Here we go again
The great schedule makers had Nebraska playing the Hawkeye men in Iowa City last Thursday at 6 p.m. and the Iowa women playing Nebraska at Lincoln at 7 p.m. on the same night.
The men’s game was on TV, the women’s was on 1350 AM radio which might as well been from western Canada because it doesn’t come through in Johnson County after dark.
It’s tough enough to lose to Nebraska in football in their first season in the Big Ten but to lose to both the men’s and women’s basketball teams in the same night…
I know what you’re saying; “Don can’t handle the truth.” You’re right.
The Hawkeye men led most of the game, didn’t play defense down the stretch and lost, 79-73.
Zach McCabe, who is probably playing his best basketball, led the team with 20 points, but fouled out.
Aaron White came off the bench with 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
The Hawkeye women fell way behind for most of the game, got it back to 52-51 with 3:11 left, and couldn’t get it done, losing 60-53.
It didn’t help that Morgan Johnson fouled out with only eight points and Iowa’s bench scored only four points.
Jaime Printy and Kamille Wahlin had 17 and 11 points for the Hawks. They both played 39 minutes.
That had to be a tough trip home from Lincoln. The Hawks didn’t get back to Iowa City until midnight, had to go to class on Friday and then get ready to play Purdue at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon… life in the Big Ten.
How strange is it that the men and women are both 11-10, 3-5 in the Big Ten?
Before the season, I thought the women would have more wins, the men less.
Women knock off
Just when you thought is wasn’t safe to go into the water, the Hawkeyes played one of their best games Saturday at Carver Hawkeye Arena, knocking off the Purdue Boilermakers, 59-42.
To say Iowa needs Morgan Johnson to stay out of foul trouble is probably an understatement.
The 6-5 senior blocked three shots, had 11 rebounds and led Iowa with 17 points… all in only 23 minutes.
Even when Morgan wasn’t blocking shots she was getting into the Boilermakers’ heads and altering their shots.
Iowa’s bench has been struggling lately with Kalli Hansen and Melissa Dixon out, but can you say “Hello Virginia?”
Virginia Johnson, the 6-2 former City High prep came in with Kelly Krei in foul trouble, scored six huge first half points, grabbed six rebounds, blocked two shots, had one assist and played 18 minutes with the most confidence she has had all year.
It’s so much fun to watch a young player with talent like Virginia start playing like the top recruit she is.
Theairra Taylor also gave a spark off the bench.
Theairra keeps showing more and more athleticism. She played 21 minutes, scored six points, had six boards, two assists and one steal.
“I can’t say enough about Virginia and Theairra,” said Head Coach Lisa Bluder. “I think they showed everybody what they’re capable of doing and I’m so happy for those two players.”
Kamille Wahlin scored all of her 13 points in the second half.
This was a must win for the Hawks if they want any chance of making the big dance.
The Hawks controlled the boards (54-38), played solid defense and the bench came through.
When Jaime Printy, Iowa’s leading scorer averaging 17.8, scores only seven and Iowa wins by 17 over a top-20 team, all you can say is keep it going.
Hawkeye Wrestlers bounce back
It wasn’t domination, but the Hawkeye wrestlers knocked off the Minnesota Gophers, 19-17, Sunday at Carver. That’s seven straight against Jay Robinson and his Gophers, who were ranked third.
I’m not sure I understand why Matt McDonough was ranked second at 125. Matt has beaten Zach Sanders, who is ranked number 1, four times. Matt jumped out early, controlled the match and won, 7-1.
Big wins for Tony Ramos (133) and Montell Marion (144) before Nick Moore (157) and Mike Evans (165) sealed the win. Nick had a major decision, 11-2, and Mike stuck his man in the third period.
Iowa lost the last four matches, including Blake Raising at heavyweight. Blake had beaten Tony Nelson four straight times, but lost 7-2.
The Hawks lost two matches 5-3, so it could have been a lot better, but a win is a win and hopefully the Hawks are back on track.