Dec. 11, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women's basketball team returns to the court after a nine-day break for finals week, traveling to Des Moines on Sunday to take on the Drake Bulldogs. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
ON YOUR TELEVISION
Sunday's game will be televised live on Mediacom (MC22). Larry Morgan and Laura Leonard will call the action.
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Sunday's game for the Hawkeye Radio Network. Hawkeye fans can listen to the contest on AM-800 KXIC in Iowa City, AM-600 WMT in Cedar Rapids, AM-1040 WHO in Des Moines or on the Hawkeye All-Access page of hawkeyesports.com.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
Hawkeye fans can follow the game via live stats. The live stats link can be accessed under the "Calendar" tab on the front page of hawkeyesports.com or on the women's basketball schedule page.
Iowa has played 1,108 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa's overall record is 678-430 (.612). That includes a 340-170 (.667) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 339-92 (.787) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Drake Bulldogs are 3-5 overall, with wins at home against Illinois-Chicago and Chicago State and a road win at North Dakota State.
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
Drake leads the all-time series, 24-20. Iowa has won the last 10 games in the series, including the last five in Des Moines. The Hawkeyes are 9-11 all-time at Drake.
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.
Iowa used a solid defensive effort and a strong shooting night to defeat intra-state rival Drake, 71-46 (Dec. 20, 2011) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
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
Iowa used strong scoring runs to start and end the game to knock off 22nd-ranked Iowa State, 50-42 on Dec. 6 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
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
Iowa is receiving votes in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls.
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
Iowa's win over 12th-ranked West Virginia (Nov. 25) marked the 14th time under Lisa Bluder that the Hawkeyes have defeated a top-15 team.
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
Through 10 games last season, Iowa was giving up an average of 64.5 points. Against a much tougher nonconference schedule in 2012, the Hawkeyes are allowing 59.5 points, a difference of five points per game.
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
Jaime Printy currently owns an 88.6 career free throw percentage (358-of-404). Former Hawkeye Wendy Ausdemore holds the Iowa and Big Ten record for career free throw percentage at 89.2 (174-of-195).
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 has gone 4-of-4 from the line against Northern Illinois and Northern Iowa, 6-of-6 against Iowa State, 11-of-11 against Middle Tennessee and 17-of-17 against West Virginia.
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
Jaime Printy is only the third player in Big Ten history to go 17-of-17 from the free throw line, matching the best single game free throw performance in conference history. Wisconsin's Michele Kozelka (1989) and Keisha Anderson (1996) are the only other players in Big Ten history to accomplish the feat.
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
Morgan Johnson became the Iowa career leader in blocks against Florida International (Nov. 23).
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.
Jaime Printy is just the third player in school history with 1,500 career points, 400 career rebounds and 300 career assists. Michelle Edwards and Franthea Price are the other two Iowa players to record those career numbers.
Morgan Johnson is only the second player in school history to collect over 200 blocks, joining Tangela Smith.
STELLAR FROM THE FIELD
Morgan Johnson owns a career field goal percentage of 51.6 percent, converting on 498-of-965 shot attempts.
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
Samantha Logic has collected five or more assists in Iowa's last six of Iowa's last eight games.
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.
Sophomore Kathryn Reynolds will miss the entire 2012-13 season after tearing her left ACL during offseason workouts in April. The injury was the second tear to Reynolds' left ACL. She tore the same ligament six games into her junior season in high school.
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
Head coach Lisa Bluder is just seven wins away from career win No. 600. Bluder entered the 2012-13 season as the 26th winningest active coach and the 46th overall winningest coach in NCAA women's basketball history (by victories).
Only 41 coaches in NCAA women's basketball history (all divisions) have reached the 600 career win plateau.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
Morgan Johnson is Iowa's all-time blocks leader (246), 11th in career rebounds (705) and 16th in career scoring (1,265). She needs 22 more rebounds to move past Franthea Price for 10th place and 19 more points to past Necole Tunsil for 15th place.
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.
IOWA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AND SOCIAL MEDIA
The Hawkeye women's basketball has four different social media outlets. Check out the Iowa women's basketball Facebook page or the University of Iowa Athletics Facebook page. Fans can also follow @IowaWBB or @TheIowaHawkeyes on Twitter.