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Hawkeye women so close

Hawk Talk
Alexis Sevillian probes the Samford defense during Iowa’s 80-59 win Dec. 3 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Sevillian finished with four points and three assists for the Hawks.

The Iowa women lost their first game last week, with 11th-ranked Florida State knocking off the Hawks, 94-93.
When I go to a men’s or women’s basketball game, I like to go a little early to watch them warm up. When I went to the women’s game last week, I was impressed with how good the Hawkeyes’ shooters were.
The team was shooting lights out in warm-ups making eight in a row, then 10 in a row and then seven straight.
I know that doesn’t always show up in a game, but it sure did last Wednesday.
The Hawks were 14-15 in the first quarter and made 15 straight going into the second quarter.
For the game Iowa shot 61 percent, with Megan Gustafson 15-18 (83.3 percent).
For the season, Iowa is shooting 52 percent from the floor, Megan 70 percent.
The Seminoles couldn’t stop Megan as she finished with 34 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.
On the other side, Lisa Bluder said Shakayla Thomas would be a tough matchup and she was, scoring 31 points with 10 boards.
Too many turnovers for the Hawks (21) which led to a 26-12 advantage to FSU on points off turnovers.
Tania Davis had 14 points, Kathleen Doyle 13, Chase Coley 10 and Alexis Sevillian came off the bench to score 14.
The Hawkeyes took care of business last Sunday at Carver beating Samford, 80-59.
I thought the Hawks came out a little flat but picked up the pace in the second half for a solid win.
“I was concerned about this game, coming between Florida State and Iowa State,” said Iowa coach Lisa Bluder. “It’s an easy game to lose attention.”
When you have a great passing team, like the Hawkeyes which leads the nation in assists (24.9 per game), the offense can make a run at any time.
Iowa did that in the third quarter with 17 unanswered points.
Hannah Stewart had a career high with 17 points on 7-9 shooting, while Megan had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Megan was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the second time this season.
The Hawks controlled the boards (44-27) and had 26 assists and 13 turnovers.

Hawkeye wrestlers get a pin for a win
Thanks to Sam Stoll, Iowa’s heavyweight, Iowa pulled out an 18-17 win over 15th-ranked Illinois last Friday at Carver.
Sam took the Illinois heavyweight to his back and pinned him in the first period, giving Iowa a one-point win.
The Hawkeyes came out flat, losing the first three matches before Brandon Sorenson (141) and Michael Kemerer (157) scored decisions.
Joey Gunther (174) and Cash Wilcke (197) also picked up decisions before Sam got the winning points.
“If we continue to give up nine first-period takedowns and only get one, we are going to struggle,” said head coach Tom Brands. “We knew this year was going to be unique, but we did not fight. We know we have work to do.”