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Hawkeye women one and done

Hawk Talk
Iowa forward Megan Gustafson goes to the hoop against the Creighton Bluejays in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Saturday, March 17, at Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA. (Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)

This wasn’t the way I thought the season would end for the Iowa women’s basketball team.
The Hawks were on a roll, playing their best basketball and winning seven straight before losing to Minnesota 90-89 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.
It was a matchup of the Iowa inside game with All-American Megan Gustafson and the depth of the Creighton guards.
Megan came through with 29 points and 17 rebounds, playing all 40 minutes in Iowa’s 76-70 loss.
Iowa dominated the paint with a 36-22 advantage and had a 39-28 advantage on the glass.
The Hawks also had a 26-25 margin on field goals but the Bluejays were 9-24 from three, Iowa 3-12.
Kathleen Doyle was 2-8 from beyond the arc, Makenzie Meyer 1-2.
Kathleen also played 40 minutes, scored 11 and had eight assists.
“It’s too bad Makenzie got into foul trouble,” said head coach Lisa Bluder. “She’s really our best 3-point shooter and when she picked up some foul trouble, then fouled out, that was not good for us.”
Creighton (19-12) beat Nebraska earlier in the year, 64-49.
The Cornhuskers knocked off the Hawkeyes twice; 74-64 and 92-74.
I kept thinking that when the Hawks would close it to four points, as they did several times late in the game, they would take over.
That didn’t happen as Creighton would get a big basket, a defensive stop or an offensive rebound.
Iowa came out strong at the opening of the game but the game was tied at the end of the first quarter and the Bluejays led for the rest of the game.
The Hawks will lose one starter, Chase Coley, but with Megan and company back, plus four freshman recruits and hopefully Tania Davis healthy, look for Iowa to be back at the Big Dance.
The wrestling and basketball seasons are over.
Spring football started last Tuesday, March 20, the first day of spring.