Iowa, Iowa State women return to NCAA tourney
DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa State women’s basketball team is headed to the NCAA tournament for the seventh year in a row.
The Cyclones are a No. 5 seed, but they will have to face 12th-seeded Gonzaga on the road on Saturday.
The winner will play either fourth-seeded Georgia or Montana.
Iowa State has won 23 games so far this year. The Cyclones finished second in the Big 12 regular season standings and in the conference tournament, falling to top-seeded Baylor 75-47.
Iowa State has dropped its last two first-round games in the NCAA tournament. The Cyclones lost to Wisconsin-Green Bay in the opening round in 2012.
Gonzaga has reached the regional semifinals in each of the last three seasons.
Iowa seeded ninth
DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa women’s basketball team has earned a berth in the NCAA tournament for the sixth year in a row.
The Hawkeyes (20-12) are a No. 9 seed and will host eighth-seeded Miami (21-10) on Sunday. The winner will likely face No. 1 seed Notre Dame on Tuesday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Fighting Irish face 16th-seeded Tennessee-Martin in the other first-round matchup Sunday in Iowa City.
Iowa has been inconsistent all season, winning seven straight at one point and also losing five in a row. But the Hawkeyes also beat six ranked opponents and finished with a strong RPI.
Notre Dame (31-1) is the Big East champion. The Irish, whose only loss is to No. 1 Baylor, beat Connecticut for the league title.