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Hawkeyes ready to find next reliable targets

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Two of the best tight ends in Iowa history have left for the NFL. The Hawkeyes might finally have the wide receivers it needs to revamp its offense. With T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant expected to be taken in the first round of next week’s ...

Gustafson shares her perspective

By MEGAN GUSTAFSON For The Associated Press NEW YORK — Picture this: a little girl growing up in a town with a population of 164 people shooting hoops at the town hall outdoor court has now arrived in New York for the 2019 WNBA draft. Who would have thought? I certainly didn’t. To say ...

A Hawkeye brotherhood

By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson spent their three years at Iowa trying to one-up each other in a friendly but fierce competition. So, why should the NFL draft be any different? The latest members of the Hawkeyes’ long pipeline to the pros are expected ...

Hoiberg headed to Nebraska

By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer Fred Hoiberg, the former NBA player who coached Iowa State and the Chicago Bulls, was hired Saturday to coach a Nebraska team that had big hopes this season but finished with a 19-17 record and out of the NCAA Tournament yet again. Hoiberg has strong ties to ...

Hawkeye women will play for a Final Four berth

By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer GREENSBORO, N.C. — Iowa did what it always does, working the ball around and getting it to Megan Gustafson. Now the Hawkeyes are sticking around longer in the NCAA Tournament than they have in a generation. Gustafson had 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead ...

Hawkeye women know balance is the key

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa reached the Sweet Sixteen in large part because of the spectacular play of Megan Gustafson. If the Hawkeyes want to go further, they’ll need Gustafson’s teammates to continue to give her some help. Gustafson, a candidate for national ...

Cyclone women stunned by Missouri State

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Alexa Willard scored 17 points to help 11th-seeded Missouri State stun third-seeded Iowa State 69-60 on Monday, becoming the only double-digit seed to reach this year’s Sweet 16. Abby Hipp had 11 points and Danielle Gitzen scored 10 for the Lady ...

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 ...