Feb. 13, 2013
The University of Iowa women's basketball team hosts No. 8/9 Penn State on Thursday inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Opening tip between the Hawkeyes (16-9, 5-6) and Nittany Lions (20-3, 10-1) is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT).
Iowa has played 1,123 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa's overall record is 687-436 (.613). That includes a 345-176 (.665) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 333-95 (.780) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
Eighth-ranked Penn State is 20-3 overall and 10-1 in Big Ten play. The Nittany Lions' only losses during nonconference play came at Miami and at No. 2 Connecticut. Wisconsin knocked off the Lady Lions during Big Ten play in Madison.
In its last game, Penn State defeated Michigan State, 71-56. The Lady Lions turned 22 Spartan turnovers into 29 points and also netted 32 points in the paint. Alex Bentley led Penn State with 24 points, and Maggie Lucas added 19 points.
Lucas leads the team with 19.7 points per game. She is shooting 44.3 percent from the field, 48.9 percent from 3-point range and 89 percent from the free throw line. Bentley is next at 13.7 points per game. Nikki Green has a team best 8.7 boards per contest.
PENN STATE VS. IOWA NOTES
Penn State leads the all-time series, 23-18. The Lady Lions have won the last three contests. Iowa's last win over Penn State came in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Big Ten Tournament.
Iowa holds a 10-7 record against Penn State in games played in Iowa City. The Lady Lions have won the last two games at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
No. 21 Penn State used a late second half run to defeat Iowa, 68-52, in University Park (Jan. 22, 2012).
After the teams traded baskets in the first minutes of the contest, the Hawkeyes took a 20-19 lead with 6:45 left in the first half. Iowa led by as many as eight in the first 20 minutes and took a one point lead into the locker room at halftime.
Iowa led for the majority of the second half, until a 20-2 Penn State run in the final 6:09 sealed the win for the Lady Lions.
HAWKEYES FALL ONE POINT SHORT AGAINST NEBRASKA
Iowa had three shots at the game-tying 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining before Nebraska held on for a 76-75 victory over the Hawkeyes on Feb. 11 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa trailed by 12 points with 8:32 left before rallying. Senior Morgan Johnson posted her eighth double-double, finishing with 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting and 10 rebounds, sophomore Melissa Dixon made 7-of-15 attempts and five 3s en route to 19 points, and senior Jaime Printy had 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting.
PRINTY NOTCHES 5TH 20-POINT GAME OF SEASON
Senior Jaime Printy scored 21 points on 6-of-22 shooting in Iowa's 72-60 road loss at Minnesota on Thursday night. It was the guard's fifth 20-plus point game this season and the 32nd of her Hawkeye career. The Marion, Iowa, native has scored in double figures in 20-of-25 games this season.
JOHNSON IN TOP-10 IN CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Senior Morgan Johnson posted her second straight and eighth double-double of the season on Feb. 11 against Nebraska, finishing with 19 points and 10 rebounds. It was the center's 20th career double-double, which are the seventh most in school history.
Sophomore Melissa Dixon made 5-of-10 attempts from 3-point range in the 76-75 loss to Nebraska on Feb. 11. It was Dixon's fourth game this season with at least five 3s. She tied a career-best by making six triples in a Feb. 3 game against Northwestern. Dixon has had at least two 3-pointers in 18 games.
PRINTY A SENIOR CLASS AWARD FINALIST
Senior Jaime Printy is one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classi- fied as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website -- www.seniorCLASSaward.com.
AN EFFICIENT SENIOR
Senior Morgan Johnson has been a model for efficiency for the Hawkeyes during the 2012-13 season. The Missouri native is shooting 53.6 percent (142-of-265) from the floor, a figure that ranks second in the Big Ten Conference. Johnson has eight games of shooting better than 60 percent from the field, and she has shot better than 50 percent in 18-of-25 games.
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 (10), Stanford (7), Connecticut (7), Tennessee (7) and Notre Dame (7).
PRINTY - B1G PLAYER OF THE WEEK - JAN. 26
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 averaging 14.4 points per game, having scored in double figures in nine-straight games and 20-of-25 games for the season. She leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth nationally in free throw percentage (92.4).
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).
PRINTY MOVES INTO ELITE COMPANY
Senior Jaime Printy moved into the top-four in career scoring in Iowa history with her 16-point output against Nebraska. She currently has 1,770 career points.
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 (6.7), while ranking fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5), 13th in field goal percentage (.456), and 13th in rebounding (6.6).
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 3-pointers in the second half and made 6-of-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 3-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 9.2 points per outing, including 10.9 points in Big Ten games. She is sixth in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage (.406).
Dixon has come off the bench in 39 career games and has scored a total of 308 points as a substitute (7.9 points per game). Dixon has scored 10 or more points in 14 of those games (four as a freshman, 10 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 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 only 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 273.
LOGIC'S EYE-POPPING ASSIST FIGURES
Samantha Logic leads the Big Ten and ranks 10th in the NCAA with 6.7 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 168 assists and needs to average 4.6 assists per game in the final five 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 five assists in 18 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 35th 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 398 assists through 25 games last year and has 412 through 25 games this year.
Iowa has recorded at least 17 assists in 10 games, including four games with 20 or more.
The Hawkeyes have 398 assists on 616 made field goals this season (1.5 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 11 times, Jaime Printy nine times, Melissa Dixon six 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 (418-of-470). 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 92.4 percent (110-of-119) 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 246 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 sixth in Big Ten history with 273 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. 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 (273), ranks seventh in career rebounds (815) and 10th in career scoring (1,470). She needs 13 more rebounds to move past Jennie Lillis for sixth place.
Jaime Printy ranks second in career 3-pointers made (246), fourth in career scoring (1,770) and seventh in career assists (383). She needs 16 more 3-pointers to move past Lindsey Meder for first place, 51 points to move past Michelle Edwards into the top-three and five more assists to move past Franthea Price for sixth place.
Samantha Logic ranks 13th in career assists (304). She needs 19 more assists to move past Lisa Anderson into 12th place.
HAWKEYES FACE NO. 18 PURDUE IN WEST LAFAYETTE
Iowa returns to action Sunday afternoon at No. 18 Purdue, facing the Boilermakers at 4 p.m. (CT) inside Mackey Arena. The game will be televised on ESPN2.