Iowa Hosts NIU in Preseason WNIT Opener
Nov. 8, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- THE SETTING
Tickets are $10 for adults. Youth (18 and under) and UI students are admitted free.
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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.
Fans who have a ticket to the women's game are invited to stay for the men's game that follows at 8 p.m., but seating will be limited. Fans are encouraged to purchase a men's ticket to guarantee seating for the 8 p.m. game.
PRESEASON WNIT INFORMATION
Sixteen teams from 16 conferences compete in a three-game guarantee championship format. The event opens Nov. 9 with first round games. Second-round games will be played Nov. 11. If Iowa defeats Northern Illinois, the Hawkeyes will host a second round game Sunday at 2 p.m. The semifinals are set for Nov. 14-15 and the championship will be held Nov. 18. Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games Nov. 16-17 at a participating school site.
The consolation bracket will be re-drawn with regard to matchups based on geography of teams involved, who is able to host and recent history of the teams. The consolation bracket will be released after the completion of first round games on Nov. 10.
The official tournament website is womensnit.com. Fans can also follow the WNIT on Facebook and on Twitter (@womensNIT). The official Twitter hashtag of the tournament is #WNIT.
IOWA IN THE PRESEASON WNIT
HAWKEYES IN SEASON OPENERS
SCOUTING NORTHERN ILLINOIS
The Huskies return two starters in Amanda Corral and Jenna Thorp from last year's squad. Corral was Northern Illinois' second-leading scorer with 10 points per contest and started all 31 games. Thorp played in 30 games with 20 starts and averaged 4.3 points and 3.8 rebounds. Nine of Northern Illinois' 14 players are underclassmen.
Northern Illinois is led by second-year head coach Kathi Bennett, who previously served as the head coach at Indiana and as an assistant coach at Wisconsin.
The Huskies defeated Indiana Wesleyan, 45-42, in an exhibition on Nov. 5. Corral led Northern Illinois with 12 points, while Satavia Taylor had nine points and five rebounds.
HAWKEYES TOP QUINCY IN EXHIBITION
Three Hawkeyes scored double figures, led by a game-high 28 points by sophomore Melissa Dixon. Sophomore Samantha Logic added 13 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Senior Morgan Johnson had 12 points and nine rebounds.
DIXON STARTS OFF HOT
IOWA IN THE RANKINGS
Five Iowa opponents are also ranked in the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls: Penn State (8th/8th), Purdue (18th/21st), Nebraska (19th/18th), Ohio State (21st/19th) and West Virginia (22nd/17th).
In addition, Iowa State, Texas, LSU, West Virginia and Florida State are receiving votes.
PRINTY NAMED SENIOR CLASS AWARD NOMINEE
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Printy has excelled both on and off the court during her career. The Marion, Iowa, native is one of the most decorated players in Iowa history, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 2010, Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America accolades as a sophomore and All-Big Ten recognition as a junior.
Off the court, Printy has been named Capital One Academic All-District, is a member of the Dean's List and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. She is active in the eastern Iowa community, volunteering with numerous charities, organizations and local elementary schools.
JOHNSON NAMED PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN
Johnson was one of seven players chosen by the league coaches for the Preseason All-Big Ten team. She was joined on the coaches team by Rachel Banham (Minnesota), Jordan Hooper (Nebraska), Tayler Hill (Ohio State), Courtney Moses (Purdue) and Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas (Penn State).
The media Preseason All-Big Ten team consisted of Hooper and Lindsey Moore (Nebraska), Hill, Bentley and Lucas.
Johnson was a second team All-Big Ten selection as a junior last season, averaging 14.9 points and 6.6 rebounds. She led the Big Ten and ranked seventh in the NCAA in field goal percentage (54.9). She also ranked second in the Big Ten and 26th in the country in blocks per game (2.3).
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
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.
IOWA SELECTED TO HOST NCAA 1ST AND 2ND ROUNDS
The Iowa City site will host first round games on Sunday, March 24 at 4 and 6:30 p.m. The second round contest will be on Tuesday, March 26 at 8:30 p.m.
Fans can take advantage of a special advanced sale rate that runs until Jan. 1. All-session tickets are just $25 for adults and $15 for youth (18 and under), UI students and seniors (50+). The first 500 fans purchasing all-session tickets will receive a souvenir t-shirt.
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