IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s basketball team finished the conference slate with an 8-8 record and is the No. 8 seed in the 2017 Big Ten Conference Tournament. The tournament is set for March 1-5 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The Hawkeyes open tournament play against ninth-seeded Northwestern (19-10; 8-8) on Thursday at 11 a.m. (CT). The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. The winner will advance to meet top-seeded Ohio State on Friday at 11 a.m.
Iowa defeated Northwestern in the lone meeting between the two teams on Feb. 16 in Iowa City, Iowa. The Hawkeyes defeated the Wildcats, 78-59. Eight Hawkeyes scored five or more points in the contest, including a team-high 17 by sophomore Megan Gustafson. Six Hawkeyes registered five or more rebounds, and junior Chase Coley finished one point shy of her seventh career double-double (9 points, 11 rebounds).
Iowa is 22-20 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament. The Hawkeyes have claimed two tournament titles (1997, 2001) and made four championship game appearances.
All 13 games of this year’s Big Ten Tournament will be televised live to a national audience, with BTN carrying all games from the first round through the semifinals from Wednesday to Saturday live on its linear network, as well as through its BTN2Go platform. Sunday’s Big Ten Tournament championship game will be televised live on ESPN2 and the WatchESPN platform.
Tickets for the 2017 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament are on sale through the Bankers Life Fieldhouse box office, Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Information on tournament tickets, lodging, history and more can be found on the official Big Ten Tournament Central page at bigten.org.