Hawkeyes To Host Boston College
Dec. 1, 2009
IOWA CITY - THE SETTING
Single-game tickets are $9 for adults. Youth (18 and under) are admitted free for weekday games and are charged $5 for weekend games.
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BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE
Iowa is 0-2 in Challenge games, losing to Georgia Tech (76-57) at home in 2007, and at Duke (71-47) in 2008.
The Big Ten Conference is looking for its first win, as a conference, in the annual Challenge.
SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE
Carolyn Swords was named the Hoops For the Cure Tournament MVP after scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds in the championship game. She is both the team's leading scorer (17.2) and rebounder (10.3). Michel Picco was named to the all-tournament team, and is averaging 13.8 points and leads the team with 23 assists. Jasmine Gill (11.8) and Ayla Brown (10.5) are also averaging double figures.
Sylvia Crawley is in her second season at Boston College. She entered the season with a 61-37 overall record, including a 23-12 mark at Boston College.
HAWKEYES SPLIT GAMES IN RENO
The Hawkeyes led by as many as 11 against West Virginia, but couldn't hold on to the victory. West Virginia limited Iowa to just one field goal in the final 4:35, and out-scored the Hawkeyes, 44-24 in the paint. Freshman Jaime Printy led Iowa with 17 points, six rebounds and eight assists in the loss.
Iowa came away with a nailbiting three-point win against Columbia Saturday. Sophomore Kamille Wahlin hit the game-winning three with 10 seconds left for the win. Saturday's game was close throughout, with 15 ties and 30 lead changes. Wahlin, along with Morgan Johnson led the way with 18 points.
PRINTY NAMED BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Printy averaged 16.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists, as the Hawkeyes posted a 2-1 record last week. Printy recorded her first-ever 20-point game against William & Mary, adding nine rebounds with five assists. Against West Virginia in the first round of the Nugget Classic in Reno, Printy netted 16 points with four boards and five assists in the close, three-point loss. The Marion, IA, native scored Iowa's first eight points against the Mountaineers, and made her first four shots, including a perfect 3-3 from distance.
Printy saved her best for last in Iowa's win over Columbia. She scored 12 points with five rebounds and three assists in the thrilling win. Printy nailed a three-pointer with 52 seconds left to tie the game, giving Iowa a chance to win on its next possession.
WAHLIN ON ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS
In the season-opening Hawkeye Challenge, Wahlin netted 13 points and added three rebounds.
She was clutch down the stretch in the championship against Illinois State, scoring seven points during Iowa's crucial 12-2 run in the final three minutes of the second half to give the Hawkeyes the victory. Wahlin drained a three-pointer with 3:46 left to give Iowa a one-point lead (64-63). She then hit a jumper with 37 second left, extending Iowa's lead to five points (70-65). Wahlin added two free throws on the next trip down the court to seal the win.
Wahlin scored 16 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out five assists against West Virginia in the Nugget Classic. She followed with 18 points, including the game-winning three-pointer with 10 seconds left, to go along with three points and four assists against Columbia in the consolation game.
JOHNSON'S BIG GAME AGAINST COLUMBIA
Johnson finished with 18 points on 6-8 shooting, along with 12 rebounds (three offensive, nine defensive). Both numbers are career-highs.
HAWKEYES TIE FREE-THROW MARK
NUGGET CLASSIC TIP-INS
The Hawkeyes converted .467 (7-15) from distance in the second half against Columbia, which was a season-high.
Junior Kachine Alexander is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a stress fracture in her right leg.
Sophomore Shante Jones is questionable for Wednesday's game with a foot injury.
Sophomore Hannah Draxten is questionable for Wednesday's game with a herniated disc in her back.
ALEXANDER'S NUMBERS WILL BE MISSED
Hawkeye underclassmen are for 85 percent of the teams' points (418-494), 68 percent of rebounds (194-285), 84 percent of minutes played (1172-1400), 86 percent of assists (93-108), 75 percent of steals (33-44) and 87 percent of blocks (27-31).
DRAINING FROM DISTANCE
Individually, sophomore Kamille Wahlin is leading the conference in three-pointers made (22, 3.14 per game) and 10th in three-point percentage (.431, 22-51). She also ranks third in scoring (17.7) and has played the most minutes of any player in the conference (251, 35.9).
ALEXANDER NAMED CO-BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alexander recorded double-doubles in each of Iowa's first two games. She tied a Hawkeye Challenge tournament record by grabbing 18 rebounds (nine offensive, nine defensive), along with netting 19 points in Iowa's season-opening win over Santa Clara. Both her 19 points and 18 rebounds were game highs.
Alexander followed on Sunday with a 21 point, 12 rebound (nine offensive, three defensive) performance in the championship game against Illinois State. Alexander was clutch down the stretch at the free-throw line, making 13-16 attempts from the charity stripe.
JOHNSON TIES SCHOOL RECORD
Johnson added 11 points and eight rebounds in the win.
PRINTY ALL OVER THE COURT
Printy led the team with 17 points, along with six rebounds, eight assists and two steals against West Virginia.
She added 12 points, five rebounds and three assists in Iowa's win over Columbia.
CAREER DAY FOR WAHLIN
Wahlin led Iowa's second-half comeback with 21 points on 6-10 shooting, including 4-5 from three point range and all five free throws in the final half.
TAYLOR SHINES IN FIRST START
Taylor poured in 16 points (7-15 FGs, 2-3 3PT FGs), along with nine rebounds, five assists, three blocks and a steal in 36 minutes of play in her first start Nov. 24 vs. William & Mary.
WELCOME TO IOWA CITY
Trisha Nesbitt (Ames, IA), will most likely play point guard for Iowa this season. She was a three-time all-conference and two-time first team all-district and all-state selection.
Jaime Printy (Marion, IA) could play both guard positions. She became the youngest player (15) ever to verbally commit to the Iowa Women's Basketball team. She also played high school basketball at Coach Bluder's alma mater (Linn-Mar). She was a three-time consensus first team all-state, all-district, all-metro and all-conference pick.
Theairra Taylor (St. Paul, MN) is a 5-11 guard. She was a finalist for 2009 Miss Minnesota Basketball award and was the 2009 St. Paul City Conference Player of the Year. Taylor also earned Associated Press and Pioneer Press first team all-state honors.
Gabby Machado (Pontiac, MI) ranked in the Top 10 in the state of Michigan's 2009 recruiting class. She was a Detroit News Class "A" all-state honorable mention selection.
Morgan Johnson (Platte County, MO) was the Miss Show Me Basketball Award winner, given to the top prep senior in the state of Missouri. She was also named the 2009 Direnna Award winner, given to top prep in the Kansas City Area, and the Kansas City Star Scholar Athlete of the Year.
HOME GROWN HAWKEYES
LAND OF 10,000 HAWKEYES
HAWK TALK WITH Lisa Bluder
Dates are listed below. December 7, 14, 21 and 30, January 4, 11, 18 and 25, February 1, 8, 15 and 22 and March 1.
THE Lisa Bluder SHOW
ON THE HORIZON
The Hawkeyes then host Drake (Dec. 20) and South Dakota State (Dec. 22), before returning to league play at Penn State (Dec. 28).