Friday March 26th Local Sports
AM-1300 KGLO — Twins spring training vs. Atlanta — 5:00
AM-1300 KGLO — NCAA women’s Sweet Sixteen — Iowa vs. UConn — pre-game 11:45, tipoff 12:00
AM-1300 KGLO — NCAA men’s Sweet Sixteen — coverage after Iowa-UConn
AM-1300 KGLO — NCAA men’s Sweet Sixteen — 1:00 PM
SAN ANTONIO — Two of the nation’s top freshmen will be on display Saturday when the Iowa Hawkeye women play top ranked UConn in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Iowa’s Caitlin Clark leads the country in scoring at just under 27 points per game and also leads the nation in assists. Minnesota native Paige Bueckers leads UConn in scoring at just under 20 points per game. Clark says she played against Bueckers on the AAU circuit and with her on a U-S team that competed internationally.
Clark says UConn has a lot of weapons.
Clark says it is about which team plays best.
Clark is fine if the individual matchup creates more interest.
Iowa coach Lisa Bluder says her young team is having fun and playing its best basketball of the season.
Bluder says UConn is impressive on both ends of the floor.
Bluder says there has been no thought of slowing the tempo against the Huskies.
Tipoff tomorrow is scheduled for 12:00 noon with the pre-game starting at 11:45 AM on AM-1300 KGLO.
UNDATED (AP) — Staging the women’s NCAA Tournament in one place has led Iowa coach Lisa Bluder to ponder if a permanent neutral site is the way to go for the sport. Coronavirus concerns and precautions have led to the entire women’s tournament to be played this month around the San Antonio area. Bluder saw how the previous format of on-campus games worked for her program but acknowledged it gave her team a competitive advantage. She believes the neutral site idea is working this year, but Baylor coach Kim Mulkey and UConn’s Geno Auriemma remember the days of little to no crowds and aren’t so sure a permanent change is the best option.
FORT DODGE — The NIACC softball team dropped a pair of conference games at Iowa Central on Thursday. The Tritons took the opener 7-6 and then outlasted the Lady Trojans in the nightcap 16-11. NIACC received a solo home run from Hailey Worman Thursday’s first game. In the second game, NIACC received a grand slam from Kayla Noelker in the second inning. The Lady Trojans also received a solo home run from Laken Lienhard and a 2-run home run from Anna Lensing. NIACC is 5-3 overall and 3-3 in the conference and will travel to 10th-ranked DMACC on Saturday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild beat the St. Louis Blues 2-0 to stretch their franchise-record home winning streak to 11 straight games. Kirill Kaprizov scored his 11th goal to pad his NHL rookie lead. Cam Talbot made 37 saves for his second shutout of the season. Marcus Johansson also had a goal for the Wild. They improved to 13-3 at Xcel Energy Center despite being outshot 37-11. Talbot is 7-0 at home this season, with nine goals given up. Blues goalie Jordan Binnington took his first loss to the Wild in four career starts.