WBB: Hawkeyes Tackle UM's Prolific Shooter Thompson Sunday

By Jeff Linder, Reporter

Iowa's Samantha Logic, (left), and Michigan's Kate Thompson both dive for a loose ball during the first half of their game, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, in Iowa City, Iowa, on Sunday, February 26, 2012. Iowa went on to win the game 79-71. (Nikole Hanna/The Gazette-KCRG)


By Grant Burkhardt

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- You see 6-foot-4, you think "inside presence."

You don't think "America's most prolific outside shooter."

But that's what Michigan's Kate Thompson is. The senior leads the nation in 3-point goals per game (3.86) and ranks ninth in 3-point percentage (.482).

Thompson brings her long-range act to Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday when the Wolverines (12-2 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) visit the Iowa Hawkeyes (12-3, 1-0). Tipoff is noon.

Both teams are on seven-game win streaks.

"Well, we won eight in a row last year (at the end of the Big Ten season)," Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder said after the Hawkeyes outlasted Ohio State 77-71 in overtime on Thursday.

"Seven in a row is nice. Eight in a row sounds better."

Iowa prevailed Thursday because it had four players in double-figures, led by a career-high 19 points by Theairra Taylor.

"Our team, there's great chemistry. They enjoy playing with each other. They enjoy working with each other," Bluder said. "They come to practice, honestly we haven't had many bad practices. They're focused. They work hard. You don't have to work to get them up for practice. They're excited to be there.

"All those things sound like, Oh, yeah, that should be commonplace, but it's not always that way. So this team has been really fun to coach."

Now, the Hawkeyes try to protect their home court again.

"Every game is going to be so important because it's a battle. That's why the home court is very important. Going on the road is tough in the Big Ten," Bluder said.

Kim Barnes Arico is in her first year at Michigan and has the Wolverines on their own seven-game run. They defeated Indiana, 62-45, in their Big Ten opener Thursday.

Thompson leads UM at 15.8 points per game.

Seniors Morgan Johnson (17.9 points per game) and Jaime Printy (14.3 ppg) are Iowa's lone double-digit scorers, but four others are averaging at least 7 points per game. The Hawkeyes have averaged 85 points in their last five games.

MICHIGAN (12-2, 1-0) at IOWA (12-3, 1-0)

Where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City

Tipoff: Noon Sunday

TV: BTN.com

Radio: KXIC-AM (800), KMJM-AM (1360).

Notes: Iowa takes a seven-game winning streak into the game, including Thursday's 77-71 overtime win over Ohio State. Michigan also has won seven straight and captured a 62-45 win over Indiana in its Big Ten opener. Kate Thompson leads the Wolverines at 15.8 points per game. Iowa's Theairra Taylor scored a career-high 19 points in the win over Ohio State.

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