Something has happened to the Iowa women’s basketball team that went 6-0 in December.
The Hawkeyes had a players-only meeting after the 67-65 loss Sunday to Northwestern in Iowa City.
“You don’t want the season to, you know, slip away,” Iowa senior Jaime Printy said. “And I’m not saying it has, at all. We still have a lot of basketball left.
“But at the same time … it’s already February. We want to go out strong and have fun at the end of the year.”
Junior Theairra Taylor said watching film from the loss was an eye-opener.
“We need to have fun out there,” Taylor said. “Look at our faces. We were up most of the game, and it didn’t look like we were having fun.
“I think we’re taking ourselves a bit too seriously. We need to play our game, because we’re good when we do that.”
Iowa (16-7, 5-4) fell out of the Top 25 on Monday following two losses last week.
“In athletics, you’ve got to learn how to bounce back,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “Otherwise you’re done. I mean, if you don’t bounce back, you’re done.
“Yes, it stinks, but let’s get over it, move on to the next one.”
The Hawkeyes travel to Minnesota (14-9, 3-6) on Thursday and return to Iowa City for a Monday night game against Nebraska (16-6, 6-3).
That game kicks off a killer week that includes a game against Penn State (18-3, 8-1) and at Purdue (18-4, 7-2).
“You’re looking at three teams in the conference that last year we didn’t have a lot of success against,” Bluder said. “It would be really nice to get a win at Minnesota so that we feel good going into next week, definitely.”
The Hawkeye players had a day off Monday, but spent extra time in the film room and on the practice court to try and solve their recent struggles.
“We’re all excited to get back on the court and play differently than we did against Northwestern,” Printy said.
Iowa has had a recent history of putting their backs against the wall and finishing strong.
The Hawkeyes have qualified for the NCAA Tournament the past five seasons, and have a 30-7 record in February during that run.
“We don’t need to panic. At the same time, we can’t have those games anymore,” Printy said. “Honestly it’s a matter of knocking down shots and playing better basketball.”
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