Feb. 15, 2014
Iowa Game Notes: at Purdue
The University of Iowa women's basketball team (20-6, 8-4) continues league action on the road this weekend, playing at No. 23 Purdue (17-7, 7-5) on Sunday. Tip is set for 1 p.m. (CT) at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind.
Lisa Bluder surpassed C. Vivian Stringer as Iowa's all-time winningest coach on Feb. 10 as the Hawkeyes defeated Northwestern, 90-84. Bluder -- one of 13 active Division I coaches with 600 or more wins -- is 271-163 all-time as the Hawkeye head coach.
Following an 0-2 start in Big Ten play, Iowa has won six of its last seven, and 8-of-10 overall.
Iowa is in the midst of a stretch where it plays three games in seven days.
Iowa leads the Big Ten in overall victories (20). Iowa is tied for the league lead in wins over ranked opponents (three).
Iowa won its 20th game this season in its 26th contest, marking the fastest year to 20 wins under Bluder, and fastest since the 1995-96 season.
Junior Samantha Logic is the only Big Ten player to average 13+ points (14.2), six+ rebounds (6.8), and six+ assists (7.4).
Logic is the only active player in the Big Ten with 500 or more rebounds (623) and assists (545). She has 981 career points.
Logic has notched two triple-doubles this season, becoming the first Big Ten player to record two triple-doubles in the same season since former Iowa standout Kachine Alexander in 2008-09.
Freshman Ally Disterhoft has scored in double figures in her first seven career starts. Iowa is 6-1 when Disterhoft starts. She leads Iowa in scoring during the stretch, averaging 16 points per contest.
Iowa is averaging 79.7 points and 18.2 assists per contest, leading the Big Ten in both categories. In addition, the Hawkeyes are 23rd nationally in scoring offense and 11th in assists per game.
Iowa has had three or more players score in double figures in each of the last 25 contests, including four in the win last time out over Illinois (Doolittle 16, Disterhoft 13, Melissa Dixon 11, Theairra Taylor 11).
Five Hawkeyes are averaging double figures (Logic, Dixon, Doolittle, Disterhoft, and Taylor).
Junior center Bethany Doolittle has tallied 85 blocks this season, the most in a single season in program history.
Junior guard Melissa Dixon is tied for fifth with Kristi Smith in all-time 3-pointers in program history (185).
THE 20-WIN PLATEAU:
Iowa defeated Illinois inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Feb. 13 (69-55), earning its 20th win of the season and becoming the first Big Ten team to reach the mark. The Hawkeyes have won 20 games or more in a season eight times under Lisa Bluder, including six of the last seven seasons (Iowa finished 19-12 in 2011-12). Dating back to the 1984-85 season, Iowa has reached the 20-win mark 18 times. Iowa won its 20th game this season in its 26th contest, marking the fastest year to 20 wins under Bluder, and fastest since the 1995-96 season. That year, the Hawkeyes won their 20th in their 21st game under head coach Angie Lee. Iowa started 20-1 and finished 27-4 while advancing to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
NO. 270 -- BLUDER NOTCHES ANOTHER MILESTONE VICTORY
Lisa Bluder surpassed C. Vivian Stringer as Iowa's all-time winningest coach on Feb. 10 as the Hawkeyes defeated Northwestern, 90-84. Bluder -- one of 13 active Division I coaches with 600 or more wins -- is 271-163 all-time as the Hawkeye head coach. Bluder scored the first points in a women's game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena as a student-athlete at Northern Iowa.
Brent Balbinot and Aaron Blau will call the action for the Hawkeye Radio Network. Hawkeye fans can listen to the contest on the Hawkeye Radio Network (AM-800 KXIC in Iowa City, AM-1360 KMJM in Cedar Rapids, AM-1040 WHO in Des Moines) or on the Hawkeye All-Access page of hawkeyesports.com. Balbinot is in his 10th season as Iowa's play-by-play voice.
FOLLOW THE ACTION:
Fans can watch the contest via the Big Ten Digital Network at video.BTN.com or via Hawkeye All-Access. Fans can also follow the action 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. Follow @IowaWBB on Twitter for game updates.
BLUDER SIGNS CONTRACT EXTENSION:
Head coach Lisa Bluder has agreed to a one-year contract extension that secures her as head coach of the women's basketball program at the University of Iowa through the 2019 basketball season, UI Director of Athletics Gary Barta announced Dec. 26, 2013.
IN THE RANKINGS:
The Hawkeyes, receiving votes (29th) in the AP Top 25 poll, have been ranked as high as No. 21/24 this season. Four Iowa opponents are ranked in the latest Associated Press/USA Today polls: Penn State (11/11), Nebraska (21/19), Purdue (23/23), Michigan State (25/RV) and Dayton (RV/25) In addition, Syracuse, Iowa State, and Michigan are receiving votes.
NCAA STREAK LEADS THE BIG TEN:
Iowa is the only Big Ten team, and one of only 13 teams in the country, to have appeared in the last six NCAA Tournaments.
Four Hawkeyes have combined to register 13 double-doubles this season: Samantha Logic (nine), Ally Disterhoft (two), Kali Peschel (one), and Bethany Doolittle (one). Logic has notched two triple-doubles this season, becoming the first Big Ten player to record two triple-doubles in the same season since former Iowa standout Kachine Alexander in 2008-09.
Purdue, ranked 23rd in both national polls, is 17-7 overall and 7-5 in conference play.
The Boilermakers are 8-2 at home this season, dropping decisions to Michigan and Penn State at Mackey Arena.
Purdue has won two straight (Ohio State, at Michigan), and six of its last eight overall.
Purdue is coached by Sharon Versyp. Versyp, a former Boilermaker, is in her eighth year at the helm of the program.
IOWA-PURDUE SERIES NOTES:
Iowa sits fourth in the Big Ten standings at 8-4, while Purdue sits a game back in fifth at 7-5.
Sunday marks the only regular season meeting between the two teams this season.
Purdue leads the all-time series, 35-28.
The Hawkeyes have won the last three meetings against the Boilermakers. Iowa swept the season series last season.
Iowa defeated No. 11 Purdue at home, 62-46, on Jan. 20, 2013, giving head coach Lisa Bluder her 600th career win.
The Hawkeyes won at No. 18 Purdue on Feb. 17, 2013, 72-52, earning their first victory in West Lafayette in more than 15 years.
THE LAST MEETING IN WEST LAFAYETTE:
Iowa shot 50 percent from the field and out-scored No. 18 Purdue, 40-25, in the second half on its way to a 72-52 victory on Feb. 17 last year at Mackey Arena. Iowa was led in scoring by Samantha Logic. The point guard scored a then career-best 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field. She also sank four of five free throw attempts and was credited with nine assists. Theairra Taylor chipped in 15 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Morgan Johnson and Melissa Dixon also scored in double-digits with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
IOWA DOWNS ILLINOIS FOR WIN NO. 20:
Iowa defeated Illinois on Feb. 13 in Iowa City, 69-55, earning its 20th win of the season.
Iowa earned its 50th win all-time against Illinois, and leads the all-time series 50-17.
The Hawkeyes have won 15 of the last 17 meetings overall against Illinois, including five straight in Iowa City, and eight of the last nine.
Iowa moves to 25-3 all-time against Illinois at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Freshman Ally Disterhoft notched her second career double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds).
Iowa has had three or more players score in double figures in each of the last 25 contests, including four in the win over Illinois (Doolittle 16, Disterhoft 13, Melissa Dixon 11, Theairra Taylor 11).
Iowa was one point away from having all five starters score in double figures, as Samantha Logic finished with nine points, seven rebounds, and six assists, while not recording a turnover.
Bethany Doolittle finished 6-of-7 from the field, notching 16 points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes.
Sophomore center Nicole Smith saw her first action of the season, recording a rebound in two minutes. She missed the first 25 games of the season due to injury.
o out-rebounded Illinois, 40-23, marking its largest positive rebound margin of the season
o out-scored Illinois in the paint, 36-10
o recorded 22 points off turnovers, limiting Illinois to seven
o tallied 12 fastbreak points, while Illinois tallied zero
IOWA DOWNS NORTHWESTERN IN MILESTONE VICTORY:
With Iowa's 90-84 victory over Northwestern (Feb. 10), UI head coach Lisa Bluder surpassed C. Vivian Stringer (269 wins) as the all-time winningest coach in program history.
Samantha Logic posted her 21st career double-double (20 points, 10 assists), finishing one rebound shy of her second-straight, and fourth-career, triple-double. She finished 7-of-7 from the foul line.
Logic has 14 career games with double-digit assists, the most in program history.
Melissa Dixon (team-high 24 points) finished 6-of-9 from 3-point range, marking the fourth time this season she has connected on six or more 3-pointers (7 vs. UNCW, 7 vs. Syracuse, 6 vs. Idaho State).
Iowa has scored 90 or more points five times this season.
LOGIC NAMED B1G PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Junior guard Samantha Logic was named Big Ten Player of Week on Feb. 11. Logic (5-foot-9) -- the Big Ten leader in assists (7.4/game) -- averaged a triple-double in Iowa's two wins last week, averaging 17.0 points, 10.0 assists and 10.0 rebounds. In the Hawkeyes' win at No. 9 Penn State on Feb. 6, Logic posted her second triple-double of the year, and the third of her career, with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. She has the most triple-doubles of any player in program history, and the most of any player in the Big Ten. Logic, who ranks fourth nationally in assists, finished one rebound shy of her second-straight triple-double in Iowa's win over Northwestern on Feb. 10, registering her 21st career double-double (20 points, 10 assists). She finished 7-of-7 from the foul line, as Bluder won her 270th career game at Iowa, surpassing C. Vivian Stringer as the all-time winningest coach in program history. The award marks Logic's fifth career Player of the Week honor, and third this season (Nov. 12, Dec. 23). Logic has been named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll four additional times this season.
A B1G-TIME ROAD WIN -- IOWA WINS AT NO. 9 PENN STATE:
The Hawkeyes won at No. 9 Penn State in their last road game on Feb. 6, 73-70, giving UI head coach Lisa Bluder her 269th career win at Iowa, tying her with C. Vivian Stringer as the all-time winningest coach in program history.
The win marked Iowa's first victory over a top-10 foe since defeating No. 10 Michigan State, 66-64, on Jan. 27, 2011.
The victory marked the Hawkeyes' first over a top-10 team away from Iowa City since defeating No. 7 Purdue, 75-70, in the 2001 Big Ten Tournament title game (March 4, 2001), and Iowa's first in a true road game since winning at No. 9 Southern California, 50-49, on Dec. 30,1993.
The wins marked Iowa's first road victory over a ranked opponent since winning at No. 18 Purdue last year, 72-52 (Feb. 14, 2013).
The victory marked the first for Iowa at Penn State since 2009.
The Hawkeyes have won four-straight Big Ten road games.
Samantha Logic finished with her second triple-double of the season, and third of her career (14 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists). The Big Ten assists leader has the most triple-doubles of any player in program history.
Freshman Ally Disterhoft equaled a career high with 24 points, missing only one shot (8-of-9 field goals, 3-of-3 3-pointers, 5-of-5 free throws).
Melissa Dixon (13 points) and Theairra Taylor (10 points) also finished in double figures.
Iowa and Penn State both finished with 30 points in the paint. The Nittany Lions opened the game with a 12-0 advantage.
The Hawkeyes led 63-58 with 8:16 to play, before Penn State went on a 10-0 run to grab a 68-63 lead with 4:26 remaining. Iowa answered, as Theairra Taylor converted a layup and Ally Disterhoft nailed a 3-pointer to even the score at 68 with 3:32 to play.
Iowa ended the game on a 10-2 run over the final 4:26.
LOGIC NAMED TO LIEBERMAN AWARD WATCH LIST:
Junior guard Samantha Logic has been named to the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Jan. 15. The award recognizes the top point guard in women's NCAA Division I college basketball. Candidates exhibit the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills of Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman. She is 1-of-2 league players named to the Watch List along with Northwestern's Ashley Deary. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame became the new host of the Nancy Lieberman Award in October 2013 after the Rotary Club of Detroit managed it for several years. The Hall of Fame appointed a premier Selection Committee made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers to review the candidates. The list will be narrowed down to a final 20 in February, then final five by March. The Lieberman Award winner will be announced during Final Four weekend activities. Previous winners of the Nancy Lieberman Award include last year's recipient Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Sue Bird (Connecticut), Renee Montgomery (Connecticut), Diana Taurasi (Connecticut), Lindsey Harding (Duke), Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga), Temeka Johnson (LSU), Kristi Toliver (Maryland), Ivory Latta (North Carolina), and Andrea Riley (Oklahoma State).
DISTERHOFT SHINES IN FIRST CAREER START(S):
Freshman Ally Disterhoft posted a double-double in her first career start at Ohio State on Jan. 19 (24 points, 10 rebounds, 12-of-12 from the line). She finished 6-for-6 from the charity stripe in the final 28 seconds. Her 12-for-12 mark from the line marks the third-best total (when shooting 100%) in the league this season, and the best performance from the line in conference only action. It also tied the program record for most free throws made (when making 100%) during a Big Ten game. Disterhoft has started the last seven games (the first starts of her career), and Iowa is 6-1 (3-0 on the road). She leads Iowa in scoring during the stretch, averaging 16.0 points per contest.
Samantha Logic is the only player in the Big Ten to average 13+ points (14.2), six+ rebounds (6.8), and six+ assists (7.4).
She leads the Big Ten in assists (7.4/game), ranks 14th in scoring (14.2), 14th in rebounding (6.7), 12th in field goal percentage (.492), 13th in free throw percentage (.813), 11th in defensive rebounds (5.0), eighth in minutes played (34.8) and second in steals (2.3) and third in assist/turnover ratio (2.0); leads the league in assists in league games only (8.0), and steals (2.8)
Logic is second in career assists (545) at Iowa. Cara Consuegra (1997-2001) is Iowa's all-time assists leader (576).
Logic is one of 26 players in Big Ten history to total 500 or more career assists.
She has posted 192 assists this season, the highest total for a junior in progam history. Cara Consuegra posted the second-most as a junior (138 in 1999-00).
Logic is 14th in the NCAA in career assists among active players, and third in assists/game (5.9).
Logic is nearly averaging a triple-double over the last 14 contests (14.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 8.2 assists).
She has registered two triple-doubles and five double-doubles during the stretch.
Logic has three career triple-doubles, the most in program history. For all active Big Ten players, there have been a total of four, with three by Logic.
Logic has notched two triple-doubles this season, becoming the first Big Ten player to record two triple-doubles in the same season since former Iowa standout Kachine Alexander in 2008-09.
Last season, Logic led the Big Ten and ranked 15th in the NCAA with 6.4 assists per game. She has led the Big Ten in the category for most of this season, and is third nationally.
Logic's 14 career games with double digit assists are the most in program history. Cara Consuegra is second with nine games of 10 or more assists. The next closest Hawkeyes on the list are Kachine Alexander, Jolette Law and Michelle Edwards, with two career games.
Logic -- who has 21 career double-doubles -- became Iowa's single-season assist record holder a year ago, breaking the mark in Iowa's win at Northwestern (March 3). Logic entered the game tied with Cara Consuegra (2000-01) at 191 assists. Logic collected seven assists at Northwestern and finished the season with 217.
Logic recorded her 13th career double-double (16 points, 14 assists) on Nov. 10, leading the Hawkeyes to a 97-93 overtime victory against No. 14 Dayton. Logic hit the game-tying 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime. The 14 assists equaled a personal best and Iowa school record, and are the most in Carver-Hawkeye Arena history. The previous high was 12 (three times).
Iowa, the Big Ten leader in assists/game (18.2) and assist/turnover ratio (1.3), is 19-1 when tallying as many or more assists than its opponents, and 14-2 when registering fewer turnovers.
The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in scoring (79.7 points/game), averaging nearly five more points than the second-highest average.
Iowa is 17-0 when leading at the half.
The Hawkeyes are 17-0 when holding their opponents to less than 80 points.
Iowa is undefeated (7-0) when shooting over 40 percent from 3-point range, undefeated (10-0) when grabbing more rebounds, and undefeated (9-0) when shooting 80% or better from the free throw line.
The Hawkeyes are 5-3 in road games this season and 8-3 overall away from Iowa City. Iowa is 4-1 in Big Ten road games.
Five Hawkeyes are averaging double figures: Samantha Logic (14.2), Bethany Doolittle (14.0), Melissa Dixon (13.7), Ally Disterhoft (13.1), and Theairra Taylor (11.2). Iowa has had three or more players score in double figures in each of the last 25 contests, including four in the win over Illinois (Doolittle 16, Disterhoft 13, Melissa Dixon 11, Theairra Taylor 11). Iowa is the only Big Ten team with three players averaging 13.5 or more points per game (Logic - 14.2, Doolittle - 14.0, Dixon - 13.7).
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS:
Samantha Logic is second in career assists (545). Cara Consuegra (1997-2001) is Iowa's all-time assists leader (576).
Melissa Dixon is tied with Kristi Smith for fifth in 3-pointers on Iowa's all-time list (185).
Bethany Doolittle is third all-time with 163 career blocks. She surpassed Megan Skouby who is now fourth with 150, during Iowa's game against Nebraska on Feb. 1. Tangela Smith is second with 235.
HAWKEYES CONTINUE TREND AGAINST RANKED FOES:
Iowa is 3-4 this season against ranked opponents:
- W vs. No. 14 Dayton (97-93 in overtime) - Nov. 10
- L at No. 16 Colorado (90-87) - Nov. 20
- W vs. No. 22 Syracuse (97-91) - Dec. 5
- L at No. 11 Iowa State (83-70) - Dec. 12
- L vs. No. 15 Penn State (87-71) - Jan. 5
- L vs. No. 23 Nebraska (80-67) - Feb. 1
- W at No. 9 Penn State (73-70) - Feb. 6
The Hawkeyes have defeated 10 top-25 opponents since the start of last season (10-8 record).
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.
This year marked the seventh 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 2012 (3-0), 1999 (0-3), 1995 (2-1), 1993 (3-0), and 1989 (1-2).
Last season marked just the second time in school history that Iowa 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 defeated three ranked opponents was in 1993 (No. 4 Louisiana Tech, No. 20 Missouri State, No. 9 Southern California).
Iowa tied the school record for number of wins over ranked teams in a season last year with seven. The Hawkeyes have accomplished the feat three other times (1995-96, 1993-94, 1992-93). Iowa faced 11 ranked teams last season, which tied for the most games against ranked opponents in a season. The only other time Iowa played 11 ranked teams in a season was in 1992-93 (7-4 record).
NCAA 1ST AND 2ND ROUND TICKETS ON SALE:
Tickets for the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds, hosted by the University of Iowa, are now on sale for UI women's basketball season ticket holders and the general public. Iowa's First and Second Round Games will be played Sunday, March 23 (4:30 and 7 p.m.) and Tuesday, March 25 (8:30 p.m.). The UI was one of 16 sites chosen to host First and Second Round Games, and 1-of-8 chosen to host in back-to-back years. Fans can order tickets by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS, visiting the Carver-Hawkeye Arena ticket office, or by visiting hawkeyesports.com.
FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES:
Check out the Iowa women's basketball Facebook page (/iowawomenshoops) or the University of Iowa Athletics Facebook page. Fans can also follow @IowaWBB or @TheIowaHawkeyes on Twitter.
The Hawkeyes continue Big Ten action on the road, traveling to Michigan on Feb. 22. Tip is set for 12:30 p.m. (CT) on BTN.