Iowa Women Beat MSU; Remain in 1st

Iowa entered Thursday night's game against Michigan State tied with Purdue and Ohio State for the Big Ten lead. Iowa knocked off the Spartans as the Boilermakers nipped Ohio State by one, leaving Lisa Bluder's Hawkeyes and Purdue tied for first place in the league...

Iowa senior Johanna Solverson became the 23rd Hawkeye to reach 1,000 career points tonight. The senior needed 16 points to reach 1,000 points and she finished with 18 points on an efficient 7-10 shooting from the field, including 2-4 from long distance, and 2-3 from the foul line. She also distributed an Iowa season-high eight assists. Solverson moved past Necole Tunsil, Laurie Aaron and Tricia Blair for 10th in career assists (283).

Iowa recorded its seventh straight victory tonight. The seven consecutive victories are the most by any league team this season. Furthermore, the last time Iowa put together seven-straight Big Ten wins was during the 1997-98 campaign.

Iowa avenged a loss to Michigan State earlier this year with tonight's 18-point triumph. The Spartans are the last team to have defeated the Hawkeyes (73-65 on Jan. 10).

Tonight's win inches Coach Bluder to her 500th career win. Bluder has now amassed 499 career wins. She will gun for win No. 500 Sunday at Penn State. Tip-off is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. (CST) and will be televised on the Big Ten Network (HD).

Iowa shot 55.6 percent (30-54) from the field, including a blistering 62.5 percent (15-24) in the second half. Conversely, Michigan State shot only 37.3 percent (22-59), including 17.6 percent (3-17) from 3-point territory.

Junior Lindsey Nyenhuis returned to action for the Hawkeyes tonight after missing a month in a half with a stress fracture in her left foot. Nyenhuis, who last played Dec. 9 vs. Wyoming, scored six points on 2-3 shooting from behind the arc in five minutes.

Iowa boasted a +13 rebounding margin (43-30) tonight. The Hawkeyes have recorded double-digit rebounding margins its last three contests (15 at Northwestern and 18 vs. Indiana).

Iowa dished out 22 assists, one shy of a season best (23 vs. Northern Illinois and Western Illinois)

Iowa drained nine triples on 19 attempts (47.4 percent). The Hawkeyes made 10 treys in its last game vs. Indiana. Iowa ranks second in 3-pointers made in the Big Ten.

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