March 8, 2014
The 23rd-ranked University of Iowa women's basketball team (26-7, 11-5) faces No. 15 Nebraska (24-6, 12-4) in the Big Ten Tournament championship game on Sunday. Tip-off between the Hawkeyes (No. 5 seed) and the Huskers (No. 3 seed) inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis is set for noon (CT) on ESPN. Iowa defeated No. 8 seed Ohio State in the semifinals on Saturday, 77-73, while Nebraska defeated No. 2 seed and 19th-ranked Michigan State, 86-58.
|Game 34 | #15 Nebraska (24-6) vs. #23 Iowa (26-7)|
|Date:||Sunday, March 9 | Noon (CT)|
|Location:||Indianapolis | Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|Live Coverage:||GameTracker | Twitter Game Updates|
|All-Time Series:||Nebraska leads, 11-7|
WATCH LIVE ON ESPN:
ESPN will televise Sunday's championship game. Joe Davis and Stephanie White will call the action.
Brent Balbinot and Kristi Faulkner 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. Faulkner, a former Hawkeye, was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
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.
LOGIC, DOOLITTLE, DISTERHOFT EARN ALL-BIG TEN HONORS:
Three University of Iowa women's basketball players -- Samantha Logic, Bethany Doolittle, and Ally Disterhoft -- received All-Big Ten recognition. Logic was a unanimous first team selection by the coaches, and a first team selection by the media. Doolittle garnered second team honors from both the coaches and media, and was named to the All-Defensive team. Disterhoft was one of five league rookies named to the All-Freshman team, while also garnering honorable mention all-league accolades. Senior Theairra Taylor earned Iowa's Sportsmanship Award nomination. Logic becomes the 18th Iowa player to garner first-team All-Big Ten honors, marking the most of any Big Ten program. Kachine Alexander was the last Hawkeye to earn first team honors (2010, 2011).
MOST WINS SINCE 1995-96:
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. Iowa's 26 wins mark the highest total under UI head coach Lisa Bluder, and the highest since Iowa finished 27-4 in 1995-96.
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.
B1G TOURNAMENT NOTES:
Iowa last advanced to the tournament title game in 2010, falling to Ohio State, 66-64.
The Hawkeyes have made three title game appearances.
Iowa won the Big Ten Tournament in 2001 and 1997.
The Hawkeyes downed Purdue in the 2001 title game, 75-70, in Grand Rapids, Mich., during head coach Lisa Bluder's first season at Iowa.
Iowa defeated Illinois, 63-56, in Indianapolis in the 1997 title game.
Iowa is 20-17 overall in the Big Ten Tournament, which includes championships in 1997 and 2001 (Lisa Bluder's first season).
Iowa is one of four league schools (Purdue, Ohio State, Penn State) with two or more tournament titles. Purdue, Ohio State, and Penn State are the only schools with more wins in tournament history.
Iowa has been the No. 5 seed once in tournament history, falling to Michigan State in the quarterfinals in 2006.
Coach Bluder holds a 14-12 record in Big Ten Tournament games; only four league coaches have won more tournament games in the history of the tournament.
No. 5 seeds have a combined record of 20-16 in the Big Ten Tournament. Three No. 5 seeds have won the tournament, the last coming in 2011 (Ohio State).
Iowa (No. 9 seed) defeated Minnesota (No. 8 seed), 57-44, in the first ever Big Ten Tournament game in 1995.
Iowa is trying to become the first team in tournament history to win the title without a first round bye.
IOWA TOPS OHIO STATE IN SEMIFINALS:
Iowa defeated Ohio State on Saturday in the semifinals, 77-73. The Hawkeyes claimed all three meetings this season against the Buckeyes.
The Hawkeyes never trailed during the victory.
The Hawkeyes have won six-straight games, and nine of their last 10.
Iowa leads the Big Ten in overall victories (26).
Iowa is 13-4 away from Iowa City this season: 7-4 in true road games, and 6-0 in neutral site contests. The Hawkeyes are 9-2 against Big Ten opponents away from Iowa City, with two losses coming by a combined three points.
Junior Melissa Dixon finished with four 3-pointers, becoming the fifth player in program history to convert 200+ 3-pointers.
Freshman Ally Disterhoft finished with 18 points. She is second in freshman scoring in program history with 429 points. (Jaime Printy has the most during a freshman season - 501)
Senior Theairra Taylor finished with a game-high 21 points. She has scored in double figures in 15 of the last 18 games.
Iowa has had three or more players score in double figures in each of the last 32 contests (all but one game this season - the season-opener).
HAWKEYES DOWN NO. 16 PURDUE IN QUARTERFINALS:
No. 23 Iowa downed No. 16 Purdue, 87-80, in the quarterfinals on Friday in the 4/5 matchup.
All five Iowa starters finished in double figures during the win over Purdue (Dixon 18, Taylor 17, Doolittle 16, Logic 12, Disterhoft 12).
Junior point guard Samantha Logic notched her 11th double-double of the season, and 23rd of her career (12 points, 11 assists). She also notched her 17th career double-digit assist performance, the most in program history.
Iowa finished 22-of-24 from the free throw line (91.7%), out-rebounded Purdue (36-34), and scored 32 points off 20 Purdue turnovers.
IOWA DEFEATS ILLINOIS IN FIRST ROUND:
Iowa defeated Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on March 5, 81-62.
Junior center Bethany Doolittle finished with a career-best 26 points. Iowa's record for most points in a Big Ten Tournament game is 28 by Tangela Smith (1998 vs. Ohio State).
Freshman Ally Disterhoft posted her third double-double of the season (14 points and 12 rebounds).
This season marks the third time that Iowa has had a rematch in the Big Ten Tournament against its opponent in the regular season finale, and the second time it has happened against Illinois. In 1996, Iowa defeated Illinois (73-55) to close the regular season and knocked off the Fighting Illini (74-56) in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Last season, Iowa finished the regular season with a win over Northwestern (62-45), and opened the Big Ten Tournament with a win over the Wildcats in the first round (60-55).
The Hawkeyes finished 6-2 in Big Ten road games this season, with both losses coming by a combined three points. Iowa dropped its league opener at then-undefeated Indiana (86-84) on Jan. 2, and fell at No. 23 Purdue on Feb. 16, 74-73. Overall, Iowa is 13-4 away from Iowa City this season: 7-4 in true road games, and 6-0 in neutral site contests. The Hawkeyes' two nonconference road losses came against top-25 teams (No. 16 Colorado, No. 11 Iowa State).
MOST TRIPLE-DOUBLES IN A SINGLE SEASON:
Junior Samantha Logic has notched three triple-doubles this season, becoming the first Big Ten player to record three triple-doubles in a single season. The point guard is second nationally; Alyssa Thomas of Maryland has four this season. 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).
A NEW ALL-TIME ASSISTS LEADER:
Junior Samantha Logic (603 career assists) surpassed Cara Consuegra (1997-2001; 576) as Iowa's all-time assists leader during the team's win at Illinois on March 2 in the regular season finale. She finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Logic surpassed Stephanie White (Purdue) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota) for ninth in league history (578) during Iowa's opening round win over Illinois. Ohio State's Samantha Parahalis is first in league history with 901 career assists. Logic has 250 assists this season, setting a new school record. She topped her own mark of 217 set last season.
LOGIC BECOMES IOWA'S 31ST 1,000-POINT SCORER:
Junior guard Samantha Logic notched a game-high 19 points in Iowa's win at Michigan on Feb. 22, becoming the 31st 1,000-point scorer in program history.
Four Hawkeyes have combined to register 16 double-doubles this season: Samantha Logic (11), Ally Disterhoft (three), Kali Peschel (one), and Bethany Doolittle (one). Logic is fifth in the Big Ten with 11 double-doubles this season. She has notched the second-most in league play (seven). Logic has 23 career double-doubles, the second most among active Big Ten players (Jordan Hooper - 36).
IOWA-NEBRASKA SERIES NOTES:
Nebraska is 24-6 overall. The Huskers defeated Minnesota (80-67) in the Big Ten Quarterfinals before topping Michigan State in the semifinals (86-58).
Nebraska is coached by Connie Yori. Yori, in her 12th season at the helm, is the winningest head coach in program history.
Nebraska leads the all-time series against Iowa, 11-7.
The Huskers have have won all seven meetings against the Hawkeyes since joining the Big Ten, with three coming in Iowa City, two in Lincoln, and two at the Big Ten Tournament. Iowa had won six of the previous seven meetings.
Iowa freshman Alexa Kastanek is a native of Lincoln, Neb. She attended Lincoln Southeast High School.
The University of Iowa women's basketball program honored senior Theairra Taylor following Iowa's win over Ohio State on Feb. 27. Taylor, Iowa's lone senior, is a native of St. Paul, Minn. She suffered her third ACL injury in a 20-month span during preseason workouts in 2010, and missed a total of 53 games with ACL injuries from 2009 through 2011. Taylor has started 75 career games and played in 108. She has started every game since the start of last season, and was named Iowa's Most Improved Player last year. Taylor, a 2013-14 team co-captain, has scored in double figures in 15 of the last 18 games, while scoring nine points twice. Join us in thanking Taylor by including #thanksTheairra in your social media posts.
IN THE RANKINGS:
The Hawkeyes are ranked 23rd in the AP Top 25 poll, and have been ranked as high as No. 21/24 this season. Five Iowa opponents are ranked in the latest Associated Press/USA Today polls: Penn State (11/11), Nebraska (16/15), Purdue (17/16), Michigan State (19/23), and Iowa State (RV/21). In addition, Syracuse and Dayton are receiving votes.
BLUDER BECOMES IOWA'S ALL-TIME WINNINGEST COACH:
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 276-164 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.
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.
MOST B1G VICTORIES:
Head coach Lisa Bluder has 138 career Big Ten victories (136-92), surpassing former Ohio State head coach Jim Foster (136) for the fourth-most in league history. Rene Portland of Penn State has the most in conference history (176). Former Hawkeye head coach C. Vivian Stringer is second with 169 wins, and Karen Langeland of Michigan State has the third most (156).
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 is one of 13 active Division I coaches with 600 or more wins.
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 10 upper-division finishes in the Big Ten in 14 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). Since the 2008 season, Iowa has finished first once, second twice, third twice, fourth once, and seventh once.
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 14 games (the first starts of her career), and Iowa is 12-2 (5-1 on the road). She has scored in double figures 12 times.
Iowa leads the Big Ten in overall victories (26).
Iowa, the Big Ten leader in assists/game (18.3) and assist/turnover ratio (1.3), is 24-1 when tallying as many or more assists than its opponents, and 19-3 when registering fewer turnovers.
The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in scoring (78.8 points/game), averaging three more points than the second-highest average.
Iowa is 22-1 when leading at the half.
The Hawkeyes are 22-1 when holding their opponents to less than 80 points.
Iowa is 10-1 when shooting over 40 percent from 3-point range, 12-1 when grabbing more rebounds, and 12-1 when shooting 80 percent or better from the free throw line.
The Hawkeyes are 7-4 in road games this season and 13-4 overall away from Iowa City. Iowa is 6-2 in Big Ten road games, and 9-2 against Big Ten opponents away from Iowa City.
Five Hawkeyes are averaging double figures: Bethany Doolittle (14.4), Melissa Dixon (13.5), Samantha Logic (13.3), Ally Disterhoft (13.0), and Theairra Taylor (12.4). Iowa is the only Big Ten team with five players averaging double figures. Iowa has had three or more players score in double figures in each of the last 31 contests, including all five starters in the win over Purdue in the quarterfinals (Dixon 18, Taylor 17, Doolittle 16, Disterhoft 12, Logic 12). The only game this season in which Iowa has not had three or more in double figures came in the season-opening win over UC Riverside (70-65) on Nov. 8. Samantha Logic scored 28 points, and four other Hawkeyes scored seven or more points. Iowa is the only Big Ten team with three players averaging 13.2 or more points per game (Doolittle - 14.3, Logic - 13.7, Dixon - 13.4).
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS:
Samantha Logic (603 career assists) surpassed Cara Consuegra (1997-2001; 576) as Iowa's all-time assists leader during Iowa's win at Illinois on March 2 in the regular season finale. She ranks ninth in Big Ten history.
Melissa Dixon is fifth in 3-pointers on Iowa's all-time list (203). 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 180 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 4-5 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
- L at No. 23 Purdue (74-73) - Feb. 16
- W vs. No. 16 Purdue (87-80) - March 7
The Hawkeyes have defeated 11 top-25 opponents since the start of last season (11-9 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).
Iowa has played 1,165 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa's overall record is 718-447 (.613). That includes a 359-183 (.660) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 348-100 (.776) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
HAWKEYES PERFECT ON BIG TEN NETWORK:
Iowa finished 12-0 this year when playing on the Big Ten Network.
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.
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