Iowa Hosts Missouri State in Final Home Nonconference Game
Dec. 18, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- THE SETTING
Tickets are $10 for adults. Youth (18 and under) and UI students are admitted free. Women's ticket holders are invited to stay for the men's game against South Carolina State that follows at 8 p.m. (limited seating available). Men's ticket holders are also invited to come early for the women's game.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
Hawkeye fans can also follow the game via live stats (Gametracker). The "GT" link can be accessed under the "Calendar" tab on the front page of hawkeyesports.com or on the women's basketball schedule page.
SCOUTING MISSOURI STATE
Missouri State is the defending Missouri Valley Conference champion and Christiana Shorter was a preseason All-MVC selection.
In their last game, the Lady Bears knocked off Arkansas State, 83-60. Missouri State turned 18 Arkansas State turnovers into 24 points and shot 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from 3-point distance. Kenzie Williams had 15 points, while Hannah Wilkerson and Karly Buer had 14 points. Whitney Edie had seven points and 10 rebounds.
Edie leads the team with 14.7 points and 9.9 rebounds and Shorter is next at 14.6 points and 7.6 rebounds. Williams is averaging 11.7 points, while Wilkerson is at 10.7 points per contest.
As a team, Missouri State is averaging 74.3 points per game and shooting 43.8 percent (243-of-555) from the field, including 33.9 percent (41-of-121) from 3-point distance.
MISSOURI STATE VS. IOWA NOTES
Missouri State sophomore NiJay Gaines is from Des Moines and attended Des Moines East High School.
Iowa assistant coach Shannon Gage was a four-year letterwinner at Missouri State from 1995-98. She was a team captain and helped lead the Lady Bears to MVC championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 1995, 1996 and 1998.
HAWKEYES COMPLETE STATE SWEEP WITH WIN OVER DRAKE
The Hawkeyes shot a season-best 52.5 percent (31-of-59) from the field and tallied a season-high 23 assists. Iowa committed a season-low eight turnovers.
Morgan Johnson led the way with 26 points, on 11-of-19 shooting, along with eight rebounds and three blocks. Samantha Logic had 13 points, five rebounds and seven assists. Trisha Nesbitt added 12 points off the bench.
IOWA IN THE RANKINGS
Seven Iowa opponents are ranked in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls: Penn State (11th/10th), Purdue (13th/12th), North Carolina (17th/25th), Texas (20th/23rd), Florida State (23rd/RV), West Virginia (24th/20th) and Ohio State (RV/24th).
In addition, Nebraska, Iowa State, Michigan, Michigan State and Middle Tennessee 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.
NESBITT COLLECTS CAREER HIGH AGAINST BULLDOGS
Nesbitt, who has battled injuries throughout her entire career, scored in double figures for just the second time in her four years at Iowa. Nesbitt's first double figure performance came as a freshman against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament.
Iowa's bench has scored 14 or more points in eight of Iowa's 11 games, including three games with at least 20 points.
IMPROVED DEFENSIVE NUMBERS
Iowa leads the Big Ten and ranks 14th in the NCAA in blocks per game at 6.0.
The Hawkeyes are second in the Big Ten and 34th in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to a 33.5 field goal percentage.
PRINTY CLOSE TO B1G FREE THROW RECORDS
Printy is shooting 94.6 percent (53-of-56) 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 249 blocks.
STELLAR FROM THE FIELD
Johnson has played in 107 career games and attempted 10 or more shots in 45 of those contests. She has shot over 50 percent from the field in 32 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 nine games with over 10 shots as a senior, converting at least 50 percent seven 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 and had seven at Drake.
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 (1,542) and 10th in career assists (345). She needs nine more 3-pointers to move past Wendy Ausdemore for third place, 57 more points to move past Tangela Smith for eighth place and nine more assists to move past Jolette Law for ninth place.
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