Iowa Hawkeyes women's basketball

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Iowa Hawkeyes
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UniversityUniversity of Iowa
Head coach Lisa Bluder (21st season)
Conference Big Ten
Location Iowa City, Iowa
Arena Carver-Hawkeye Arena
(Capacity: 15,400)
Nickname Hawkeyes
Student sectionHawks Nest
ColorsBlack and gold [1]
   
Uniforms
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Alternate
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1993
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1987, 1988, 1993, 2019
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1996, 2015, 2019, 2021
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022
Conference tournament champions
1997, 2001, 2019, 2022
Conference regular season champions
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2008, 2022
Members of Iowa's women's basketball team celebrate their 2008 regular season Big Ten championship on March 2, 2008. 2008 Iowa women's basketball celebration.jpg
Members of Iowa's women's basketball team celebrate their 2008 regular season Big Ten championship on March 2, 2008.

The Iowa Hawkeyes women's basketball team represents the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, United States. The team is a member of the Big Ten Conference as well as the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The team plays its regular season games at 15,400-seat Carver-Hawkeye Arena, along with men's basketball, wrestling, and volleyball teams.

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History

Iowa women's basketball began in 1974, under head coach Lark Birdsong. The first Iowa team finished 5–16 in 1974-75, its first victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Birdsong coached Iowa until 1978-79, which marked Iowa's first winning season. [2] Birdsong was subsequently replaced by Judy McMullen, who led the program for the next four years. McMullen was succeeded in 1983 by former Cheyney University coach C. Vivian Stringer. Prior to her stay at Iowa, Stringer led the Cheyney Wolves to the 1982 NCAA championship. [3]

Beginning with the 1983–84 season, Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Stringer coached at Iowa for 12 seasons. In that time, the Hawkeyes won six Big Ten championships, played in nine NCAA Tournaments, and reached the Final Four in 1993. Unprecedented attention was shown to the Hawkeyes under Stringer, as evidenced by the record-setting 22,157 fans that watched Iowa play Ohio State on February 3, 1985, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. [4] Stringer, however, left Iowa to coach at Rutgers in 1995, following the death of her husband, Bill. [5]

Angie Lee replaced Stringer, and led the Hawkeyes to a Big Ten championship in her first season. Under Lee, Iowa won another Big Ten title in 1998. In 2000, Lee's successor as head coach was Lisa Bluder. Bluder is Iowa's current women's basketball coach. Under Bluder, the Hawkeyes have won two regular season Big Ten championship and four Big Ten Tournament championships.

From 2015 to 2019, Megan Gustafson has played for Coach Bluder and the women’s basketball program at Iowa. Gustafson was named the 2019 National Player of the year, after averaging a double-double of 27.8 points and 13.4 rebounds on 69.9% shooting. The 2018–19 Iowa Hawkeyes women's basketball team had a 29-7 regular season record, winning the Big Ten Conference Tournament Championship and advancing to the Elite Eight of the 2019 NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament. [6] [7] The 2021-22 Iowa Women's Basketball team finished the season 24-8 sharing the regular season title with the Ohio State Women's Basketball team. They also won the 2022 Big Ten women's basketball tournament a week later winning games over #7 Northwestern, #6 Nebraska, and 5th seeded Indiana in the Big Ten Championship 74-67. Caitlin Clark was the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament's MOP. [ citation needed ]

NCAA tournament results

Iowa has appeared in 28 NCAA Tournaments with a record of 26-28.

YearSeedRoundOpponentResult
1986 #5Second Round#4 TennesseeL 68−73
1987 #3Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#6 New Orleans
#2 Georgia
#1 Louisiana Tech
W 68–56
W 62–60
L 65−66
1988 #1Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#8 Stephen F. Austin
#4 Southern Cal
#2 Long Beach State
W 83–65
W 79–67
L 78−98
1989 #3Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#11 Tennessee Tech
#2 Stanford
W 77–75
L 74−98
1990 #3Second Round#6 VanderbiltL 56−61
1991 #6First Round
Second Round
#11 Montana
#3 Washington
W 64–53
L 53−70
1992 #1Second Round#8 SW Missouri StateL 60−61 (OT)
1993 #2Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#7 Old Dominion
#3 Auburn
#1 Tennessee
#1 Ohio State
W 82–56
W 63–50
W 72−56
L 72–73 (OT)
1994 #3First Round
Second Round
#14 Mount St. Mary's
#6 Alabama
W 70–47
L 78−84
1996 #2First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#15 Butler
#7 DePaul
#3 Vanderbilt
W 72–67
W 72−71
L 63–74
1997 #9First Round
Second Round
#8 NC State
#1 Connecticut
W 56–50
L 53−72
1998 #4First Round
Second Round
#13 Massachusetts
#5 Kansas
W 77–59
L 58−62
2001 #4First Round
Second Round
#13 Oregon
#5 Utah
W 88–82
L 69−78
2002 #9First Round
Second Round
#8 Virginia
#1 Connecticut
W 69–62
L 48−86
2004 #9First Round#8 Virginia TechL 76−89
2006 #10First Round#7 BYUL 62−67
2008 #9First Round#8 GeorgiaL 61−67
2009 #8First Round#9 Georgia TechL 62−76
2010 #8First Round
Second Round
#9 Rutgers
#1 Stanford
W 70–63
L 67−96
2011 #6First Round#11 GonzagaL 86−92
2012 #9First Round#8 CaliforniaL 74−84
2013 #9First Round
Second Round
#8 Miami (FL)
#1 Notre Dame
W 69–53
L 57−74
2014 #6First Round
Second Round
#11 Marist
#3 Louisville
W 87–65
L 53−83
2015 #3First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#14 American
#11 Miami (FL)
#2 Baylor
W 75–67
W 88−70
L 66–81
2018 #6First Round#11 CreightonL 70−76
2019 #2First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#15 Mercer
#7 Missouri
#3 NC State
#1 Baylor
W 66–61
W 68−52
W 79–61
L 53–85
2021 #5First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#12 Central Michigan
#4 Kentucky
#1 UConn
W 87–72
W 86−72
L 72–92
2022 #2First Round
Second Round
#15 Illinois St.
#10 Creighton
W 98–58
L 62–64

Retired numbers

Iowa Hawkeyes retired numbers
No.Player[ citation needed ]CareerYear
10 Megan Gustafson 2015–20192020
30 Michelle Edwards 1985–19881990

National award winners

Naismith Trophy
AP Player of the Year
USBWA Player of the Year
Naismith Coach of the Year
Academic All-American of the Year (women's basketball)
Lisa Leslie Award (top D-I center)
Nancy Lieberman Award (top D-I point guard)
Dawn Staley Award (top D-I point guard)
Tamika Catchings Award (USBWA freshman of the year)
WBCA Freshman of the Year

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