Linder’s projection: 4th-place tie for Iowa women's basketball, NCAA bid

After four days at home with their families, the Iowa Hawkeyes re-assemble today as preparation begins for the Big Ten women’s basketball season. Specifically, a Thursday trip to Wisconsin. There are plenty of road trips in the front end of the Hawkeyes’ schedule; five of Iowa’s first seven games are on the road. Fortunately for the Hawkeyes, three of those five road games (at...
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December 26, 2017

WATCH: Football: Pinstripe Bowl Preview (Dec. 27, 2017)

BC IMG Sports Network commentators Jon Meterparel and Pete Cronan preview the New Era Pinstripe Bowl game, which will see the Boston College Eagles take on the Iowa Hawkeyes.
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December 27, 2017  |  Discuss

No. 21 Iowa opens Big Ten play at Wisconsin

IOWA CITY — For Megan Gustafson, the cold snap turned a short flight into a long drive. The thermometer read 15-below at the airport in Duluth, Minn., early Tuesday morning, the day the University of Iowa women’s basketball team was scheduled to gather for a 4 p.m. practice after a four-day Christmas vacation. Flights were grounded, including the one that Gustafson was going to...
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December 27, 2017

Iowa's Makenzie Meyer sidelined “indefinitely” with broken hand

IOWA CITY — For the second time in less than two weeks, the Iowa Hawkeyes have been dealt a devastating blow. Makenzie Meyer suffered a broken bone in her left (non-shooting) hand toward the end of women’s basketball practice Wednesday, The Gazette has learned. A sophomore from Mason City, Meyer is out “indefinitely,” according to a source close to the program. She could be back...
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December 27, 2017

Iowa’s Spencer Lee ready for Midlands Championships

Iowa wrestling fans received their first glimpse of Spencer Lee. The Hawkeyes’ coveted freshman 125-pounder dominated the UNI Open field earlier this month in his debut. Lee posted a technical fall in two pins in his first competition after a long layoff, arriving in Iowa City in the midst of rehab for surgery to mend a knee injury suffered during his final high school season. “I...
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December 28, 2017

Without Davis and now Meyer, Iowa still owns Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — They’ll be OK, Chase Coley insists. “Initially, we were frustrated,” Coley said, in the wake of Makenzie Meyer’s broken hand that has her out indefinitely. “But we realized, we’re fine. Everybody we still have, has different strengths.” No. 21 Iowa survived its first game after suffering its second backcourt setback, holding off Wisconsin, 56-46, in a Big Ten women...
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December 28, 2017

Present and future of Iowa wrestling on display on first day of Midlands

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Iowa meshed a little of the current strength with what is to come. The Hawkeyes relied on some accomplished veterans to propel them into the Midlands semifinals, while catching a glimpse of the new wave of talent, waiting in the wings. Iowa advanced five into the semifinals and two more highly-touted wrestlers with Hawkeye ties moved into the top six Friday...
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December 29, 2017

Iowa's degree of difficulty rises when Michigan comes calling

IOWA CITY — When it comes down to it, there are really two key areas of basketball. Scoring. And stopping. And in those two facets, no women’s teams in the Big Ten do it better than Iowa and Michigan. The 21st-ranked Hawkeyes (13-1 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) are tops in the league in field-goal percentage (.505) and field-goal defense (.337). No. 19 Michigan (12-2, 1-0) is second in...
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December 29, 2017

Iowa basketball’s season turned around after five game win streak

Iowa basketball has rebounded from a 4-6 start to the season, winning their last five contests in dominant fashion. The turnaround has come in large part to an offensive explosion, with the Hawkeyes putting up over 90 points in four of the five victories. While the Hawkeyes success has come against some lower level opponents, it is important for the young team to build confidence...
December 30, 2017  |  Discuss

Iowa crowns program record 5 Midlands champions

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Iowa continued its dominance at one of college wrestling’s marquee regular-season tournaments. The Hawkeyes closed the tournament with two perfect championship rounds. Iowa swept its way through the semifinals and finals, crowning a school-record five champions at the 55th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships on Saturday night at Sears Centre Arena. The...
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December 30, 2017

Time Machine: Iowa's Field House was beloved 'dump'

Editor’s note: This is a continuing series of Eastern Iowa sports history “Time Machine” articles. Mark Dukes worked at The Gazette from 1973 to 1998, the last 14 years as sports editor.  Steel pillars obstructed the view of some fans. Temperature was difficult to control. The roof leaked on occasion. Locker room showers often dispensed only cold water. Despite its flaws, the Iowa...
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December 29, 2017

Montezuma's Shateah Wetering commits to Iowa women's basketball

IOWA CITY — Carver-Hawkeye Arena was nearly empty late Sunday afternoon after the University of Iowa women’s basketball team defeated Michigan. But Shateah Wetering lingered, along with her family. She had an announcement to make. A sophomore at Montezuma High School, Wetering revealed her oral commitment to the Hawkeyes on Sunday. “They were my first pick ever,” Wetering told...
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January 01, 2018

Iowa faces Maryland in battle of Big Ten women's basketball co-leaders

IOWA CITY — A business-and-pleasure women’s basketball trip is strictly business now. Mechanical issues with their airplane set the departure back a day for the Iowa Hawkeyes. They had planned to do some sightseeing, including the viewing of the national monuments in Washington, D.C., plus a VIP tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. It’s all basketball now...
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January 02, 2018

Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson entering NFL draft

Josh Jackson rose from backup last season to an All-American in 2017, and the Iowa cornerback is now headed to the NFL.The junior announced his decision on Instagram, thanking the coaching staff and fans for their support.“Growing up, it has always been my dream to play in the National Football League. I am excited for the next step and humbled by this great opportunity. I will always...
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January 03, 2018  |  Discuss

QB Wiegers leaves the Hawkeyes

Junior quarterback Tyler Wiegers announced Wednesday that he is transferring to Eastern Michigan. Wiegers pushed sophomore Nate Stanley for the starting job early this fall. Stanley settled in and should have a three-year run at the position. Wiegers graduated in December and will move on to Eastern as a graduate transfer. Wiegers is a Lake Orion, Mich., native and a graduate of...
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January 03, 2018

Freed Spencer Lee ready to wrestle for Iowa Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY — The real question may not have been if but more when Spencer Lee would shed his redshirt. University of Iowa wrestling followers received their answer Wednesday. Lee and Iowa Coach Tom Brands confirmed that Lee will make his official debut when the seventh-ranked Hawkeyes host Michigan State for a Big Ten Conference dual Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Lee is expected...
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January 03, 2018

Iowa's Spencer Lee ready to step into starting lineup

IOWA CITY — Spencer Lee attended a University of Iowa home dual in junior high. The longtime Hawkeye fan was with his club coach, Jody Strittmatter, a two-time All-American and Big Ten champion for Iowa in 2000 and 2001. When Tony Ramos pinned his Penn State opponent and caused the Iowa crowd’s deafening roar that shook Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Lee began to imagine wrestling here...
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January 04, 2018

Spencer Lee electrifies Carver-Hawkeye Arena with pin in Iowa varsity debut

IOWA CITY – Forty-six seconds. The highly-anticipated debut of freshman Spencer Lee that was promoted and publicized heavily during the week lasted less than a minute. None of the 8,486 fans in attendance sounded like they felt cheated by his brief appearance and a meet that was just as quick. The crowd erupted when Lee made short work of Rayvon Foley, recording a pin in 46 seconds...
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January 05, 2018

Hlas: With Spencer Lee and more, Hawkeyes may get big again

IOWA CITY — Rayvon Foley picked a bad night to weigh 125 pounds. The Michigan State wrestler came to Carver-Hawkeye Arena Friday night with an 18-3 record, but with 8,486 fans expecting and wanting to see him be the designated victim all the same. His 125-pound match against fellow true freshman Spencer Lee indeed was a squash, with Lee doing the squashing in his Carver-Hawkeye Arena...
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January 06, 2018

Iowa’s recent turnover rash ‘very alarming’ to Lisa Bluder

IOWA CITY — Heading into the Big Ten women’s basketball season, the Iowa Hawkeyes owned the best assist-to-turnover ratio in the nation. It’s not a coincindence that the numbers have flipped the other way since Iowa suffered its second major injury. In the last three games, No. 17 Iowa (14-2 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) has averaged 16 assists per game, against 20 turnovers per contest...
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January 05, 2018

Megan Gustafson’s 34 points carry Iowa to bounce-back win at Illinois

The stars shined bright as the Hawkeyes bounced back from their first Big Ten loss with a 84-71 victory over Illinois on Sunday at State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill. Junior post Megan Gustafson recorded her 16th double-double of the season with 34 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore guard Kathleen Doyle earned her second straight double-double with 15 points and 10 assists. Freshman...
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January 07, 2018

Hlas: Men’s basketball misery has Iowa-wide company

Maybe this year’s Iowa gubernatorial candidates should promise exorcists for our state universities’ men’s basketball programs. What’s going on is what Dr. Hunter S. Thompson would have diagnosed as bad craziness. The men’s hoops teams of Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa have a combined 0-12 record in conference play. This defies logic, as well as our basketball sensibilities...
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January 08, 2018

Iowa basketball searching for intangible answers

IOWA CITY — Pride. Desire. Determination. Patience. Iowa men’s basketball head coach Fran McCaffery talked about those four things Tuesday when discussing offensive and defensive struggles for the Hawkeyes. At 9-9 and 0-5 in the Big Ten, it’s evident things are wrong. The “why” of it isn’t so obvious, whether anyone wants to believe that or not. Headed into a road matchup with a...
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January 09, 2018

‘Antsy’ Makenzie Meyer remains sidelined

IOWA CITY — Not yet. The best-case scenario for Makenzie Meyer’s return to the Iowa women’s basketball team was two weeks. It’s going to be a little longer. “She won’t play Saturday,” Coach Lisa Bluder said in a press conference Wednesday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. “They did an additional X-ray, and they pushed it back another week. “Two weeks was highly optimistic. Now, we’re looking...
Via The Gazette - Iowa Hawkeyes
January 10, 2018

Kirk Ferentz counting on Iowa offensive line to take a ‘big step’ in 2018

IOWA CITY — Classes don’t start at the University of Iowa until next Tuesday, so Alaric Jackson didn’t have to be in the Iowa weight room Wednesday morning, but he was. Yes, Jackson, a sophomore offensive tackle, was suspended for the Hawkeyes’ Pinstripe Bowl victory over Boston College, so, maybe he’s a little more eager than most to get back to it. Still, the read here is positive...
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January 10, 2018
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