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MVC champ Loyola holds off Northern Iowa 54-50

ST. LOUIS — Donte Ingram had 13 points and eight rebounds, Marques Townes had 13 points and the game-clinching free throw with 2.3 seconds remaining and top-seeded Loyola held off ninth-seeded Northern Iowa 54-50 on Friday in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament ...

Road to recovery

GRUNDY CENTER — Tiffanie Saak remembers it being a normal day, the same as so many before. It must have been a Wednesday, because there was early dismissal and she was helping with practice prep. Her daughter Cora sprang into the gymnasium with stories to share, and as quickly as possible. ...

Spartans, Cardinals a matchup of top defenses

DES MOINES — When the No. 8 Grundy Center and No. 2 Treynor girls’ basketball teams meet up in today’s Class 2A semifinals as part of the Iowa Girls’ High School State Basketball Tournament, it will be a meeting of the top two defenses in the 2A field. The Cardinals have allowed a ...

Ousted in OT

NEW YORK — With Michigan’s stars saddled with foul trouble, and the shots just not falling, the 15th-ranked Wolverines got a lift from their senior sixth man to survive their Big Ten Tournament opener. Duncan Robinson made Michigan’s only field goal in overtime, a go-ahead 3-pointer ...

First quarter propels Hawkeye women to first-round triumph

INDIANAPOLIS — The Iowa women’s basketball team started off its Big 10 Tournament run strong on Thursday with a 55-45 win over Northwestern in the second round. The Hawkeyes (24-6) started off the game on an incredible 22-1 run in the first quarter, as the Wildcats (12-20) shot a dismal ...

Drake women cruise past Loyola, 97-53

CHICAGO — The Drake women’s basketball team erased a three-point deficit at the start of the second quarter against Loyola Thursday night and cruised to a 97-53 Missouri Valley Conference victory at Gentile Arena. The Bulldogs (22-7, 17-0) went on an impressive 49-7 scoring run from the ...

Panthers rip Crusaders in 76-53 road victory

VALPARAISO, Ind. — The Norther Iowa women’s basketball team had no trouble against Valparaiso on Thursday night, walking away with a 76-53 victory on the road in its penultimate Missouri Valley Conference game. The Panthers (16-12, 12-5) never trailed, leading by as much as 34 late in the ...

Panthers top Purple Aces in MVC opener

ST. LOUIS — Wyatt Lohaus scored 15 points, Hunter Rhodes added 14, and No. 8 seed Northern Iowa never trailed in beating No. 9 seed Evansville 60-50 in the opening round of the 2018 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Thursday night. Klint Carlson scored nine points with 10 ...

Cougars caged in 1A quarterfinals

DES MOINES — There are times in sports where the final score doesn’t fully represent what happened in the game. Wednesday’s 1A quarterfinal matchup between No. 8 AGWSR and No. 7 Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton in the Iowa Girls’ High School State Basketball Tournament was one of those ...

Schmidt a bridge between Spartans’ state tourney teams

GRUNDY CENTER — The idea of moving back home was met with some trepidation, but the basic premise was to eventually get more involved with the community they grew up in and the high school they both graduated from. Danielle (Zimmerman), her husband Dana Schmidt and their two sons relocated ...

Hawkeyes hold off Illini, 96-87

NEW YORK — The first Big Ten tournament game at Madison Square Garden featured a couple of teams that were a combined 1,665 miles — give or take — away from home, no players from New York City, and a kid from Iowa having a blast on the big stage. The Big Ten opened a five-day run at the ...

MCC women eliminated by Northeast in Region XI

NORFOLK, Neb. — The season came to a close on Wednesday night for the Marshalltown Community College women’s basketball team in a 57-39 loss to Northeast Community College during the opening round of the NJCAA Region XI Division I tournament. This was the second-straight loss to the ...

Timmer named to all-MVC first team

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Drake University senior Reed Timmer has been named to the all-Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball first team, the conference announced Tuesday. Timmer’s honor marks the first all-MVC first-team selection for the Bulldogs since Josh Young during the 2009-10 ...

Carleton earns unanimous all-Big 12

IRVING, Texas — Iowa State women’s basketball junior guard Bridget Carleton was yet again honored for her success on the court after being tabbed one of just six unanimous selections to the all-Big 12 first team. She joins Texas’ Brooke McCarty and Baylor’s Kalani Brown as the only ...

Spartans survive to semis

DES MOINES — The nightcap of day two of the Iowa Girls’ High School State Basketball Tournament featured a 2A matchup between No. 7 Iowa City Regina and No. 8 Grundy Center, with the Spartans making their first trip to the state tournament since winning the whole thing 13 years ago. That ...

Trojans’ surprising state bid shortlived

DES MOINES — The South Tama County girls’ basketball team turned a supposed rebuilding year into a surprising trip to the Iowa Girls’ High School State Tournament. As decided underdogs, the Trojans tried to treat their Class 3A state quarterfinal as just another game. Turns out it ...

Cougars trying to live up to the past

ACKLEY — For the first time in nine years, the AGWSR girls basketball team is heading back down to Des Moines to compete in the Iowa High School Girls’ State Basketball Tournament. Most of the girls on the team weren’t even 9 years old back when the Cougars won it all in 2009, but many ...

Cowboys cruise past ISU

AMES — After years of getting owned by Iowa State, Oklahoma State exacted some payback in 2018. Jeffrey Carroll scored 21 points, Cameron McGriff had 19 and Oklahoma State cruised past Iowa State 80-71 on Tuesday, sweeping the season series with the Cyclones after losing the previous 10 ...

Cyclone women surge past Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Emily Durr poured in a career-high 27 points and Bridget Carleton became Iowa State’s all-time single-season conference scoring leader as the Cyclone women’s basketball team bounced Kansas 65-56 in Tuesday’s Big 12 clash. Carleton finished with 17 points, seven ...

Multi-talented Spartans state-bound

GRUNDY CENTER — The idea that Grundy Center is just a volleyball town is fading fast. The Spartan girls’ basketball team hasn’t taken offense to the moniker, but a number of girls who play both sports would be happy to show you their nice, new state basketball qualifier banner. Another ...