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Don Lund

Very good season

Hawk Talk

When I look back at the Iowa Hawkeye women’s basketball season, it still amazes me that Lisa Bluder’s team won 27 games. That ties for the second most wins in the history of Hawkeye women’s basketball.
They not only won 27 games, they won three in the Big Ten tournament and got beat by Nebraska in the championship game.
Iowa played with only one player (Bethany Doolittle) over 6-1.
The Hawks saw all five starters score in double figures, had three players coming off the bench and some of the best chemistry on and off the court.

Spring football scrimmage

Hawk Talk

Last Saturday the Hawkeyes held their final practice of the spring with a scrimmage.
I’ll try to break down the offense, defense and special teams.

Offense

The offense won the game 46-31 on a couple of touchdown passes, a rushing touchdown and three field goals by Marshall Koehn.
They also received points for plays over 20 yards.
Jake Rudock is a solid number-one quarterback. Going against the defensive starters, Jake was 11-22 for 165 yards and a touchdown pass.
Jake’s lone bad pass was a 35-yard throw against the wind that Desmond King picked off.

Spring Football

Hawk Talk

This is the fourth story on spring football.
This week I’ll look at the linebackers, defensive backs and special teams.

Linebackers

The Hawkeyes have to replace three really good linebackers.
James Morris, Anthony Hitchens and Christian Kirksey combined to start 104 games in the last four years.
None of the three red shirted and they totaled 985 career tackles.
The first time I saw James play was his junior year at Solon.
James was an all-state running back and all-state linebacker.

Spring Football

Hawk Talk

This is the third part of a review of the University of Iowa football program this spring.
This week, I’ll talk about the quarterbacks and defensive line.
Jake Rudock is the number-one quarterback in spring training.
If Jake stays healthy, I see no reason he won’t be number one in the opening game against UNI Aug. 30.
The 6-3, 208-pound junior was 204-346 (59 percent) passing for 2,383 yards, 18 touchdown passes, 13 interceptions and Iowa finished 8-5.

Spring Football

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of a look at Hawkeye spring football.
Last week, I talked about the offensive line and tight ends.
This week, I’ll look at the wide receivers, running backs and full backs.
Jordan Cotton and Don Shumpert are gone at wide-out.
Jordan, who caught 15 passes and one touchdown in his career, will be missed as an All-Big Ten kick returner.
The former Mount Pleasant prep led the Big Ten in kick returns as a junior, averaging 28.2 yards per return, including a 92-yard return for a touchdown against Penn State.

Hawkeye women win big

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
Iowa rolled over the Marist Red Foxes, 87-65, Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena for a first-round victory in the NCAA tournament.
The game was supposed to be close because the Red Foxes had five players averaging in double figures like the Hawks. They were 27-6 coming into the game, Iowa was 26-8, they were a good passing team and played good defense.
There were a few things missing.

Lions & Tigers & Wildcats?

Hawk Talk

When the Hawkeyes lost their last regular season game to Illinois, 66-63, I thought, or was hoping, that game was going to be the low point of the season.
I really hate it when I’m wrong.
The 67-62 loss to Northwestern last Thursday was not only the lowest point of the season, it came against a team that Iowa has beaten five straight times, the last two times by over 25 points.
Fran McCaffery has some major challenges ahead and the main ones are not even related to Iowa basketball.
I don’t have any kids, but still I couldn’t imagine finding out your 13-year-old son has a tumor.

Hawkeye women get 2nd in big 10

The Iowa women traveled to Indianapolis last week and made it to the finals of the Big Ten Tournament before losing to Nebraska, 72-65.
They knocked off Illinois, Purdue and Ohio State along the way.
The game against Illinois last Thursday was the third time Iowa played the Fighting Illini this season.
They won for the third time, 81-62, but not without some challenges.
Samantha Logic picked up two quick fouls, sat out for a while, came back in, got her third foul and Illinois took a one-point lead, 27-26, with 4:22 left in the first half.

Hawkeye men end regular basketball season

Iowa finished the regular season with a road trip to Michigan State and a home game against Illinois.
What a sad way to end a once-promising season.
Can you believe Iowa was sitting at 8-4, ranked 10th in the nation and some were predicting a possible Final Four?
Then the roof fell in.
The Hawkeyes’ 86-76 loss to the Spartans last Thursday was really frustrating.
Michigan State hosted Illinois on Saturday, March 1, and lost 53-46.
The Spartans scored 50 points against Iowa... IN THE SECOND HALF!
State shot 39 percent from the floor and 33 percent from 3-point range against Illinois.

Hawkeye wrestlers place second

Hawk Talk

University of Iowa senior Tony Ramos won the 133-pound Big Ten title during championship round action of the conference tournament Sunday at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. The Hawkeyes finished second in the team standings with 135 points, trailing only Penn State’s 140.5 points.
Nine Iowa wrestlers finished in the top five of their respective brackets, the most of any school. All nine place winners earned an automatic berth to the 2014 NCAA Championships.

Make or break week

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
Last week was a make or break week for the Hawkeye men’s basketball team.
They had to play three games because the Feb. 18 game at Indiana game was canceled.
They came into the week 19-7, 8-5 in the Big Ten.
Iowa needs to win a couple more to secure a top-four seed in the Big Ten Tournament. That way they won’t have to play four games in four days.
The Hawks traveled to Minnesota for their first game last Tuesday and came home with a 95-89 loss.

Tournament hopes high for women

It was senior night last Thursday and with a lot of help from Iowa’s lone senior, Theairra Taylor, the Hawkeyes took out Ohio State, 65-61.
What a great story and what a great player.
I don’t know how many athletes would come back after three knee surgeries, but Theairra did.
Johanna Solverson came back after two, but three is a major mental challenge.
“Thee” has missed 53 games in her career at Iowa, but hasn’t missed a start in two years.
The 5-11 senor from Minnesota scored 21 points against the Buckeyes and had four of the 15 Iowa steals.