IOWA CITY — The most pressing subject the Iowa women’s basketball staff has to problem alone with correct now is Maryland — the two on and off the courtroom.
The seventh-ranked Terrapins will take a look at the Hawkeyes with a great deal of strain protection in today’s noon video game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The only meeting of the standard year in between two teams picked initial and 2nd in the Significant Ten preseason coaches poll usually takes on an included value for 14th-ranked Iowa.
With a victory, the Hawkeyes will own a share of the Significant Ten lead and have the inside of monitor to generate the No. 1 seed for the approaching Significant Ten tourney with just a few game titles remaining in the standard year.
“You often hope that when you get to this level, game titles are going to indicate some thing,” Iowa mentor Lisa Bluder claimed Friday. “Surely, this means some thing and we’re fired up about the opportunity to have our only meeting in opposition to Maryland on our property courtroom. We know Maryland is a excellent staff and they are enjoying genuinely nicely correct now.”
The Terrapins have a 23-2 history and are using an 8-video game acquire streak into today’s video game, successful each individual of those Significant Ten game titles by 12 factors or additional.
The Hawkeyes, now 20-5 and a person video game powering Maryland in league standings at 11-3, have won 9 of their very last 10 game titles. Iowa enters the video game on a four-video game acquire streak, successful by an typical of 20.8 factors.
Chasing its initial Significant Ten title since 2008, Iowa has won its 13 game titles at Carver-Hawkeye Arena this year and has been victorious in its very last 17 at property.
“Our staff is in a very good area correct now. We’re enjoying really hard and enjoying really self-confident correct now. It’s going to be a wonderful women’s basketball matchup.”
Hawkeye senior Megan Gustafson potential customers the Significant Ten in scoring and rebounding with averages of 27.3 factors and 13 rebounds for each video game. She usually takes the ground needing 15 factors to arrive at the 2,500-level plateau for her job.
The Terrapins are led by junior Kaila Charles, who averages 16.2 factors and 6.1 rebounds and the backcourt duo of Taylor Mikesell and Channise Lewis. Mikesell potential customers the Significant Ten in 3-level shooting with a 42-% contact even though Lewis tops meeting guide charts with an typical of 5.1 for each video game.
For Iowa, it commences with working with the full-courtroom strain that has been a staple of the success mentor Brenda Frese’s staff has had this year.
“We have had teams that have pressed us here and there, but they are going to push us a large amount,” Bluder claimed. “It’s not so a great deal that they are going to change you above, but they are going to make it so that you change your self above. It wears on you, and really soon you make a terrible move, eliminate your concentrate a minor bit.”
Bluder sights the practical experience Iowa has in its backcourt with senior Tania Davis and junior Kathleen Doyle as a crucial element to working with the strain Iowa will encounter.
“It is about us trying to keep our composure on our property courtroom and sticking to the video game plan as much as breaking the push with self confidence,” Bluder claimed. “The finest way to get a staff to acquire off the push is to score off it, assault it aggressively and score due to the fact no mentor likes to have that come about to them.”
Bluder considers the return of junior guard Makenzie Meyer after lacking two game titles due to the fact of a hyperextended knee after skip to be nicely timed.
“It’s really important to have her back again,” Bluder claimed. “I was satisfied with the 17 minutes she gave us (in opposition to Illinois Thursday) night time and those minutes are only going to expand.”