Iowa Hosts Middle Tennessee in WNIT Semifinals
Nov. 12, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- THE SETTING
Tickets are $10 for adults. Youth (18 and under) and UI students are admitted free. Wednesday's game is not a part of the regular season ticket package, but season ticket holders can purchase tickets for a discounted rate of $5.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
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.
PRESEASON WNIT INFORMATION
Sixteen teams from 16 conferences compete in a three-game guarantee championship format. Iowa and Middle Tennessee compete in one semifinal, while the other semifinal pits Georgetown at North Carolina on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (CT). The two winners will play for the Preseason WNIT championship Sunday at 3 p.m. (CT) live on CBS Sports Network. The championship site will be announced after both games are completed on Wednesday.
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
SCOUTING MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Icelyn Elie netted a career-high 30 points against Memphis, adding five rebounds and four assists. Elie, along with Ebony Rowe and Kortni Jones, played all 40 minutes against Memphis. Rowe had 19 points and seven rebounds, while Jones had 14 points and eight assists.
The Blue Raiders were picked to win the Sun Belt East Division this year after claiming the conference title last year with a perfect 16-0 record. The Blue Raiders advanced to the championship game of the Sun Belt Tournament, falling to UALR in overtime. Middle Tennessee returns all five starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's team that compiled a 26-7 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth consecutive season.
The trio of Elie, Jones and Rowe were all named first team Preseason All-Sun Belt earlier this year.
HAWKEYES ADVANCE WITH WIN OVER ILLINOIS STATE
The Hawkeyes shot 78 percent from the line, converting 32-of-41 attempts. Morgan Johnson netted 12 of her 24 points at the line on a 12-of-13 effort. She missed her first free throw and converted her next 12 straight.
Iowa led by as many as 22 late in the second half and collected 18 points off its bench. Johnson led Iowa with 24 points and five blocks. Theairra Taylor chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds.
IOWA IN THE RANKINGS
Five Iowa opponents are also ranked in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls: Penn State (9th/8th), West Virginia (14th/22nd), Nebraska (15th/19th), Purdue (18th/18th) and Ohio State (20th/21st).
In addition, Middle Tennessee, Iowa State, Florida State, Michigan State, Texas and Michigan are receiving votes.
JOHNSON CLOSE TO BLOCKS RECORD
Johnson enters Wednesday's game with 232 career blocks. Tangela Smith holds the Iowa school record with 235 blocks.
Johnson currently ranks ninth in Big Ten history in career blocks.
TAYLOR HAS CAREER NIGHT
Taylor's 11 rebounds were a career high. She also tied her career high with five assists.
JOHNSON REACHES MILESTONE
NO BASKET FOR YOU
BLUDER CLOSING IN ON MILESTONE
Only 41 coaches in NCAA women's basketball history have reached the 600 career win plateau.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
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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