Last weekend the Hawkeye men’s and women’s basketball teams traveled to Des Moines to take on the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and Drake, winning both.
The Hawk men played the Panthers on Saturday, jumping out early and holding on, 80-73.
Last year, Iowa lost to both UNI and Iowa State, so this was a good win.
Devyn Marble and Mike Gesell were the one-two punch that knocked out the Panthers.
Devyn did it all last Saturday, playing 37 minutes, scoring 30 points with four rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
The 6-6 junior from Michigan has been the most consistent Hawkeye so far, averaging a team-high 32.4 minutes per game and leading the team in scoring (15.1). He also is tied with Mike with 35 assists and has 12 steals. Mike has 13.
The thing that Devyn is bringing this year is defense. His long arms are tough to get around. He is also hitting the weight room.
“Getting stronger has helped me mature,” said Devyn. “We got a little fatigued against Drake but we found a way to gut it out.”
Mike is still working on being more consistent. He scored 23 points, shooting 4-6 from 3-point range. When he hits from the outside, he is quick enough to drive to the basket.
Iowa’s depth came into play last Saturday as starters Adam Woodbury and Anthony Clemmons were held to one point. Iowa’s bench, which includes Melsahn Basabe, Eric May, Zach McCabe and Gabe Olaseni, outscored UNI’s bench 19-5.
How about Eric with seven assists and Gabe getting four points, four rebounds and two blocked shots.
Josh hit a couple of big three’s with two assists.
“The only negative was 13 turnovers in the first half,” said Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. “We shot well, moved the ball well and the best part is that we defended them.”
Defense will decide how far Iowa goes in the Big Ten.
The Hawkeye women’s 82-65 win over the Drake Bulldogs gave Iowa the state championship with wins over Iowa State, UNI and Drake…all in the last three games.
All three were emotional games and the Hawkeyes are on a roll.
You had to believe the Bulldogs were going to come out with a lot of energy since Drake’s first-year coach is Jenni (Lillis) Baranczyk, a four-year starter for the Hawkeyes.
I remember Cara Consuegra, when she and Jenni were teammates, said that Jenni could have been her sister as they were both so competitive.
Lisa Bluder said the intangibles that drove Jenni would make her a good coach. She outworked everyone and never gave up.
The Bulldogs came out firing, hitting four 3-pointers and had 10 second chance points and only trailed 39-34 at half.
A couple of stats stick out for the Hawkeyes’ eighth win– Morgan Johnson scoring 26 points on 11-19 shooting and Iowa committing only eight turnovers.
“We wrapped up the state championship,” said coach Bluder. “We wanted to be the best team in the state and we proved that on the road. I’m happy about the eight turnovers. The last three games we’ve been taking care of the ball and also we had 23 assists and that’s what were known for is sharing the ball.”
Jaime Printy and Samantha Logic had seven while Theairra Taylor had six.
What a great game for Trisha Nesbitt. The 5-7 senior from Ames has been hurt most of her career but came through with a career-high 12 points including two 3-pointers and 4-4 from the free throw line.
“I thought Trisha was a really nice spark for us off the bench,” said coach Bluder.
Kali Peschel had her best game so far, playing 16 minutes because Bethany Doolittle was in foul trouble.
Kali hit her first 3-pointer of the year and also had a couple of assists, a block and a steal.
The Hawks went nine deep and everyone except Melissa Dixon scored.
Wrestlers Win Two
The Hawkeye wrestlers traveled to New York to wrestle in Madison Square Garden winning 18-20 matches, shutting out Hofstra, 42-0, and beating Bucknell, 34-9.
Iowa totaled 10 major decisions and got pins from Derek St. John (157), Mike Evans (174), Ethen Lofthouse (184) and Bobby Telford (Hwt.).
“We did some good things when we put ourselves in good positions,” said head coach Tom Brands. “Most guys wrestled well and put themselves in good positions and those who didn’t need to make adjustments.”
Matt McDonough won two matches and has won 36 in a row.
Tony Ramos is 9-0 and has scored bonus points in every win.
This week I’d like to thank Kevin and Natlie Wilkerson for helping to sponsor my page.
Kevin runs Quality PC and he can do about anything when it comes to working on and fixing computers.
Kevin has saved me many times from blowing up my computer, plus he wrestled for the Hawkeyes in the ‘70s under legendary head coach Dan Gable.
I wouldn’t be writing this if Kevin didn’t clean up my computer last weekend. Natlie runs Quality Textile Printing. They do screen printing on all types of garments. For the last 15 years, they have made the Sons of American Legion T-shirts and they look great.