Iowa Women Grab Share of Big Ten Title

With a championship on the line, the Iowa Women's Basketball team road into Madison on Sunday and took care of business. Sixth-year senior Johanna Solverson netted 31 points while Kristi Smith chipped in with 20 and Megan Skouby notched 15 in the 87-78 victory. The Hawkeyes won for the 13th time in 15 games to win a share of their first conference championship in 10 years.

Post-Game Quotes

Head Coach Lisa Bluder

"I can't even begin to describe this! I'm so happy for this team. What an incredible game by Johanna Solverson, Megan Skouby and Kristi Smith."

"We destroyed Wisconsin on the boards today. I'm so proud of our defense. We held Jolene Anderson to half her average."

"We knew coming in her that this was going to be a dog fight. Wisconsin is a good basketball team. We shot unbelievable in the first half, I still can't believe we shot that good."

"This was a team effort. I'm so proud of the assistant coaches and the leadership provided by Abby and Johanna as co-captains."

Iowa Senior Johanna Solverson

"I owe a lot to the coaches, the training staff and my teammates for believing in me."

"I want to thank my teammates for never taking it easy on me in practice after my rehabs."

"I was ready to come out and play today. We had great support from our fans that traveled here today. We wanted to finish the season with a championship and we accomplished that goal."

Post-Game Notes

-Today's win garnered Iowa a share of the Big Ten regular season title with Ohio State. Both teams finished with 13-5 league records. The Hawkeyes captured their first Big Ten title in 10 years and ninth in the program's history.

-Iowa will be the second seed at the Big Ten Tournament and will play the winner of the No. 7 seed and No. 10 seed, Friday at 10:30 a.m. (CDT).

-Iowa has won five of the last six contests at the Kohl Center. The Hawkeyes improve to 33-20 against Wisconsin, including a 13-11 edge in Madison.

-Iowa has won 11 of its last 13 games to finish the regular season.

-Iowa led the entire game. The Badgers closed to within one point with 4:30 left, but Solverson then sank her fourth trey of the game to extend Iowa's margin to four (72-68).

-Iowa's 87 points equal a season high (87 vs. Northern Illinois).

-Iowa sprinted out to a 27-7 lead the first 10:28. The Hawkeyes made 11 of their first 14 field goal attempts, including 3-4 from long distance. Senior Johanna Solverson netted 17 points the first 10:28. Conversely, Wisconsin missed 10 of its first 11 field goal attempts.

-Johanna Solverson started the game making nine of her first 10 field goal attempts, scoring 21 points the first 15 minutes. She finished the first half with a driving layup to net her 23rd point of the half. The 23 points is the most by Solverson in a half during her four-year career.

-Johanna Solverson made four 3-pointers today, which moves her past Nadine Domond and into fifth place in Iowa career triples with 122.

-Solverson finished with a career-high 31 points, besting her previous high of 28 set vs. Michigan earlier this season. The sixth-year senior was 12-20 from the field, including 4-6 from 3-point range, and 3-4 from the foul line.

-Iowa took an 11-point (41-30) lead into halftime. The Hawkeyes shot lights-up the first 20 minutes, shooting a school-record 73.9-percent (17-23) from the field. Iowa has had the halftime lead in 14 of its 18 conference games.

-Jenee Graham pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds today. She controlled double figure rebounds 14 times in her career, including three times this season.

-Kristi Smith netted 20 points today, marking the fourth time she topped the 20-point plateau.

-Iowa held the Big Ten leading scorer, Wisconsin's Jolene Anderson, to only two first-half points. The all-American missed her first eight shot attempts, before making her first basket with 23 points left in the half. She finished with only 10 points.

-Wendy Ausdemore was held scoreless for most of the game, but scored her first points on a 3-pointer at the 2:11 mark in the second half to put Iowa up five (77-72).

-Iowa out-rebounded Wisconsin by 10 (19-9). The Badgers entered today's game as the conference's best in rebounding margin. For the game, the Black and Gold out-rebounded the Badgers by 17 (42-25). Wisconsin was only out-rebounded four times this season, twice by the Hawkeyes.


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