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Don Lund

Roy versus Devin

Hawk Talk

Since I did a comparison of Lisa Bluder’s first team in 2000-2001 and this year’s women’s team, I thought it would be interesting to compare Dr. Tom Davis’ first team in 1986-1987 and Fran’s team this year.
Roy Marble, a sophomore at the time, was one of the many stars that helped lead Iowa to a record 30 wins and five losses.
Roy’s team averaged 87.2 points per game. This year’s team, led by his son Devyn, is averaging 84 points.
Roy’s team had 10 players averaging over 11 minutes per game, Devyn’s team has 11 players averaging over 10 minutes.
Neither team would wear each other out.

Doubleheader

Last Saturday, the Hawkeye men played Wisconsin at Carver at 11 a.m. while the women took on the Wolverines at Michigan. Their game started at 12:30 p.m.
I don’t like losing to the Badgers. Before the season started, the Hawks were leading the all-time series, 79-78.
After Wisconsin’s 79-74 victory Saturday, they now lead the series, 80-79.
You had four Hawkeyes in double figures, Iowa had more bench points (35-21), more rebounds (35-33), but the Badgers had four more 3-pointers (8-4).
Iowa led by one with a minute to play, but couldn’t finish.
Tough game... tough loss.

Most wins ever

When the Iowa Hawkeye women beat Northwestern last week 90-84, Lisa Bluder not only passed Vivian Stringer for the most wins (270) in school history, she topped Tom Davis, the former men’s head basketball coach.
What are the chances of head coaches from the women’s and men’s basketball teams to finish their careers with exactly 269 victories?
All five Iowa starters were in double figures, with Melissa Dixon and Samantha Logic leading the way.
That’s the way Lisa coaches basketball, and why she has been so successful.

New kids on the block

Hawk Talk

It’s time to take a little break from basketball and wrestling as the Hawkeye football team signed 19 players last week. They plan to add a junior college defensive end this summer.
I always enjoy checking out the new recruits, whether it’s football, basketball or wrestling… the three sports I cover.
I always wonder who will be the next Shonn Greene, the next Aaron White or the next Bethany Doolittle.
All three we not highly recruited.
It also gives me a chance to talk to Reese Morgan, who is in his second year of coaching the defensive line.

UPSETS

I was going to concentrate on Iowa’s new football recruits this week but I have to give some love to the Hawkeye women’s and men’s basketball teams.
The Hawkeye women traveled to ninth-ranked Penn State and upset the Lady Lions, 73-70, last Thursday .
That’s the first time Iowa has beaten a top-10 team on the road since 1993.
The Hawks lost to Penn State 87-71 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena back on Jan. 5, and I have to admit I didn’t think Iowa had much of a chance.

Road win and home loss

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye women had a road trip to Minnesota and hosted Nebraska last week.
They knocked off the Gophers, 64-56, Wednesday and lost to Nebraska 80-76 Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa played Lisa Bluder ball against the Gophers.
That is, four players in double figures, solid defense and 17 assists on 24 baskets.
“Such a great team performance,” said coach Bluder. “I love the balance of our basketball team.”
That’s the 20th straight game Iowa has had at least three players finish in double figures.
How much more can you say about Samantha Logic?

Tough Enough

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye men played two games last week, losing at home to Michigan State in overtime, 71-69, and winning at Illinois, 81-74.
There was a lot of talk after the loss to the Spartans about the lack of toughness on the Hawkeye team.
How about...
One more free throw in regulation and Iowa has a huge victory over the Spartans.
Just one more…
The Hawks came into the game shooting 72.5 percent from the charity stripe.
They hit 30-43 (69.8 percent) for the game.

Wrestlers crush Northwestern

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeyes had eight wins, including a pin from Tony Ramos (133) and cruised to a 31-6 victory at Northwestern Friday.
This time, there were no upsets according to the rankings.
Brody Grothus (149) was ranked 12th and was beaten by Jason Tsirtsis, 13-3. Jason was ranked fourth.
Also Bobby Telford (285) lost in overtime 3-1 to Mike McMullan. Bobby was ranked first or second in different polls and Mike was also ranked either first or second.
Cory Clark (125) wrestled for the first time in a month, had a couple of takedowns and back points for a 10-1 major decision.

Upset Saturday

There were five upsets, according to wrestling rankings, Saturday at Carver.
Iowa had three, Minnesota two, but the Gopher pin at 125 was the difference and Minnesota took down the Hawkeyes, 19-15.
I was really surprised when Thomas Gilman (125) was taken to his back twice by unranked Sam Brancale.
The second time resulted in a pin and the Gophers led, 6-0.
Tony Ramos (133) got a 6-2 decision and 11th-ranked Josh Dziewa upset fifth-ranked Chris Dardanes 1-0 to tie the meet up 6-6.
Brody Grothus (149) lost, but the biggest Iowa loss came at 157.

Hawk women fall to Iowa State

It was too many turnovers, too many missed layups and too much home cooking as the Cyclones knocked off the Hawkeyes Thursday at Hilton Coliseum, 83-70.
Eighteen turnovers, including 13 in the first half, plus Samantha Logic getting an elbow in the forehead which started bleeding and took her out with less than seven minutes left in the first half.
Iowa State was leading 24-13 at the time and increased that to 41-28 at half.
Samantha came back and played the whole second half and led the Hawks with 18 points and seven rebounds.
You want to talk about home cooking?

Rebuild or Reload?

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

There is only one senior on the Hawkeye women’s basketball team and only 10 scholarship players, so the bench might be thin, but the talent is there.
You start with All-Big Ten point guard Samantha Logic, who not only led the Big Ten in assists (6.4) but set an Iowa record for most assists in a season with 217.
“She has worked very hard on her 3-point shooting and it shows,” said head coach Lisa Bluder on Samantha. “She’s becoming more of a scoring threat and we needed her to be so.”
Theairra Taylor is the only senior but she is a good one.

Payback

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Can you believe that Iowa has played the Western Michigan Broncos three times and last Saturday’s 59-3 blowout was their first win?
I was at the first one in 2000 as a fan. That was Kirk Ferentz’s second year and the Hawkeyes lost, 27-21.
The second loss came in 2007 as Iowa went into the game with a 6-5 record and the 28-19 loss to the Broncos kept Iowa out of a bowl game.
That was depressing and I remember the Bronco players doing a lot of trash talking during the game as I was on the sidelines taking pictures for the Leader.
They are not talking much now.