Feb. 21, 2014
The University of Iowa women's basketball team (20-7, 8-5) continues league action on the road this weekend, playing at Michigan (17-10, 8-6) on Saturday. Tip is set for 12:30 p.m. (CT) at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.
|Game 28 | Iowa (20-7, 8-5) at Michigan (17-10, 8-6)|
|Date:||Saturday, Feb. 22 | 12:30 p.m. (CT)|
|Location:||Ann Arbor, Mich. | Crisler Center|
|TV:||Big Ten Network (BTN2GO)|
|Radio:||Hawkeye Radio Network|
|Live Coverage:||GameTracker | Twitter Game Updates|
|All-Time Series:||Iowa leads, 44-15|
Following an 0-2 start in Big Ten play, Iowa has won six of its last eight, and 8-of-11 overall.
Iowa sits fifth in the Big Ten standings at 8-5, while Michigan sits a half-game back in sixth place at 8-6.
Iowa is 4-2 on the road in Big Ten play.
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 (14.3), 6+ rebounds (6.9), and 6+ assists (7.5).
Logic, the Big Ten leader in assists, has notched three triple-doubles this season, becoming the first Big Ten player to record three triple-doubles in a single season. The junior point guard is tied with Alyssa Thomas of Maryland for the national lead.
Logic has 999 career points. With her next basket, she will become the 31st 1,000-point scorer in program history.
Logic is the only active player in the Big Ten with 500 or more rebounds (633) and assists (556).
Freshman Ally Disterhoft has scored in double figures in her first eight career starts. Iowa is 6-2 when Disterhoft starts. She leads Iowa in scoring during the stretch, averaging 15.3 points per contest.
Iowa is averaging 79.4 points and 18.2 assists per contest, leading the Big Ten in both categories. The Hawkeyes are 22nd 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 26 contests, including four at Purdue (Taylor 19, Logic 18, Doolittle 15, Disterhoft 10).
Five Hawkeyes are averaging double figures (Logic, Dixon, Doolittle, Disterhoft, and Taylor).
Junior center Bethany Doolittle has tallied 89 blocks this season, the most in a single season in program history.
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 271-164 all-time as the Hawkeye head coach.
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 271-164 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.
WATCH LIVE ON BIG TEN NETWORK:
Saturday's contest will be televised nationally on BTN (BTN2GO). Mike Couzens and LaChina Robinson will call the action.
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call the action for the Hawkeye Radio Network. Hawkeye fans can listen to the contest on the Hawkeye All-Access page of hawkeyesports.com. Balbinot is in his 10th season as Iowa's play-by-play voice, while Till is in her ninth providing analysis.
FOLLOW THE ACTION:
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. Six Iowa opponents are ranked in the latest Associated Press/USA Today polls: Penn State (9/11), Nebraska (17/17), Purdue (21/21), Michigan State (23/RV), Dayton (RV/22), and Iowa State (RV/23).
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 14 double-doubles this season: Samantha Logic (10), Ally Disterhoft (two), Kali Peschel (one), and Bethany Doolittle (one). Logic is third in the Big Ten with 10 double-doubles this season, trailing Amanda Zahui of Minnesota (12) and Emily Cady of Nebraska (11). Logic is tied with Cady for the most during league play (seven). Logic has 21 career double-doubles, the second most among active Big Ten players (Jordan Hooper - 35).
MOST TRIPLE-DOUBLES IN A SINGLE SEASON:
Logic has notched three triple-doubles this season, becoming the first Big Ten player to record three triple-doubles in a single season. The junior point guard is tied with Alyssa Thomas of Maryland for the national lead.
Entering the 2013-14 campaign, there had only been 11 seasons in NCAA history in which a player registered three or more triple-doubles. Nicole Powell of Stanford tallied five in 2002, Tasha Pointer of Rutgers notched four in 2001, and nine other players registered three.
Logic has four career triple-doubles, the second most in Big Ten history, and the most while competing in the Big Ten. The total equals the seventh-highest total in NCAA history (Suzie McConnell, Penn State 7; Louella Tomlinson, St. Mary's (CA) 7; Nicole Powell, Stanford 6; Joskeen Garner, Northwestern St. 5; Brittney Griner, Baylor 5; Shalee Lehning, Kansas State 5).
CLOSING IN ON 1,000:
Junior guard Samantha Logic has 999 career points. With her next basket, she will become the 31st 1,000-point scorer in program history.
MOST B1G VICTORIES:
Head coach Lisa Bluder has 135 career Big Ten victories (135-92), equaling former Northwestern head coach Don Perrelli for the fifth-most in league history. Rene Portland of Penn State has the most in league history (176). Former Hawkeye head coach C. Vivian Stringer is second with 169 wins. Karen Langeland of Michigan State has the third most (156), while former Ohio State head coach Jim Foster sits fourth with 136.
Michigan is 17-10 overall and 8-6 in conference play.
The Wolverines are 6-7 at home this season.
Michigan has won two straight (at Illinois, at Indiana).
Michigan junior forward Cyesha Goree was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 25 points and 14.5 rebounds last week against Illinois and Nebraska.
Michigan is coached by Kim Barnes Arico. Barnes Arico is in her second year at the helm of the program. Michigan went 22-11 in Barnes Arico's first season, tying the mark for most wins in school history.
IOWA-MICHIGAN SERIES NOTES:
Iowa sits fifth in the Big Ten standings at 8-5, while Michigan sits a half-game back in sixth place at 8-6.
Saturday marks the only regular season meeting between the two teams this season.
Iowa leads the all-time series, 44-15.
Last season, Iowa won at Michigan, while the Wolverines won in Iowa City.
The Hawkeyes have won two-straight in Ann Arbor, three of the last four, and six of the last eight.
THE LAST MEETING IN ANN ARBOR:
Iowa won at Michigan last season on Jan. 27, 2013. Late production by Bethany Doolittle highlighted a comeback for the Hawkeyes during a 63-57 victory in front of 2,607 in Crisler Arena. Iowa trailed at the half, 32-30, before out-scoring Michigan in the second half, 33-25. Doolittle finished with a team-high 19 points, making 9-of-15 field goals. Samantha Logic posted 10 points, six rebounds and eight assists.
HAWKEYES DROP HEARTBREAKER AT NO. 23 PURDUE:
Iowa was in control for most of the game last time out at No. 23 Purdue on Feb. 16, but dropped a 74-73 decision in the final seconds inside Mackey Arena. The Hawkeyes led 44-28 at halftime, and the Boilermakers took their first lead with 1:57 left in the contest. Samantha Logic notched her third triple-double of the season, and fourth of her career, compiling 18 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Senior Theairra Taylor posted a team-high 18 points, while Bethany Doolittle (15 points) and Ally Disterhoft (10 points) also scored in double figures.
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 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.
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.
Samantha Logic finished with her second triple-double of the season, and third of her career (14 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists).
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.
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 eight games (the first starts of her career), and Iowa is 6-2 (3-1 on the road). She leads Iowa in scoring during the stretch, averaging 15.3 points per contest.
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 -- 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.
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).
Samantha Logic is the only player in the Big Ten to average 13+ points (14.3), 6+ rebounds (6.9), and 6+ assists (7.5).
She leads the Big Ten in assists (7.5/game), ranks 13th in scoring (14.3), 13th in rebounding (6.9), 13th in field goal percentage (.489), 13th in free throw percentage (.823), 11th in defensive rebounds (5.0), eighth in minutes played (35.0) and second in steals (2.4) and third in assist/turnover ratio (2.1); leads the league in assists in league games only (8.2), and steals (3.0)
Logic is second in career assists (556) 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 203 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). The single-season record in program history is 217, set by Logic last season.
Logic is 12th in the NCAA in career assists among active players, and third in career assists/game (6.0).
Logic is nearly averaging a triple-double over the last 15 contests (14.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 8.3 assists).
She has registered three triple-doubles and five double-doubles during the stretch.
Logic has four career triple-doubles, the most in program history. For all active Big Ten players, there have been a total of five, with four by Logic.
Logic has notched three triple-doubles this season, becoming the first Big Ten player to record three in a single season.
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 15 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 22 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).
HAWKEYES IN BIG TEN PLAY:
Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder, the dean of Big Ten coaches, is a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2001, 2008 and 2010). She has guided Iowa to nine upper-division finishes in the Big Ten in 13 seasons. Iowa won a share of the Big Ten regular season championship in 2008 and finished in a three-way tie for second in 2009. The Hawkeyes clinched a share of the title in 2008 with a win at Wisconsin in the regular season finale (March 2, 2008).
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 14-3 when registering fewer turnovers.
The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in scoring (79.4 points/game), averaging four more points than the second-highest average.
Iowa is 17-1 when leading at the half.
The Hawkeyes are 17-1 when holding their opponents to less than 80 points.
Iowa is 7-1 when shooting over 40 percent from 3-point range, 10-1 when grabbing more rebounds, and 9-1 when shooting 80 percent or better from the free throw line.
The Hawkeyes are 5-4 in road games this season and 8-4 overall away from Iowa City. Iowa is 4-2 in Big Ten road games.
Five Hawkeyes are averaging double figures: Samantha Logic (14.3), Bethany Doolittle (14.1), Melissa Dixon (13.4), Ally Disterhoft (13.0), and Theairra Taylor (11.5). Iowa has had three or more players score in double figures in each of the last 26 contests, including four at Purdue (Taylor 19, Logic 18, Doolittle 15, Disterhoft 10). Iowa is 1-of-2 Big Ten teams, joining Illinois, with three players averaging 13.4 or more points per game (Logic - 14.3, Doolittle - 14.1, Dixon - 13.4).
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS:
Samantha Logic is second in career assists (556). Cara Consuegra (1997-2001) is Iowa's all-time assists leader (576).
Melissa Dixon is fifth in 3-pointers on Iowa's all-time list (187). She surpassed Kristi Smith during Iowa's game at Purdue on Feb. 16. Wendy Ausdemore is fourth all-time with 221.
Bethany Doolittle is third all-time with 167 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.
Iowa has played 1,159 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa's overall record is 712-447 (.613). That includes a 356-183 (.660) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 347-100 (.776) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
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 at home next week, hosting Ohio State on Thursday at 6 p.m. (CT) in their regular season home finale. Iowa will honor Theairra Taylor on Senior Night. The contest will be televised live by BTN.