Iowa Advances with Win over Northwestern

Iowa Advances

by: Steven Stremming

What a way to start the night session of the BiG Ten Women’s tournament at GaiVnbridge Fieldhouse with Joe McKeown’s Northwestern Wildcats and Lisa Bluder’s Iowa Hawkeyes.

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Both teams took their best and channeled into a first half chocked full of defensive stops and offensive thrusts.

Nip and tuck was the name of this game, as halftime showed Iowa up 32 to 31 over the Wildcats.

The third quarter was the decisive point in this game as Northwestern went cold from the field for about three and a half minutes giving Iowa the room, they needed to expand a three-point lead to nine.

Iowa went back to battling each again from that point forward, but the game had been won during those minutes.

The Hawkeyes were led in the first half by, you guessed it, National Player of the Year candidate, Caitlin Clark and the inside presence of one of the best inside players the league has in Monika Czinano.

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The rest of the starters were not hitting their shots but kept battling, with screens, rebounding, tipping the ball to teammates and assists.

The third quarter proved crucial as they started hitting those shots, in particular, Kate Martin, who would end the game with 15 points, five boards and six assists. McKenna Warnock played a floor game in the second half as well as she recorded six assists, five boards and a steal,

Gabbie Marshall, who had one of the tougher defensive assignments in All-BiG Ten conference player, Veronica Burton, but came through on the offensive end with four steals and two assists.

Another key contributor was the play of Addison O’Grady who scored six points in the paint and earned mention for her efforts.

Northwestern was once again led by the incomparable Veronica Burton. Burton would score 25 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and three assists.  Burton was the catalyst in all things Northwestern in the game.

Another excellent performance from fifth-year starter Lauryn Satterwhite. Lauryn would score 12 points while at the same time guarding Caitlin Clark.

Courtney Shaw would once again prove solid as she battled, her bigger inside players and recorded 12 rebounds, and yes seven were offensive.

Laya Hartman would finish the game with seven points.

Iowa awaits the winner of Michigan/Nebraska in the quarterfinals.

Northwestern awaits the day in the NCAA Women’s basketball tournament.

Iowa Post Game Press Conference

Northwestern Post Game Press Conference


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