Jan. 30, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women's basketball team travels to Champaign to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini on Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Iowa has played 1,119 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa's overall record is 687-432 (.614). That includes a 345-172 (.667) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a a 333-93 (.782) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 11-8 overall and 4-3 in Big Ten play. All four of Illinois' Big Ten wins have come on the road, while all three losses have come at home.
Illinois defeated Minnesota, 91-86 in its last game on Jan. 28. The Fighting Illini netted 52 points in the first half on 18-of-41 shooting (43.9 percent). Three players scored in double figures, led by Amber Moore's 20 points. Karisma Penn collected a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Adrienne GodBold also had a double-double with 18 points and 11 boards.
GodBold has played in eight games this season and is averaging 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds. Penn is averaging a double-double with 18.7 points and 10.4 boards.
As a team, Illinois is averaging 72.4 points per game and is shooting 71.2 percent (314-of-441) from the free throw line.
IOWA VS. ILLINOIS NOTES
Iowa holds a 49-16 advantage in the all-time series. The 49 victories are the most the Hawkeyes have against any other Big Ten opponent. Iowa has won 46 of the last 53 meetings, including the last eight in a row and 15 of the last 16. Iowa won 21-straight games in the series between 1986 and 1996.
The Hawkeys have won the last seven games in Champaign and hold a 20-10 all-time record at Illinois.
Illinois freshman Mckenzie Piper is from Iowa City and attended West High School.
Illinois assistant coach Tianna Kirkland and Iowa sophomore Kathy Thomas are both from Flint, Mich.
Iowa overcame a late second half deficit to defeat Illinois, 69-62, in overtime (Jan. 5, 2012).
The Hawkeyes trailed Illinois, 55-52, with 2:10 remaining. After Karisma Penn missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Kamille Wahlin drained a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining to force overtime. The Hawkeyes were 0-12 from three-point range before Wahlin's game-tying shot.
Iowa sprinted out to eight-point lead in overtime. Jaime Printy converted two free throws and nailed a 3-pointer, followed by three Morgan Johnson free throws, to take a 63-57 lead. Iowa held on for the win late in overtime.
Johnson led Iowa with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Printy had 20 points and Wahlin had 13. Kelly Krei added 11 rebounds.
HAWKEYES EARN SERIES SPLIT WITH MICHIGAN
Iowa picked up its sixth win over a ranked opponent, knocking off No. 23 Michigan in Ann Arbor, 63-57.
The Hawkeyes took the lead for good in a back-and-forth contest with 5:20 remaining in the game. Bethany Doolittle's jumper put Iowa ahead, 55-54. Doolittle went on her own 8-1 run from 5:20-1:45 in the second half to lift the Hawkeyes to the win.
IOWA CRACKS TOP 25
Iowa entered both the Associated Press and the USA Today Sports Coaches' Top 25 polls this week. The Hawkeyes are No. 24 in the AP poll and No. 25 in the USA Today Sports poll.
The Hawkeyes are ranked in the AP poll for the first time since Feb. 28, 2011. Iowa spent a total of 14 weeks ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 during the 2010-11 season, climbing as high as No. 14.
Iowa is ranked in the USA Today Sports Coaches' poll for the first time since Jan. 31, 2011. The Hawkeyes spent 13 weeks in the poll during the 2010-11 season and were ranked as high as No. 13.
PERFECTION AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
The Hawkeyes are a perfect 6-0 against ranked opponents this season. Iowa is the only team in the country to have played at least three ranked teams and have an undefeated record against ranked opponents.
Iowa is one of only six teams to have at least six wins over ranked opponents. The others are Baylor (8), Stanford (7), Connecticut (7) Tennessee (7) and Notre Dame (6).
PRINTY NAMED B1G POW
Jaime Printy was named Big Ten Player of Week (Jan. 29) for her efforts in Iowa's wins against Wisconsin and at No. 23 Michigan.
Printy averaged 21.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, shot 54.5 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from 3-point range and was 14-of-15 from the free throw line in Iowa's two wins.
Printy netted 29 points against Wisconsin, missing only two shots in 10 attempts, while going 3-of-3 from 3-point distance and 10-of-11 from the charity stripe. She also added eight rebounds and four assists, with just one turnover, in 35 minutes.
The Marion, Iowa, native finished the week with 14 points and five rebounds at No. 23 Michigan. She was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
The honor marked the second time in Printy's career she has been named Big Ten Player of the Week and her sixth Big Ten honor (four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week in 2009-10).
SIXTH PLAYER TO REACH 1,700
Jaime Printy became just the sixth player in Iowa history to score 1,700 career points in Iowa's win at Michigan (Jan. 27).
Printy took over in the final minutes against Wisconsin (Jan. 24), scoring 14-straight points to give Iowa the win. The Hawkeyes trailed, 52-51 with 5:25 left in the game. Printy then scored Iowa's next 14 points and went on her own personal 12-0 run from the 4:11 mark to the 1:53 mark, giving Iowa a 10-point advantage.
Doolittle did the same at Michigan (Jan. 27), netting eight points to give Iowa a lead after it trailed by a point late in the contest. Doolittle's jumper with 5:20 left put Iowa ahead, 55-54. Doolittle went on her own 8-1 run from 5:20-1:45 in the second half to lift the Hawkeyes to the win.
BLUDER GETS WIN NO. 600
Head coach Lisa Bluder Bluder became the 42nd coach in NCAA women's basketball history (all divisions) and only the 25th Division I head coach (minimum 10 years at a DI school) to collect 600 wins Jan. 20 vs. Purdue.
Bluder entered the 2012-13 season as the 26th winningest active coach and the 46th overall winningest coach in NCAA women's basketball history (by victories).
DIXON PROVIDING SPARK OFF THE BENCH
Melissa Dixon has come off the bench in 35 career games and has scored a total of 263 points as a substitute (7.5 points per game).
Dixon is shooting 39.4 percent (56-of-142) from 3-point range coming off the bench and has scored 10 or more points in 11 of those games (four as a freshman, seven as a sophomore).
JOHNSON SETS FAMILY BLOCK RECORD
Morgan Johnson not oly set the Iowa school record for career blocks, but she now holds the record for blocks in the Johnson household.
Johnson's mother, Leslie, compiled 265 career blocks from 1981-85 at Midland Lutheran College in Nebraska. Morgan broke her mother's record against Michigan (Jan. 27), collecting her 266th career block.
LOGIC'S EYE-POPPING ASSIST FIGURES
Samantha Logic leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth in the NCAA with 7.1 assists per game.
Logic is on pace to break the Iowa single season assists record of 191, held by Cara Consuegra (2000-01 season). Logic currently has 149 assists and needs to average 4.8 assists per game in the final nine regular season games to break the record.
Logic has recorded seven or more assists in 13 games, including four games with 10 or more. She has had at least eight assists in six of Iowa's last eight games.
Logic's six games with double digit assists are the second most in Iowa history. Cara Consuegra had nine games in her career with 10 or more assists. The next closest Hawkeyes on the list are Kachine Alexander, Jolette Law and Michelle Edwards with two career games.
HAWKEYES LIKE TO SHARE
Iowa leads the Big Ten and ranks 25th in the NCAA with 16.3 assists per game.
The Hawkeyes broke the school record for team assists last year, collecting 514. This year's team is on pace to break that mark. Iowa had 341 assists through 21 games last year and has 342 through 21 games this year.
Iowa has recorded at least 17 assists in 10 games, including four games with 20 or more assists.
The Hawkeyes have 342 assists on 523 made field goals this season (1.5 assist/field goal ratio).
Iowa has had six different players lead, or share the lead, in scoring this season.
PRINTY CLOSE TO B1G FREE THROW RECORDS
Jaime Printy currently owns an 89.0 career free throw percentage (403-of-453). Former Hawkeye Wendy Ausdemore holds the Iowa and Big Ten record for career free throw percentage at 89.2 (174-of-195).
Printy is shooting 93.1 percent (95-of-102) for the season. The Iowa single season record is 89.4 percent (101-of-113) by Lindsey Meder in 2000-01. The Big Ten single season record is 92.5 percent (99-of-107) by Indiana's Cyndi Valentin in 2003-04.
PRINTY FREE THROW NOTES
Printy has gone 3-of-3 from the line against Drake, 4-of-4 against Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Ohio State, Michigan State, Purdue and Michigan, 6-of-6 against Iowa State and San Diego, 11-of-11 against Middle Tennessee and 17-of-17 against West Virginia.
Printy made 22-straight free throws, from Iowa's game vs. Texas (Dec. 28) through the game vs. Wisconsin (Jan. 24). Printy converted 21-consecutive free throws between Iowa's game vs. North Carolina and the road contest at Florida State.
Printy has put together a string of at least 20-consecutive made free throws in each year of her career. She converted 27-straight as a freshman and 32-straight as a sophomore and junior. Iowa's record for consecutive free throws made is 33 by Lindsey Meder.
Printy has 237 career 3-pointers and trails Lindsey Meder (261) for first place.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
Morgan Johnson is Iowa's all-time blocks leader (266), ninth in career rebounds (788) and 12th in career scoring (1,421). She needs two more rebounds to move past Amy Herrig for eighth place and 19 more points to past Megan Skouby for 11th place.
Jaime Printy ranks second in career 3-pointers made (237), sixth in career scoring (1,708) and eighth in career assists (373). She needs 25 more 3-pointers to move past Lindsey Meder for first place, 35 more points to move past Franthea Price for fifth place and 13 more assists to move past Franthea Price for sixth place.