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Iowa Women’s Basketball: #18 Iowa Attempts to Stay on Top in Big Ten

Hawkeyes take their eight game winning streak on the road.

Makenzie Meyer prepares to drive on the MSU defender early in the game.
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#18 Iowa (17-3, 8-1) continues their conference schedule this week as they travel to Penn State (7-13, 1-8) tonight and then on to Michigan (13-6, 4-4) on Sunday. Tonight you can see the game on BTN+ and Sunday’s game will be on BTN. Iowa is on an eight game winning streak and is in sole possession of first place in the conference standings.

This past Sunday in front of a packed house, Iowa retired the number of last year’s National Player of the Year, Megan Gustafson. Jersey #10 will forever be in the rafters rather than on a different players back as it should be.

Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen

Iowa also picked up another big recruiting win when 2021 recruit, Sydney Alffolter, decided after the game on Sunday that Iowa was the place for her. The 5-11 wing from Marist High School in the Chicago area picked Iowa over numerous Big Ten rivals. She is the second recruit for the 2021 class as she joins A.J. Ediger, a Michigan prep.

Upcoming

Thursday, January 30: Iowa at Penn State @ State College, PA, 6:00 p.m. (CST), BTN+

Sunday, February 2: Iowa at Michigan @ Ann Arbor, MI, 11:00 a.m. (CST), BTN

Penn State scouting report from hawkeyesports.com.

Michigan notes from mgoblue.com.

  • Penn State is 7-13 overall and 1-8 in Big Ten Conference action, dropping its last five contests. Its sole Big Ten win of the season was against Michigan State, 86-73.
  • Two Nittany Lions average double-figure scoring, including junior guard Kamaria McDaniel (20.1) and senior guard Siyeh Frazier (12.8).
  • McDaniel is leading the Big Ten in points per game (20.1), free throws made (103), free throws attempted (138), total points (402). The junior ranks second in the league for field goals made (134) and field goal attempts (336).
  • Frazier leads Penn State with 46 total steals and averages 2.3 steals per game.
  • Sophomore forward Lauren Ebo and junior forward Alisia Smith lead the Nittany Lions with 5.8 rebounds per game, while Frazier averages 5.5 per game.
  • As a team, Penn State is leading the Big Ten in free throws made (303), ranks second in free throw attempts (413), and ranks third in free-throw percentage (73.4). The Nittany Lions ranks 11th, 24th, and 69th nationally in these categories, respectively.
  • Penn State’s opponents have outscored them, 72.0-68.7.
  • Michigan will hit the road for the first of two contests against Northwestern this season. It is U-M’s first game at Welsh Ryan Arena since the 2015-16 season.
  • The Wolverines are looking for their first win over a ranked opponent this season as Northwestern comes into the game ranked No. 23 by the Associated Press.
  • The game at Northwestern starts a busy week for the Wolverines, who will play the top two teams in the Big Ten this week in the Wildcats (tied for second) and Iowa (No. 1).

Last Week’s Results

Iowa 77, Ohio State 68

Iowa earned its fourth straight comeback win, this time they only had to overcome a four-point halftime deficit as they defeated Ohio State at home. On the game, Iowa shot 48% from the field while holding Ohio State to just 35%. Senior Kathleen Doyle led all scorers with 26 points while fellow senior guard Makenzie Meyer added 19.

Iowa 74, Michigan State 57

For the first time in a couple weeks, Iowa didn’t find themselves trailing at halftime. However, in front of a sellout crowd at Carver-Hawkeye, Iowa lost its way a bit in the third quarter and once again found themselves trailing in a game that they needed to win not only to protect their place in the conference standings but because the 13,420 fans who were there to celebrate the career of Megan Gustafson, deserved the win. Fortunately Iowa outscored Michigan State 28-9 in the fourth quarter to win going away. Freshman McKenna Warnock led Iowa with 22 points. Warnock stepped up in a big way once sophomore Monkia Czinano went down with an ankle injury. For her efforts, Warnock was honored as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

Season Stats Leader

Points Per Game: Kathleen Doyle (18.7)

Three Pointers Made: Makenzie Meyer (54)

Field Goal % (min 75% games played): Monika Czinano (70.1%)

Free Throw % (min 75% games played): Alexis Sevillian (85.7%), Makenzie Meyer (84.5%)

Rebounds Per Game: Amanda Ollinger (8.6)

Assists: Kathleen Doyle (121)

Steals: Kathleen Doyle (32), Amanda Ollinger (31)

Blocks: Amanda Ollinger (34)