Women's Basketball Breakdown: Iowa vs. Michigan State
Breaking down Sunday's game between Iowa and Michigan State.
Time and place — 3 p.m., Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City
TV — BTN (Sloane Martin, play-by-play; Vera Jones, analyst))
Radio — Hawkeye Radio Network
Records — Iowa 16-3 (7-1), Michigan State 11-8 (4-4)
Rankings — Iowa is No. 19 in the Associated Press poll and No. 21 in the USA Today coaches poll.
RPI — Iowa is No. 4, Michigan State is No. 91
Series — Iowa leads, 38-28
Iowa — Monika Czinano (C, 6-3, Soph., 15.7 ppg.), Kathleen Doyle (G, 5-9, Sr., 18.6 ppg.), Makenzie Meyer (G, 5-9, Sr., 15.2 ppg.), Alexis Sevillian (G, 5-9, Jr., 6.2 ppg.), Amanda Ollinger (G, 6-1, Sr., 6.8 ppg.)
Michigan State — Kayla Belles (F, 6-3, Soph., 6 ppg.), Nia Hollie (F, 6-0, Sr., 3.1 ppg.), Nia Clouden (G, 5-8, Soph., 14.6 ppg.), Taryn McCutcheon (G, 5-5, Sr., 11 ppg.), Moira Joiner (G, 5-10, Fr., 7 ppg.)
What to watch
Expect high emotions today. It's the day to honor Megan Gustafson, Iowa's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, who will have her jersey retired in a post-game ceremony.
The game is close to a sellout, which means Carver-Hawkeye Arena will be loud. That will be good for the Hawkeyes, who needed a late run to beat Ohio State on Thursday night. The last thing they want is to be flat for this game, but that's not going to happen.
This game will mark the halfway point of the Big Ten season for the Hawkeyes, who are tied for the league lead with Northwestern. They would like to stay there.