Tuesday April 2nd Local Sports
AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins at Kansas City — pre-game 6:30, first pitch 7:15
GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA —- Top ranked Baylor outscored the Hawkeyes 24-15 in the third quarter and raced away to an 85-53 win in the regional final last night in Greensboro North Carolina, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder.
Baylor connected on 54 percent in the opening half and outrebounded the Hawkeyes 24-15 to build a 14 point advantage at the break and the outcome was never in doubt after that. Bluder says it was a disappointing finish to a great season.
Megan Gustafson had 23 points and nine rebounds but the Hawkeyes did not have enough balance to make it interesting.
It was an emotional finish to a brilliant career for Gustafson who is Iowa’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. On Monday, Gustafson was named a first-team Associated Press All-American.
Mason City native Makenzie Meyer played 34 minutes, scoring only two points, both from the free throw line. She also had two steals and one assist. Iowa ends the season with a record of 29-6.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State freshman Talen Horton-Tucker intends to declare himself eligible for the NBA Draft after just one season with the Cyclones. Horton-Tucker announced his decision on Twitter, saying that it’s in his best interests to “start the next chapter” of his life. Horton-Tucker, a 6-foot-4 guard from Chicago, averaged 11.8 points and 4.9 rebounds a game for Iowa State in 2018-19.
BOONE — The NIACC baseball team dropped their doubleheader at DMACC on Monday afternoon. DMACC took advantage of five errors in the opener, only connecting for three hits in a 9-2 victory. Ben Fitzgerald had a solo homer while Carson Parker knocked in the only other Trojan run. DMACC in the nightcap jumped out with a four-run first and capped things off with a three-run eighth in a 9-5 win. Fox Leum had a homer and two runs batted in while Anthony Catalano also drove in two. NIACC drops to 10-13 overall and 3-5 in the conference and is scheduled to travel to Dakota County Technical College this afternoon.
FORT DODGE — The NIACC softball team swept 7th-ranked Iowa Central 11-4 and 12-0 in five innings yesterday in Fort Dodge. In the opener, Kaci Sherwood and Alyssa Laxson both had two homers to lead the Lady Trojans. In the second game, Kylie Sherwood fired a five-inning perfect game. NIACC is now 12-6 overall and 4-0 in the conference. They host 4th-ranked Kirkwood on Wednesday in a doubleheader that starts at 2 o’clock.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Evan Turner had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists off the bench, and the Portland Trail Blazers moved into a tie for third place in the Western Conference with a 132-122 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Rodney Hood led Portland with 21 points.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed backup center Brett Jones. After joining the Vikings near the end of training camp via trade from the New York Giants, Jones started three games in 2018 until Pat Elflein returned from injuries. Jones can also play guard, where Danny Isidora and Josh Kline are currently the only players on the roster. Jones started his pro career in the Canadian Football League, until signing with the Giants in 2015.
AMES — After spending last season on the staff with the Indianapolis Colts Tom Manning returns as Iowa State’s offensive coordinator and inherits a unit with experience at several key spots. Brock Purdy is going through spring drills as the established starter at quarterback after taking over midway through his freshman season.
For the first time under Matt Campbell the Cyclones have an experienced offensive line.
Manning says a deep and experienced group of tight ends will help the offense give multiple looks.
Spring drills for Iowa State will conclude on April 20th, with this year’s spring schedule not including a spring football game.