Jan. 27, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women's basketball team hosts No. 13 Purdue on Saturday. Tip-off on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday's game will be the only home game during a five-game stretch, dating back to Jan. 22.
Tickets are $9 for adults. Youth (18 and under) are $5 and UI students are admitted free (with valid student ID).
ON YOUR TELEVISION
Saturday's game vs. Purdue will be televised live to a national audience on BTN (HD). Lisa Byington and Lisa Stone will call the action.
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Saturday'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
Saturday'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 1,088 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa's overall record is 663-424 (.609). That includes a 332-170 (.661) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 318-91 (.778) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Saturday is a Family Four Pack game. For $35, fans can receive four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks. It's also National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Any youth wearing their team's jersey will be admitted free. Several UI women's teams and former Hawkeye women's basketball letterwinners will be signing autographs.
Saturday is also Linn County Day.
The 13th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers are 18-3 overall and a perfect 8-0 in Big Ten play. Purdue has won 11 straight contests.
In their last game, the Boilermakers defeated Northwestern in Evanston, 80-70. Courtney Moses led all scorers with 29 points (14-of-14 FTs) and KK Houser had 21 points. Purdue forced 22 Northwestern turnovers and was 28-of-30 from the free throw line.
Brittany Rayburn leads Purdue with 14.3 points per game, followed by Moses at 10.4 points per contest. Sam Ostarello is the team's leading rebounder at eight boards per game.
As a team, Purdue is shooting .400 (474-1185) from the field, including .311 (90-289) from 3-point distance.
PURDUE VS. IOWA NOTES
Sunday is the 60th meeting between Iowa and Purdue, with the Boilermakers holding a 35-25 advantage in the all-time series. Purdue has won 16 of the last 19 contests. The Hawkeyes are 15-10 in games played in Iowa City against Purdue.
Purdue and Iowa share two common nonconference opponents in Kansas State and Texas A&M. The Hawkeyes were defeated at Kansas State (81-78 in OT) and lost to Texas A&M in the Bahamas (74-58). Purdue knocked off Kansas State in Cancun (61-48) and Texas A&M in Mackey Arena (60-51).
Purdue held on for a 57-55 win over Iowa in West Lafayette (Jan. 15).
The Hawkeyes trailed 30-17 with 5:21 left in the first half, but an 11-2 run to close the half made it a four point game at 32-28 heading into the second period.
Iowa opened the second half on a 9-0 run to take a 37-32 lead with 16:16 remaining, but a 16-2 surge by Purdue gave the Boilermakers a 48-39 lead with just over 11 minutes left.
The Hawkeyes clawed back and eventually took a one point lead after Kelly Krei made a pair of free throws with 37 seconds on the clock. Alex Guyton then made 1-of-2 free throws with 18 seconds left to tie the game, and Brittany Rayburn grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled. She hit both free throws to take a two point lead, and Iowa's final shot attempt was blocked.
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.
LATE RUN NOT ENOUGH AT NEBRASKA
Once again, Iowa fought hard at the end of the contest but came up short, falling at 19th-ranked Nebraska, 60-53.
Iowa trailed by 13 at halftime, but an 8-0 Iowa run cut the deficit to just two points with 7:07 remaining. After trading baskets, Iowa cut the margin to just one point at 52-51 with 3:11 left, but the Huskers responded with six straight points to hold on for the win.
Jaime Printy netted 17 points, 15 of which came in the second half. Wahlin added 11 (nine in the second half) and Samantha Logic had 10. Kelly Krei grabbed 10 boards, while Morgan Johnson finished with eight points and nine rebounds.
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 needs just six more points to become the 10th player in Iowa history to hit the 1,400 career point mark.
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 .82.4 (327-of-397) free throw percentage is the best in NCAA Division I women's basketball.
Five Hawkeyes are shooting over 82 percent from the line, with two more shooting at least 75 percent. Iowa's starting five has only missed a combined 48 free throws and is shooting 84.5 from the charity stripe (262-of-310).
Individually, Jaime Printy leads the Big Ten with a 90.1 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 14.3 points per game in eight conference games, compared to 9.5 points during Iowa's 13 nonconference contests. She has also earned 24 trips to the free throw line in Big Ten play, converting 23 attempts. In the 13 nonconference games, Wahlin was 16-of-20 from the stripe.
Wahlin has already made 17 3-pointers in Big Ten play after making 19 in the nonconference portion of the schedule.
WAHLIN REACHES MILESTONE
Senior Kamille Wahlin became just the third player in school history to make 200 career 3-pointers in Iowa's game at Penn State (Jan. 22).
Wahlin's 203 career 3-pointers ranks first, while Printy's 194 rank second. Michigan's Carmen Reynolds is third with 182, Purdue's Brittany Rayburn is fourth with 180, Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis is fifth with 167 and Penn State's Maggie Lucas is sixth with 162.
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 (third), Jaime Printy (fourth) and Kelly Krei (seventh) all rank inside the top 10 in career three-pointers made at Iowa. Only Oral Roberts and Miami (Fla.) 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 80.5 (70-of-87) free throw percentage is the best percentage in the country for players listed as true centers.
According to the latest NCAA statistics, Johnson's 80.5 percentage leads Fairleigh Dickinson's Erika Livermore (77.9) for the best percentage for a center.
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 24th in assists per game (16.2).
JOHNSON FROM THE FIELD
Junior Morgan Johnson leads the Big Ten and is 26th in the nation with a 53.6 (112-of-209) field goal percentage.
Johnson has atttempted at least 10 shots in 10 of Iowa's 21 games this season. In eight of those games, Johnson has shot 50 percent or better.
Johnson was 5-of-10 (.500) vs. Harvard, 9-of-13 (.692) at Northern Iowa, 6-of-11 (.545) at Kansas State, 5-10 (.500) at Iowa State, 13-20 (.650) at Bradley, 11-16 (.688) at Ohio State, 5-of-10 (.500) vs. Illinois and 9-of-14 (.643) vs. Nebraska.
The only games Johnson failed to shoot 50 percent or better with 10 or more shots was vs. Virginia Tech (8-of-21, .381) and at Purdue (7-of-16, .438).
REACHING DOUBLE FIGURES
Iowa's game at Nebraska (Jan. 26) marked the 13th time this season that at least three players have scored 10 or more points.
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, Illinois, Nebraska, at Purdue, vs. Wisconsin and at Nebraska.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
Four Hawkeyes are currently working their way up the career records lists at Iowa.
Kamille Wahlin ranks third in career 3-pointers made (203), sixth in career assists (384) and 13th in career scoring (1,321). She needs 19 more 3-pointers to move past Wendy Ausdemore into second place, four more assists to move past Franthea Price for fifth place and 15 more points to pass Lisa Becker for 12th place.
Morgan Johnson ranks second in career blocks (202) and 17th in career rebounds (562). She needs 34 more blocks to move past Tangela Smith for first place and three more rebounds to move past Necole Tunsil for 16th place.
Jaime Printy ranks fourth in career 3-pointers made (194), 10th in career scoring (1,394) and 12th in career assists (298). She needs 10 more 3-pointers to move past Wahlin for third place, 46 more points to move past Megan Skouby for ninth place and 25 more assists to move past Lisa Anderson for 11th place.