Gustafson named Big Ten Player of the Year

Gustafson named Big Ten Player of the Year

Gustafson named Big Ten Player of the Year

"Yesterday I didn't contribute as much as I normally do, and I think that gave me a little bit of extra motivation", said Gustafson of her 12-point performance on Thursday against Northwestern. Her 15 three-point attempts were second most in Big Ten tourney history. "I just have to give her credit, she payed at a very high level tonight". They hoped sooner or later her shots would drop.

The Hawkeyes (14-19) almost pulled off the upset, trailing MI 74-71 with 24 seconds to go, but forward Luke Garza missed a potential game-tying three.

Cooks answers were thee opposite of definitive, a slightly different tone than the one he struck after Iowa's win over IL on Wednesday.

The Gophers narrowly escaped with a victory against Iowa that will send them to the Big Ten semifinals.

Iowa shot a higher percentage than Minnesota from the field, 54-43 percent.

Ollinger stole the inbounds pass and after a timeout, Doyle moved the ball down court quickly but the Hawkeyes were unable to the ball in Gustafson and Ollinger missed as time expired.

"She was covered heavily and Minnesota had a good defensive stop, and we didn't get a good opportunity".

Led by 27 points from Carlie Wagner and 26 from Kenisha Bell, the Golden Gophers scored 17 points off of Iowa's 19 turnovers and out-rebounded the Hawkeyes by seven, including a 13-4 edge on the offensive boards.

The most positive thing Iowa has going for it is that four-star recruit Joe Wieskamp will finally make his way to campus next fall. With No. 13 Ohio State first in the Big Ten, the Gophers anticipate Saturdays matchup to be tough. Gustafson also broke Iowa's program record for double-doubles in a career (53).

The Hawkeyes won a 70-61 game at Northwestern on February 11 in the only regular-season meeting between the teams. "'Are they accepting coaching?' And I told them after the game, not one time did I ever feel like they weren't doing that". It was fantastic we were in the game but we were because of our strong shooting.

Minnesota managed to avoid that problem when it needed to the most. Gustafson also had four blocks, while Alexis Sevillian and Kathleen Doyle each finished with nine points for Iowa.

Duncan Robinson made Michigan's only field goal in overtime, a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:15 left, and the fifth-seeded Wolverines (25-7) advanced to the quarterfinals.

The loss snaps Iowa's eight-game winning streak that dated back to January 28.

"This means a lot", Gustafson said. "We'll get ready to make some noise".

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