You know what they say; all good things must come to an end. Well, the run that the Hawkeyes were making through the Big Ten tournament came to a halt when they met the third seeded Nebraska Cornhuskers and conference player of the year, Jordan Hooper.
No team had ever won four straight games in the women’s Big Ten tournament en route to a title. That trend continued when the Huskers defeated the Hawkeyes by a score of 72-65.
It was a rough start for the Hawkeyes who found themselves down 18-4 about halfway through the first half. Senior guard, Theairra Taylor, would knock down a three to get the Hawkeyes out of the funk they were in. The teams would head into the locker with the Huskers carrying an 8 point lead at 34-26.
There were instances in the second half where Iowa would get down big, but they would claw back into it and with 7:13 left in the game, they had it down to 1. The only problem is, the teams went the next two and a half minutes without recording a point.
Nebraska would stretch their lead back out to 5 or 6 over the next couple of minutes, but Hawkeyes didn’t go away. Samantha Logic put the Hawkeyes down by 3 with just under a minute remaining. Two Husker free throws and a missed opportunity by the Hawkeyes would pretty much seal the deal for Nebraska.
If not for a 58-27 rebounding margin, the Hawkeyes may have come out on top. They allowed 26 offensive rebounds which absolutely cannot happen if you want to beat good teams. You have to think fatigue played a role today for Iowa, but they gave it all they had and I’m surprised they were even in it to begin with.
The Hawkeyes no doubt improved their resumé with this little run they went on over the weekend. They will be in the tournament and will open up in Iowa City as a 7 seed or better.
Ally Disterhoft paced the Hawkeyes with 20 points in 39 minutes on the court.