Sunday Matchup at Illinois Next For Iowa
Jan. 29, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- THE SETTING
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WIN NO. 300 AT HOME
In their last game, the Fighting Illini took Penn State to the wire, but couldn't come away with the win, falling 67-65 in Champaign. Karisma Penn led the way with 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. Amber Moore had 17 points. Illinois converted 24 Penn State turnovers into 23 points.
Penn is the team's leading scorer, and the only player to average double figures, at 17.3 points per game. She also leads the team with 10.6 rebounds per contest. Amber Moore is next at 8.7 points per game.
As a team, the Fighting Illini are shooting .403 (511-1,267) from the field, including .321 (103-321) from three-point distance.
ILLINOIS VS. IOWA NOTES
Illinois third-year Head Coach Jolette Law is a 1990 graduate of the University of Iowa. Law, who was an all-American in 1990 and played four years (1986-90) for former Iowa Hall of Fame Coach C. Vivian Stringer. Law currently ranks 20th in Iowa career scoring (1,137), sixth in steals (205) and eighth in assists (353). The Hawkeyes won or shared four Big Ten championships, reached the Elite Eight twice and won 46-straight home games during her career.
The Hawkeyes led by as many as 30 in the second half, but Illinois trimmed the deficit to just four points with 3:30 remaining. Clutch free throw shooting by Kachine Alexander down the stretch helped Iowa hold onto to its lead and seal the win.
Iowa sprinted out to a 25-6 lead in the first half, and took a 47-20 lead into halftime.
Three Hawkeyes scored double figures, including a game-high 24 points by Alexander. Jaime Printy added 17 points, four rebounds, two assists and a career-high three steals, while Kamille Wahlin had 17 points.
ALEXANDER SET FREE THROW RECORDS VS. ILLINOIS LAST YEAR
Alexander's 17 made free throws and 20 free throw attempts were both school records. In addition, the two marks are Carver-Hawkeye records for an Iowa player.
Alexander's 17 made free throws are also the most by a single player in a Big Ten game. The 20 attempts are the third-most by a Big Ten player in conference history.
IOWA IN THE RANKINGS
Four Iowa opponents are also ranked in the AP and the ESPN/USA Today polls: Michigan State (10/11), North Carolina (15th/14th), Iowa State (23rd/20th) and Ohio State (24th/23rd).
Northwestern is receiving votes.
HAWKEYES KNOCK OFF SPARTANS
Iowa held on to a two-point lead with just over five seconds remaining. Michigan State's Kalisha Keane missed a three-pointer that would have won the game, and Lykendra Johnson missed two-straight layups that would have sent the game to overtime.
Iowa was lights out from the field, shooting .500 (24-48) from the field, including .462 (6-13) from beyond the arc. The Hawkeyes out-scored Michigan State, 32-26, in the paint.
Kachine Alexander led the way with 23 points, 11 rebounds and three steals while playing all 40 minutes. Kelly Krei and Jaime Printy each added 11 points, while Kamille Wahlin chipped in eight points, four rebounds and six assists with zero turnovers.
Alexander now has 30 career double-doubles, which is five 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.
MORE MILESTONES FOR ALEXANDER
With 11 rebounds at Ohio State (Jan. 24), Alexander became just the sixth player in school history, and the first-ever guard, to collect 800 career rebounds.
Alexander is the sixth player in school history to have 1,000 career points and 800 career rebounds.
PRINTY AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
Printy is averaging 15.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists in Iowa's games against ranked opponents (North Carolina, Iowa State, Ohio State twice and Michigan State twice). Printy is shooting .448 (30-67) from the field, including .458 (11-24) from three-point distance and .917 (22-24) from the free throw line against ranked foes.
PRINTY HAS A BIG WEEK
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
KASH GETS A GRAND
Alexander currently ranks 24th in career scoring at Iowa with 1,084 points.
JOHNSON BRINGING THE WINDEX
Johnson has recorded double digit rebounds in 10 career games.
JOHNSON AT .500 OR BETTER
Johnson has attempted eight or more shots in 15 of Iowa's 20 games this year. In those 15 games, Johnson has shot .500 or better 10 times, including two 6-9 (.667) shooting performances against North Carolina and Kansas State.
Johnson has attempted 10 or more shots eight 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, 5-10 (.500) vs. Michigan and vs. Ohio State and 7-12 (.583) at Ohio State.
She was 2-12 (.167) vs. James Madison and 4-12 (.333) at Minnesota.
BALANCED SCORING ATTACK
Iowa, Ohio State, Northwestern and Penn State each have four players ranked. Wisconsin, has three ranked, while the remaining six school have either one or two players ranked.
The Hawkeyes have had at least three players reach double figures in scoring in 18 of the 21 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 in both games vs. Ohio State.
HAWKEYES HITTING THE BOARDS
Kachine Alexander ranks second in offensive rebounding (3.4 per game) and third in overall rebounding (9.5 per game). Morgan Johnson ranks third in offensive rebounding (3.3 per game) Alexander's 18 rebounds against Central Michigan, Nov. 21, are the third most for any Big Ten player this season.
REBOUNDING NUMBERS IMPROVED FROM A YEAR AGO
Through 21 games last year, Iowa had a +0.5 rebound margin The Hawkeyes were being outrebounded, 805-794, including a 258-260 deficit on the offensive glass.
This year through 20 games, Iowa holds a +5.1 rebounding margin and is outrebounding opponents 881-774. That includes a 295-263 advantage on the offensive glass.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
Kachine Alexander ranks second in career double-doubles (30), sixth in career rebounding (814), 11th in career assists (294) and 24th in career scoring (1,084). She needs 14 more rebounds to move past Jennie Lillis for fifth place on the rebounding list and three assists to move past Lillis for 10th on the assists list. She needs six more double-doubles to take over first place (Lisa Long, 35).