th meeting between the two schools, with Ohio State holding a slim 28-26 advantage in the all-time series. Ohio State has won 13 of the last 15 meetings, dating back to the 2002-03 season. Iowa's two wins in that stretch came during the 2008-09 season (85-75, Feb. 12, 2009) and in the last meeting (89-76, Jan. 8, 2011). The Hawkeyes are 7-17 vs. Ohio State in games played in Columbus. Iowa's last win at Ohio State was Feb. 20, 1998 (74-71).
Iowa will be looking for its first regular season sweep of the Buckeyes since the 1997-98 season. The Hawkeyes defeated Ohio State twice in the regular season and also in the Big Ten Tournament during the 1997-98 season.
Iowa and Ohio State played twice last season, with the Buckeyes winning both games by a combined six points. Iowa dropped an 86-82 decision in Columbus. Ohio State defeated Iowa by two points (66-64) in the Big Ten Tournament championship.
Iowa's Kachine Alexander and Ohio State's Tayler Hill are both from Minneapolis, MN. Alexander attended Benilde-St. Margaret's High School, while Hill prepped at Minneapolis South High School.
Iowa used a solid shooting performance and a balanced scoring attack to knock off No. 20 Ohio State, 89-76 Saturday inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes recorded season-highs in field goal (.492) and three-point (.421) percentages. Iowa shot a blistering .500 (6-12) from beyond the arc in the first half and .517 (15-29) from the field in the second half.
Four Iowa players scored double figures, led by Jaime Printy's 25 points (8-10 FGs). Kamille Wahlin added 18 points and four assists, while Kachine Alexander scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Morgan Johnson added 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
BIG GAME AGAINST THE BUCKEYES
Jaime Printy's 25 points against Ohio State (Jan. 8) were the most for a Hawkeye player against the Buckeyes in nearly five years.
The last player to score 25 or more points against Ohio State was Crystal Smith, who recorded 26 points against the Buckeyes Jan. 12, 2006, in a 72-62 loss.
IOWA IN THE RANKINGS
The Hawkeyes are ranked No. 18 in the AP poll and No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today poll.
Four Iowa opponents are also ranked in the AP and the ESPN/USA Today polls: North Carolina (10/11), Michigan State (12/12), Iowa State (20/20) and Ohio State (25/RV).
Northwestern and Penn State are receiving votes.
HAWKEYES HAND INDIANA 20-POINT LOSS
Iowa evened its Big Ten record at 3-3 with a 71-51 win over Indiana Jan. 16 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes took a 12-point lead into halftime and maintained the advantage throughout the second half. Iowa's largest lead was 23 points, and the Hawkeyes never trailed in the contest.
The game was full of fouls and turnovers, with a combined 43 personal fouls and 38 turnovers.
Iowa was led by Kachine Alexander, Jaime Printy and Morgan Johnson. Alexander nearly notched a triple-double, finishing with 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals. Printy added 18 point and eight rebounds, while Morgan Johnson was one point shy of a double-double, with nine points and 10 rebounds.
PRINTY HAS A BIG WEEK
Jaime Printy averaged 20.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in Iowa's two games last week at Michigan State (Jan. 13) and at home vs. Indiana (Jan. 16).
Printy shot a combined .571 (12-21) from the field, including .700 (7-10) from three-point distance, while only missing one free throw (10-11, .909).
Printy started the week with 23 points, seven rebounds, two assists and three steals in Iowa's buzzer-beater loss at Michigan State, scoring 18 of Iowa's 28 first half points.
She followed with a game-high 18 points on 5-10 shooting, including 3-6 from beyond the arc, and eight rebounds in Iowa's 20-point victory over Indiana.
NINE IN A ROW FROM DOWNTOWN
Jaime Printy buried nine-straight three-pointers, starting with Iowa's game at Minnesota (Jan. 5). Printy made her last three-point attempt at Minnesota, was a perfect 2-2 against Ohio State (Jan. 8), a perfect 4-4 at Michigan State (Jan. 13) and made her first two attempts vs. Indiana (Jan. 16) before missing a long-distance shot.
PRINTY AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
Iowa has played four teams ranked in the top 25 this year, and Jaime Printy's numbers in those games have been impressive.
Printy is averaging 17.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and five assists in Iowa's games against ranked opponents (North Carolina, Iowa State, Ohio State and Michigan State). Printy is shooting .469 (23-49) from the field, including .500 (9-18) from three-point distance against ranked foes.
Kachine Alexander recorded her fifth double-double of the season against Indiana (Jan. 16), finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Alexander now has 29 career double-doubles, which is six shy of Lisa Long's school record for double-doubles (35, set from 1983-87).
Last season, Alexander finished with 15 double-doubles, which was one shy of tying Amy Herrig's record for single-season double-doubles.
Alexander tallied nine double-doubles as a sophomore.
KASH GETS A GRAND
With a layup at the 11:54 mark in the first half against Minnesota (Jan. 5), senior Kachine Alexander became the 27th player in school history to record 1,000 career points.
Alexander is also the eighth player in school history to collect 1,000 career points and 700 career rebounds, and just the third in school history to record 1,000 career points, 700 career rebounds and 200 career assists.
If Alexander records 14 more assists, she would join Franthea Price as the only player in Iowa history to have 1,000 career points, 700 career rebounds and 300 career assists.
JOHNSON BRINGING THE WINDEX
Morgan Johnson tallied 10 or more rebounds for the fourth time this season against Indiana (Jan. 16). Johnson finished the game one-point shy of a double-double, scoring nine points and grabbing 10 boards.
Johnson has recorded double digit rebounds in 10 career games.
JOHNSON AT .500 OR BETTER
When Morgan Johnson takes eight or more shots in a game, chances are she will make at least half of them.
Johnson has attempted eight or more shots in 14 of Iowa's 19 games this year. In those 14 games, Johnson has shot .500 or better nine times, including two 6-9 (.667) shooting performances against North Carolina and Kansas State.
Johnson has attempted 10 or more shots seven times, shooting. 500 or better in all but two games. Johnson was 8-13 (.615) against Northeastern, 10-16 (.625) against Central Michigan, 8-11 (.727) vs. Iowa State, 9-12 (.750) vs. South Dakota State and 5-10 (.500) vs. Michigan and Ohio State.
She was 2-12 (.167) vs. James Madison and 4-12 (.333) at Minnesota.
Morgan Johnson recorded her fifth double-double of the season and the eighth double-double of her career against Minnesota (Jan. 5). Johnson finished the game with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
JOHNSON FILLING UP THE STAT SHEET
Morgan Johnson scored double figures over a tough four game-stretch, including double-doubles in two of those four contests.
Johnson tallied a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds at No. 14 North Carolina Dec. 2. She followed with 13 points and six rebounds against Kansas State and recorded another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds against No. 15 Iowa State. Johnson had a career-high 26 points at South Dakota State, including the first 11 points of the contest.
Over the four-game stretch, Johnson averaged 17 points, nine rebounds, shot .707 (29-41) from the field and blocked 13 shots.
BALANCED SCORING ATTACK
Iowa is one of only three teams in the Big Ten to have four players ranked among the top 30 scorers in the conference.
Iowa, Ohio State and Northwestern each have four players ranked. Wisconsin, Penn State and Purdue have three ranked, while the remaining five school have either one or two players ranked.
The Hawkeyes have had at least three players reach double figures in scoring in 16 of the 19 games this year. Five players scored 10 or more points against Bradley. Four players hit double digits against Northeastern, Central Michigan, Kansas State, Minnesota and Ohio State.
HAWKEYES HITTING THE BOARDS
Iowa's rebounding numbers through its first 19 games are impressive. The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in total rebounding (42.9 per game) and rank second in rebounding margin (+6.4), offensive rebounds (14.4 per game) and defensive rebounds (28.5 per game).
Morgan Johnson leads the league in offensive rebounding (3.5 per game) while Kachine Alexander ranks fourth in total rebounding (9.3 per game). Alexander's 18 rebounds against Central Michigan, Nov. 21, are the second most for any Big Ten player this season.
REBOUNDING NUMBERS IMPROVED FROM A YEAR AGO
Iowa's rebounding has improved greatly from a year ago.
Through 19 games last year, Iowa had a -0.4 rebound margin The Hawkeyes were being outrebounded, 724-731, including a 239-245 deficit on the offensive glass.
This year through 19 games, Iowa holds a +6.4 rebounding margin and is outrebounding opponents 816-694. That includes a 274-234 advantage on the offensive glass.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
Four Hawkeyes are currently working their way up the career records lists at Iowa. Kachine Alexander ranks second in career double-doubles (29), tied for sixth in career rebounding (792), 11th in career assists (286) and 24th in career scoring (1,052). She needs 36 more rebounds to move past Jennie Lillis for fifth place on the rebounding list and 11 assists to move past Lillis for 10th on the assists list. She needs seven more double-doubles to take over first place (Lisa Long, 35).