Next up for Iowa women? B10 top seed

Faith Castro
March 3, 2018

Gustafson displayed why she was the Big Ten Player of the Year, scoring a career-best, a Big Ten Tournament record, and an Iowa school and tournament record 48 points. Gustafson knocked down 19 of 26 field goal attempts and 10 of 12 from the foul line.

Iowa shot 42.9 percent from the field in the game and limited the Wildcats to 27.4 percent.

"I think yesterday I didn't contribute as much as I normally do", she said. "I'm still disappointed about this game".

The Hawkeyes won a 70-61 game at Northwestern on February 11 in the only regular-season meeting between the teams.

Makenzie Meyer led the Hawkeyes with 13 points in the win, followed by a near-double-double of 12 points and nine rebounds by Megan Gustafson. The Hawkeyes were in a position to win in regulation after Minnesota's Carlie Wagner turned the ball over with 10.4 seconds to play. It called timeout needing to go the length of the floor. Ollinger's pressured, off-balance three-point attempt was off the mark at the buzzer. Sophomore Mackenzie Meyer led Iowa with 13 points.

"She was covered heavily and Minnesota had a good defensive stop, and we didn't get a good opportunity".

Iowa finished last in the Big Ten in scoring defense and 12th in scoring margin at just plus-0.8.

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A few minutes later, Wagner gave Minnesota a one-point edge.

The most positive thing Iowa has going for it is that four-star recruit Joe Wieskamp will finally make his way to campus next fall.

Alexis Sevillian answered with 3 on the ensuing possession, giving Iowa enough room to secure a spot in a 1:30 p.m. quarterfinal today against fourth-seeded Minnesota, a team the Hawkeyes split regular-season games against.

"This was a hard fought game by both teams". "Our team is really focused". Gustafson's last points, a 3-point play, put the fifth-seeded Hawkeyes up 87-85 with 1:23 to play and broke the school record of 46 points set by Chrystal Smith on November 11, 2005. It also tops Kelsey Mitchell's Big Ten Tournament record of 43 points and shatters Iowa's Big Ten Tournament record of 28 points by Tangela Smith in 1998.

The difficulty of Iowa's 90-89 loss was written all over the face of Megan Gustafson during the post-game press conference, who sat at a microphone, holding back tears.

The Hawkeyes will learn their postseason destination and seeding on Selection Monday, March 12. "We knew this game was huge for NCAA tournament reasons".

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