Baylor vs Iowa Live : The Baylor Bears will hope to right their ship in visiting Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa, when they face the 22nd-ranked Iowa State Cyclones on Tuesday night at 9 pm EST. The Hawkeyes are the best shooting team in the nation. Top women’s seed Baylor braces for test from Iowa, Gustafson, A critical strength vs strength matchup will unfold when Iowa has the ball.
The Lady Bears have seen their share of who’s-who opponents lately, including Big 12 Player of the Year Bridget Carleton of Iowa State in the conference tournament, California star center Kristine Anigwe, and South Carolina’s crafty coach, Dawn Staley.
“Everything they do offensively goes through Gustafson, and she is a tremendous player,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “And if you try to go down there and double her or help, she has perimeter players that shoot the 3-ball that you can’t leave them open. While she’s the best player in the country according to ESPN, she isn’t doing it by herself. She has plenty of help around her.”
Brown is a two-time All-American and was the unanimous Big 12 Player of the Year in 2018. At 6-foot-7, she’s a dominant force, as proven by her 2,100 career points and 1,100 career rebounds. Gustafson is the espnW national player of the year this season. The 6-3 Hawkeyes center leads the nation in scoring at 27.9 points per game and field-goal percentage at 70.2. Like Brown, she’s well past 2,000 career points and 1,000 career boards.
Those are superstar qualifications. And what’s more amazing is that each center has a top-notch forward as a frontcourt teammate. On Sunday, the media covering the Greensboro Region went beyond the Brown vs. Gustafson battle and focused on Baylor’s Brown and Lauren Cox against Iowa’s Gustafson and forward Hannah Stewart.
“Not very many times do teams have two bigs anymore,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “It’s kind of unusual. It’s hard sometimes to have one good big on a team. … I think it’s going to be a great matchup. We have to keep them off the boards. They do a great job of rebounding.”
Baylor (34-1) is certainly wary of Iowa, which has won 13 of its last 14 games, including the Big Ten tournament.
Mulkey’s description sounds a lot like how Baylor’s opponents have talked about the Lady Bears this season.
That’s the big, bold headline for Baylor vs. Iowa, which will tip off at 6 p.m. CT on Monday at Greensboro Coliseum. And it’s a ready-made TV promo for the hours leading up to the game.
It’s possibly, maybe even likely, that the Hawkeyes and Lady Bears frontcourts could cancel each other out and the fans in Greensboro Coliseum as well as those watching on ESPN2 will be treated to a guard-driven battle.
GREENSBORO, N.C. – It’s almost a certainty that the ESPN2 broadcast of the Baylor-Iowa Elite Eight matchup will start by hyping up the clash of the centers.
And fair enough, since Iowa center Megan Gustafson and Baylor center Kalani Brown are both finalists for the Lisa Leslie Award, given to the top center in women’s college basketball.