Feb. 5, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women's basketball team travels to Minneapolis to face Minnesota on Thursday. Action inside Williams Arena will begin at 7:30 p.m. (CT).
Iowa has played 1,121 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa's overall record is 687-434 (.613). That includes a 345-174 (.665) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 333-94 (.780) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Minnesota holds a 14-9 overall record and stands 3-6 in Big Ten play.
In their last game, the Golden Gophers were defeated at Nebraska, 80-56, on Sunday. The Gophers shot 46% from the field in the first half at Nebraska and trailed 38-30 at intermission. Minnesota shot just 37.5% in the second half as Nebraska pulled away. Minnesota was guilty of 19 turnovers, which led to 31 Husker points. Nebraska also held a 10-2 advantage in fast break points and a 34-20 advantage in points in the paint. Micaella Riche led the Gophers with 12 points and seven rebounds. Rachel Banham added 11 points and Shayne Mullaney had five assists.
For the season, Minnesota is averaging 71.9 points a game (third in the Big Ten), while allowing 65.7. Banham leads the Gophers by scoring 21.1 points per contest. Riche is shooting 54.3% from the field and leads the team in rebounding at 7.1 per game.
Like Iowa, Minnesota has lost to Illinois and defeated Michigan in two of its last three outings.
MINNESOTA VS. IOWA NOTES
Iowa leads the all-time series, 45-22. The Hawkeyes have won eight of the last 10 meetings after the Gophers had won seven of the previous 10.
Iowa has won three of the last five games played at Minnesota, including an 89-76 win in 2010-11 on its last visit.
This is the only meeting between Iowa and Minnesota during the regular season. Iowa and Minnesota met just once last year, with Iowa winning 75-58 in Iowa City.
Iowa's starting line-up includes two Minnesota natives in junior Theairra Taylor (St. Paul) and sophomore Bethany Doolittle (Oakdale). The Iowa roster also includes Minnesota natives in freshmen Kali Peschel (Sauk Centre) and Kayla Timmerman (Wayzata).
Iowa defeated Minnesota 75-58 in Iowa City (Feb. 9) in the only meeting a year ago, leading from start to finish. Iowa started fast, building a 15 point advantage late in the first half. Iowa led 40-25 at intermission, using a 10-0 advantage at the free throw line and a 26-15 rebounding advantage.
Minnesota scored the opening field goal of the second half, but would get no closer the rest of the way, as Iowa led by as many as 22 points. Iowa ended the game with a 43-26 rebounding advantage, but still had just two more field goal attempts.
Morgan Johnson led Iowa with 23 points, while collecting eight rebounds. Samantha Logic added 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Kamille Wahlin added 19 points and five asissts, while Kelly Krei matched Logic with nine rebounds. Minnesota was led by Rachel Banham's 20 points and six rebounds.
HAWKEYES FALL TO NORTHWESTERN
Northwestern scored on a driving lay-up as time expired to take a 67-65 win over Iowa Sunday in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes had tied the score on a basket by Melissa Dixon with just under seven seconds to play, but Northwestern's Karly Roser drove to the basket for the winning points just before the final buzzer.
Iowa trailed in the early going of the first half, but held the Wildcats to eight points over the final 16 minutes of the half and took a 29-18 advantage at the break. Melissa Dixon led Iowa in the first half, scoring 12 of her game-high 21 points (4-5 treys) in the first 20 minutes.
Northwestern used a 12-1 scoring run in the middle of the second half to tie the score at 49. Iowa scored six straight points, but Northwestern eventually led by three with 50 seconds remaining. Dixon hit a free throw with 41 seconds left before her last basket tied the score for the final time.
Dixon tied her own personal best and the Carver-Hawkeye Arena record with six three-pointers (6-9) in scoring 21 points. Samantha Logic added a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Morgan Johnson scored 11 points and Bethany Doolittle added nine rebounds and four blocked shots. Johnson played just 18 minutes due to foul problems, collecting her fifth foul with 8:47 remaining.
IOWA CRACKS TOP 25
Iowa entered both the Associated Press and the USA Today Sports Coaches' Top 25 polls last week. The Hawkeyes were No. 24 in the AP poll and No. 25 in the USA Today Sports poll.
The Hawkeyes had not been ranked in the AP poll since Feb. 28, 2011. Iowa spent 14 weeks ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 during the 2010-11 season, climbing as high as No. 14.
Iowa was 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 WAS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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 is scoring 14.1 points per game, having scored in double figures in seven-straight games and 18-of-23 games for the season. She leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth nationally in free throw percentage (92.9).
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).
LOGIC CRASHING THE BOARDS
With 12 rebounds against Northwestern (Feb. 3), sophomore Samantha Logic collected her 10th career double digit rebounding performance and her second in two games (10 at Illinois). She added 11 points and three steals against Northwestern.
Logic has four games this season with 10 or more rebounds. Last year as a freshman, Logic tallied six games, including a stretch of four-straight during Big Ten play.
Logic leads the Big Ten in assists (6.8), while ranking sixth in field goal percentage (.474) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5) and 11th in rebounding (6.7).
DIXON CONNECTS FROM LONG RANGE
Melissa Dixon led Iowa in scoring with 21 points in the narrow loss to Northwestern. Dixon helped the Hawkeye offense get on track in the first half, scoring 12 points off the bench to lead Iowa to a 29-18 halftime advantage. She added a pair of three-pointers in the second half and made 6-9 treys in the game. She added a free throw and a two-point field goal in the final minute as Iowa tied the score before Northwestern's winning basket.
The six three-pointers match a career-best for Dixon, and tie the Carver-Hawkeye Arena record by an Iowa player that Dixon shares with Wendy Ausdemore and Kamille Wahlin. (Jaime Printy, Lindsey Meder and Wahlin share the Iowa school record with seven treys). Dixon is averaging nine points per outing, including 10.8 points in Big Ten games. She is fourth in the Big Ten in three-point percentage (.419).
Dixon has come off the bench in 37 career games and has scored a total of 295 points as a substitute (8.0 points per game). Dixon has scored 10 or more points in 13 of those games (four as a freshman, nine as a sophomore).
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.
Printy added 12 points, three assists and three steals against Northwestern, while Doolittle had nine rebounds and four blocked shots.
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).
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, and her career total now stands at 268.
LOGIC'S EYE-POPPING ASSIST FIGURES
Samantha Logic leads the Big Ten and ranks 10th in the NCAA with 6.8 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 157 assists and needs to average 4.9 assists per game in the final seven 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 10 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 is second in the Big Ten and ranks 32nd in the NCAA with 15.9 assists per game.
The Hawkeyes broke the school record for team assists last year, collecting 514. This year's team is nearly on pace to break that mark. Iowa had 373 assists through 23 games last year and has 366 through 23 games this year.
Iowa has recorded at least 17 assists in 10 games, including four games with 20 or more.
The Hawkeyes have 366 assists on 570 made field goals this season (1.6 assist/field goal ratio).
Iowa has had seven different players lead, or share the lead, in scoring this season. Morgan Johnson has paced the Hawkeyes in scoring 10 times, Jaime Printy eight times, Melissa Dixon five times, Theairra Taylor twice and Kathy Thomas, Bethany Doolittle and Samantha Logic once.
PRINTY CLOSE TO B1G FREE THROW RECORDS
Jaime Printy currently owns an 88.9 career free throw percentage (412-of-463). 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 92.9 percent (104-of-112) 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, 8-of-8 vs. Northwestern, 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 239 career 3-pointers and trails Lindsey Meder (261) for first place.
IOWA CONTINUES TREND AGAINST RANKED FOES
Iowa's win over 11th-ranked Purdue (Jan. 20) marked the 15th time under Lisa Bluder that the Hawkeyes have defeated a top-15 team.
The Hawkeyes have recorded at least one win against a top-25 team in all but two seasons under Bluder. In nine of those seasons, Iowa has knocked off at least one top-15 opponent.
Purdue was the highest ranked opponent the Hawkeyes have defeated since knocking off No. 10 Michigan State (66-64) on Jan. 27, 2011.
This season marks just the second time in school history that Iowa has defeated three ranked teams prior to Big Ten play (No. 12 West Virginia, No. 22 Iowa State, No. 20 Texas). The only other time Iowa knocked off three ranked opponents was in 1993 (No. 4 Louisiana Tech, No. 20 Missouri State, No. 9 Southern California).
This season is only the sixth time in school history that Iowa played at least three ranked teams prior to conference action. Iowa faced five ranked opponents in 1990 (2-3 record) and three in 1999 (0-3), 1995 (2-1), 1993 (3-0) and 1989 (1-2).
Iowa has defeated six ranked teams, marking the first time since the 1995-96 season that the Hawkeyes have accomplished that feat (seven victories, 7-3 record versus ranked teams in 1995-96).
SCHOOL/B1G RECORDS SET THIS SEASON
Morgan Johnson became the Iowa career leader in blocks against Florida International. Johnson entered the game needing two blocks to break Tangela Smith's career blocks record and she finished with five. Johnson currently is tied for seventh in Big Ten history with 268 blocks.
Jaime Printy tied the school record for 3-pointers made in a single game with seven against San Diego. Kamille Wahlin and Lindsey Meder are the only other Iowa players to hit seven 3's in a single game. Printy was 6-of-7 in the second half, making her final five attempts. Her seven made treys tie as the most by a Big Ten player this season.
Samantha Logic broke Iowa's school record for assists in a single game against Texas, finishing with 14 assists. Her 14 assists tie as the most by a Big Ten player this season. Earlier this year, Logic tied the previous school record with 12 against Middle Tennessee State.
Against West Virginia, Jaime Printy became only the third player in Big Ten history to go 17-of-17 from the free throw line, matching the best single game free throw performance in conference history. Wisconsin's Michele Kozelka (1989) and Keisha Anderson (1996) are the only other players in Big Ten history to accomplish the feat.
Printy's 17 made free throws tied the single game school record and are tied for the second most made free throws in Big Ten history.
Printy's performance against West Virginia marked the ninth time in school history that an Iowa player has been perfect from the free throw line (minimum 10 attempts). Printy now has three of those marks, with one of those performances coming earlier this year against Middle Tennessee (11-of-11). The other came against Indiana (10-of-10) on Feb. 27, 2011.
Morgan Johnson was a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line at Wisconsin, marking the 10th time in school history, and the third this season, an Iowa player was perfect in at least 10 attempts.
As a team, the Hawkeyes set the Big Ten and school record for free throws made (42) and set the school record for free throw attempts (50) in the win over West Virginia.
BEST BOARD GAME IN B1G
Iowa's 60 rebounds against Missouri State (Dec. 19) are the most by a Big Ten team this season.
The Hawkeyes collected 21 offensive and 39 defensive rebounds against the Lady Bears.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
Morgan Johnson, Iowa's all-time blocks leader (268), ranks seventh in career rebounds (795) and 12th in career scoring (1,438). She needs 33 more rebounds to move past Jennie Lillis for sixth place and two more points to pass Megan Skouby for 11th place.
Jaime Printy ranks second in career 3-pointers made (239), sixth in career scoring (1,733) and eighth in career assists (379). She needs 23 more 3-pointers to move past Lindsey Meder for first place, 10 more points to move past Franthea Price for fifth place and nine more assists to move past Franthea Price for sixth place.
Samantha Logic ranks 14th in career assists (293). She needs five more assists to move past Jennie Lillis for 13th place.
HAWKEYES RETURN HOME TO HOST NEBRASKA AND PENN STATE
Following the contest at Minnesota the Hawkeyes return home to host Nebraska on Monday, Feb. 11 (7:30 p.m., BTN) and Penn State on Thursday, Feb. 14 (7 p.m., BTN.com).