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Iowa’s Lee, UNI’s Foster will wrestle for national titles

By TRAVIS JOHNSON Associated Press PITTSBURGH — With swollen foreheads and bloody lips, 20 of the NCAA’s toughest athletes huffed and puffed Friday night as they tried to describe their journey through March’s other grueling tournament. “I worked my whole life since I was 4 years old ...

Drake women drop OT heartbreaker

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Just moments after the worst foul of her career, Drake’s Becca Hittner got her chance for redemption. Hittner’s wide-open jumper as time expired instead clanked off the back of the rim, a cruel reminder that for every March buzzer-beater ...

Iowa women survive a scare

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — For second-seeded Iowa, Friday’s win over 15th-seeded Mercer felt more like survival than vindication after nearly making the worst kind of history imaginable. Megan Gustafson scored 30 points with 16 rebounds and the second-seeded Hawkeyes ...

Iowa State men ousted by Ohio State

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer TULSA, Okla. — Ohio State went from barely making the NCAA Tournament to a spot in the second round with a 62-59 upset of sixth-seeded Iowa State in the Midwest Region on Friday. Kaleb Wesson had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the 11th-seeded Buckeyes ...

Iowa men rally to advance

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio — Iowa kept up the Big Ten’s blitz through its first six games in the NCAA Tournament. Luka Garza scored 20 points, Jordan Bohannon made a three-point play during the Hawkeyes’ closing surge, and the No. 10 seed in the South Region kept its ...

Another Big 12 Tourney title for Iowa State

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lindell Wigginton found his way to Iowa State from Canada, Marial Shayok took a detour through the University of Virginia, and Michael Jacobson started his career at the University of Nebraska. Three players from three very different ...

Top-ranked Baylor pulls away from Cyclone women

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY — Kalani Brown had 17 points and seven rebounds to help No. 1 Baylor defeat No. 13 Iowa State 67-49 on Monday night in the Big 12 Tournament championship game. Brown, a 6-foot-7 senior center, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding ...

Iowa’s Gustafson an unstoppable force

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS — Megan Gustafson kept challenging Maryland inside. One by one, she batted each defender away. Gustafson scored 26 points in the first half, finished with 45 and led No. 10 Iowa past No. 8 Maryland 90-76 on Sunday for the Hawkeyes’ first ...

UNI coughs up big lead, title shot, NCAA bid

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A huge rally by Bradley resulted in quite a reward — its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2006. Down by 18 points with 17 minutes left, Elijah Childs and the Braves surged past Northern Iowa 57-54 Sunday in the Missouri Valley Conference championship game. Childs ...

Cyclone women advance to Big 12 finals

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Alexa Middleton scored 24 points, Bridget Carleton and Ashley Joens had double-doubles and No. 19 Iowa State took control down the stretch on Sunday to defeat No. 21 Texas in the Big 12 Conference tournament semifinals. The second-seeded Cyclones (25-7), winners of five ...

Improbable collapse dooms Iowa

By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer LINCOLN, Neb. — If this was the farewell to Nebraska coach Tim Miles at Pinnacle Bank Arena, it surely was one he’ll never forget. Neither will the ardent 12,300 fans who showed up to see the Cornhuskers wrap up a regular season in which they badly ...

Hawkeye women are Big Ten champs

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS — Megan Gustafson scored 26 points in the first half and finished with 45 on Sunday to lead No. 10 Iowa past No. 8 Maryland 90-76 for its first Big Ten Tournament title since 2001. It’s the longest gap between conference crowns since the ...

Another MVC crown for Drake women

DES MOINES (AP) — Sara Rhine was nearly perfect, Becca Hittner scored 23 points and No. 22 Drake clinched at least a share of its third straight Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship, defeating Illinois State 88-61 on Thursday night. Rhine had a double-double with 21 points ...

Long-time Iowa assistant Morgan retires

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa assistant coach Reese Morgan has announced his retirement after 19 seasons with the Hawkeyes. Coach Kirk Ferentz says that Morgan, who has coached the Hawkeyes’ defensive line for the past seven years, will step down prior to spring ...

Wisconsin swats away Hawkeyes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said he had a feeling Ethan Happ would have a good game against Iowa. He was right. Happ did a little bit of everything to help No. 21 Wisconsin beat Iowa 65-45, scoring 21 points in his final home game and grabbing 14 rebounds. He also had ...

Ugly home loss for Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY (AP) — Ron Harper Jr. scored a season-high 27 points and Rutgers rolled past No. 22 Iowa 86-72 on Saturday in the Hawkeyes’ home finale. Issa Thiam had 13 points for the Scarlet Knights (14-14, 7-11 Big Ten), who exacted revenge on Iowa after the Hawkeyes used a buzzer beater to ...

Texas roughs up Cyclones

By MARK ROSNER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — Nearly 13 minutes into Texas’ game against Iowa State on Saturday, the Longhorns’ most prolific 3-point shooter had not launched even one attempt. Coach Shaka Smart, intent on rectifying that problem, instructed point guard Matt Coleman ...

Drake plays for MVC title

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer DES MOINES — Drake’s season could have been thrown into chaos when point guard Nick Norton went down with a knee injury. Instead, the Bulldogs have made a somewhat startling run at the Missouri Valley Conference title. Drake (22-8, 11-6 MVC), picked to ...

Fennelly earns win No. 500

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Bridget Carleton scored all of her 27 points in the second half, including a layup with 3.1 seconds left, as No. 20 Iowa State rallied late to beat Texas Tech 64-62 on Tuesday night. The Red Raiders led 55-45 with 7:15 remaining before the Cyclones closed on a 19-7 run. ...

Buckeyes swat Iowa

By STEVE HELWAGEN Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — Freshman Justin Ahrens scored a career-high 29 points to lead Ohio State to a 90-70 victory over No. 22 Iowa on Tuesday night. Kaleb Wesson chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Buckeyes, Keyshawn Woods scored 13, Andre Wesson had ...