Postgame Notes: Minnesota-Iowa
March 2, 2018

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Minnesota

  • With the win, Minnesota advanced to the semifinals, where they will take on #1 Ohio State on Saturday March 3 at 6:00 PM EST
  • Minnesota advances to the semifinals for the first time since 2005. That year they advanced to the final, where they lost to Michigan State 55-49.
  • This win against the Hawkeyes is the first ever win against Iowa in Big Ten Tournament play. Minnesota is now 2-3 when playing Iowa at a neutral site, and the win also avenges a game earlier in the season that saw the Hawkeyes take a 92-84 win.
  • Carlie Wagner scored 27 points, making it her 28th time in the double-digits, and 13th time scoring over 20. Kenisha Bell had 26 points, making it her 29th time with double figures and 19th time with more than 20 points.
  • Jessie Edwards moved up to ninth in all time offensive rebounds with her three today, totaling 221.
  • Bell moves up five spots to second place in the Minnesota record books with nine made free-throws for a total of 161 made free-throws this season. Bell also stole the ball two times in the game, solidifying the eighth spot in single season steals for Minnesota.
  • Destiny Pitts put up 15 shots from past the 3-point line, etching her name in second place in the Big Ten Tournament record books for 3-point attempts. Those attempts lead to 14 points for Pitts.
  • The starting five for the Golden Gophers scored 84 of the teams 90 points. Bell and Wagner combined for 53 of that 84 scored by the starters.
  • Bell came within one of her career-high in assists with nine in the game.
  • Minnesota held a 17-2 advantage in fast break points.

Iowa

  • Megan Gustafson led Iowa with 48 points and 15 rebounds.
  • The 48 points (19-of-26 from the field) points are a Big Ten Tournament and Iowa school record.
  • Gustafson notched her 54th career double-double and 27th this season. She has recorded a double-double in 32 of her last 39 games.
  • Gustafson scored 23 of the Hawkeyes 39 points in the first half. Her 23 points are a career-high for most points in a half for Gustafson (until she scored 25 in the second half). Her previous best was 20 vs. Ohio State on Jan. 25.
  • Gustafson moved into sixth on the Iowa all-time career scoring list and now has 1,774 points.
  • Gustafson increased her career rebound total to 962, which ranks second the Hawkeyes all-time list.

Big Ten Tournament Notes

  • Megan Gustafson’s 48 points are a new Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament single game scoring record. The previous record was 43 set by Kelsey Mitchell on 3/4/16 vs. Rutgers.
  • Gustafson’s 19 field goals are a new Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament single game record. The previous record was 15 by Barb Franke (Wisconsin vs. Michigan State 3/4/95).
  • The 2018 Women’s Basketball Big Ten Tournament has seen three of the top 10 single game scoring performances in the history of the tournament (Gustafson-48, Amanda Cahill-38, Teniya Page-38).
  • The 15 rebounds by Gustafson are tied for ninth in the record book for single game rebounds.

Other

  • The 48 points by Gustafson are the fifth most in a women’s basketball Big Ten single game.