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IOWA CITY — Judging by her stats, junior center Megan Gustafson might be the best player in America. Unfortunately for Gustafson, not many people outside of Iowa see it that way. Gustafson leads the nation with 25.6 points a game for the sixth-seeded Iowa women’s basketball team (24-7), ...

UNI hosts Milwaukee in a battle of Panthers

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CEDAR FALLS — The University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team gets its postseason started today with a game against Milwaukee in the first round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. This is the ninth overall meeting between the Panthers from Cedar Falls and the ...

Drake men to visit Northern Colorado in 2nd round of CIT

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The Drake University men’s basketball team will travel to Greeley, Colo., to face the University of Northern Colorado in the next round of the Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament. The Bulldogs and Bears will meet Sunday in UNC’s Bank of Colorado Arena. Drake advanced to Sunday’s ...

SPORTS SHORTS: West Marshall 4×400 wins in first meet

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AMES — Track action has started with area teams competing in the Iowa State Girls High School Classic on Monday and the West Marshall girls track team has started the season off strong. The Trojans finished in the top-10 in three events, winning the 4x400-meter relay with a time of four ...

Gradwell set for all-star weekends

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West Marshall senior Isabelle Gradwell isn’t done with her high school basketball career just yet, as she has been selected to compete in a pair of all-star games by coaches around the state. Gradwell will be featured in the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Larry Niemeyer Senior Game on April ...

Iowa State’s Jakolby Long to transfer

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AMES — Iowa State men’s basketball player Jakolby Long intends to transfer to another school. The 6-foot-5 sophomore guard from suburban Oklahoma City averaged 1.9 points in 9.5 minutes over 22 games this season despite ample opportunities to earn his way into a thin rotation. Head coach ...

Area quartet named IPSWA all-state

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DES MOINES — The inaugural Iowa Print Sports Writers Association all-state boys’ basketball teams welcomed representatives from a pair of area schools for the first time in a long time. Marshalltown senior forward Luke Appel was named to the Class 4A second team while South Tama County ...

Bulldogs dust off their dancing shoes

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DES MOINES — On Monday in the club room at the Knapp Center, the Drake women’s basketball team anxiously waited to find out who it would face in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. From the moment the selection show started, there was a dense tension hanging in the air. Some of the ...

Drake outlasts Abilene Christian in overtime, 80-73

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DES MOINES — At the end of regulation in Monday’s Collegeinsider.com Tournament first round between the Drake men’s basketball team and Abilene Christian, things were all knotted up at 69 points apiece. The Wildcats scored first in overtime, carrying the momentum they earned on a 10-0 ...

Iowa women a 6-seed in the NCAA Tournament

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IOWA CITY — The Iowa women’s basketball team has received an at-large berth into the NCAA Championships, as announced on Monday. The Hawkeyes (24-7) are a No. 6 seed and will play the No. 11 seed Creighton from the Big East at 5 p.m. on Saturday in Los Angeles inside Pauley Pavilion. The ...

UNI gets WNIT bid, hosts Milwaukee on Thursday

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CEDAR FALLS — For the eighth time in the past nine years under head coach Tanya Warren, the Northern Iowa women’s basketball team will be in postseason action as the Panthers earned an at-large selection to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. UNI (19-13) will host Horizon ...

Drake takes another bite

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MOLINE, Ill. — Apparently it doesn’t matter who is in the game for Drake, the result is the same. Nicole Miller, Sara Rhine and Maddy Dean — all reserves — each scored in double figures and the top-seeded Drake women’s basketball team won its second-straight Missouri Valley ...

Selection Show Watch Party open to public

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DES MOINES — The Drake women’s basketball team will host a watch party for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Selection Show tonight in the Courtside Club at the Shivers Basketball Practice Facility. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event is open to the public. Drake (26-7) won its ...

Appel picked for CIML Iowa 1st team

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Marshalltown senior Luke Appel has been named to the CIML Iowa All-Conference first team after his historic year for the Bobcats. Appel, just the third Bobcat to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career, led the entire conference in both points per game (20.1) and total points (201) in CIML ...

Drake advances to 13th MVC Tourney title game

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MOLINE, Ill. — The No. 1 seeded Drake women’s basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament with a 68-59 win over No. 4 seeded Southern Illinois in the semifinals Saturday. The Bulldogs (25-7) prevailed behind a 22-point effort from Maddy ...

UNI reaches 3rd-straight MVC Tourney title game

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MOLINE, Ill. — The Northern Iowa women’s basketball team raced past Missouri State to earn a 70-58 victory on Saturday in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. With the win, the Panthers advance to their third-straight championship game where they will meet up with ...

Cyclones hope to improve off rebuild

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The Iowa State Cyclones may be able to put their miserable season behind them quickly next season — if a few things break their way. Iowa State finished 2017-18 with a 68-64 loss to Texas in the conference tournament on Wednesday. The Cyclones finished just 13-18 and saw their streak of ...

Cook sneaking a peek at NBA

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IOWA CITY — University of Iowa sophomore forward Tyler Cook is taking a sneak peek at his potential future, and he’s doing it obligation-free. The Hawkeye men’s basketball player has submitted paperwork for early entry into the 2018 NBA Draft, which will be held June 21 in Chicago. Cook ...

ISU shuffles coaching staff ahead of spring

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AMES — After losing its offensive coordinator to the NFL, the Iowa State football team is taking a wait-and-see approach to finding a replacement. The Cyclones shuffled their offensive coaching staff Friday, moving three assistants into new positions to compensate for coordinator Tom ...

Drake drubs Valpo in MVC quarterfinal

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MOLINE, Ill. — The Drake women’s basketball team took its first step toward a potential repeat as Missouri Valley Conference Tournament champions by blasting Valparaiso 89-40 in the first of Friday’s four quarterfinals at the TaxSlayer Center. The top-seeded Bulldogs (24-7) used a 19-0 ...