One down, two to go for the Iowa women’s basketball team.
Although the one that’s done was an awfully big one.
Iowa (19-6, 7-4 Big Ten) opened a busy week in historic fashion as coach Lisa Bluder won her 270th game at Iowa to become the all-time winningest coach in program history in the Hawkeyes’ 90-84 win over Northwestern on Monday.
While the win over the Wildcats came with historic significance, it was the victory’s importance in the Big Ten race that mattered most to Iowa’s 14-year coach.
“There really was no weight, because we are going to get it, it was just a matter of time. We just wanted it sooner rather than later,” Bluder said of win number 270. “So it was no weight at all.”
Monday’s win began a hectic week for Iowa in which the Hawkeyes play three Big Ten games in seven days.
Next on the slate is today’s home matchup with Illinois (9-15, 2-9), before wrapping up the week with a trip to Purdue on Sunday.
“Obviously a big week for us, a tough week for us with three games in seven days,” Bluder said. “That is just difficult for preparation. It’s difficult just getting rest for your players, but thankfully two of them are at home.”
Iowa, which leads the Big Ten in scoring at 80.1 points per game, is coming off its highest offensive output in more than two months in the win over the Wildcats.
The 90 points by the Hawkeyes on Monday were the most by Iowa in a Big Ten game this season and the highest point total since scoring 95 against Idaho State on Dec. 7.
All five Iowa starters reached double figures in scoring as the Hawkeyes shot 52 percent from the floor.
Iowa also held a 41 to 34 rebounding edge over Northwestern, including 10 offensive rebounds.
“I’m thrilled with the five players in double figures and that we out-rebounded them,” Bluder said.
Illinois enters tonight’s game last in the Big Ten in scoring defense, allowing 71.6 points per game to opponents.
The Fightin Illini have allowed 70 or more points in all but four of their 11 Big Ten games.
“Illinois is a team that is entirely different than anybody in the Big Ten because of the half-court trapping defense that they run,” Bluder said “It’s the first time that we will see anything like that during the year.”
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