Jan. 29, 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 hits the road to take on Illinois in Champaign Sunday. Tip-off at Assembly Hall is slated for 2 p.m.
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Sunday'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.
Sunday's game will also be available at BigTenNetwork.com for a subscription fee.
Iowa has played 1,056 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa's overall record is 645-411 (.611). That includes a 322-162 (.665) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 306-88 (.777) 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 306-88 (.777) record inside their home venue since it opened in 1983.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 7-14 overall and 2-6 in Big Ten play.
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
Sunday is the 63rd meeting between Iowa and Illinois, with the Hawkeyes holding a 46-16 advantage in the all-time series. The 46 victories are the most the Hawkeyes have against any other Big Ten opponent. Iowa has won 43 of the last 50 meetings, including 11 of the last 12. Iowa won 21-straight games in the series between 1986 and 1996. The Hawkeyes are 19-10 in games played in Champaign, and have won the last six matchups at Assembly Hall.
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.
Iowa defeated Illinois in Iowa City, 77-67, to sweep the season series against the Fighting Illini last season.
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
Kachine Alexander set two school records and a Big Ten record against Illinois last season.
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
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: 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 for an exciting, 66-64 victory over No. 10 Michigan State in Iowa City (Jan. 27).
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.
Kachine Alexander recorded her sixth double-double of the season against Michigan State (Jan. 27), finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
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
If Kachine Alexander records six more assists, she would be the first player in Iowa history and just the fifth in Big Ten history, to have 1,000 career points, 800 career rebounds and 300 career assists. The other Big Ten players to hit the milestone were Wisconsin guard Jolene Anderson, Minnesota center Janel McCarville, and Illinois forwards Lacey Simpson and Tajua Catchings.
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
Iowa has played in six games against opponents ranked in the top 25 this year, and Jaime Printy's numbers in those games have been impressive.
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
Jaime Printy averaged 20.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in Iowa's two games 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.
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 currently ranks 24th in career scoring at Iowa with 1,084 points.
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 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.
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.
BALANCED SCORING ATTACK
Iowa is one of only four teams in the Big Ten to have four players ranked among the top 30 scorers in the conference.
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
Iowa's rebounding numbers are impressive. The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in total rebounding (42.3 per game) and rank second in rebounding margin (+5.1) and defensive rebounds (27.9 per game) and third in offensive rebounds (14.0 per game).
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
Iowa's rebounding has improved greatly 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
Four Hawkeyes are currently working their way up the career records lists at Iowa.
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).