Iowa women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder earns 700th career win


IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder surpassed the 700-win mark in her coaching career as her Hawkeyes beat Quinnipiac 83-67 on Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Bluder, who ranks second in Big Ten history with 168 league victories, is Iowa’s all-time leader in coaching wins with 344. She also coached at Drake and St. Ambrose.

“Any time you have a milestone win, it  just kind of gives you that time to reflect and look back and see all of those people,” Bluder said. “I told the women in the locker room I’ve been able to coach a lot of great women the last 30-some years but this group is really special and I’m glad I got to share this with this group.”

The milestone was accomplished in the season-opening Hawkeye Challenge. Iowa’s matchup could not have been more challenging against Quinnipiac, which advanced to the Sweet Sixteen last year. The game was contested throughout much of the game until Iowa pulled away in the final minutes with a 28-8 run.

In Bluder’s previous 17 seasons, the Hawkeyes made 16 postseason appearances, including 12 NCAA tournaments. Bluder has coached 20 players to 49 All-Big Ten honors. Former point guard Samantha Logic was a first-team consensus All-American in 2015.

Bluder’s overall record is 700-344. She surpassed C. Vivian Stringer as Iowa’s all-time victory leader on Feb. 10, 2014. Bluder is one of 10 current women’s basketball coaches with 700 wins.

Center Megan Gustafson scored 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

“It’s amazing to be a part of this team and have coach Bluder as our coach,” Gustafson said. “She cares about us, not as just basketball players, but off the court, too. So being able to have a coach and being able to play for someone like that is special.”

 

The post Iowa women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder earns 700th career win appeared first on Land of 10.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Return to St. John Arena part of Ohio State’s nonconference basketball schedule
Return to St. John Arena part of Ohio State’s nonconference basketball schedule

Ohio State basketball finalized its nonconference schedule Tuesday, announcing an intriguing slate for Chris Holtmann’s second year as coach of the Buckeyes.  The season begins Nov. 7 at Cincinnati, where the Bearcats will be opening their newly renovated home arena after a year of playing their “home” games at Northern Kentucky...
It’s never too early: After showcase, Michigan offers middle-school quarterback
It’s never too early: After showcase, Michigan offers middle-school quarterback

Big Ten Country in its 30th year: Archie Griffin, Frank Sinatra, Crown Royal and the book that never ages
Big Ten Country in its 30th year: Archie Griffin, Frank Sinatra, Crown Royal and the book that never ages

Football in the Big Ten is magic. It’s sunny, blue, crisp autumn afternoons freezing your rear off — nipping on some schnapps and hot chocolate. It’s tailgating for five hours talking football, munching dogs, brats, burgers — anything, really, that’ll stuff its way onto the grill. It&rsquo...
Could Tennessee football benefit from legal betting? Phillip Fulmer has ‘antennas up’
Could Tennessee football benefit from legal betting? Phillip Fulmer has ‘antennas up’

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Is legalized sports betting coming to Tennessee, and would that be a good thing for Vols’ fans? Tyler Wyatt, a self-described sports betting consultant in Knoxville, published an extensive piece on the topic for Gridiron Now on Tuesday revealing a bill could pass as early as the spring of 2019. There&rsquo...
Former LSU coach Les Miles reminisces about 2010 fake field goal call against Florida
Former LSU coach Les Miles reminisces about 2010 fake field goal call against Florida

When people decribe Les Miles as the “mad hatter,” games like 2010 against Florida help describe his nickname almost perfectly. Down three with 35 seconds left in the game, he brought out kicker Josh Jasper to attempt a fake with Derek Helton working as the holder. The play was reportedly called “Tiger&rdquo...
More Stories