Oct. 3, 2005
The 2004-05 Iowa Hawkeyes finished their season with a 23-10 overall record and 8-8 mark in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes won their first 13 games of the season and were the last Division I school to be undefeated. Iowa advanced to the semifinals of the WNIT before losing to the eventual champions on the road.
Iowa captured the KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge and the Junkanoo Jam holiday tournaments before entering the tough Big Ten schedule. The Hawkeyes finished their season winning seven of their last nine and posted a 13-1 mark against non-conference opponents.
Iowa’s 23 wins are the most during Lisa Bluder’s five-year tenure and the most victories since the 1995-96 season (27). The 23 victories equal the seventh-most wins in a season in school history, matching the 1989-90 team. The Iowa single season record is 29, established by the 1987-88 squad.
Smith electrified fans around the country with her speed, quickness, scoring ability and determination, while VandeVenter in her first year dominated the glass and served as a perfect compliment to Cavey in the frontcourt.
Click HERE to watch the highlight tape for Bluder’s Bunch, 2004-05.