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.
Lisa Bluder didn’t get to 269 wins at Iowa without some great coaching. The victory at Penn State ties her with Vivian Stringer for the most wins in school history.
The coach got her team to loosen up and play like they did in the Cancun Challenge by spraying on suntan lotion before practice and wearing flip flops after.
It didn’t hurt having Samantha Logic coming through with her second triple-double of the year (14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists). She also played the entire 40 minutes.
Also, Ally Disterhoft was unbelievable!
The 6-0 freshman from West High was 8-9 from the floor, 3-3 from 3-point range and 5-5 from the free throw line, including two with nine seconds left.
Then, Saturday at Carver, the Hawk men crushed the Michigan Wolverines, 85-67.
Iowa was coming off a 76-69 loss at home to Ohio State in which the Hawks made only 3-20 from 3-point range.
Against the Wolverines, Devyn Marble hit his first three 3-pointers…IN THE FIRST FOUR MINUTES and Iowa never looked back.
This might have been one of the best games Iowa has played, start to finish, in a long time.
Offense, defense, 3-point shooting (10-17, 58.8percent) free throw shooting (17-22, 77percent) and rebounding (Iowa 38, Michigan 29).
What a fun game to watch.
The Hawkeyes, 18-6, 7-4 in the Big Ten, pounded it inside with 34 points in the paint; the Wolverines had 18.
Devyn Marble played 31 minutes, scored 26 points, went 8-17 from the floor, 6-10 from 3-point range, 4-4 from the free throw line, had two assists, two steals and only one turnover.
Mike Gesell had a career-high eight assists, Melsahn Basabe 10 rebounds and Aaron White 11 points and eight rebounds.
What a great team win and how good the Hawkeyes are when they are hitting on all cylinders.
“They punched us early and it was hard to respond,” said Michigan head coach John Beilein.
Can you believe Iowa had won 20 straight games at Carver before losing two in a row to Michigan State and Ohio State?
When Iowa lost to Ohio State I had a good feeling before the Michigan game… little did I know I was in for a blowout.
The Hawkeye wrestlers finished the weekend off by defeating the Michigan Wolverines, 26-6.
It would have been a great weekend until I found out after the Hawkeyes beat Michigan in basketball that my good friend Sabra Fleck had a stroke Saturday afternoon.
Sabra was rushed to the UI hospital by ambulance, went through surgery and has been in intensive care all week.
Brian and Sabra Fleck have been two of the really good people I have met throughout the years, and I couldn’t have written my book without Brian’s help.
As great as I felt when the Hawkeyes beat the Wolverines, major sadness came to pass after I heard the news about Sabra.
This kind of puts winning and losing into perspective when a person’s life hangs in the balance.
Hoping and praying for a good recovery Sabra!