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Photo: Iowa women put 'Team Pat' on shoes for NCAA play

The Iowa women’s basketball team wants Fran McCaffery’s son Patrick, 14, to know they’re thinking of him during his tough time. So, the Hawkeyes affixed “Team Pat” stickers to their flashy gold shoes for Sunday night’s NCAA tourney opener to support the younger McCaffery, who had a thyroid tumor removed last week that was malignant.

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Five Big Ten teams make NCAA women's tourney

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Five Big Ten teams are seeded sixth or higher in their respective regionals in the NCAA women’s tourney, it was announced Monday night. Iowa (No. 6), Michigan State (No. 5), Nebraska (No. 4), Penn State (No. 3) and Purdue (No. 4) all earned bids to the field, marking the 15th time in the last 21 years the conference has sent five or more teams to the tourney.

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Big Ten finals: Nebraska tops Iowa for tourney title

(AP) Rachel Theriot scored 19 of her 24 points in the second half Sunday, leading No. 16 Nebraska past No. 23 Iowa 72-65 for the Big Ten tournament title. It’s the first time the Cornhuskers (25-6) have won a conference tourney crown, clinching the league’s automatic NCAA bid.

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B1G Women's Hoops: Iowa tops Purdue

NCAA Womens Basketball: Big Ten Tournament-Purdue vs Iowa

Lisa Bluder, Samantha Logic Talk Win Over Purdue

(AP) Ally Disterhoft scored 10 of her 12 points in the final 5:38 as 23rd-ranked and fifth-seeded Iowa clawed back from the brink with a 24-11 closing run to upend No. 17, fourth-seeded Purdue 87-80 in a Big Ten quarterfinal Friday. The Hawkeyes (25-7) face eighth-seeded Ohio State (17-17) in a semifinal Saturday after the Buckeyes shocked No. 11 and top-seeded Penn State, 99-82.

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