Feb. 11, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women's basketball team hosts the Michigan State Spartans Sunday on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for youth (6-to-18). UI students (with valid student ID) and kids five-and-under are admitted free.
Sunday is Go Red for Women Day at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Fans are encouraged to wear red in support of heart disease.
Sunday is also Father/Daughter Day. Free youth tickets are available with the purchase of an adult ticket (game day sales only).
ON YOUR TELEVISION
Sunday's game will be televised live on BTN (HD). Kevin Kugler and Lisa Stone will call the action.
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Sunday's game for the Hawkeye Radio Network. Hawkeye fans can listen to the contest on 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
Sunday'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 1,092 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa's overall record is 667-424 (.611). That includes a 336-170 (.664) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 320-91 (.779) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
The Michigan State Spartans are 15-9 overall and 7-4 in Big Ten play. Michigan State has won its last three contests, after dropping four-straight.
In its last game, Michigan State defeated Northwestern in East Lansing, 72-58. Four Spartans scored double figures, led by Porsche Poole's 20 points. Lykendra Johnson had 12 points, Taylor Alton had 11 and Kiana Johnson had 10. Michigan State shot 52.2 percent (12-of-23) in the second half to seal the win.
Poole leads the team with 13.2 points per game. Lykendra Johnson is next at 10.4 points and leads the team with 8.9 rebounds per contest.
As a team, Michigan State is shooting 41.6 percent (588-of-1412) from the field, including 31.9 percent (145-of-454) from 3-point distance.
MICHIGAN STATE VS. IOWA NOTES
Sunday's contest is the 58th meeting between Iowa and Michigan State, with the Hawkeyes leading the all-time series, 33-24. Iowa has won four of the last six meetings. The Hawkeyes are 18-8 in games played in Iowa City.
Iowa held on for an exciting, 66-64 victory over No. 10 Michigan State in Iowa City (Jan. 27, 2011).
Iowa held 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 50 percent (24-of-48) from the field, including 46.2 (6-of-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.
OPPONENTS IN THE RANKINGS
Five Iowa opponents are ranked in the AP or ESPN/USA Today polls: Ohio State (10/10), Nebraska (13/15), Texas A&M (15/14), Purdue (16/19) and Penn State (18/21).
In addition, Kansas State and St. John's are receiving votes.
HAWKEYES GROUND GOPHERS
Iowa used a balanced attack to defeat Minnesota, 75-58 (Feb. 9) in Iowa City.
Three Hawkeyes scored double figures, with two players hitting 20 points. Morgan Johnson led the way with 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Samantha Logic had 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting and added nine rebounds and six assists. Kamille Wahlin had 19 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Iowa owned the boards against Minnesota, outrebounding the Gophers 43-26, including 14-6 on the offensive glass. The Hawkeyes also tallied 21 assists on 26 made field goals.
JOHNSON NETS 1,000
Junior Morgan Johnson became the 32nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points, hitting the milestone against Minnesota (Feb. 9).
Johnson entered the game needing 19 points to join the elite club and finished with 23. She is the third active Hawkeye to score 1,000 career points (Wahlin and Printy).
MORE MILESTONES FOR WAHLIN
Senior Kamille Wahlin became the first player in Iowa school history to record 400 career assists and 200 made 3-pointers in Iowa's win over Minnesota (Feb. 9).
Wahlin is just the fourth player in school history to collect 400 career assists. She is one of only three players to have 200 career 3-pointers, reaching the mark at Penn State this season (Jan. 22).
LOGIC HEATING UP
Samantha Logic netted a career-high 20 points in Iowa's overtime win at Wisconsin (Feb. 2) and tied the career mark two games later against Minnesota (Feb 9).
Logic was 7-of-14 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free throw line at Wisconsin, with over 100 fans from her hometown of Racine, Wis. in attendance. She shot 7-of-10 from the field and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe against Minnesota.
STAT SHEET STUFFER
Freshman Samantha Logic has contributed in numerous areas during her first season at Iowa.
Logic has grabbed at least five rebounds in 18 games, including 13 games with at least three offensive rebounds.
She has dished out at least four assists in 14 games.
Logic has scored 10 or more points eight times.
NUMBERS OVER WINNING STREAK
Iowa has recorded some impressive figures over the current four-game winning streak.
As a team, Iowa is shooting 44.7 percent from the field (114-of-255).
Iowa is averaging 17.8 assists per game and holds a +6.8 rebounding margin.
Morgan Johnson is averaging 19.8 points, 8.3 rebounds 2.8 blocks and is shooting 61.1 percent from the field (33-of-54).
Kamille Wahlin is averaging 17 points and shooting 39.4 percent from 3-point range (13-of-33).
Samantha Logic is scoring 11.5 points per game and is dishing out 5.5 assists per contest.
WAHLIN BECOMING GO-TO PLAYER ON OFFENSE
Senior Kamille Wahlin has become Iowa's main scoring option over the last seven games.
Dating back to Iowa's win vs. Wisconsin on Jan. 19, Wahlin is averaging 16.4 points, shooting 44.8 percent from the field (39-of-87) and 38.5 percent from 3-point distance (20-of-52). She has also created shots for her teammates with 3.9 assists per contest.
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.
Iowa leads the Big Ten and ranks 19th in the NCAA in assists per game (16.5) and is third in the Big Ten and 23rd in the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio (1.0).
The Hawkeyes could potentially break the school record for team assists in a season. The record of 468 assists was set in 2003 and 2010. Iowa currently has 412 assists.
IOWA RANKS HIGH IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
Iowa is shooting 80 percent (372-of-465) from the free throw line, which leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth in the NCAA.
The Hawkeyes haven't missed more than 10 free throws in any game this year and have attempted at least 10 in all but one contest, including 10 games with 20 or more attempts.
HAWKEYES IN CONFERENCE ONLY STATS
Iowa leads the Big Ten in assists per game (16.5) and assist/turnover ratio (1.1). The Hawkeyes rank second in field goal defense (.368).
JOHNSON FROM THE FIELD
Junior Morgan Johnson leads the Big Ten and is 13th in the nation with a 55.1 (145-of-263) field goal percentage.
Johnson has atttempted at least 10 shots in 13 of Iowa's 25 games this season. In 10 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, 9-of-14 (.643) vs. Nebraska, 12-of-20 (.600) at Wisconsin and 9-of-13 (.692) vs. Minnesota.
Wahlin's 216 career 3-pointers ranks first, while Printy's 197 rank second. Michigan's Carmen Reynolds is third with 193, Purdue's Brittany Rayburn is fourth with 183, Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis is fifth with 177 and Penn State's Maggie Lucas is sixth with 171.
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 3-point shooting in school history.
Kamille Wahlin (third), Jaime Printy (fourth) and Kelly Krei (seventh) all rank inside the top 10 in career 3-pointers made at Iowa. Only Oral Roberts and Miami (Fla.) have three players inside its respective top 10.
PRINTY AND WAHLIN SCORING NOTES
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 also became just the 10th player in Iowa history to hit the 1,400 point mark in Iowa's win over Purdue (Jan. 28).
Printy 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.
DIXON SHINES IN FIRST CAREER START
Freshman Melissa Dixon recorded her first career start at Indiana (Feb. 5) in place of the injured Jaime Printy and recorded career-highs in nearly every statistical category.
Dixon finished with career bests in points (19), field goals made (7), 3-pointers made and attempted (5-for-10), steals (3) and minutes played (28).
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
REACHING DOUBLE FIGURES
Iowa's game vs. Minnesota (Feb. 9) marked the 16th 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, Northwestern and at Indiana. Three players reached double digits against Harvard, Albany, Ohio State, Illinois, Nebraska, at Purdue, vs. Wisconsin, at Nebraska, at Wisconsin and vs. Minnesota.
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 (216), fourth in career assists (401) and 11th in career scoring (1,389). She needs six more 3-pointers to move past Wendy Ausdemore into second place, 12 more assists to move past Kristi Smith for third place and 21 more points to pass Jaime Printy for 10th place.
Morgan Johnson ranks second in career blocks (213), 15th in career rebounds (595) and 32nd in career scoring (1,004). She needs 23 more blocks to move past Tangela Smith for first place, 20 more rebounds to move past Lynn Kennedy for 14th place and 21 more points to pass Tiffany Gooden for 31st place.
Jaime Printy ranks fourth in career 3-pointers made (197), 10th in career scoring (1,409) and 12th in career assists (304). She needs 20 more 3-pointers to move past Wahlin for third place, 31 more points to move past Megan Skouby for ninth place and 19 more assists to move past Lisa Anderson for 11th place.
Kelly Krei ranks seventh in career 3-pointers made (151) and 18th in career rebounds (524). She needs six more 3-pointers to move past Leah Magner into sixth place and four more rebounds to pass Kim Howard for 17th place.