Bluder semifinalist for Coach of Year

ATLANTA — University of Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2019 Naismith Women’s Basketball College Coach of the Year award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Tuesday.

Blucer led the Hawkeyes to their first Big Ten Conference Tournament title since 2001 on Sunday. Iowa owns an overall 26-6 record, its highest win total since 2014-15. In 19 years at the helm, Bluder has led Iowa to a dozen 20-win seasons, including 10 of the last 12 years.

Iowa is ranked No. 8 in the AP Poll, marking the highest ranking fo the program since 1996. The Hawkeyes rank in the top-13 in seven statistical categories, including the top mark in field goal percentage (51.9). They are also second in assists (702) and assists per game (21.9), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.61) and seventh in free-throw percentage (77.7).

The candidates will be narrowed to four finalists on March 21.