Printy healed, ready for return to Madison

Women's basketball: Iowa sharpshooter tore her ACL at the Kohl Center last year

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IOWA CITY -- Jaime Printy harbors no ill will.

Not to the Wisconsin Badgers. Not to the Kohl Center. Not to fate.

The Iowa Hawkeyes head to the Kohl Center on Thursday for a Big Ten women's basketball game against the Badgers. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.

It's Printy's first game back to Madison since tearing an ACL there last season.

"It's not the place. It's not the team," Printy said. "It just happened. I'm fine with going back there."

The injury happened late in an overtime win last February. Printy rehabilitated quickly and was back in uniform when the Hawkeyes opened this season -- her senior season.

She has moved to No. 6 on the school's all-time scoring chart with 1,629 points and is averaging 13.8 points per game -- including a career-high 33 against San Diego on Dec. 30.

"It's remarkable where she is now, just 11 months later," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. "I've seen very little hesitation out of her. She completely trusts her knee, and mentally, she is very strong."

Iowa (12-4 overall, 1-1 Big Ten) seeks to extend a 10-game winning streak against the Badgers (8-7, 0-2), including four straight wins at Madison.

"For whatever reason, our team feels good playing there," Bluder said. It's a nice arena, we've had success and it kind of snowballs."

Printy said, "It's not easy to play well on the road, but we always seem to play well there. It's in our heads that we're a good team there."

Iowa sophomore Samantha Logic will have a lot of home-state support in her corner. A busload of more than 75 fans will make the 90-minute trek from Racine to Madison.

She doesn't figure it will be a distraction.

"I don't think I'll try to do too much," Logic said. "I just want to play to win. That's the mentality you have to take."

Marion native Morgan Paige is a junior at Wisconsin and leads the Badgers in minutes (35.1 per game) and scoring (16.5 points per game).

"She's a good shooter, a productive shooter," Bluder said. "She is excellent in transition, and she has taken on the burden of that team."

Wisconsin's Taylor Wurtz is out indefinitely with a back injury.

IOWA (12-4, 1-1) at WISCONSIN (8-7, 0-2)

Where: Kohl Center, Madison, Wis.

Tipoff: 7:30 p.m.

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: KXIC-AM (800), KMJM-AM (1360)

Notes: The Hawkeyes have beaten Wisconsin 10 straight times, including four straight at Madison. The last two wins at the Kohl Center have come in overtime. Iowa had a seven-game win streak broken Sunday against Michigan. Morgan Johnson leads the Hawkeyes at 17.4 points per game. UW junior Morgan Paige, a Marion native, leads the Badgers at 16.5 ppg. Veteran Taylor Wurtz is out with a back injury.

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