Jan. 25, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women's basketball travels to Lincoln, Neb. on Thursday to take on the No. 19 Nebraska Cornhuskers. Tip-off at the Bob Devaney Sports Center is set for 7 p.m.
Thursday is Iowa's second-straight road game. The Hawkeyes have four road games over a five game stretch.
Brent Balbinot and former Hawkeye Wendy Ausdemore will call Thursday's game for the Hawkeye Radio Network. Hawkeye fans can listen to the contest on AM-1360 KMJM in Cedar Rapids, AM-800 KXIC in Iowa City (after the conclusion of the men's game) or on the Hawkeye All-Access page of hawkeyesports.com.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
Thursday's contest at Nebraska 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 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 1,087 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa's overall record is 663-423 (.610). That includes a 332-169 (.663) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 318-91 (.778) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The No. 19 Nebraska Cornhuskers are 16-3 overall and 5-2 in Big Ten play. Nebraska's lone non-conference loss came at Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Huskers won nine straight after the loss, before dropping two-straight games (at home vs. Penn State and at Ohio State).
In their last game, the Nebraska defeated Minnesota, 64-49, in Lincoln. The Huskers were led by Jordan Hooper, who netted 23 points. Emily Cady had 13 points and Hailie Sample had 10. Cady and Sample both had seven rebounds.
Hooper leads Nebraska with 19.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per contest. Moore is next with 15.8 points per game and she leads Nebraska with 115 assists.
As a team, Nebraska is shooting .403 (482-1196) from the field, including .324 (141-435) from three-point distance. The Huskers lead the Big Ten in three-pointers made per game (7.4) and offensive rebounds per game (15.9).
NEBRASKA VS. IOWA NOTES
Nebraska, the newest member of the Big Ten Conference, and Iowa have played 12 times since 1977. Iowa leads the all-time series, 7-5. The Hawkeyes hold a 3-2 record in games played in Lincoln. Iowa's last game in Lincoln was an exciting, 71-67 win in the WNIT in 2005.
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 6.6 per contest.
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.
Iowa couldn't hold on to a second half lead as No. 19 Nebraska defeated Iowa, 77-72, in Iowa City (Jan. 8).
The Hawkeyes held a two-point lead at halftime, but Nebraska netted 46 second half points on 15-26 shooting (.577) in the second half, including 7-11 (.636) from three-point range.
Iowa took an eight-point lead at 46-38 with 14:41 remaining. Nebraska used small runs throughout the second half to keep the game close, and eventually took the lead at 61-60 with 5:57 remaining. The Huskers buried three-pointers in the final five minutes to seal the win.
Iowa was led by Jaime Printy and Morgan Johnson. Printy netted 27 points, dished out five assists and tallied three steals. Johnson had 21 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Kamille Wahlin chipped in 12 points and four assists.
OPPONENTS IN THE RANKINGS
Six Iowa opponents are ranked in the AP or ESPN/USA Today polls: Ohio State (9/9), Purdue (13/17), Texas A&M (14/13), Penn State (18/19) and Nebraska (19/21).
In addition, Kansas State, Michigan and St. John's are receiving votes.
HAWKEYES CAN'T HOLD ON LATE AT PENN STATE
The 21st-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions used a late second half run to defeat Iowa, 68-52 in University Park (Jan. 22).
After the teams traded baskets in the first minutes of the contest, the Hawkeyes took a 20-19 lead with 6:45 left in the first half. Iowa led by as many as eight in the first 20 minutes and took a one point lead into the locker room at halftime.
Iowa led for the majority of the second half, until a 20-2 Penn State run in the final 6:09 sealed the win for the Lady Lions.
WAHLIN REACHES MILESTONE
Senior Kamille Wahlin became just the third player in school history to make 200 career three-pointers in Iowa's game at Penn State (Jan. 22).
PRINTY AND WAHLIN HAVE 1,300, PRINTY TOP 10 IN SCORING
Junior Jaime Printy became just the 13th player in school history to score 1,300 career points in Iowa's game vs. Nebraska (Jan. 8) and senior Kamille Wahlin joined the 1,300 point club in Iowa's game at Penn State (Jan. 22).
Printy also cracked the top 10 on Iowa's career scoring list against Wisconsin (Jan. 19). She entered the game needing five points to pass Wendy Ausdemore for 10th place and she netted 25.
IOWA RANKS HIGH IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
Iowa's .822 (314-382) free throw percentage ranks first in the Big Ten and third in the latest NCAA statistics.
Four Hawkeyes are shooting over .820 from the line, with three more shooting at least .750 Iowa's starting five has only missed a combined 48 free throws and is shooting .841 from the charity stripe (253-301).
Individually, Jaime Printy is first in the Big Ten with a .900 percentage and is ranked seventh 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.
WAHLIN IMPROVING IN BIG TEN PLAY
Iowa senior Kamille Wahlin's numbers have improved greatly since entering Big Ten play.
Wahlin is averaging 14.7 points per game in seven conference games, compared to 9.5 points during Iowa's 13 non-conference contests. She has also earned 20 trips to the free throw line in Big Ten play, converting 19 attempts. In the 13 non-conference games, Wahlin was 16-20 from the stripe.
Wahlin has already made 16 three-pointers in Big Ten play after making 19 in the non-conference portion of the schedule.
Wahlin's 202 career three-pointers ranks first, while Printy's 190 rank second. Michigan's Carmen Reynolds is third with 181, Purdue's Brittany Rayburn is fourth with 180, Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis is fifth with 166 and Penn State's Maggie Lucas is sixth with 160.
HAWKEYE 3-POINT SHOOTERS IN ELITE COMPANY
Iowa is the only Big Ten school, and just one of three in the nation, to boast three players inside the top 10 in career three-point shooting in school history.
Kamille Wahlin (3rd), Jaime Printy (4th) and Kelly Krei (7th) all rank inside the top 10 in career three-pointers made at Iowa. Only Oral Roberts and Miami (FL) have three players inside its respective top 10.
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 AMONG THE BEST AT HER POSITION
Junior Morgan Johnson's .795 (66-83) free throw percentage is the second-best percentage in the country for players listed as true centers.
According to the latest NCAA statistics, only Stephen F. Austin's Porsha Roberts (43-53, .811) tops Johnson's .795 free throw percentage.
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.
In the latest NCAA statistics, Iowa ranks 21st in assists per game (16.5).
JOHNSON FROM THE FIELD
Junior Morgan Johnson leads the Big Ten and is 25th in the nation with a .534 (110-206) field goal percentage.
Johnson has atttempted at least 10 shots in 10 of Iowa's 20 games this season. In eight 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, 5-10 (.500) vs. Illinois and 9-14 (.643) vs. Nebraska.
The only games Johnson failed to shoot .500 with 10 or more shots was vs. Virginia Tech (8-21, .381) and at Purdue (7-16, .438).
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 (202), sixth in career assists (380) and 14th in career scoring (1,310). She needs 20 more three-pointers to move past Wendy Ausdemore into second place, eight more assists to move past Franthea Price for fifth place and 10 more points to past Amy Herrig for 13th place.
Morgan Johnson ranks second in career blocks (201) and 17th in career rebounds (553). She needs 35 more blocks to move past Tangela Smith for first place and 12 more rebounds to move past Necole Tunsil for 16th place.
Jaime Printy ranks fourth in career three-pointers made (190), 10th in career scoring (1,377) and 13th in career assists (296). She needs 13 more three-pointers to move past Wahlin for third place, 63 more points to move past Megan Skouby for ninth place and two more assists to move past Jennie Lillis for 12th place.