Hawkeyes Return To Action Against Drake
Dec. 17, 2009
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Drake also holds a 10-9 record in contests played in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, but Iowa has won the last three games in Iowa City.
The Bulldogs won 19 of the first 20 matchups in the series, which started in 1974. The Hawkeyes then won nine of 10 games between 1986-97.
Drake defeated North Dakota, 70-58, last Sunday in Des Moines. Monique Jones and Rachael Hackbarth each scored 14 points to lead the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs held North Dakota without a bucket for 8:12 late in the first half to help build a 32-19 lead. Drake shot .453 from the floor, and forced 19 turnovers, scoring 22 points off the turnovers.
Jordann Plummer leads the team with 15.8 points per game. Kristin Turk is averaging 12.1 points per game, while Jones is the team's leading rebounder at 6.9 per contest. As a team, Drake is shooting .456 from the floor, including .372 from distance.
Drake's head coach is Amy Stephens, who is in her seventh year. She entered the 2009-10 season with a 300-127 overall record, including a 103-84 record at Drake.
DRAKE VS. IOWA NOTES
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.
Iowa will have nine full days off between games, while Drake will have six. Both schools had the week off from games due to final exams.
LAST YEAR AGAINST DRAKE
The Hawkeyes used a 21-2 run in the first half to claim a lead they never relinquished.
HAWKEYES FALL AT IOWA STATE
OH, SO CLOSE
The Hawkeyes had a three-point attempt at the buzzer against West Virginia fall short, that would have sent the game to overtime.
Against Boston College, Iowa missed a three-pointer with seven seconds left that would have tied the game.
Against Michigan, Iowa missed the front-end of a one-and-one from the free throw line with both 27 and 11 seconds left, each time trailing by only one point.
JOHNSON EMERGING IN THE PAINT
Johnson notched her first career double-double in Iowa's win over Columbia, scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. She followed with a 16-point, six-rebound performance against Boston College. She added 12 points and seven boards against Michigan, and collected her second-career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds at Iowa State.
Johnson had only scored in double figures twice in Iowa's first six games, but has had four-straight games with at least 10 points.
Wahlin is averaging 17.7 points (.455 FG%, .420 3PT%, .917 FT%) in the seven games since Alexander's injury. She has also played an average of 37.6 minutes in those six games.
NOT PLAYING LIKE A FRESHMAN
Printy has scored double figures in seven of her 10 starts, and is averaging 11.6 points per game and has played 32.3 minutes per contest.
The Marion, IA, native has also secured at least five rebounds in nine games, and has had at least three assists in all but three games.
LOGGING MAJOR MINUTES
Three players (minus the injured Kachine Alexander), have played over 30 minutes a game. Kamille Wahlin is playing 36.5 minutes per game, freshman Jaime Printy is at 32.3 minutes per contest and sophomore Kelly Krei is playing 31.7 minutes.
Krei never left the court in consecutive games against Illinois State (Nov. 15) and Kansas (Nov. 18). Wahlin did the same against Boston College (Dec. 2) and Michigan (Dec. 6).
DRAINING FROM DISTANCE AND THE LINE
Individually, sophomore Kamille Wahlin is leading the conference in three-pointers made (2.7 per game) and minutes played (36.5). She also ranks fifth in scoring (16.1). Nationally, Wahlin ranks 46th in three-pointers made per game.
Freshman Morgan Johnson is tied for fourth in the Big Ten and 33rd nationally in blocked shots (2.1 per game).
Junior Kachine Alexander is expected to miss approximately two weeks with a stress fracture in her right leg. She has missed the last seven games with the injury.
ALEXANDER'S NUMBERS WILL BE MISSED
Hawkeye underclassmen are responsible for 88 percent of the teams' points, 72 percent of rebounds, 87 percent of minutes played, 89 percent of assists, 85 percent of steals and 91 percent of blocks.
Iowa's freshmen class alone are responsible for 63 percent of the team's points, 62 percent of rebounds, 64 percent of minutes played, 66 percent of assists, 65 percent of steals and 89 percent of blocks.
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.
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 TIES SCHOOL RECORD
Johnson added 11 points and eight rebounds in the win.
HAWKEYES TIE FREE-THROW MARK
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.
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.
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