The selection show for the NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament was held Monday night and applause could be heard in Iowa as two teams were awarded with big seedings.
Iowa State Cyclones
For the 18th time ever and 11th time in the last 13 years the Iowa State Cyclone women are headed to the NCAA Tournament. The Cyclones capped off a 25-8 regular season with 2nd place finishes in the Big 12 Regular season as well as the conference tournament last Monday. The only team in the Big 12 ahead of the Lady Cyclones are the nation’s top-seeded team, the Baylor Bears. Iowa State was awarded a #3 seed and will battle 14 seeded New Mexico State and Hilton Coliseum in Ames will host both the first and second round matchups beginning this Saturday.
The news was even better for the Iowa Hawkeye women, who were awarded a number 2 seed in the tournament after finishing their regular season at 26-6 and capping it off with a Big Ten Tournament Championship. The Hawkeyes haven’t received a seeding this high since 1996 and are 5-2 overall in tournament games as a 2 seed. The Lady Hawks will host 15-seeded Mercer in the first round Friday at 1PM and should they win that game in which they will be heavily favored, they’ll battle the winner between Drake and Missouri. For Head Coach Lisa Bluder, Iowa will be appearing in the their 14th tournament of her 19-year tenure.
Iowa State High School Classic
The annual Iowa State High School Classic began Monday in Ames with the High School Girls portion of the meet.
For the Clarion Goldfield Dows Cowgirls, Junior Courtney Harle took 33rd in the high jump with a best leap of 4 foot 6. The girls 4 by 400 meter relay team went on to finish 19th overall.
For Eagle Grove, the Eagles 4 by 100 relay team took 48th, while their top individual was Megan Schaeffer who finished 51st in the 3000 meter run.
The Webster City Lynx girls had a strong showing as Alexis Nichols took 14th in the high jump while Ashlyn Hay took 12th in the long jump, just one spot ahead of Senior Zooey Woodle who finished in 13th.
And finally, the South Hamilton Hawks had Abby Ervin finish in 35th place in the girls 800 meter run.