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Don Lund

Hawkeye women sweep

The Iowa women played two games last week, beating Northwestern 83-70 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Wednesday, then going to Michigan State on Sunday and winning a nail-biter, 52-50.
Since Melissa Dixon has been in a groove on her 3-point shooting, more teams haven’t been playing zone against the Hawkeyes.
When they are in a player-to-player defense, Iowa spreads the floor which opens up the lanes. You have some players that can drive and score. Bethany Doolittle and Ally Disterhoft do such a good job because of their quickness.

Women bounce back against Boilermakers

Hawk Talk

The Iowa women also had two games last week.
 They lost at Illinois last Thursday, 73-61, and then beat Purdue 73-59 at Carver Sunday.
The Hawkeye loss at Illinois was kind of like the men’s loss to Michigan State on the same night.
The first half had Iowa leading 35-30 with 10 assists, five steals and only seven turnovers.
The Hawks shot 41.2 percent from the floor and 40 percent from 3-point range.
The second half, Iowa had 15 turnovers, shot 34.5 percent from the floor and 35.3 percent from the 3-point line.
It didn’t help that three starters combined for 13 turnovers.

Hawk wrestlers take down Cowboys

It’s not too often that the Iowa wrestlers go down to Stillwater, Okla., and dominate Oklahoma State, 30-7.
You have to go back to 1995 for Iowa to have scored that many points.
The Hawkeyes dominated in five weights including a come-from-behind pin by Josh Dziewa at 141 pounds.
Josh trailed 5-1 going into the third period before getting the fall.
Thomas Gilman (125) got Iowa started with a 15-5 major decision over 11th-ranked Eddie Klimara.
Cory Clark (133) picked up a 10-5 win before Josh stunned the home crowd with a pin.

Hawks split at home

The Hawkeye men played two games at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last week, beating Nebraska 70-59 Monday and losing 73-61 to Michigan State on Thursday.
The Nebraska game was not pretty, as Iowa led most of the way, shot 39 percent from the floor, 25 percent from 3-point range and were outscored 34-22 inside the paint.
Iowa’s free throw shooting (31-38) was the difference.
Aaron White (12-15) and Gabe Olaseni (12-13) were hot from the charity stripe.
Aaron has made the most free throws in school history as he has 524 for his career, passing Roy Marble who made 516.

Really?

Hawk Talk

This is the way the seniors are ending their careers?
I was a little worried about Iowa’s bowl game last Friday against Tennessee.
The Volunteers are young and haven’t been to a bowl since 2010, so I thought they would come out with a lot of energy.
I also thought the Hawkeyes would at least show up...
When you can’t make tackles, can’t move the ball and trail 35-7 at half, you know it’s not your day.
The game ended 45-28 but it wasn’t that close.
I’m going to give you two plays that sum up Iowa’s season in a nutshell.

Women pick up road win against Stringer

The Iowa women also picked up a big road win at Rutgers, coached by Vivian Stringer, and bringing back a 79-72 victory.
When you look at some of statistics, you wonder how the Hawkeyes got their second Big Ten win of the season.
You start with rebounds– Iowa lost that battle 41-34 with Rutgers grabbing 18 offensive rebounds.
The Scarlet Knights also shot 16-18 from the free throw line while the Hawks were 10-22.
How did the Hawkeyes come through?
You start with the best 3-point shooter in Iowa history.

Road win

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
Anytime you can open the season with a road win, it’s a good start all around.
The Hawkeye men’s basketball team went to Columbus last week and held off the Ohio State Buckeyes, 71-65.
The Hawks played solid defense, won the rebound battle 37-29, made shots down the stretch and got good play from the bench.
This is the second game in a row that Peter Jok started.
Peter came out strong, hitting a couple of free throws, a 3-pointer and a jump shot to help the Hawkeyes build a 19-10 lead with six minutes gone in the game.

Bounce back win

Hawk Talk

After two straight losses to instate rivals, the Hawkeye men’s basketball team needed a win to get some confidence back.
They got that last week with an 80-70 win over the North Florida Ospreys.
North Florida came into the game with a 7-5 record with one of their wins coming at Purdue, 73-70.
They also lost to UNI, 66-49, and Northwestern, 69-67.

Hawkeyes roll

The Penn State women came to Carver-Hawkeye Arena last Sunday.
The Nittany Lions are in a rebuilding stage, coming into the game with a 3-8 record. Last year, they were 24-8, 13-3 in the conference and won their third straight Big Ten conference championship.
I thought the Hawkeyes would play them tough at home but never expected a 77-52 blowout.
Iowa jumped out to a 16-1 lead, led 41-24 at half and cruised to its first Big Ten win of the season.

Jake Rudock

Hawk Talk

Jake Rudock has received mixed reviews in his second season as a Hawkeye signal caller.
Some fans think C.J. Beathard should be the starting quarterback.
Jake just finished his junior year with a bowl game coming up. In two seasons, he’s passed for 34 touchdowns, which is the eighth-most in program history and has a 14-10 record as a starter. Jake has 4,787 yards passing, which is also the eighth-most in school history.

Dixon hits 10 3-pointers against Drake

WOW!
What a game for the Hawkeye women against Drake Sunday in Des Moines.
I’m writing the story Monday morning and I’m still impressed.
You start with Melissa Dixon making 10 3-pointers and finishing with 31 points.
No one has ever made that many threes in a Hawkeye uniform.
Then you have Drake’s Lizzy Wendell scoring a Knapp Center-record 43 points.
Finally, the game ends with Samantha Logic taking a pass with nine seconds left and the game tied at 98-all. She took it down the right side, banked in a shot with three seconds left and Iowa wins its ninth game of the season, 100-98.

Panthers roll over Iowa men

I knew Iowa would have a tough matchup against the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Panthers Saturday in Des Moines.
UNI has talent, depth and a couple of former West High Trojans that would probably be Hawkeyes if Fran McCaffery had offered them.
Jeremy Morgan, a sophomore for UNI, is a starter and played 14 minutes against Iowa, scoring seven points and grabbing three rebounds.
Iowa only had one scholarship when Jeremy was coming out of high school and Peter Jok was signed by the Hawks.
Peter came off the bench playing 20 minutes, scoring four points and had four rebounds Saturday.