Iowa Ready For Road Trip To South Dakota State
Dec. 17, 2010
PARDON OUR PROGRESS! As friends of the University of Iowa and fans of the Hawkeyes know, the UI Athletics Department is well into a multi-million dollar revitalization of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. This important and exciting project has reduced for this season the number of ticket windows that are operational on game nights. Fans attending the home events of the 2010-11 UI men's basketball, women's basketball and wrestling teams are invited to avoid game night delays by purchasing their event tickets online or in advance of game day. If your schedule doesn't allow for an advance purchase, we recommend you consider arriving at the Arena a little earlier than originally planned. Go Hawks!
IOWA CITY, Iowa - THE SETTING
Iowa will play three games in five days, starting with Saturday's road game.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
Thursday's game will also be streamed live at GoJacks.com, for a $4.95 montly fee.
WIN NO. 300 AT HOME
SCOUTING SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
In their last game, the Jackrabbits were defeated at home by Arizona State, 63-52. Jill Young had a team-high 10 points while Jennie Sunnarborg had a team-best six rebounds in the loss.
Sunnarborg leads the team with 13.4 points per game and is shooting .573 (55-96) from the field. Kristin Rotert is next at 12.2 points per contest. Leah Dietel has a team-high 6.2 rebounds per game.
The Jackrabbits are shooting .448 (53-162) from the field, including .327 (144-199) from three-point range.
Last season, South Dakota State earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 14 seed, losing to No. 3 seed Oklahoma, 68-57 in the first round.
South Dakota State is tough at Frost Arena under head coach Aaron Johnston. The Jackrabbits are 131-16 under Johnston at home, including a 75-8 mark since the transition to Division I.
IOWA VS. SOUTH DAKOTA STATE NOTES
Both teams played Kansas State during non-conference action. Iowa defated the Wildcats in Iowa City, 68-62, while South Dakota State fell in Manhattan, 56-51.
SDSU Assistant Coach Katie Falco is from Solon, IA, and played college basketball at Northern Iowa.
SDSU Assistant Coach Emilee Gusso served as an assistant coach at Drake from 2006-09.
SDSU has six players from the state of Minnesota while Iowa has four.
Iowa outscored the Jackrabbits, 45-31 in the second half, and outrebounded SDSU, 29-13 in the final 20 minutes.
Four Hawkeyes reached double figures, led by Jaime Printy, who netted 18 points. Kamille Wahlin added 17 points and four rebounds, while Kelli Krei had 12 points and eight boards. Morgan Johnson scored 11 points and had nine rebounds in just 23 minutes of action.
Printy was clutch for Iowa in the second half. With the Hawkeyes leading by just one point (67-66) at the 3:34 mark, Printy ignited a 15-3 run to close the game, scoring the first seven points of the surge, and all nine of her second half points, during the crucial stretch.
IOWA IN THE RANKINGS
Four Iowa opponents are also ranked in the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls: North Carolina (10/11), Ohio State (11/10), Michigan State (14/17) and Iowa State (21/20).
Kansas State and Northwestern are receiving votes.
HAWKEYES HANDLE IOWA STATE
The Hawkeyes dominated Iowa State inside, outscoring the Cyclones 34-8 in the paint. Iowa also converted 18 Cyclone turnovers into 26 points.
BLUDER CLOSING IN ON MILESTONE
Bluder currently has 198 wins in her 11 years at Iowa. C. Vivian Stringer is the only other Hawkeye head coach to reach the 200-win plateau at Iowa, finishing her time in Iowa City with 269 wins.
Ohio State Head Coach Jim Foster is the only other active Big Ten coach to have reached 200 wins at his/her current school.
JOHNSON FILLING UP THE STAT SHEET
Johnson tallied a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds at No. 14 North Carolina Dec. 2. She followed with 13 points and six rebounds against Kansas State and recorded another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds against No. 15 Iowa State.
Over the three-game stretch, Johnson averaged 15 points, 9.7 rebounds, shot .690 (20-29) from the field and blocked 13 shots.
PRINTY LENDS A HELPING HAND
Printy leads the team with 51 assists and has led the team in helpers in six of Iowa's 10 games.
KREI DRAINING FROM DISTANCE
Krei made five three-pointers against Penn State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament last season.
SILENCING THE CYCLONES
The scoring output by Iowa State was the lowest for an Iowa opponent since the 2007-08 season. Iowa held Michigan to 37 points in the Big Ten Tournament (March 7, 2008).
AT THE CHARITY STRIPE
PRINTY ON A ROLL FROM THE LINE
The school record for consecutive free throws made is 33, set by Lindsey Meder during the 2000-01 season.
DRAINING FREEBIES WHEN IT COUNTS
The Hawkeyes are shooting .892 (33-37) from the charity stripe in the final five minutes of games this season. That includes a .857 percentage (12-14) in the final two minutes and a .895 mark (17-19) in the final minute.
BALANCED SCORING ATTACK
Northwestern has four ranked while Ohio State and Northwestern have three. The other six Big Ten schools have either one or two players among the top 30 scorers.
The Hawkeyes have had at least three players reach double figures in scoring in all nine games this year. Five players scored 10 or more points against Bradley. Four players hit double digits against Northeastern, Central Michigan and Kansas State.
HAWKEYES HITTING THE BOARDS
Kachine Alexander is Iowa's leading rebounder and ranks fourth in the Big Ten at 9.1 boards per contest. Her 18 rebounds against Central Michigan, Nov. 21, are the most for any Big Ten player this season.
LEADING THE LEAGUE
Kachine Alexander is the top offensive rebounder in the league (3.6 per game).
Jaime Printy has the best free throw percentage (.968) in the Big Ten.
Additionally, Johnson also ranks second in offensive rebounds (3.5 per game) and blocks (2.7 per game). Printy also ranks second in assists (5.1 per game).
CERMAK SEEING INCREASED MINUTES
Cermak has played 20 or more minutes in four of Iowa's 10 games. In her previous three years combined, Cermak had hit 20 or more minutes just three times.
Cermak played in 33 total minutes as a freshman and 89 as a sophomore. She played 431 minutes as a junior and has already played 176 minutes as a senior.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
Kachine Alexander ranks second in career double-doubles (27), 10th in career rebounding (706), 15th in career assists (260) and 28th in career scoring (934). She needs 20 more rebounds to move past Franthea Price for ninth place on the rebounding list and two assists to move past Leah Magner for 14th on the assists list. She needs nine more double-doubles to take over first place (Lisa Long, 35).