Women's Basketball Breakdown: Iowa vs. North Alabama

Iowa guard Alexis Sevillian drives through the Florida Atlantic defense in last week's season opener. (Darren Miller/hawkeyesports.com)
John Bohnenkamp

Breaking down Iowa's women's basketball game against North Alabama.

Game facts

Time and place — 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City

TV — BTN-Plus (online)

Radio — Hawkeye Radio Network.

Records — Iowa 1-0, North Alabama 2-0.

Rankings — Neither team is ranked.

Series — First meeting

Iowa lineup — Monika Czinano (C, 6-3, Soph., 14 ppg.), Kathleen Doyle (G, 5-9, Sr., 15 ppg.), Alexis Sevillian (G, 5-5, Jr., 12 ppg.), Makenzie Meyer (G,5-9, Sr., 7 ppg.), Amanda Ollinger (G, 6-1, Sr., 6 ppg.)

Fast facts

• Doyle became the 37th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. Doyle had 15 points in the season opener against Florida Atlantic.

• All four Iowa freshmen scored in the opener — Gabbie Marshall (11), McKenna Warnock (10), Kate Martin (4) and Megan Meyer (3).

• North Alabama went 21-9 last season.

What to watch

It was a bit of a sloppy opener for the Hawkeyes last week, but they've had a week to prepare for this game. Iowa and Florida Atlantic combined for 53 fouls and 49 turnovers.

"I want to see improvement in our fundamentals and execution," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said earlier this week. "The last game, there were so many fouls called that there was no tempo or flow to the game."

North Alabama returns all five starters from last season's team, so this is an experienced team that could challenge the Hawkeyes.