Hawkeye women lose
The three-point line came into play in the 1980s and it has made the game a lot more exciting with more scoring.
The Bradley Braves took 3-point shooting to a new level last Saturday knocking down 13-22 threes and beating the Hawkeyes, 96-88.
That’s 59 percent shooting! Teams will go a whole season and not shot 59% from the floor let alone from three-point range.
Kelsey Budd led the way going 12-14 from the floor, including 5-6 from three-point land.
Kelsey’s previous career high was 12 points… wow!
Morgan Johnson did all she could to keep the Hawks in the game with a career-high 37 points. Morgan had a good line, shooting 13-20 from the floor, 11-12 from the free throw line, four blocks and pulling down eight rebounds.
Iowa had only one other player in double figures with Kamille Wahlin scoring 18.
The Hawks did hit their free throws, going 27-30.
I’ve been watching and listening to the Hawks all season and I think they might have the same problem the men do, and that’s a lack of a top rebounder.
Iowa was out rebounded 37-32 and also had 19 turnovers.
Jaime Printy was held to seven points but led the team in assists with seven.
The Hawkeyes also have six new players in the rotation, including all five freshman and Theairra Taylor.
Trisha Nesbitt is working her way back after being injured and should help out with leadership and defense.
They will get better.
Hawkeye men get big win
The Big Ten season hasn’t started yet, but the Hawkeyes needed a win Saturday and they got it, beating Drake 82-69.
Drake was at Carver Hawkeye Arena and the Bulldogs had already beaten Iowa State at home, 75-65.
The ‘Clones handled the Hawkeyes 86-76 in Ames, so I was expecting a tough battle.
Iowa went on a 24-9 run to end the half after Drake led 21-20 with 9:19 left. The score was 44-30 at intermission.
The defense stepped up, Devyn Marble, Matt Gatens, Josh Oglesby, Melsahn Basabe and Zach McCabe all had key baskets in the run.
Bryce Cartwright had a big second half, going 8-8 from the free throw line and playing 28 minutes.
“It felt good to be back out there,” said Bryce. “I’m moving around better, feeling better every day.”
I like what Devyn and Zach bring to the game. Devyn led the team with five assists, had 10 points and two steals while Zach had eight points, six boards and two steals.
Melsahn looked a little leaner and quicker, scoring 10 points with two blocked shots.
Aaron White also came off the bench and scored 10 points. If he can be more consistent, that will help in Big Ten play.
The leader of the team is Matt Gatens. The 6-5 senior played all 40 minutes, had 20 points, six rebounds, three steals and played lock-down defense on Drake’s leading scorer.
“We had to recognize our inefficiencies,” said Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery. “Focus on correcting them and then come out and change. We weren’t playing ball screens right. We weren’t playing transition defense correctly. Ultimately that falls on the coaching staff. I though Matt Gatens’ job on Ben Simons (Drake’s leading scorer) was one of the best defensive efforts I have seen.”
6-5 is not the record the Hawks were shooting for at this point, but they are improving. Hopefully they can take a couple more steps forward before the Big Ten season starts Dec. 28 against Purdue.