A streak ended Wednesday night.
The last time the Iowa women had won in Hilton Coliseum, Bill Fennelly was not ISU’s coach. The USSR existed; the Big 12 Conference didn’t. Taylor Swift was four days old. (That’s right, she’s eligible to be elected president in 2024. Start the campaign now.)
But last night, for the first time in a decade, the away team won the game. Despite a valiant effort by the Cyclones — better than I expected, honestly — the Hawkeyes had enough to win, 61-55. According to the webcast, four of ISU’s losses so far this season hinged on missing a game-tying three-pointer in the last minute.
Since 1996, when Iowa and ISU started playing each other after a short hiatus, this is the second time ISU lost to Iowa, UNI, and Drake in the same season. The other was 2002, one of two losing seasons in the Fennelly era. So far, it looks like this could be the third.