Next up for Iowa women? B10 top seed

Next up for Iowa women? B10 top seed

The Hawkeyes played from behind for much of the game, trailing by as many as 10 points in the second half before fighting their way back to tie the game at 61.

The fifth-seeded Hawkeyes grabbed a 22-1 lead after one quarter against the Wildcats, the fewest points in a quarter by a team in the Big Ten tourney since the women's game went to quarters in 2015. They reached the Big Dance that season after losing their opening game in Indianapolis, but that wouldn't happen this year. Both teams played really hard out there.

Wagner had 27 points and Bell 26, but the fourth-seeded Golden Gophers (23-7) were not assured a semifinal date with top-seeded and 13th-ranked Ohio State on Saturday until Amanda Ollinger's 3-pointer missed as time ran out.

Friday's game will be a rubber match.

The Hawkeyes maintained 31-20 lead at halftime and carried a 41-29 lead into the fourth quarter before Northwestern rallied, pulling within 47-42 on a jumper by Lindsey Pulliam with 4 minutes, 3 seconds remaining in the game. "As a whole the team shot the ball well, we just needed one more defensive stop". It played strong defense on the Gopher possession. "Just worry about that moment".

The most positive thing Iowa has going for it is that four-star recruit Joe Wieskamp will finally make his way to campus next fall.

Stollings threw all the defensive matchups she could at Gustafson to keep her contained.

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Cook, a 6-9, 255-pound forward, isn't considered a lottery pick, but it's possible he was alluding to entering the 2018 NBA Draft. They gave it away 19 times to only seven for Minnesota. Cook formed a potent inside-out duo with fellow sophomore Jordan Bohannon, who averaged 13.5 points while shooting 43 percent on 3-pointers.

Minnesota had a 17-2 advantage in fast-break points and had 13 offensive rebounds to Iowa's six.

Iowa will also get back McCaffery's son, Connor, a traditional point guard who was expected to play a major role this season before a series of maladies forced him to redshirt.

The Hawkeyes' spot in the upcoming NCAA Tournament is all but certain; ESPN's Charlie Crème had them as a No. 6 seed in his last bracket.

Iowa also takes the court looking to add to a seven-game win streak, the longest ongoing streak in the conference.

"Obviously, it was in the back of our mind", Wagner said.