- By Scott Dochterman Land of 10
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.”
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