Hawkeyes Travel to Drake
Dec. 11, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- THE SETTING
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In their most recent game, the Bulldogs dropped a 67-63 overtime decision at North Dakota on Dec. 8. North Dakota limited Drake to just 32.4 percent shooting (24-of-74) from the floor. Mary Pat Specht led Drake with 14 points off the bench while Carly Grenfell and Kyndal Clark each had 12 points. Clark added six rebounds and five assists.
Clark leads the team with 13 points per game. Morgan Reid is next at 10.3 points and has a team-best 8.4 rebounds per contest. Grenfell is averaging 9.4 points per game and shooting 50 percent (26-of-52) from the field.
As a team, Drake is averaging 63.9 points per game and shooting 36.1 percent (180-of-499) from the field, including 30.6 (45-of-147) from 3-point distance.
IOWA VS. DRAKE NOTES
Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder coached 10 successful seasons (1990-2000) at Drake before joining the Hawkeyes.
Iowa associate head coach Jan Jensen and assistant coach Jenni Fitzgerald both played and coached at Drake. Jensen is one of only two Drake women's basketball players to have her uniform retired. Both Jensen and Fitzgerald received the Drake Double D Award, which is the highest honor Drake bestows on its student-athletes.
Drake head coach Jennie (Lillis) Baranczyk was a four-year letterwinner at Iowa, graduating in 2004. She was an honorable mention All-American and a three-time All-Big Ten selection. She still ranks fourth in career scoring (1,762), fifth in blocks (114), sixth in rebounds (827), eighth in steals (190) and 13th in assists (297).
Sunday marks the first time in four years that this game hasn't been played on Dec. 20.
The Hawkeyes held Drake to just a 34.5 (20-of-58) field goal percentage, including a 24 percent (6-of-25) percentage in the first half. Iowa forced 22 turnovers and turned them into 18 points.
Iowa made its first five shots and six of its first seven to take an early 14-4 lead. The Hawkeyes led by as many as 27 points early in the second half.
HAWKEYES DEFEAT NO. 22 IOWA STATE
The Hawkeyes scored the first 14 points of the game and held a 16-3 advantage with 12:31 left. Iowa State responded, cutting the lead to just 18-15 with 6:34 remaining in the first half and the Hawkeyes took a 20-17 lead into halftime.
Iowa cruised to a 39-28 advantage with 7:13 left in the game, but another Iowa State surge tied the game at 39. The Hawkeyes closed the game with an 11-3 run, sealing the victory.
IOWA IN THE RANKINGS
Seven Iowa opponents are ranked in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls: Penn State (11th/10th), Purdue (15th/14th), Texas (18th/20th), North Carolina (19th/RV), Ohio State (20th/19th), West Virginia (25th/22nd) and Nebraska (RV/24th).
In addition, Florida State, Iowa State and Michigna State are receiving votes.
IOWA CONTINUES TREND AGAINST RANKED FOES
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.
West Virginia was the highest ranked opponent the Hawkeyes have defeated since knocking off No. 10 Michigan State (66-64) on Jan. 27, 2011.
This season marks just the fifth time in school history that Iowa has defeated two ranked nonconference opponents prior to Big Ten play, and the first time since 1995 (No. 12 West Virginia and No. 22 Iowa State). The other years include 1993, 1992 and 1990.
IMPROVED DEFENSIVE NUMBERS
Iowa leads the Big Ten and ranks 16th in the NCAA in blocks per game at 5.8.
The Hawkeyes are third in the Big Ten and 27th in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to just a 33.1 field goal percentage. Iowa is also third in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage defense at 25.5 percent.
Iowa has shut down it's opponents leading scorer in the past two games. Northern Iowa's Jacqui Kalin was averaging 19 points per game and was limited to just nine points against Iowa. Iowa State's Hallie Christofferson was averaging 15.2 points per game and scored 10 at Iowa.
PRINTY CLOSE TO B1G FREE THROW RECORDS
Printy is shooting 94.3 percent (50-of-53) for the season. The Big Ten single season record is 92.5 percent (99-of-107) by Indiana's Cyndi Valentin.
PRINTY FREE THROW NOTES
Printy converted 21-consecutive free throws between Iowa's game vs. North Carolina and the road contest at Florida State. She has put together a string of at least 20-consecutive made free throws in each year of her career. She converted 27-straight as a freshman and 32-straight as a sophomore and junior. Iowa's record for consecutive free throws made is 33 by Lindsey Meder.
FREE THROW RECORDS FALL AGAINST WEST VIRGINIA
Printy's 17 made free throws tied the single game school record and are tied for the second most made free throws in Big Ten history.
Printy's performance against West Virginia marked the ninth time in school history that an Iowa player has been perfect from the free throw line (minimum 10 attempts). Printy now has three of those marks, with one of those performances coming earlier this year against Middle Tennessee (11-for-11). The other came against Indiana (10-for-10) on Feb. 27, 2011.
As a team, the Hawkeyes set the Big Ten and school record for made free throws made (42) and set the school record for free throw attempts (50).
JOHNSON SETS BLOCK RECORD
Johnson entered the game needing two blocks to break Tangela Smith's career blocks record and she finished with five.
Johnson currently ranks eighth in Big Ten history with 246 blocks.
Morgan Johnson is only the second player in school history to collect over 200 blocks, joining Tangela Smith.
STELLAR FROM THE FIELD
Johnson has played in 106 career games and attempted 10 or more shots in 44 of those contests. She has shot over 50 percent from the field in 31 of those games.
Johnson had 10 or more shot attempts in eight games as a freshman, making over half of her shots in six of those games. She went over 50 percent in eight of the 13 games she shot at least 10 times as a sophomore and 11-of-15 in those games as a junior.
Johnson has eight games with over 10 shots as a senior, converting at least 50 percent six times.
LOGIC LIKES TO SHARE
She tied a school record with 12 assists against Middle Tennessee, dished out six against North Caroina, nine against Robert Morris and seven against Florida International, West Virginia and Florida State.
Freshman Claire Till was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her right femur on Nov. 29. She will be sidelined 3-4 weeks.
BLUDER CLOSING IN ON MILESTONE
Only 41 coaches in NCAA women's basketball history (all divisions) have reached the 600 career win plateau.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
Jaime Printy ranks fourth in career 3-pointers made (213), eighth in career scoring (1,533) and 11th in career assists (338). She needs nine more 3-pointers to move past Wendy Ausdemore for third place, 66 more points to move past Tangela Smith for eighth place and two more assists to move past Kachine Alexander for 10th place.
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