The Iowa women’s basketball team is scheduled to play both Arkansas Pine-Bluff and Stony Brook this week. They are coming off a 97-93 upset victory over No. 14 Dayton in the Hawkeye Challenge that gave them their first home tournament title since 2010.
Here are five things you should know about the team this week:
- Samantha Logic captures awards
Not only did she play lights out during the Hawkeye Challenge, she played the last four minutes of the game and overtime with part of her tooth missing after a loose ball scuffle. The highlight of the day from her was a no-look pass that caught everyone from Dayton off guard. Logic was named tournament MVP.
Logic was named Big Ten Player of the week, her third time winning the award. She totaled 44 points in two Hawkeye Challenge games.
- Arkansas-Pine Bluff is on the rise, but not there yet
The SWAC team won two games from the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons combined before new coach Nate Kilbert took them to 11 wins last season. With the seven seed they made it to the semi-finals of the SWAC tournament but their tournament hopes were cut short by Kilbert’s former team Mississippi Valley State University. This should be an easy non-conference game for the Hawkeyes. Iowa should be capable of winning by 20 or 30.
- Stony Brook doesn’t even know what their own mascot is.
Apparently when people ask “what’s a seawolf?” the appropriate response from Stony Brook Seawolves fans is, “I’m a seawolf.”
The Seawolves won 14 games last year and return a lot of the talent from last year. The Seawolves were picked to finish third in their conference by media. They should be a decent team, Better than Ark-PB but still should be an easy win for the Hawkeyes. They should open the season 4-0 with four straight home games.
- Lisa Bluder consistently beats top teams
Bluder ‘s bunch has beat a top 25 team in 12 of 14 seasons and a top 15 team in 10 of her seasons at Iowa. Last year Iowa defeated seven ranked teams, a program record.
- Bluder is coming up on the all-time Iowa win record
Lisa Bluder only needs 17 wins to pass Vivian Stringer for first all-time in Iowa women’s basketball coaching wins. Stringer is in the college basketball hall of fame. Bluder currently sits at 253 wins.