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Women's Hoops Look for Continued Success By Patrick Sojka T he University of Iowa women's basketball team Iowa's 12 wins prior to the start of conference play equaled enjoyed a successful run during 2013 and hopes the most in a season under Bluder. Iowa finished 12-1 in to carry that momentum into 2014. its preconference slate during the 2010-11 campaign. The Hawkeyes were 11-3 prior to the start of league play last "It was a special year," said senior Theairra Taylor. "We season, and 11-0 in 2004-05. did great things with great teammates. We made a lot of great memories, and we want to carry that over into "2013 was awesome," said junior guard Samantha Logic. this year." "We were excited to host the NCAA Tournament, and we look forward to hosting again in 2014." University of Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder became the 42nd coach in NCAA women's basketball history The UI and Carver-Hawkeye Arena will serve as a host for (all divisions) and the 25th Division I head coach the first-and-second rounds of the 2014 NCAA Division I (minimum 10 years at a Division I school) to collect Women's Basketball Championship. 600 wins when Iowa defeated No. 11 Purdue, 62-46, inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Jan. 20, 2013. "We had a great start to the year this season, losing only to two ranked opponents on their home floor," said Logic. Bluder, one of 13 active Division I coaches with 600 "We took care of business in other games, and we need or more wins, enters 2014 in need of seven wins to do that in Big Ten play so carry over our success into to surpass Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer (269 2014." victories) as Iowa's all-time winningest coach. The Hawkeyes hope to play in the NCAA Tournament in The Hawkeyes concluded the 2012-13 season with a front of their home fans for the second-straight year. To win in the NCAA Tournament at home inside Carver- do so, Iowa will need another strong finish in the alwaysHawkeye Arena. Iowa overcame a seven-point second tough Big Ten. half deficit to defeat Miami (Fla.), 69-53, in the first round, and finished the year with 21 wins.   "This is the best conference in the nation," said Logic, who has moved into second in all-time assists at Iowa. "You "It has been a great year," said junior guard Melissa cannot have an off night. Any team can win on any given Dixon. "Playing in the NCAA Tournament at home was day. We see that every year. It is an awesome league to play so much fun. It is probably my favorite memory since I in. You have to bring a lot of energy." have been at Iowa. Also, the start of this season has been great." "Anything can happen on any given night in the Big Ten," said Dixon. "We have to be up for every game; there is no The Hawkeyes finished the nonconference slate this easy game. It is fun to play in a challenging conference like the Big Ten." year with a 12-2 mark, including two top-25 victories. 45

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