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Iowa Hawkeyes Pull Through Gritty Battle to Secure Sweet 16 Spot



Iowa women’s basketball faced a daunting challenge in a tense second-round NCAA Tournament game against West Virginia at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Despite being tested in a physical battle, the Iowa Hawkeyes showcased their resilience and experience to secure a hard-fought 64-54 victory and advance to the Sweet 16.

Heading into the matchup as the top seed, the Iowa Hawkeyes relied on their veteran maturity to navigate through the intense pressure of the game. Caitlin Clark, the standout player for Iowa, led the charge with 32 points, displaying composure and determination in the face of West Virginia’s relentless defense.

The game remained tightly contested, with West Virginia matching Iowa basket for basket. However, crucial plays by Sydney Affolter, Hannah Stuelke, and Kate Martin in the final minutes helped the Hawkeyes break the deadlock and secure the win.

With the victory, Iowa sets up a Sweet 16 showdown against Colorado in Albany, NY. Coach Lisa Bluder praised the team’s ability to grind out the win and emphasized the importance of experience in high-stakes games like these.

Throughout the game, the atmosphere at Carver-Hawkeye Arena was electric, with fans witnessing a true display of determination and grit from the Iowa Hawkeyes. The team’s performance under pressure bodes well for their upcoming challenges in the tournament.

Rachel Adams

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