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Hawkeye women continue to roll

Hawk Talk
Hawkeye guard Alexis Sevillian prepares to launch a 3-pointer over the Wisconsin defense during Iowa’s 88-61 win over the Badgers Feb. 18 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. (photo by Don Lund)

For the third straight game, the Hawkeye women came out strong and finished off the Wisconsin Badgers, 88-61.
It was 23-13 at the end of the first quarter, 45-23 at half and Iowa never looked back.
“I was really happy,” said head coach Lisa Bluder. “We led this game for 39 minutes, it was tied for one minute. I told the team ‘you guys came out and dominated.’ When you dominate a Big Ten opponent at the end of the year that’s a really good thing.”
Balanced scoring and Megan Gustafson being Megan with 25 points in 26 minutes.
Iowa controlled the boards (42-32), points in the paint (46-26) and assists (24-12).
I like how Alexis Sevillian came out firing, as she made three straight 3-pointers in the second quarter to spark a Hawkeye run.
Alexis, who redshirted last season, has started the last 14 games and is averaging 9.3 points per game.
The former Michigan prep, who played with Tania Davis in high school, was 7-11 from the floor and 5-8 from 3-point range for 19 points, which tied a season high while playing 32 minutes.
When Alexis gets her feet set, she is a good shooter, shooting 37 percent from behind the arc and 87 percent from the free throw line.
“It’s so nice to see Lexi shoot well,” said Lisa. “She tied her career high with five 3-pointers. It’s so nice to see her getting her swag back getting on the offense.”
Kathleen Doyle had 10 points, six assists, four steals and only two turnovers in 30 minutes.
Kathleen sets the table, has started every game except two and leads the team in assists (162) and steals (38). She also has averaged a team-high 34 minutes per game and is second on the team in scoring (11.4).
Hannah Stewart came off the bench to score 10 with three steals.
Hannah is second on the team with 34 steals.
“This was a nice team victory with four players in double figures with Makenzie (Meyer) getting nine,” said the head coach. “We had 24 assists on 33 baskets. We shot the ball well and defended well.”
Iowa is sitting at 21-6, 9-5 in the Big Ten, which puts them alone in fifth place.

Wrestlers cruise over Iowa State

Iowa has a pretty solid wrestling lineup while Iowa State has a new coach, former Hawkeye Kevin Dressler, so it wasn’t surprising the Hawkeyes had no problem in a 35-6 win.
The only Hawk loss was a forfeit at 187 pounds.
Spencer Lee (125) got things started with a pin in 40 seconds.
That is kind of bittersweet since it’s fun to watch the freshman wrestle.
The Hawks have struggled at 133 and 141 and it looked like that was going to continue as Paul Glynn (133) fell behind 7-0.
I give Paul credit for not giving up and coming back with a takedown, a four-point tilt and another takedown in the third period to pull off an 8-7 win.
The Hawks had four more decisions, and two majors by Vince Turk (141) and Sam Stoll (285).
Alex Marinelli (165) got a pin in 52 seconds and the Hawks won their 14th-straight over the ‘Clones.
“You want to finish holds, you want to finish matches,” said head coach Tom Brands. “You want to finish the season strong. That’s where we are. Our guys went out ready to go for the most part.”

Hawk men play two

The Iowa men had two games last week, losing at Michigan, 74-59, and then getting knocked off at home by Indiana, 84-82.
The good news about the Michigan game was Luka Garza scoring 22 points, the most for him in a Big Ten game this season.
Luka is only a freshman, so hopefully he will be around three more years.
For the season, Luka is averaging 11.3 points (second on the team), 6.4 rebounds (second on the team) and he leads the team with 31 blocked shots.
He is shooting 55 percent from the floor and 67 percent from the free throw line.
Luka had a season high 25 points against Northern Illinois and 16 rebounds against Wisconsin.
Luka has 21 starts and is playing about 20 minutes a game.
The thing that stands out about Luka is that he is always hustling, whether Iowa is ahead by 10 or down by 20.
That should pay off in the near future.
Jordan Bohannon had five assists and no turnovers for the good news.
The bad is the Michigan defense was all over Jordan and he only got off five shots, making three with one 3-pointer.
For the season, Jordan has 148 assists and only 55 turnovers.
The Iowa offense, which was averaging 80 points per game, could not get on track.
Sixteen turnovers didn’t help, as the Wolverines had a 20-10 advantage on points off turnovers.
It also didn’t help that starter Jack Nunge didn’t score, playing 12 minutes.

Iowa did everything against Indiana last Saturday except win.
The Hawks had three shots at the basket with less than 36 seconds left by their two best offensive players and missed all three.
Tyler Cook had two shots in close, one at the buzzer, that would have sent the game into overtime.
Jordan Bohannon’s three with four seconds left could have won it, but it wasn’t meant to be.
Usually when a team shoots 71 percent in the first half (55 percent for the game), makes 9-21 threes (43 percent), hits 19-22 (86 percent) from the free throw line and wins the rebound battle 33-19, they win the game.
These aren’t usual times for the Hawkeyes this season.
Indiana countered with 14-24 from three (58 percent) including Robert Johnson going 9-12 from 3-point range.
That tied a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record set by Chris Kingsbury, who made nine against Long Island in 1994.
Iowa also had 17 turnovers and the Hoosiers turned those into 18 points.
Tyler Cook finished with 28 points, including 9-15 from the floor and 10-12 from the free throw line.
Tyler has shown improvement in scoring from 12.3 points per game as a freshman to 15.7 this season.
He shot 55 percent from the floor last year, 57 percent this year.
From the free throw line, he shot 60 percent last year, 67 percent this year.
Tyler averaged 5.3 rebounds last season, 6.7 this year.
Last year Iowa was 19-15, 10-8 in the Big Ten.
This year, 12-17, 3-13 with at least three games left.

The wrestlers and the women’s basketball teams are finishing strong.
Tough season for men’s basketball.