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Published: Sun, March 04, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Gophers edge Hawkeyes in Big 10 Tournament quarterfinals

Gophers edge Hawkeyes in Big 10 Tournament quarterfinals

Megan Gustafson's career night wasn't enough to get the Hawkeyes past Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament.

Fourth-seeded Minnesota made a defensive stand with 10.4 seconds remaining to edge the Hawkeyes, 90-89, to end Iowa's run in Indianapolis.

The team looked to continue their season with a win against Iowa to move on to the semifinals in the Big Ten women's basketball tournament.

The big man finishes the season averaging 15.4 points and 6.8 rebounds a game. The Hawkeyes fell to MI in overtime of the Big Ten Tournament's quarterfinals round. Minnesota was careful not to foul and kept the pressure high. It called timeout needing to go the length of the floor. Amanda Ollinger ended up with the ball and her last-second 3-pointer didn't come close to hitting rim.

The Gophers enjoyed a 17-2 advantage on fast-break points.

"We're feeling real good right now".

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.

Cooks answers were thee opposite of definitive, a slightly different tone than the one he struck after Iowa's win over IL on Wednesday. With No. 13 Ohio State first in the Big Ten, the Gophers anticipate Saturdays matchup to be tough.

Iowa fell behind by as many as 12 points (33-21) before Gustafson took over.

Bluder could've said the same thing after a number of games, but Gustafson's 48 points sure puts extra weight behind her statement.

Four Gophers landed in double digits with Wagner leading the way with 27 points.

Carlie Wagner and Bell led the Gophers in scoring, tallying a combined 53 points in the game.

The Hawkeyes won a 70-61 game at Northwestern on February 11 in the only regular-season meeting between the teams. Both teams played really hard out there. They hoped sooner or later her shots would drop.

Minnesota managed to avoid that problem when it needed to the most. It also tops Kelsey Mitchell's Big Ten Tournament record of 43 points and shatters Iowa's Big Ten Tournament record of 28 points by Tangela Smith in 1998. They only lost the points-in-the-paint battle, 48-46, even with Gustafson connecting on layup after layup.

Bluder believed her team's biggest issues centered around a failure to box out, an issue at times throughout the season for a 24-6 Iowa team that was out-rebounded 39-32 by Northwestern.

Iowa also takes the court looking to add to a seven-game win streak, the longest ongoing streak in the conference.

The Hawkeyes will learn their postseason destination and seeding on Selection Monday - March 12.

Meyer led the Hawkeyes in scoring with 13 points, while Kathleen Doyle and Sevillian each contributed nine to go with the dozen points scored by Gustafson. "We're going to prepare next week to get better as a team".

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