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Hawkeye Grapplers Win 22nd Midlands Title


December 31st, 2011 by Chris Parks

EVANSTON, Ill. – University of Iowa junior Matt McDonough earned his second Midlands title in three years to help the Hawkeyes win their tournament record 22nd team title at the 49th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championship. McDonough pinned eighth-seeded Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech in the 125-pound finals. Iowa piled up 152 points, 46.5 more than tournament host Northwestern (105.5). Oklahoma (94.5), Virginia Tech (76.5) and Edinboro (74.5) rounded out the top five.

The Hawkeyes finished the 49th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships with 11 place-winners and a combined 60-26 record.

The top-ranked Hawkeyes return to the mat Friday, Jan. 6, at Indiana. Iowa will put its 83-dual unbeaten streak on the line against the Hoosiers at 6 p.m. (CT) inside University Gym. The Hawkeyes then host Oklahoma State on Saturday, Jan. 7. The Cowboys visit Carver-Hawkeye Arena at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, contact the UI Ticket Office at 800-IA-HAWKS or online at hawkeyesports.com. Admission is $13 for adults, $7 for children, and $2 for kids five and under.

Iowa Women Take Out Northwestern


December 31st, 2011 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa –   Friday night the Hawkeyes (8-5, 1-0) made 12 3-pointers and defeated Northwestern (10-4, 0-1), 86-55, in the Big Ten opener on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

With Iowa trailing 13-12 eight minutes into the first half, senior Kamille Wahlin nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key that gave the Hawkeyes the lead and ignited a furious run. Soon after Wahlin’s 3-pointer, Jamie Printy stole a Northwestern pass, threw a deep outlet pass to Wahlin, who then pulled back and found a trailing Printy for a deep triple that gave the Hawkeyes a 19-15 lead with 9:52 left in the half.

Printy led the Hawkeyes with 20 points, eight assists and three steals.

The Hawkeyes now travel to Columbus, Ohio, to face unbeaten Ohio State on Monday afternoon. Tipoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. (CT), and it will be televised live on the BTN.

Hawkeyes Fall in Insight Bowl


December 31st, 2011 by Chris Parks

Insight Bowl – Oklahoma 31, Iowa 14

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Blake Bell ran for three touchdowns to help No. 19 Oklahoma survive a late rally and a crashing camera to beat Iowa 31-14 in the Insight Bowl.

Oklahoma (10-3) didn’t get a particularly great game from quarterback Landry Jones and wasn’t effective on the ground, either. Once considered national-title contenders, the Sooners grinded it out against the gritty Hawkeyes, ending a difficult year that included the death of linebacker Austin Box in the offseason.

Jones threw for 161 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and Bell put the game away with a 21-yard touchdown run with 45 seconds left.

Iowa (7-6) fell into a 21-0 hole before rallying behind two touchdown passes from James Vandenberg. The Hawkeyes came up just short and dodged a potential disaster when an overhead camera crashed to the field next to receiver Marvin McNutt in the closing minutes.

ISU Women Win Home Challenge


December 31st, 2011 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State’s Chelsea Poppens notched her second-straight double-double (19 points/13 rebounds) and the Cyclones stifled Buffalo to just 14 second-half points en route to a 65-45 victory Friday night in Hilton Coliseum.

Iowa State improves to 9-2 on the year and the win clinched the Cyclone Challenge tournament title. ISU is now 31-0 in regular-season hosted tournaments under Bill Fennelly. The win was the 600th victory in Iowa State women’s basketball program history.

Poppens had another monster game, as the junior averaged 16.5 points and 14.5 rebounds in the two tournament games to earn Cyclone Challenge MVP honors. Poppens also recorded a career-high four steals.

Lauren Mansfield finished the game with 10 points and handed out a season-high nine assists.

Hallie Christofferson was also named to the all-tournament team. She had 10 points and six rebounds on the evening.

The Cyclones forced 21 turnovers and held the Bulls to 28.6 shooting (6-21 FG) in the second half.

Iowa State opens Big 12 play on Wednesday at Oklahoma with a 7 p.m. CST tip off.

Scare as camera falls at Insight Bowl, before Hawkeyes lose 31-14


December 31st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A camera hanging from a wire over Sun Devil Stadium fell onto the field at the Insight Bowl. The camera, which provides overhead shots for ESPN, fell Friday night when the wire it was attached to appeared to snap with 2:22 left in the game between Oklahoma and Iowa. The camera bounced off the field around the 20-yard line on the south end and narrowly missed Iowa receiver Marvin McNutt Junior, who got tangled in the wire after the camera hit the turf. McNutt wasn’t injured and the camera had to be dragged off the field, causing a delay of about 5 minutes. The 19th-ranked Sooners went on to beat the Hawkeyes 31-14.

Rutgers Beats Iowa State 27-13 in Pinstripe Bowl


December 30th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

NEW YORK (AP) — Chas Dodd hit Brandon Coleman for an 86-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter and Jawan Jamison ran for two scores to lead Rutgers over Iowa State 27-13 in the Prinstripe Bowl on Friday. The Scarlet Knights (9-4) ran their bowl winning streak to five and improved to 2-0 this season at Yankee Stadium, where they beat Army last month. Rutgers, which played in one bowl game before 2005, is 5-1 in the postseason under coach Greg Schiano. The Cyclones (6-7) finished the season on a three-game losing streak, their last win coming on Nov. 18 in Ames, Iowa, when they pulled off the biggest upset of the season against Oklahoma State.

That night Jared Barnett threw for 376 yards. This game, Steele Jantz relieved Barnett in the second quarter and helped pull the Cyclones within 20-13 in the fourth on Jeff Woody’s 20-yard touchdown run with 10:00 left.

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December 30th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Iowa Junior College Forfeits Remaining 12 Games


December 30th, 2011 by Jim Field

WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — The Southeastern Community College men’s basketball team is forfeiting the season’s remaining 12 games because 10 players have been dismissed for violating college and athletic department rules.

The Hawk Eye of Burlington reports that two other players have been declared academically ineligible.

That left only two players from the 14-man roster.

The team had gone 13-3 so far this year.

Terry Carroll is the men’s coach and the school’s athletic director, and he says the players violated the school’s athletic code of conduct.

In a statement, Carroll says “these have been good kids who made some incredibly irresponsible and poor choices.”

Because of confidentiality and student privacy laws, the college would not disclose details.

College President Beverly Simone says she supports Carroll’s decisions.

Poppens Leads Cyclones Over New Hampshire


December 30th, 2011 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Chelsea Poppens recorded her fifth double-double of the season (14 points/16 rebounds) to help Iowa State cruise to a 71-57 win over New Hampshire Thursday night in Hilton Coliseum.

Poppens was one of four Cyclones in double figures, including 14 points from freshman Brynn Williamson, one shy from her career-best. Hallie Christofferson added 15 points and six boards, as the Cyclones improve to 8-2 on the year and advance to the finals of the Cyclone Challenge tomorrow night.

Iowa State wasted little time taking control, mounting an early 23-8 lead with 11:36 left before the break. Christofferson scored seven points in the first nine minutes to put the Cyclones on track.

Iowa State then suffered a drought to help the Wildcats creep back into the game. The Cyclones went nearly 10 minutes without a field goal, as UNH cut the lead to 29-25 with under 3:00 minutes until the break.

Amanda Zimmerman finally ended the Cyclone dry spell with a big 3-point basket. Lauren Mansfield followed with another trey to push the Cyclone lead back to double digits (35-25). Iowa State led at the break, 37-27, as Chelsea Poppens had seven points and 10 boards in the first half to pace the Cyclones.

The Cyclones moved out in front 56-40 with 10:49 left in the game thanks to a 7-0 run. Christofferson buried a three and Poppens muscled a shot in down low to help Iowa State expand its lead.

The lead never dipped below 14 points the rest of the way and the Cyclones were up by as many as 20 points.

Iowa State outrebounded UNH, 43-32 and hit nine 3-pointers in the contest. The Cyclones held the Wildcats to 34.4 percent shooting from the floor, the ninth time this season Iowa State held a team to below 40 percent from the field.

Iowa State will play host to Buffalo tomorrow night in the finals of the Cyclone Challenge at 7:30 p.m. Buffalo defeated NJIT, 66-53 in its first round game.

Illinois State holds off Northern Iowa 65-61


December 30th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Jackie Carmichael had 19 points and 10 rebounds as Illinois State withstood Northern Iowa’s late 12-0 run and prevailed 65-61 in a Missouri Valley opener Thursday night. Jon Ekey also had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Redbirds (9-3), who won their fourth straight. Nic Moore added 13 points and Anthony Cousin 11. Anthony James led the Panthers (10-3) with 21 points but shot only 9 of 25. Chip Rank added 11 for Northern Iowa, which has lost two in a row. Carmichael and Ekey scored six points apiece as Illinois State opened the second half with a 12-2 run for a 40-30 edge with 14:35 to go. Moore’s 3-pointer pushed the lead to 59-46 with 5:57 left.  Northern Iowa came back furiously, running off 12 straight points to get within 59-58 with 1:56 left. But Cousin hit six straight free throws to help seal it.