2012 is gone and we’ll take a look back at the basketball, wrestling and football seasons.
On Jan. 26, 2012, the Hawkeye women had just lost 60-53 at Nebraska and were sitting at 11-10.
Next up was Purdue, ranked 13th in the nation at the time.
Iowa might have played its best game of the year and beat the Boilermakers, 59-42. The Hawks traveled to Wisconsin five days later and won, 85-79, in overtime, but lost Jaime Printy for the season with a knee injury.
Iowa won six more games in a row to finish out the season 19-10. They lost in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament to Nebraska but still made it to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight year.
They had a tough draw with California, losing 84-74.
Jaime Printy led the way, averaging 16.9 points per game, followed by Morgan Johnson (14.9) and Kamille Wahlin (12.9).
Freshman Samantha Logic, who came on strong after Jaime got hurt, led the team in rebounds, averaging 7.1 boards per game.
The women had a big win last Friday, Dec. 28, over 20th ranked Texas, 86-63. How about Samantha Logic with 14 assists, an all-time Iowa record. She also had 15 rebounds.
Melissa Dixon had a career-high 23 points, including 5-10 from 3-point range.
Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder said when Melissa comes in, Iowa doesn’t lose a beat. She also brings good defensive pressure.
Jaime Printy and Morgan Johnson added 21 and 20 points respectively as the Hawks shot 52 percent from the floor and jumped out to a 41-21 halftime lead over the Longhorns.
The Hawks followed that up by winning the San Diego Surf ‘N Slam Classic, beating San Diego, 83-73.
Jaime Printy led the way with a career-high 33 including 7-12 from 3-point range. The seven 3-pointers ties an Iowa record.
It was a really good win because Iowa started slow, trailing 24-13 with 7:36 left in the first half but only trailed by two (35-33) at half time.
Fourteen turnovers in the first half didn’t help.
Logic finished with 10 assists and Bethany Doolittle had 10 boards and four blocked shots.
The Hawkeyes go into the Big Ten season with an 11-3 record.
For the first time in four years the Hawkeyes had a winning record, finishing 18-17 and knocking off Dayton in the first round of the NIT, 84-75, in 2012.
I was at that game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and the fans were electric.
Aaron White had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Zach McCabe 20 points and eight boards and Melsahn Basabe 15 points, five rebounds and eight blocked shots.
The Hawks wouldn’t be there without the play of Matt Gatens.
The 6-5 senior from City High averaged 15.5 points, shot 41 percent from 3-point range and hit 85 percent from the free throw line. He scored 30 points against Indiana on Feb. 19, 2012, and then put up 33 against Wisconsin four days later. Both games were at Carver and both were Hawkeye wins.
Fran McCaffery did a great job on the recruiting trail, signing a top-20 class including 7-0 center Adam Woodbury, guards Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons. All three are staring this season.
Devyn Marble is leading the team in scoring this season averaging over 15 points per game followed by Aaron White (13.6). Aaron also leads in rebounding (6.5) while Anthony Clemmons leads in assists (3.7).
The Hawkeyes have 11 wins going into the Big Ten season.
Will 20 wins get them into the tournament?
The Hawkeyes finished third in the NCAA championship meet held in St. Louis.
Iowa had three wrestlers in the finals with Matt McDonough (125), Montell Marion (141), and Derek St. John (157).
Matt won a 4-1 decision to win his second title. He goes into this season as the top ranked wrestler at 125.
Montell went into overtime tied 4-4 but got taken down in OT and lost, 6-4.
Montell finished his career as a three-time All-American and two-time NCAA runner-up.
Derek, who was hurt earlier in the season, lost a 4-1 decision to three-time NCAA champion Kyle Drake.
Derek is currently ranked No. 1 at 157.
The Hawkeyes are ranked fifth in the nation and have eight wrestlers ranked in the top 20 for this season.
2012 saw the Iowa football team losing four running backs (what else is new?), getting two new coordinators and three new coaches overall.
Mikail McCall and Marcus Coker left the program last winter. De’Andre Johnson was dismissed after two straight run-ins with the law and Greg Garman left after this season.
Offensive coordinator Ken O’Keefe went to Miami to help coach the Dolphins and defensive coordinator Norm Parker retired.
Greg Davis was named offensive coordinator after coaching at Texas and Phil Parker was promoted to defensive coordinator. Phil had coached the defensive backs at Iowa for the past 13 years.
Brian Ferentz was named first year offensive line coach which moved Reece Morgan over to the defensive line.
LaVar Woods was linebacker coach for the first year and Darrel Wilson became defensive backfield coach.
Can you believe that Iowa started the Big Ten season 2-0 and then lost six straight?
Only three teams on Iowa’s schedule didn’t make it to bowl games. UNI and Indiana had losing records and Penn State, which finished 8-4, was banned from bowling.
Mark Weisman and Micah Hyde were good stories on a 4-8 football team.
Mark, who came into the season as a walk-on and starting fullback, pounded out 815 yards and eight touchdowns but got hurt against Michigan State and only played in 10 games.
Micah was named the Big Ten’s defensive back of the year. He also returned punts and had eight career interceptions.
Six of Iowa’s losses were: two losses by six points, three by three points and one by one point.
Who knows, one more first down, one less dropped pass or one more tackle in three of those five losses and the Hawks might have had a winning season… but it wasn’t meant to be.