Iowa Women Fall in 1st Round

March 19, 2011

Written by Jon Miller

Hawkeye Nation

The Iowa women lost to Gonzaga 92-86 in a first round NCAA tournament game Saturday.

With a three-pointer at the 16:44 mark of the first half, Jaime Printy became the first player in school history to reach the 1,000 career point milestone as a sophomore.  Printy now has 1,021 career points.

Senior Kachine Alexander broke her own record for free throws made in a season Saturday.  She finished 4-5 from the charity stripe against Gonzaga, finishing the season with 148 made free throws.  She broke the previous record last season by making 146 free throws.

Alexander collected her 10th double-double of the season Saturday at Gonzaga, finishing with 18 points and 11 rebounds.  She was one assist shy of a triple-double, collecting nine.  Alexander finished her career at Iowa with 34 double-doubles, one shy of tying the school record of 35 held by Lisa Long.

Iowa set a new school record for three-pointers made in a single game, burying 13 treys.  The previous record of 12 had been accomplished three times, most recently against Virginia Tech this season (11/26).  The first time Iowa hit 12 three’s in a game was in the only other previous meeting with Gonzaga (11/21/02).

Jaime Printy tied an Iowa school record for three-pointers made in an NCAA Tournament game with five.  The record was originally set by Arneda Yarbrough during the 1994 NCAA Tournament, when she made five in both the first and second round.

Iowa set new school records for three-pointers made and attempted in an NCAA Tournament game, going 13-29.  The previous records were 10-23 vs. Rutgers in last year’s NCAA Tournament.

Kachine Alexander finished her illustrious career at Iowa with 1,239 points (15th in school history), 910 rebounds (second in school history) and 339 assists (eighth in school history).

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“I just want to congratulate Gonzaga. They did a great job out there today, especially in the second half. Extremely terrific offense. We couldn’t do anything to stop (Kayla) Standish, she was excellent in there. Great player, great versatility. Obviously, (Courtney) Vandersloot another great game for her. She’s terrific. It will be fun to watch her play at the next level. She’a very, very good point guard.”

On Gonzaga’s Kayla Standish:
“She’s such a versital post player. She’s impressive. She’s strong and so athletic. She’s so hard to guard. She did a great job on the board but she is so hard to guard when she elevates and gets up with that jump shot. It really is a pretty, pretty jump shot. She has a shot over her release which is hard to defend.”

On a closing statement of the season:
“I’m really proud of my players. This is a team that only has two seniors; Kachine Alexander and Kelsey Cermak. Both of them have done so much for our program. Four-straight NCAA tournament appearances, no lower than a third place in the Big Ten, four 20-win seasons in a row, they established a legacy. They have been amazing and are great leaders.”

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“I think we had a good season, a very good season. It’s too bad that you always remember the last one and that’s unfortunate.”

On the environment at the McCarthey Athletic Center:
“It’s a great environment. It’s very tough to communicate and it inspired them.”

On if there would have been a difference if at neutral site:
“I’d say they probably would have been better on a neutral site.”

Senior Guard Kachine Alexander
On playing at Gonzaga’s McCarthey Athletic Center:
“They have a great crowd here which is fantastic. They are a great team anyways so playing at their home court even gave them more of an advantage. We knew it was going to be a tough environment coming in.”

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On Gonzaga’s Courtney Vandersloot:
“She’s a great guard. Coming in, we already knew that. She definitely looks out for her teammates but she definitely looked for her shot today. I was finding her in transition which was kind of hard for me. Since I crash a lot, it’s hard for me because I’m always down in the paint. So it was hard trying to find her around the perimeter.”

On the quality of this game compared to the other games throughout the season:
“I don’t think I saw much of a big difference as far as play-wise. They transition a lot but we have people in our conference who transition the same way. I think it was still the same type of basketball as far as Gonzaga. I don’t know about the rest of the west coast but as far as that team I think it is pretty similar to what we see.”

Sophomore Guard Jaime Printy
On how physical the game was:
“We knew coming in that Gonzaga loved to run and loved the transition game. I thought we did a pretty good job transitioning ourselves. At the end there, it just felt like we were trading baskets and we couldn’t do that since we were behind.”

On hitting a big basket in the last minute of the game:
“We never have been a team to give up. We were down and we knew there was a lot of time left. We were trying to score in any way possible.”

On the quality of this game compared to the other games throughout the season:
“I didn’t see much of the difference. (Gonzaga) gets out and run but Penn State gets out and run too.”

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