Gophers edge Hawkeyes in Big 10 Tournament quarterfinals

Gophers edge Hawkeyes in Big 10 Tournament quarterfinals

Troy Powers
March 4, 2018

Iowa's men's basketball season came to an end today.

Thursday during the Hawkeyes' first game at the Big Ten Championships, they proved the Big Ten player of the year right. "I'm proud of our grit".

Gustafson has re-written the Iowa record books this season, breaking single-season records for points (734), rebounds (370), field goals made (285), free throws made (164), free throws attempted (204), and double-doubles (26).

"The basket had to look like an ocean to her, " Golden Gophers coach Marlene Stallings said. We threw five different people at her.

Iowa's Megan Gustafson, who scored a Big Ten tourney-record 48 points, converted a three-point play for an 87-85 advantage with 1:23 to go.

The 48 points also rates as the second-best effort ever by a Hawkeye, male or female, trailing only the 49 points scored by John Johnson in a 1970 game against Northwestern.

The Hawkeyes haven't lost since dropping a January 28 game at home to Nebraska and earned their share of third place in the Big Ten by winning a pair of overtime games during the past month. "That really gave me the confidence going into the fourth quarter".

Lindsey Pulliam, who scored 10 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter for Northwestern, made it 47-42 after back-to-back jumpers with less than four minutes to go.

New attacks in Syria's Eastern Ghouta after UNSC resolution
More than 500 people , including 123 children, were killed last week while 2,400 others were wounded in the shelling. The observatory said the death toll had hit nearly 500, including 165 children and 64 women .

After a Kathleen Doyle three-pointer tied the game at 61-61, a lay-up by Gustafson pushed the Hawkeyes in front with 39 seconds remaining in the third quarter and Iowa a 65-63 lead into the fourth.

Taking out Gustafson's white hot 73 percent shooting, the Hawkeyes shot 40 percent-36 percent through the first three quarters-but what hurt them the most were turnovers.

Cook had 19 points in the opening round win over IL. He was 6 of 11 from the field. Minnesota was careful not to foul and kept the pressure high.

Gustafson's mega performance came after a rather disappointing outing against Northwestern the day before (12 points, 9 rebounds), which helped feed her monster game.

With 10 seconds remaining on the clock and the Gophers leading by one point, the Hawkeyes had possession of the ball.

Iowa hacked up the ball 19 times, while only taking away possession from Minnesota seven times, and, as a result, Minnesota was able to chuck up 19 more shots. "We're going to prepare next week to get better as a team". It was unbelievable we were in the game but we were because of our strong shooting. "But, we shot it well".

Minnesota managed to avoid that problem when it needed to the most.