It was Northwestern's first NCAA Tournament bid. "I just feel like that's just motivation for us to even have a better Big Ten run then we did a year ago, I know especially for me it being my last Big Ten tournament ever and my last few games and I just want to go out and give everything that I can". Or at least flickering.
Doyle earns the first All-Big Ten honor of her career after being named to the Big Ten freshman team last season. Their only meeting of the season was an Iowa win, 104-97 in OT.
But Iowa closed the half on 14-4 run to take a 40-35 lead.
"That's what tournament play is - physical", Iowa coach Fran McCaffrey said.
My favorite, and I think I've told this story before, came in 2007 with IU football when in a blog in the Indianapolis Star, I predicted, before the season began, that IU would go 7-5 in the regular season, beat Purdue on a last-second field goal and go to the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. - and play Oklahoma State. Game 1 is set to tip at 5:30 p.m. ET and will feature No. 13 IL taking on No. 12 Iowa.
Despite have much more attention focused on him by defenses, his offensive numbers have improved. Each team shot just 56 percent from the foul line.
The Hawkeyes will be looking for the same balance Thursday. Point guard Jordan Bohannon led the way for Iowa, posting a 25-point, 6-assist performance, including five from 3-point range.
Kunaiyi-Akpanah said she's discovered her true role with the Cats this season and makes sure to fill it each time she hits the court.
Iowa trimmed the deficit to four, 61-57, with just under six minutes left, but MI had answers: a tough finish in traffic, a strong defensive rebound, a forced turnover.
"I don't think it'll be that big of a difference", he said.
Those 24 victories are the most by a first-year coach in program history, but Holtmann doesn't want his players to lose the approach they had at the beginning of the year.
Duncan Robinson gave MI some breathing room with a 3-pointer, just Michigan's third of the game, to make it 72-70 with 2:17 left. Gustafson scored nine points, grabbed three rebounds, and was a ideal 5-for-5 from the free throw line in overtime to seal the road victory for the Hawkeyes. "So, I'm just trying to be that person that gives my team second chances". "The one guy nobody talks about is Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rahkman".
"Duncan Robinson, the sixth man of the year, going to the bench as a senior?" After the ensuing foul shot, the sophomore forward had brought Iowa's lead over IL to double-digits with just over eight minutes to go.
But in the final disheartening chapter of their season, it was the Hawkeyes' offense that failed them. They move the ball really well, have a lot of 3-point shooters.