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72 Can you think back to a loss in which you were proud of the team? The Colorado and Purdue games. The Colorado game because we were down and kept fighting to give us an opportunity to win. Purdue, although we lost the lead, you know they're a good team. It was on their court, but we had an opportunity to win, losing by one point. It felt devastating in the locker room but it wasn't the end of the world. Looking back, what sticks out in your mind on the night you passed C. Vivian Stringer for most wins in program history? What made it special is how happy the team was. Also, to have my Dad there on his birthday was pretty cool. It's one of those things when you get the opportunity to stay somewhere long enough you're going to be able to do some of those things, so you're grateful. On April 7, 2000, could you have ever imagined… Never. Honestly, when I took the job we were just thankful that we were going to be here for five years. I signed a five-year contract, which was pretty good back then. We were like, 'Wow, we have five years that we are going to be the coaches at this university.' How excited are you for next year? After a season is over I usually need to get away from basketball for a little while, but I didn't feel that way this year. We are energized and excited for next year. I want to start practice right away and I wish those freshmen were here so that this team can see the potential of what we can accomplish. I think our fans can feel it coming. Where do you feel this program is right now? Since I've been here, I feel like this is the best our program has been. When coach Stringer was here, the program was unbelievable, but since I've been here, this is the strongest our program has been because of who we have returning, and who we have coming in. Everything is in place: the facilities, our administration supports us, and the Big Ten Network has helped get the word out about Iowa basketball. It has helped us tell our story to everybody. People can see what we have and they want to be a part of it now. University of Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder celebrates with her team following a 77-73 victory over Ohio State in a semifinal game of the Big Ten Conference Tournament on March 8 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. (Photo by Brian Ray)

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