Postgame Notes: Iowa-Northwestern
March 1, 2018

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  • With the win Iowa advances to the quarterfinals tomorrow where they will take on #4 seed Minnesota.
  • The win for Iowa is their eighth straight victory.
  • Iowa scored the first eight points of the game and held Northwestern scoreless until a Wildcat free-throw at the 5:57 mark of the first quarter.
  • Iowa outscored Northwestern 20-1 in the first quarter.
  • The one point scored is tied for the lowest in a quarter in the Big Ten since the women’s game went to quarters in 2015-16 (2/1/18 Illinois).
  • The Hawkeyes connected on 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) from the field in the opening quarter and hit 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Iowa held Northwestern to 0-of-15 from the field in the first quarter.
  • Iowa held Northwestern without a field goal for the opening 11 minutes and 10 seconds of the game.
  • Iowa has outscored its opponents 169-88 in the first quarter over their last eight games. The Hawkeyes are averaging 21.1 points in the first quarter over that span and holding opponents to 11.0 points per game in the opening 10 minutes.
  • Makenzie Meyer led Iowa with 13 points.
  • Megan Gustafson scored 12 points and has scored in double-figures in all 30 games this season for Iowa.
  • Iowa tallied 18 assists on 21 field goals.
  • Iowa held Northwestern to 17-of-62 from the field (27.4 percent). Iowa tied an opponent season low in scoring for a single game with 45. The Hawkeyes have held opponents below 50 points five times this season.


  • After a slow first quarter the Wildcats came out strong in the second by allowing Iowa to score just nine points.
  • The nine points that were allowed by the Wildcats in the second quarter ranked as the third lowest point total that Iowa had in any quarter all season.
  • After the first quarter, Northwestern outscored Iowa 44-33 for the remainder of the game.
  • Northwesterns defense leading into halftime started with 5:06 left to play in the half, where the Hawkeyes did not score another point for the remainder of the half. Northwestern forced 2-of-12 shooting for the Hawkeyes to end the second quarter, while the Wildcats finished the half making six of eight shots.
  • Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah grabbed 17 boards, making it her 22nd game this season with double-digit rebounds.
  • Lindsey Pulliam scored 17 points, leading to her 23rd double-figure game of the season.
  • The Hawkeyes came into the game averaging 76.4 points a game, but the Wildcats held them well under their average, setting a new low for the Hawkeyes for lowest points scored in the season at 55.
  • Megan Gustafson was held to just 12 points, which is four points under her previous season low of 16.

Big Ten Tournament Notes

  • The one point scored by Northwestern in the first quarter is the fewest points in a quarter in Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament history (This is the third year the women’s game has played with quarters). The previous low was four points scored by Iowa in the second quarter against Maryland in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on 3/4/16.
  • Northwestern junior Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah grabbed 17 boards, which is tied for fourth for a single game in Big Ten Tournament history.