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Big road win for Hawk women

Hawk Talk

The Iowa women had two games last week, picking up an overtime win at Rutgers, 77-66, and finishing the regular season with a win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, 75-62, over Indiana.
The Hawk win at Rutgers was a major gut check.
Iowa jumped out early, leading 13-4 at the end of the first quarter, scored only six points in the second quarter and trailed at half, 25-19.
The Scarlet Knights led by as many as 11 in the third quarter but the Hawkeyes went to work in the fourth.
Kathleen Doyle, who played all 45 minutes, had a season-high nine turnovers with nine assists. Only two turnovers in the fourth quarter and one in OT.
She finished with 14 points, nine in the second half, five in overtime but her biggest basket came with nine seconds left in regulation with Rutgers leading 59-56.
Time was running out and Kathleen had to take an off-balance 3-pointer that went in for the tie, and the Hawks cruised in overtime.
Megan Gustafson scored nine in OT, Kathleen five and Chase Coley four as the Hawks won their sixth straight.
Another double-double for Megan with 27 points and 14 rebounds.
She was 10-14 from the floor, 7-10 from the free throw line.
Megan was voted Big Ten Player of the Year Monday by the media. She was also named unanimous First Team All-Big Ten for the second year in a row and Kathleen Doyle was named Second Team All-Big Ten.
Megan leads the nation in scoring (24.9), field goals made (270), second in total points (698) and second in double-doubles (25).
The 6-3 junior from Wisconsin is the only player in the country to average 24 points and 12 rebounds per game.
Megan also broke the school record for points for the season (698).
The old record was 672 by Cindy Haugejorde.
If Megan is the Big Ten Player of the Year, then Kathleen is the co-MVP of the Hawkeyes.
In Iowa’s six-game winning streak, Kathleen has averaged 10.8 points, 5.5 assists and didn’t come out for a rest in three of those games, including 45 minutes against Michigan State and Rutgers.
Chase Coley has been playing her best basketball down the stretch.
The 6-3 senior from Minnesota has averaged 12.8 points in the winning streak including a career-high 24 points against Penn State.
Chase had 20 against Rutgers including 6-10 from the free throw line.
It’s tough to stop Chase when she shoots that 10-foot turn-around jumper. She is shooting 54 percent from the floor.

And then there were nine.
Just when you think the Hawkeye women had faced all their challenges for the season.
I get to the 11 a.m. game last Saturday at Carver about 10:15 a.m. and go into the media room until 10:30 a.m.
I go out to the court and sit under the south basket waiting for the Hawks to come out for warm-ups, getting ready to take pictures.
“Back in Black” starts out, the team comes out to the floor and the band plays the Iowa fight song.
Everything is going smoothly except Zion Sanders is leading Iowa onto the floor and there are only nine players.
Alexis Sevillian is missing.
She wasn’t on the floor when the national anthem was playing and I didn’t find out until halftime Alexis had the flu and stayed home.
That meant Amanda Ollinger started and Iowa’s thin bench got thinner.
Hannah Stewart came in, played 21 minutes and scored 10 with five rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.
Carly Mohns and Zion Sanders combined for 30 minutes off the bench.
Neither scored, but Carly had two steals and six rebounds.
Makenzie Meyer and Kathleen Doyle played 40 minutes and they combined for 17 points, nine assists.
Chase, in her last game at Carver, scored 12 with five assists.
I’m saving the best for last as All-American Megan Gustafson was 15-21 from the floor with 36 points and 15 rebounds.
To watch up close how hard Megan works, how she gets banged around, double teamed every time she touches the ball and yet she still shoots 67 percent from the floor.
I just can’t tell you how impressive a win this was for the Hawks.
The Hoosiers were riding an eight-game winning streak and were averaging 69 points per game.
Iowa dominated the glass (43-31), points in the paint (36-16) and had 21 assists and only 11 turnovers.
What a great win.
What a fun team to watch.
You can only wonder how they would have done if Tania Davis could have played more than 12 games.
For the second year in a row, Tania went out with a knee injury.
The Hawks were 11-1 at the time Tania went down and still won their next three games.
Makenzie Meyer would miss the next six games with a hand injury and the Hawks would go 3-3.
Iowa finished 23-6, 11-5 in the Big Ten.
Hopefully, Alexis will be ready for the Big Ten Tournament, which starts this week. Iowa plays the winner of the Wisconsin/Northwestern game Thursday at around 2 p.m.