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Gustafson named Big Ten Player of the Year

March 22 2018, 05:49 | Alonzo Simpson

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No one seems to know where the Hawkeyes are headed this offseason.

The Michigan Wolverines pulled off an overtime win Thursday against the Iowa Hawkeyes..

"She was covered pretty heavily and Minnesota just had a good defensive stop, " said Meyer, the only other Hawkeye to finish in double figures with a 14-point performance.

This year was an unexpected disaster, and no one seems to know where the Hawkeyes are headed this offseason.

Makenzie Meyer had 13 points, Megan Gustafson 12 and fifth-seeded Iowa used a dominant first quarter to defeat 12th-seeded Northwestern 55-45 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Iowa forward Tyler Cook has been the focus of transfer rumors in recent weeks, but the sophomore ended speculation of at least one team on Friday.

Iowa also takes the court looking to add to a seven-game win streak, the longest ongoing streak in the conference.

"What's next for Tyler Cook?"

McCaffery tried it all this winter, from man-to-man to zone and even the press at times, and none of it worked. Iowa took its biggest lead 70-65 early in the period, but Pitts scored eight consecutive points to keep it close, including two threes.

Cook: "I can't really answer that one right now". Wolverines center Jon Teske then kept Iowa's upset bid alive, going 0-for-2 at the line, but the Hawkeyes again failed to score on the ensuing possession, and MI forward Duncan Robinson made both free throws and Corey Matthews added another to close out the game.

Cook, a 6-9, 255-pound forward, isn't considered a lottery pick, but it's possible he was alluding to entering the 2018 NBA Draft. Wieskamp is expected to start immediately at shooting guard and give the Hawkeyes a much-needed presence on the perimeter.

Cook would have to sit out a season before playing elsewhere. Gustafson leads the nation, averaging 25.3 points per game.

MI (25-7) will now face No. 4-seeded Nebraska in the third round of the Big Ten Tournament.

This was by far the most disappointing season Iowa has had under McCaffery, whose contract extension signed in November includes an enormous buyout.

The Hawkeyes won 19 games two years ago and 20 games last season, but found themselves on the outside looking in when NCAA berths were announced, settling for WNIT appearances. "See where we go from there". "No question", McCaffery said. "I think it's actually a good thing".

Combined, they led Minnesota an 80-61 advantage in shots against Iowa team which shot 54 percent from the field.

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