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Hawkeye women fight hard, lose to Zags 92-86

The Iowa womens basketball team, saw their season come to a close Saturday, losing a hard fought 92-86 contest to Gonzaga at Spokane, Washington. Iowa was led in scoring by Jaime Printy's 25 points. Playing in her final game as a Hawkeye, Kachine Alexander just missed a triple-double, pouring in 18 points to go with 11 rebounds and 9 assists. The Zags were led by Courtney Vandersloot with 34 points, Kayla Standish added 30, making 15 or 20 shots.

It was an up and down contest throughout, with the fast-paced Zags taking control in the second half following a 11-2 run midway through the stanza. The Hawkeyes closed the gap to within two, three times in the final three minutes, but the Zags fought back every challenge.http://www.hawkeyesports.com/sports/w-baskbl/recaps/031911aae.html

Iowa came into the region as the fifth seed, Gonzaga was eleventh. One question that still has Iowa fans scratching their heads is, why would a fifth seed have to travel cross-country to face an eleventh seed on their sold out home floor? The selection committed didn't make any fans inside in the Iowa womens coaches offices.

The Hawkeyes finish the season with a 22-9 record. With only two seniors, Alexander and Kelsey Cermak, Iowa would expect to be back next season.

In other womens basketball notes, 10th seed Marist defeated seventh seeded Iowa State 74-64, in Durham, NC on Saturday. Anna Prins led the Cyclones with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Iowa State finished the season 22-11.www.cyclones.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205119450&DB_OEM_ID=10700

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