March 24, 2014
The 19th-ranked University of Iowa women's basketball team (27-8, 11-5), a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, will play fourth-ranked and No. 3 seed Louisville (31-4, 16-2) at 8:35 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The winner will advance to the Sweet 16 to face the winner of No. 2 West Virginia/No. 7 LSU on March 30 in Louisville.
Fans can order tickets by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS, visiting the Carver-Hawkeye Arena ticket office, or by visiting hawkeyesports.com.
Louisville defeated No. 14 seed Idaho in the first game on Sunday, 88-42, while the Hawkeyes downed 11th-seeded Marist, 87-65, in the second contest.
WATCH LIVE ON ESPN2:
ESPN2 will televise Tuesday's game between Iowa and Louisville. Holly Rowe and Brenda VanLengen will call the action. The duo called the action last season at the Iowa City First and Second Round games.
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till 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, 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.
MOST WINS SINCE 1995-96:
Iowa's 27 wins mark the highest total under UI head coach Lisa Bluder, and the highest since Iowa finished 27-4 in 1995-96. Six of Iowa's eight losses have come against ranked opponents.
The Hawkeyes' 27 victories equal the second-highest total in program history. Iowa also won 27 games in 1995-96 (27-4), 1992-93 (27-4), and 1988-89 (27-5). The program record for single-season victories is 29, as the Hawkeyes went 29-2 during the 1987-88 season.
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.
NCAA STREAK LEADS THE BIG TEN:
Iowa is the only Big Ten team, and one of only 14 teams in the country, to have appeared in the last seven NCAA Tournaments.
HAWKEYES AT CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA:
Iowa is 14-3 at home this season, and 89-22 in its last 111 games inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes are 349-100 (.776) all-time inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and 11-5 in NCAA Tournament games.
Iowa's 14 home wins equal the second-highest single-season total in program history. The 14 wins are the most in Iowa City since the Hawkeyes finished 14-0 in the 1995-96 season. Iowa also won 14 home games in 1988-89 (14-0), 1987-88 (14-0), 1986-87 (14-1), 1985-86 (14-1). The program record for home wins is 15, as the Hawkeyes finished 15-0 in 1992-93. Iowa advance to the NCAA Final Four that season.
Tuesday's Second Round game marks the first meeting between Iowa and Louisville.
Louisville finished as the NCAA runner-up last year.
Louisville is 31-4 overall, and finished 16-2 in the American Athletic Conference.
Three of Louisville's four losses have come against top-ranked Connecticut. The other loss came at No. 7 Kentucky.
Louisville is coached by Jeff Walz. Walz is in his seventh season at the helm. In his first six seasons, he has guided the Cardinals to two Final Four appearances and National Runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2013 along with four Sweet 16 appearances.
HAWKEYES DOWN MARIST IN FIRST ROUND:
Iowa, the No. 6 seed in the Louisville Region, defeated 11th-seeded Marist on March 23 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, 87-65, advancing to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season.
All five Hawkeye starters finished in double figures (Taylor 22, Doolittle 21, Dixon 12, Logic 11, Disterhoft 10).
Senior Theairra Taylor equaled a career high with 22 points, converting a career-best five 3-pointers. The five 3-pointers equal an Iowa NCAA Tournament record.
Junior Samantha Logic finished with 11 points, nine rebounds, and 10 assists, registering her 24th career double-double. There have been 13 triple-doubles in NCAA Tournament history.
Iowa shot a season-high 57.1 percent from the field against Marist.
The Hawkeyes shot 62.1 percent, including an 8-of-12 effort from 3-point land, in the second half.
NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTES:
Iowa is 1-of-21 teams to advance to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons.
Iowa will face the reigning NCAA runner-up in the Second Round for the second-straight season on Tuesday when it faces Louisville. The Hawkeyes fell to Notre Dame last year in the Second Round.
This marks Iowa's 23rd trip to the NCAA Tournament, including its seventh trip in a row. Iowa is 19-22 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's 19 tournament wins are the fourth-most among any Big Ten team, and Iowa's 23 NCAA Tournament appearances are the third-most.
Iowa's 23 NCAA Tournament appearances ties the Hawkeyes with LSU for 10th on the all-time list.
Iowa is the only Big Ten team, and one of only 14 teams in the country, to have appeared in the last seven NCAA Tournaments. The other teams include Baylor, Fresno State, DePaul, Tennessee, Stanford, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt, Duke, Georgia, Marist, Texas A&M, Connecticut and Iowa State.
Head coach Lisa Bluder has led the Hawkeyes to 11 NCAA Tournament appearances in her 14 years at Iowa.
The 2014 NCAA Championships marks the 13th time the University of Iowa has served as a host. Iowa hosted its first NCAA action in 1986 when it was one of four regional final sites. Carver-Hawkeye Arena also hosted from 1987-90, 1992-94, 1996, 1998, 2009, and 2013. The Hawkeyes hold a 10-5 record in NCAA Tournament games held in Iowa City.
Iowa is a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in program history. Iowa was last a No. 6 seed in 2011, falling at Gonzaga (92-86) in the First Round. The Hawkeyes were also a No. 6 seed in 1991. Iowa won at Montana in the First Round that year before falling to Washington in Seattle.
Iowa is 10-6 in NCAA Tournament First Round games. Iowa defeated Miami last season in the First Round in Iowa City.
HAWKEYES FACE TOUGH SLATE:
Iowa faced nine teams that will participate in this year's NCAA Tournament, finishing 6-6 against those teams. The Hawkeyes played five nonconference games against NCAA Tournament teams (Dayton, North Dakota, Syracuse, USC and Iowa State). Four other Big Ten teams were selected (Purdue, Penn State, Nebraska and Michigan State).
The five Big Ten teams in the NCAA Championship field were each seeded sixth or higher in their respective regionals, making the Big Ten one of two conferences with five or more teams earning at least a No. 6 seed. Among the conferences with five or more teams selected to the field, the Big Ten carries the highest average seed at 4.4.
Nine Big Ten teams earned postseason berths, equaling the most in conference history. Big Ten teams are 12-0 this postseason (5-0 in the NCAA Tournament, 7-0 in the WNIT) entering action on Monday.
The Iowa City First/Second Round site featured the most combined wins of any of the 16 sites (108), entering the NCAA Tournament. No. 3 seed Louisville entered the tournament at 30-4 and No. 14 seed Idaho is 25-8. The Hawkeyes, seeded sixth, are 26-8 while 11th-seeded Marist is 27-6.
A RUN TO REMEMBER IN INDY:
Iowa enjoyed a run to remember on March 6-9 at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. The Hawkeyes knocked off Illinois (81-62), No. 16 Purdue (87-80), and Ohio State (77-73) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse before falling to 15th-ranked Nebraska in the title game (72-65). Iowa was forced to defeat the Illini and the Buckeyes after playing them a week earlier during the final week of the regular season. The Hawkeyes won all six meetings (three each) against Illinois and Ohio State. Defeating a team three times in one season is no easy feat, and Iowa did it twice during its run in the Circle City. In the quarterfinals, Iowa avenged its only meeting with the Boilermakers during the regular season: a heartbreaking 74-73 loss in West Lafayette. It also marked the end of Purdue's quest for a three-peat at the Big Ten Tournament. Juniors Bethany Doolittle and Samantha Logic and freshman Ally Disterhoft were named to the all-tournament team.
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).
ANOTHER TOP ATTENDANCE YEAR:
Entering the NCAA Tournament, Iowa ranks 22nd in the country in attendance, averaging 4,312 fans per contest. This year marks the fourth-straight season that Iowa has ranked inside the top 25 in attendance. The Hawkeyes were 19th in attendance in each of the last two years, and were 13th in 2010.
Last year, the First Round of the Iowa City Regional drew 6,836 fans, which was the third-best attended site among the 16 host sites in the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Championships. Only Waco (9,540) and College Station (7,225) had a better attendance figure than Iowa City. Iowa City also had the sixth-best figure for Second Round games (4,942) and the fifth-highest total attendance (11,778).
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 (619 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 266 assists this season, setting a new school record. The figure is the fourth-highest single-season total in Big Ten history. 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. She ranks 28th on Iowa's all-time scoring list (1,067 points).
Four Hawkeyes have combined to register 17 double-doubles this season: Samantha Logic (12), Ally Disterhoft (three), Kali Peschel (one), and Bethany Doolittle (one). Logic is fifth in the Big Ten with 12 double-doubles this season. She has notched the second-most in league play (seven). Logic has 24 career double-doubles, the second most among active Big Ten players.
IN THE RANKINGS:
The Hawkeyes are ranked 19th in the AP Top 25 poll and 23rd in the USA Today coaches poll. Five Iowa opponents are ranked in the latest Associated Press/USA Today polls: Nebraska (13/12), Penn State (14/15), Purdue (17/19), Michigan State (20/24), USC (25/RV), and Iowa State (--/23). In addition, Dayton is receiving votes.
Five Hawkeyes are averaging double figures: Bethany Doolittle (14.4), Melissa Dixon (13.4), Samantha Logic (13.3), Ally Disterhoft (13.1), 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 34 contests. The only game this season where Iowa did not have 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 four players averaging 13.0 or more points per game (Doolittle - 14.4, Dixon - 13.4, Logic - 13.3, Disterhoft - 13.1).
DISTERHOFT SHINES IN FIRST CAREER START(S):
Freshman Ally Disterhoft has started the last 16 games (the first starts of her career), and Iowa is 13-3 (5-1 on the road). She has scored in double figures 15 times during that stretch. 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.
Iowa leads the Big Ten in overall victories (27).
Iowa, the Big Ten leader in assists/game (18.2) and assist/turnover ratio (1.3), is 25-2 when tallying as many or more assists than its opponents, and 19-4 when registering fewer turnovers.
The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in scoring (78.9 points/game), averaging three more points than the second-highest average.
Iowa is 23-1 when leading at the half.
The Hawkeyes are 23-2 when holding their opponents to less than 80 points.
Iowa is 11-1 when shooting over 40 percent from 3-point range, 13-1 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 13-5 overall away from Iowa City. Iowa is 6-2 in Big Ten road games, and 9-3 against Big Ten opponents away from Iowa City.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS:
Samantha Logic (619 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 (209). 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 183 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 4-6 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
- L vs. No. 15 Nebraska (72-65) - March 9
The Hawkeyes have defeated 11 top-25 opponents since the start of last season (11-10 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 1,167 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa's overall record is 719-448 (.613). That includes a 359-183 (.660) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 349-100 (.776) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
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