Iowa Women lose to Minnesota in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals

Mar 04, 2018, 03:55
Iowa Women lose to Minnesota in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals

With their -12-turnover ratio, it's a partial miracle that the Hawkeyes had a shot to win on the final possession, but luckily for Iowa, its season won't end in Indianapolis.

The big man finishes the season averaging 15.4 points and 6.8 rebounds a game. "I just have to give her credit, she payed at a very high level tonight". The 6-foot-6 Muscatine, Iowa, native broke the state scoring record in Iowa's highest classification this season. Minnesota forced Doyle to give the ball up to sophomore Amanda Ollinger, who's 3-point attempt was off the mark.

This season, a challenging nonconference schedule and upgraded non-league schedules throughout the conference have helped all Big Ten programs.

Bluder believed her team's biggest issues centered around a failure to box out, an issue at times throughout the season for a 24-6 Iowa team that was out-rebounded 39-32 by Northwestern.

Ollinger stole the inbounds pass and after a timeout, Doyle moved the ball down court quickly but the Hawkeyes were unable to the ball in Gustafson and Ollinger missed as time expired. "Kathleen did a really good job of getting past her defender". Wolverines center Jon Teske then kept Iowa's upset bid alive, going 0-for-2 at the line, but the Hawkeyes again failed to score on the ensuing possession, and MI forward Duncan Robinson made both free throws and Corey Matthews added another to close out the game.

The Hawkeyes won a 70-61 game at Northwestern on February 11 in the only regular-season meeting between the teams. Kenisha Bell had 26 points and nine assists. "'Are they accepting coaching?' And I told them after the game, not one time did I ever feel like they weren't doing that".

Iowa's Megan Gustafson, who scored a Big Ten tourney-record 48 points, converted a three-point play for an 87-85 advantage with 1:23 to go. It's really unbelievable we were in the game, " Bluder said. "We just need to keep it going". She leads the nation in points per game (25.3), total points (734), and field goals made (285), and ranks second in field goal percentage (66.7) and double-doubles (26), third in rebounds (370), and fifth in rebounds per game (12.8) and defensive rebounds per game (9).

The Hawkeyes will learn their postseason destination and seeding on Selection Monday - March 12.

"This means a lot", Gustafson said.

"We're going in without the pressure of having to win and that's a nice feeling going into this tournament, " Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. "We'll get ready to make some noise".

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