Every basketball coach will tell you that they want their team to play its best at the end of the season.
In the case of the Big Four college women’s teams, momentum moved through the state like a snowstorm in the past week.
Iowa (21-7, 9-5 Big 10): The Hawkeyes lost a heartbreaking loss at No. 23-ranked Purdue (74-73) on Sunday. The momentum changed with Saturday’s 74-70 win at Michigan. Give credit to the Hawkeyes’ 3-point shooting — a sizzling 50 percent (10 of 20). Samantha Logic and Melissa Dixon both sank three. Iowa is fifth in the Big Ten standings.
Drake (14-12, 8-7 MVC): The Bulldogs have won seven of their last eight games, including three straight victories since last Sunday. Drake topped Missouri State a week ago, then swept Bradley and Loyola over this past weekend. The resulting hot streak has launched Drake into fourth place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings. Kyndal Clark has made 91 3-pointers this season, a school record.
Northern Iowa (15-11, 11-4 MVC): The Panthers are second in the Missouri Valley Conference standings after winning five of their last six games. A week ago, Northern Iowa stunned league leader Wichita State, giving the Shockers their first conference loss. The Panthers followed that with wins over Loyola and Bradley this past weekend — seven players scored 10 or more points in that span.
Iowa State (18-8, 7-8 Big 12): The Cyclones rebounded from a loss at No. 6 Baylor by beating Texas 81-64 Saturday at Hilton Coliseum before an announced crowd of more than 13,000 fans. Iowa State had six players with 11 or more points, led by Hallie Christofferson’s 20 points. The Cyclones made 30-of-35 free throws and pulled away with a 13-point run in the second half. The victory puts the team in sixth place in the Big 12 Conference standings.
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