March 14, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women's basketball team travels to Notre Dame, Ind., this weekend to compete in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Iowa is a No. 9 seed and will face No. 8 seed California in first round action Sunday at 11:10 a.m. (CT).
ON YOUR TELEVISION
Sunday's game will be televised live on ESPN2, with Dave O'Brien and Doris Burke calling the action.
Fans can check the "Coverage Maps and Broadcast Options For NCAA Tournament" headline on the women's basketball page of hawkeyesports.com to find out how to view the game in your area.
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call all NCAA Tournament games for the Hawkeye Radio Network. Hawkeye fans can listen to the contest on 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.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
All NCAA Tournament games can be streamed online at ESPN3.com or by downloading the WatchESPN app for your tablet or smart phone. For a list of supporting website providers, visit ESPN3.com.
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 1,097 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa's overall record is 671-425 (.612). That includes a 340-170 (.667) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 322-91 (.780) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTES
This marks Iowa's 21st trip to the NCAA Tournament, including its fifth trip in a row. Iowa is 17-20 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes have advanced to the Sweet 16 five times, the Elite 8 three times and also played in the 1993 Final Four.
Iowa is a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time. The Hawkeyes are 2-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 9 seed. Iowa advanced to the second round as a No. 9 seed in 1997 and 2002.
The Hawkeyes have never played an NCAA Tournament game in the state of Indiana.
Iowa is 8-5 in NCAA Tournament first round games. Iowa was defeated by Gonzaga, in Spokane, last season, 92-86.
The California Golden Bears finished second in the Pac-12 behind No. 1 seed Stanford and lost to the Cardinal in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game. California enters the NCAA Tournament with a 24-9 record, including a 13-5 mark in conference play.
California is led by Layshia Clarendon, who was one of 15 players named All-Pac-12 at the end of the season. Clarendon has started all 33 games and leads the team with 12.6 points per contest. Reshanda Gray and Brittany Boyd were both named to the Pac-12 All-Freshmen team. Gray is the second leading scorer at 10.2 points per game, while Boyd is next at 10.1 points. Gennifer Brandon leads the Bears with 9.9 rebounds per game.
CALIFORNIA VS. IOWA NOTES
Iowa and California have met twice, with the Bears winning both matchups on a neutral court. California defeated Iowa in the Sun Devil/Dial Classic in Tempe in 1982 (89-66) and in the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands in 2008 (76-43). California was ranked third in the 2008 matchup.
The teams share three common opponents; Illinois, UNLV and Ohio State. California defeated Illinois (80-56) and UNLV (70-48) and dropped a two-point decision to Ohio State (77-75). The Hawkeyes defeated Illinois in overtime (69-62) and fell to UNLV (69-59) and Ohio State (84-71).
Iowa is 11-16 all-time against Pac-12 opponents. Iowa's last matchup against a Pac-12 opponent was in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes were a No. 8 seed and were defeated at top-seeded Stanford in the second round.
SUCCESS UNDER BLUDER
This season marks the ninth time in 12 seasons under head coach Lisa Bluder that Iowa has been selected for the NCAA Tournament, including each of the last five seasons. The Hawkeyes have participated in postseason play in all but one season under Bluder (two WNIT appearances).
In addition, Iowa will finish with a winning record for the 11th time in 12 seasons under Bluder. Iowa's tie for second place in the Big Ten is also the ninth time, under Bluder, the Hawkeyes recorded an upper-division finish in the conference.
NCAA STREAK RANKS HIGH IN BIG TEN
Iowa's five straight NCAA Tournament appearances is the second-longest active streak among Big Ten schools. The Hawkeyes have been an at-large selection from 2008-12.
Ohio State is the only other Big Ten program to have a longer active NCAA selection streak, having made the tournament in each of the last 10 seasons.
WAHLIN CLOSING IN ON ANOTHER RECORD
Senior Kamille Wahlin is just one game away from breaking the school record for career games played.
Wahlin has played in 126 career games, which tied the record held by Johanna Solverson.
Wahlin has also started 108 games, which ranks fourth in Iowa history. Jennie Lillis holds the career mark for starts at 121.
FINISHING REGULAR SEASON ON A HIGH NOTE
Iowa's 11 conference wins are the most since 2001-02 and the fourth-most in school history (during a 16-game conference schedule). Iowa had 15 wins in 1995-96 and 13 wins in 1997-98.
Iowa tied for second place in the Big Ten, marking the highest finish since winning the Big Ten regular season title in 2008-09.
This is the fifth-straight year that Iowa received a top-four seed in the Big Ten Tournament.
NUMBERS OVER WINNING STREAK
Iowa closed the regular season with eight-straight wins, starting with a victory over then No. 13 Purdue (Jan. 28) and ending with a win against Michigan (Feb. 26).
As a team, Iowa shot 42.7 percent from the field (211-of-494).
Iowa averaged 16.9 assists per game and held a +5.5 rebounding margin.
Morgan Johnson averaged 17.6 points and eight rebounds and shot 55.4 percent from the field (56-of-101).
Kamille Wahlin averaged 16.3 points and shot 38.1 percent from 3-point range (24-of-63).
Samantha Logic scored 13.1 points per game, grabbed 10.8 rebounds and is dished out 5.6 assists per contest.
PUTTING WINNING STREAK IN PERSPECTIVE
Iowa's eight-straight conference wins are the most consecutive Big Ten wins for Iowa since the 2007-08 season, when Iowa won eight-straight from Jan. 13-Feb. 10.
Iowa's eight-straight wins to close the regular season is the longest streak since 1989-90 when the Hawkeyes closed the regular season on a nine-game winning streak. The only other Iowa team to win eight or more games to close the regular season was in 1986-87 (11-straight wins).
HOT IN FEBRUARY
Over the past four seasons, Lisa Bluder and the Hawkeyes have compiled an impressive 31-7 mark in the month of February.
Iowa was 7-0 this season during February and went 5-2 last season.
The Hawkeyes collected a 6-2 mark during the 2009-10 season, 8-1 in 2008-09 and 5-2 in 2007-08.
Iowa closed the 2010-11 season with five-straight wins and won six of its final seven in 2009-10. The Hawkeyes won six straight to end the 2008-09 season and 11 of their last 13 in 2007-08.
STEPPING UP AFTER PRINTY GOES DOWN
Kamille Wahlin, Morgan Johnson and Samantha Logic's numbers over the past seven games have helped with the absence of Iowa's leading scorer, Jaime Printy, who suffered a torn ACL at Wisconsin (Feb. 2).
Since Printy's injury, Wahlin is averaging 17.1 points and is shooting 37.9 percent (22-of-58) from 3-point range. She also has 33 assists to just 14 turnovers.
Johnson is scoring 15.6 points per game and shooting 53.1 perecent (43-of-81) from the field.
Logic is averaging a double-double with 14.4 points and 11.1 rebounds over the seven-game stretch. She is shooting 46.1 percent (35-of-76) from the field and is also dishing out 5.9 assists per game.
WAHLIN SCORING BUCKETS TO CLOSE THE SEASON
Senior Kamille Wahlin has been Iowa's main scoring option over the last 12 games.
Dating back to Iowa's win vs. Wisconsin on Jan. 19, Wahlin is averaging 16.2 points, shooting 43 percent from the field (68-of-158) and 37 percent from 3-point distance (34-of-92). She has also converted 24-of-28 free throws (85.7 percent).
Wahlin has also created shots for her teammates with 4.1 assists per contest.
LOGIC COLLECTS TRIPLE-DOUBLE, BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Freshman Samantha Logic tallied the fourth triple-double in school history in Iowa's regular season finale against Michigan (Feb. 26). Logic finished with 13 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists. Logic's triple-double is one of only 11 in NCAA Division I women's basketball this season.
In addition, Logic collected her fourth-straight double-double in the win over Michigan. She has six double-doubles on the season.
Cara Consuegra had Iowa's first triple-double in 2000 (17 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists). Kachine Alexander had two in 2009 (10 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists; 26 points, 21 rebounds, 10 assists).
Logic earned co-Big Ten Player of the Week and Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors after Iowa's wins over Northwestern and Michigan (Feb. 27). Logic was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week in the final three weeks of the season and co-Big Ten Player of the Week in two of the last three weeks.
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 23 games, including 18 games with at least three offensive rebounds.
She has dished out at least four assists in 18 games.
Logic has scored 10 or more points 13 times.
Iowa broke the school record for team assists in a season in the win over Michigan (Feb. 26).
The record of 468 assists was set in 2003 and 2010. Iowa currently has 496 assists.
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 15th in the NCAA in assists per game (16.5) and is second in the Big Ten and 17th in the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio (1.0).
WAHLIN DELIVERS IN THE CLUTCH
Iowa's game at Michigan (Feb. 16) marked the eighth 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, give the Hawkeyes a lead or make the contest a two-possession game.
Year - Opponent - Time Remaining - Type of Shot - Result
Sr. - Michigan - 46 seconds - 3-pointer - 1 pt. lead
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
IOWA RANKS HIGH IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
Iowa is shooting 79.2 percent (437-of-552) from the free throw line, which leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth in the NCAA.
The school and Big Ten record for team single-season free throw percentage is 79.2 percent, set during the 2008-09 season. Iowa is on pace to break those records.
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 12 games with 20 or more attempts.
JOHNSON NETS 1,000
Junior Morgan Johnson became the 30th 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).
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 became just the 10th player in Iowa history to hit the 1,400 point mark in Iowa's win over Purdue (Jan. 28). Wahlin hit the 1,400-point milestone in Iowa's win over Michigan State (Feb. 12).
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.
Wahlin passed Printy for 10th place on Iowa's scoring list during the game at Michigan (Feb. 16) and currently ranks eighth in career scoring.
HAWKEYES IN FINAL CONFERENCE ONLY STATS
Iowa led the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (.367), assists (16.4) and assist/turnover ratio (1.1). The Hawkeyes tied for first in 3-pointers made per game (6.8) and second in rebounding (40.9).
Morgan Johnson was second in field goal percentage (.564) and blocks (2.1).
Kamille Wahlin was second in 3-pointers made per game (2.6).
Samantha Logic tied for second in assists (4.7).
JOHNSON FROM THE FIELD
Junior Morgan Johnson leads the Big Ten and is 10th in the nation with a 54.6 (173-of-317) field goal percentage.
Johnson has atttempted at least 10 shots in 15 of Iowa's 29 games this season. In 11 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, 9-of-13 (.692) vs. Minnesota and 7-of-14 (.500) vs. Michigan State.
PRINTY SUFFERS TORN ACL
Iowa's leading scorer, Jaime Printy, suffered a torn ACL in her left knee in Iowa's win at Wisconsin (Feb. 2). Printy underwent successful surgery on Feb. 7 and will miss the rest of the 2012 season.
Printy has started every game since her freshman season, totaling 88 starts/games played.
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).
Dixon is averaging 9.7 points and 29.7 minutes per game as a starter.
REACHING DOUBLE FIGURES
Iowa's game vs. Nebraska (March 2) marked the 21st 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 and vs. Michigan State. Four players hit double figures against Northern Iowa, Kansas State, Western Illinois, vs. Northwestern, at Indiana, at Northwestern and vs. Michigan. Three players reached double digits against Harvard, Albany, Ohio State, Illinois, Nebraska, at Purdue, vs. Wisconsin, at Nebraska, at Wisconsin, vs. Minnesota, at Michigan and vs. Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
Four Hawkeyes are currently working their way up the career records lists at Iowa.
Kamille Wahlin ranks second in career 3-pointers made (230), third in career assists (423) and eighth in career scoring (1,468). She needs 32 more 3-pointers to move past Lindsey Meder into second place, nine more assists to move past Michelle Edwards for second place and 131 more points to past Tangela Smith for seventh place.
Morgan Johnson ranks second in career blocks (225), 13th in career rebounds (624) and 29th in career scoring (1,078). She needs 11 more blocks to move past Tangela Smith for first place, 30 more rebounds to move past Shanda Berry for 12th place and 23 more points to pass Shanda Berry for 28th place.
Jaime Printy ranks fourth in career 3-pointers made (197), 11th in career scoring (1,409) and 12th in career assists (304). She needs 25 more 3-pointers to move past Wendy Ausdemore for third place, 31 more points to move past Megan Skouby for 10th place and 19 more assists to move past Lisa Anderson for 11th place.
Kelly Krei ranks sixth in career 3-pointers made (159) and 17th in career rebounds (558). She needs 27 more 3-pointers to move past Kristi Smith into sixth place and seven more rebounds to pass Necole Tunsil for 16th place.
Samantha Logic broke the Iowa record for assists by a freshman with 125. The previous record was 99 held by Jaime Printy. She is also second in steals with 44 and Johanna Solverson holds the record with 57.
HAWKEYES CONTINUE TREND AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
Iowa's win over 13th-ranked Purdue (Jan. 28) marks the 13th time under Lisa Bluder that the Hawkeyes have defeated at top-15 team.
The Hawkeyes have recorded at least one win against a top-25 team in all but two seasons under Bluder. In eight of those seasons, Iowa has knocked off at least one top-15 opponent.