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AP Women’s College Basketball Top 25 03/11/2019

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March 11th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Mar. 10, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Record Pts Prv
1. Baylor (28) 30-1 700 1
2. UConn 30-2 663 2
3. Notre Dame 30-3 652 4
4. Mississippi St. 30-2 609 5
5. Louisville 29-3 578 3
6. Stanford 28-4 568 7
7. Oregon 29-4 533 6
8. Iowa 26-6 508 10
9. Maryland 28-4 454 8
10. NC State 26-5 447 9
11. Oregon St. 24-7 360 11
12. Gonzaga 27-3 357 14
13. Iowa St. 25-7 309 19
13. Marquette 25-6 309 17
15. Syracuse 24-8 287 18
16. South Carolina 21-9 284 12
17. Texas A&M 24-7 279 15
18. Kentucky 24-7 262 13
19. Miami 24-8 234 16
20. UCLA 20-12 114 25
21. Drake 25-5 110 22
22. Texas 23-9 94 21
23. Arizona St. 20-10 91 20
24. Rice 25-3 85 24
25. Florida St. 23-8 77 22

Others receiving votes: DePaul 34, South Dakota St. 33, South Dakota 22, Missouri 13, Florida Gulf Coast 10, BYU 9, Kansas St 8, UCF 3, Wright St. 1, Quinnipiac 1, Boise St. 1, Rutgers 1.

Two Cyclones earn major Big 12 Basketball awards

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March 11th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The Big 12 Conference released their 2018-19 Men’s Basketball Award winners on Sunday and Iowa State had two players land major awards. Senior forward Marial Shayok was named an All-Big 12 First Team selection and Sophomore guard Lindell Wiggington earned the Sixth Man Award.

Shayok finished the season second in the conference in scoring at 18.7 points per game. He shot 49.6 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from beyond the arc. He was also an 87.7 percent foul shooter. Shayok scored in double figures 28 of 30 games he played and had at least 17 points in 24 games.

Wigginton averaged 13.4 points for the Cyclones in 21 games after returning from injury, becoming the first Cyclone to earn the Sixth Man Award since Tyrus McGee in 2013. The Dartmouth, Nova Scotia native reached double figures 16 times, including a 28-point performance off the bench in a win against West Virginia. Wigginton connected on 41 three-pointers at a 38.3 percent clip, while also pulling down 4.1 rebounds and averaging 2.2 assists. Wigginton was named Big 12 Player of the Week once this season.

Freshman guard Talen Horton-Tucker was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team and was also an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection.

Senior guard Nick Weiler-Babb was also an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention choice.

Here is the full run down of award winners in the Big 12: 2018-19 All Big 12 Basketball

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 3/11/2019

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March 11th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

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Midwest Sports Headlines: 3/11/19

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March 11th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

UNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have released veteran linebacker Justin Houston after they were unable to work out a trade, freeing up $14 million in much-needed salary cap space. The 30-year-old Houston signed a $101 million, six-year deal with the Chiefs in 2015 that was at the time a record for a defensive player.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Megan Gustafson scored 45 points Sunday to lead No. 10 Iowa past No. 8 Maryland 90-76 for its first Big Ten Tournament title since 2001. It’s the longest gap between conference crowns since the tourney became an annual event in 1995, and the Hawkeyes claimed the league’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid with a victory over the Big Ten’s regular-season champion. Kaila Charles scored a career-high 36 point for the Terrapins.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Amir Harris scored the go-ahead layup with 10.8 seconds left and Thorir Thorbjarnarson blocked Jordan Bohanon’s 3-point try at the buzzer as Nebraska came back from a nine-point deficit in the last minute of regulation to beat Iowa 93-91 in overtime. The win might have served as an emotional sendoff for Cornhuskers’ coach Tim Miles, whose future at Nebraska is in serious doubt after his team’s free fall the second half of the season. Iowa lost its fourth straight.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bradley rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half and earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2006, beating Northern Iowa 57-54 in the Missouri Valley Conference championship game. Elijah Childs scored 16 points for fifth-seeded Bradley. The Braves trailed 35-17 with 17 minutes left. They advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time overall _ in their last appearance, as a 13th seed, they beat Kansas and Pittsburgh before losing to Memphis.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Alexa Middleton scored 24 points, Bridget Carleton and Ashley Joens had double-doubles and No. 19 Iowa State took control down the stretch to defeat No. 21 Texas 75-69 in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals. The second-seeded Cyclones, winners of five straight, will face No. 1 Baylor in their first championship game appearance since 2013.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kalani Brown scored 23 points in 21 minutes, and No. 1 Baylor breezed past Kansas State 88-60 in a Big 12 Tournament semifinal. Juicy Landrum scored 19 points and Lauren Cox had 18 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for the Lady Bears, who won their 22nd straight game.

No. 19 Cyclone women close strong, top No. 21 Texas in semis

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March 10th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Alexa Middleton scored 24 points, Bridget Carleton and Ashley Joens had double-doubles and No. 19 Iowa State took control down the stretch on Sunday to defeat No. 21 Texas in the Big 12 Conference tournament semifinals. The second-seeded Cyclones (25-7), winners of five straight, face No. 1 Baylor on Monday night in their first championship game appearance since 2013.

Carleton, the Big 12 Player of the Year, had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Joens added 13 and 12.

Gustafson scores 45 to help No. 10 Iowa take Big 10 title

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March 10th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Megan Gustafson scored 26 points in the first half and finished with 45 on Sunday to lead No. 10 Iowa past No. 8 Maryland 90-76 for its first Big Ten Tournament title since 2001. It’s the longest gap between conference crowns since the tourney became an annual event in 1995.

The Hawkeyes (26-6) also claimed the league’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid with a victory over the Big Ten’s regular-season champion. Gustafson’s point total was the second-most in tourney history, trailing only her 48-point performance in a quarterfinal loss to Minnesota last year.

Kaila Charles scored a career-high 36 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Terrapins (28-4), who lost for just the second time in 14 games — both to Iowa and this time largely because of Gustafson’s incredible start.

The two-time conference player of the year, who was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, went 10 of 14 from the field and drew seven fouls in the first half.

The Hawkeyes have won five straight and 10 of 11. And while Gustafson’s dominance inside this weekend should be a major concern for whomever Iowa plays in the NCAA Tournament, the Hawkeyes also demonstrated they can use her presence to free up teammates. It could be a wicked postseason combination.

Gustafson also had 10 rebounds to extend her own conference record for career double-doubles to 85 and her single-season school record to 31. She finished 17 of 24 from the field and 11 of 14 at the free-throw line. … Davis added 14 points while Kathleen Doyle had 13. … Makenzie Meyer and Alexis Sevillian each had five assists.

The Hawkeyes had two injury scares. First, Stewart left briefly in the first half when Austin rolled into her legs in front of the Iowa bench. She walked to the end of the court, where she composed herself before returning to the game. Two minutes later, Davis stayed down after appearing to get hit in the face as Charles was driving to the basket. Davis also returned and finished the game.
UP NEXT
Iowa: Must wait until next week to find out its NCAA Tournament destination.

Late comeback lifts struggling Huskers past Iowa 93-91 in OT

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March 10th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Amir Harris scored the go-ahead layup with 10.8 seconds left, Thorir Thorbjarnarson blocked Jordan Bohanon’s 3-pointer try at the buzzer and Nebraska came back from a nine-point deficit in the last minute of regulation to beat Iowa 93-91 in overtime Sunday. The win might have served as an emotional sendoff for Cornhuskers’ coach Tim Miles, whose future at Nebraska is in serious doubt after his team’s free fall the second half of the season. The loss, in Iowa coach Fran McCaffery’s return from a two-game suspension, was the fourth in a row for the Hawkeyes (21-10, 10-10 Big Ten).

Nebraska (15-15, 6-14), which had lost 11 of its previous 13 games, trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half and by nine with 50 seconds left. The Huskers made nine shots in a row and 10 of their last 11 in regulation, with Watson making three 3-pointers and Palmer two before Palmer tied it at 81-all with his baseline drive with eight seconds left. Luka Garza matched his career high with 25 points and Jordan Bohannon had 20 for the Hawks.

When it was over, the 12,000 fans who watched so much bad basketball at Pinnacle Bank Arena were on their feet, the Nebraska players were at center court dancing and Miles made his way back to the locker room to cheers and high-fives. A 19-3 run over the halves turned a 28-28 tie into a 47-31 Iowa lead, and the Hawkeyes looked ready to win going away. Their offense didn’t go dormant; Nebraska just kept pushing. Iowa, which made 9 of 10 free throws in the last minute of regulation, seemed almost powerless to stop an inspired Nebraska team.

The Hawkeyes looked as if they were on their way to a feel-good win after seeing their potential NCAA Tournament seeding go south following three straight losses and six in their previous 11 games. They didn’t get it. UP NEXT: Iowa plays Illinois or Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday. Nebraska plays Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday.

Chiefs release veteran LB Justin Houston to free cap space

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March 10th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The Kansas City Chiefs have released veteran linebacker Justin Houston after they were unable to work out a trade, freeing up $14 million in much-needed salary cap space. The 30-year-old Houston signed a $101 million, six-year deal with the Chiefs in 2015 that was at the time a record for a defensive player. But Houston has been slowed by injuries the past four seasons, and has been unable to replicate the 22-sack season that helped him land the contract.

He was due $15.25 million this season. The Chiefs will take on $7.1 million in dead money. Houston departs Kansas City having started 96 games and appearing in 102 over eight seasons. He had 78½ sacks to trail only Derrick Thomas, Tamba Hali and Neil Smith in franchise history.

Bradley rallies big, beats Northern Iowa for MVC title

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March 10th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bradley rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half and earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2006, beating Northern Iowa 57-54 Sunday in the Missouri Valley Conference championship game. Elijah Childs scored 16 points and Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye added 13 for fifth-seeded Bradley (20-14). The Braves advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time overall — in their last appearance, as a 13th seed, they beat Kansas and Pittsburgh before losing to Memphis.

AJ Green led sixth-seeded Northern Iowa (16-18) with 23 points. Northern Iowa went 8 of 20 from 3-point range and has made at least one 3-pointer in 628 successive games, the longest streak among MVC teams.

Culver voted Big 12 player of year by league’s coaches

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March 10th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

DALLAS (AP) — Texas Tech star Jarrett Culver has been voted Big 12 player of the year and coach Chris Beard has been honored as coach of the year after the Red Raiders shared the regular-season title with Kansas State. The league announced its awards Sunday.

The Wildcats’ Barry Brown was voted defensive player of the year and Dedric Lawson of Kansas was the newcomer of the year. Jaxson Hayes of Texas was freshman of the year, Lindell Wigginton of Iowa State was the best sixth man and Kristian Doolittle of Oklahoma was the most improved player.

Culver, Brown and Lawson were unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selections in voting conducted by the league’s coaches. They were joined by Kansas State’s Dean Wade and Iowa State’s Marial Shayok.

Hayes was joined on the second team by Texas Tech’s Matt Mooney, West Virginia’s Derek Culver, Makai Mason of Baylor and Desmond Bane of TCU.