EVANSTON, Ill. The Iowa women’s basketball team won its seventh straight game Thursday, beating Northwestern 70-63 at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The Hawkeyes led 38-22 at halftime and held on for the Big Ten Conference victory. They improved to 10-5 in the league and 18-10 overall.
Iowa closes its regular season Sunday at home against Michigan. The Hawkeyes are tied for third place in the Big Ten with Purdue and Michigan State. The top four seeds earn first-round byes in the Big Ten Tournament.
“That’s something we didn’t think was possible earlier in the season,” Morgan Johnson told the Iowa City Press-Citizen. “Just hearing that really just gets you enthused and excited.”
Johnson led Iowa with 18 points. Samantha Logic scored 17 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out five assists.
Kamille Wahlin and Kelly Krei added 14 and 11 points for the Hawkeyes.
Kendall Hackney led Northwestern with 16 points. The Wildcats fell to 4-11 and 14-14.
Iowa’s chances for an NCAA Tournament berth appeared grim when leading scorer Jaime Printy sustained a season-ending knee injury on Feb.2. But her teammates kept on rolling, winning five in a row since Printy’s last game.
“As close as the Big Ten standings are right now, every game is important,” Krei told the Press-Citizen. “We want to finish strong.”
The league tournament will be held March 1-4 at Indianapolis.
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