Monday March 6th Local Sports

MINNEAPOLIS — The 7th-ranked Iowa women won a second straight Big Ten Tournament title on Sunday. The Hawkeyes outscored 14th-ranked Ohio State 35-15 in the second quarter in a 105-72 win in the Target Center in Minneapolis. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder.

Bluder talks about the big second quarter.

Caitlin Clark had 30 points, 17 assists and 10 rebounds. It was the first triple-double in the championship game.

The game was played in front of a partisan Hawkeye crowd.

Senior center Monika Czinano had 26 points and says the Hawkeyes are playing their best at the right time. They opened the season ranked in the top five but started 5-3.

The Iowa women are now 26-6 overall.



IOWA CITY — Iowa laid an egg on Senior Day Sunday and fumbled away the two seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Nebraska shot 58 percent and had 14 three pointers to stun the Hawkeyes 81-77. Iowa finished 11-9 in the Big Ten.

That’s Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. Patrick McCaffery led the Hawkeyes with 23 points.

The Hawkeyes wilted at crunch time and went the final six minutes without a field goal.

The loss was a costly one. The Hawkeyes fall to the five seed in this week’s Big Ten Tournament in Chicago and open Thursday afternoon against the winner of the game between Ohio State and Wisconsin to be played on Wednesday.




ST. LOUIS — For the second time in three years Drake is going dancing. The Bulldogs took control with an early 12-0 run and crushed regular season champion Bradley 77-51 in the championship of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis Sunday. Drake raced out to a 20 point halftime lead to win its first Valley tournament title since 2008.

That’s Drake coach Darian DeVries. After losing in the title game the past two years DeVries felt his team was on a mission.

The Bulldogs improve to 27-7 and earn their sixth NCAA Tournament bid in program history.

Tucker DeVries led Drake with 22 points. Garrett Sturtz had 12 as the Bulldogs avenged a loss to Bradley a week ago in a game that decided the regular season title.



DES MOINES — Audi Crooks capped off the girls state basketball tournament with a state tournament record 49 points as Bishop Garrigan of Algona beat Newell-Fonda 68-57 in the Class 1A title game on Saturday night. The Golden Bear senior also shattered the full tournament record, scoring 117 points in three games. Crooks finished her career with 2734 points and 1339 rebounds, both ranking third on the state’s all-time list.


— Other girls state title games on Saturday
2A — Dike-New Hartford 64, Central Lyon 49
4A — Dallas Center-Grimes 57, North Polk 50 (OT)




DES MOINES — The boys state basketball tournament starts its five-day run at Wells Fargo Arena today:

== Class 1A quarterfinals
10:30—#1 Des Moines Grand View Christian vs. #8 New London
12:15—#4 West Harrison vs. #5 Dunkerton
2:00—#2 North Linn vs. #7 Madrid
3:45—#3 Gladbrook-Reinbeck vs. #6 Remsen St. Mary’s


== Class 2A quarterfinals
5:30—#1 Central Lyon vs. #8 Des Moines Christian
7:15—#4 Pella Christian vs. #5 MFL MarMac




COUNCIL BLUFFS — Four NIACC women’s wrestlers earned All-American honors at the national championships in Council Bluffs. Chiara Barbieri placed third at 101 pounds, earning a 14-3 win over Northwest Kansas Tech’s Chelsey Mendoza in the third-place match. Laken Lienhard at 143 and Valerie Smith at 235 finished fourth, while Tatiana Hernandez placed sixth in the inaugural tournament.



COUNCIL BLUFFS — Two NIACC wrestlers earned All-American honors at the national men’s tournament in Council Bluffs over the weekend. Cruz Aguilar beat Western Wyoming’s Bridger Ricks 13-10 in the 125-pound third-place match. Ein Carlos also finished third at 184 as he downed Rochester Community and Technical College’s Anthony Tuttle 6-2 in the third-place match. The wrestlers become the school’s 82nd and 83rd All-Americans.



ANN ARBOR — Top-seeds Spencer Lee and Real Woods won Big Ten Conference individual titles in Ann Arbor Michigan over the weekend. Lee was also voted the Big Ten Wrestler of the Year for a third time and was selected as the tournament’s outstanding wrestler as he went 3-0 at 125 pounds, winning with two technical falls and outscoring his opponents 45-4. Woods won his title match at 141 pounds with a 2-1 decision over Brock Hardy of Nebraska. Iowa finished second in the team race with 134 ½ points with Penn State having 147 points to win the title.



TULSA — Iowa State had two Big 12 Conference champions while Northern Iowa had a single title winner at the Big 12 wrestling tournament in Tulsa over the weekend. Iowa State’s David Carr became the second Iowa State wrestler to win four Big 12 titles as he won the 165 pound title. Paniro Johnson won the 149 pound title for the Cyclones, who finished third in the team race. UNI’s Parker Keckeisen won the 184 pound championship and won his third Big 12 title. Missouri won the team title with 148 points, Oklahoma State was second with 134, followed by Iowa State with 131. UNI was seventh with 73 points.



COUNCIL BLUFFS — The 17th-ranked NIACC softball team split a doubleheader at Iowa Western on Sunday. Iowa Western took the opener 13-8 with the Trojans taking the nightcap 14-9. Brynnlin Kroymann hit two homers and had six runs batted in to lead NIACC in the second game. NIACC is 11-1 overall and will travel to the MIdwest Bash Juco Classic in Evansville Indiana this weekend.


NEOSHO, MISSOURI — The NIACC baseball team split their four-game weekend at Crowder College in Missouri. NIACC split Saturday’s doubleheader, winning 12-5 and losing 8-5, and also split Sunday’s doubleheader, winning 10-3 and losing 9-2. NIACC travels to Barton Community College in Kansas this coming weekend.