6 p.m. at Iowa • BTN Plus, 96.7-FM
U needs to slow Iowa big three
Gophers update: They broke a four-game losing streak overall — with three of the losses coming in Big Ten play — with an overtime victory at Wisconsin on Sunday. Now the Gophers (2-4, 1-3 Big Ten) will be looking for their first victory vs. the Hawkeyes since Lindsay Whalen took over in 2018; she is 0-3 vs. Iowa, including a one-point loss last year in which the Hawkeyes came back from 13 down with 9:08 left. Whalen liked a lot of what happened in Wisconsin, including her team generating 19 assists and just 10 turnovers, the way her team attacked the Wisconsin zone — particularly the way Kadi Sissoko and Laura Bagwell-Katalinich played a two-player high-low game — and the Gophers' offensive rebounding. But she lamented a defense that allowed the Badgers to shoot 58% and score 46 points in the paint. "That won't get it done,'' Whalen said. Especially against an Iowa team that is high-scoring and fast-paced. The Hawkeyes love to force quick shots, get the rebound and run the break. The Gophers will have to execute on offense and improve in transition defense. Gophers PG Jasmine Powell is 17th in the conference in scoring (16.2) and third in assists (6.0). F Sissoko is coming off her first college double-double, getting 16 points and 10 rebounds in Wisconsin. F Bagwell-Katalinich had 16 points off the bench. G Gadiva Hubbard had a season-high 24 points, nine of which came in overtime. ... G Sara Scalia, who hurt her shoulder on a screen in the first half Sunday, will be a game-time decision.
Hawkeyes update: Iowa ( 7-1, 3-1) has nonconference victories over Drake (a team that beat the Gophers by 33) and then-ranked Iowa State. Its only loss was by four at Michigan State; the Hawkeyes have won three in a row since. They are third in the Big Ten in scoring (92.1) and feature a big three that includes G Caitlin Clark, who leads the conference in scoring (26.4), is first in assists (6.5) and second in three-pointers made per game (3.1). F/C Monika Czinano averages 19.4 points and is first in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (68.8). F McKenna Warnock averages 15 points 8.6 rebounds).
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