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Iowa women’s basketball first round game in March Madness: Prediction for NCAA Tournament opener

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The Iowa women’s basketball program and star guard Caitlin Clark get the liberty of facing the winner of the University of Tennessee Martin or the College of the Holy Cross in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes will tip off their NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

This is the first time since 1992 the Hawkeyes have earned a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament. At 29-4 on the year and coming off a Big Ten Tournament Championship, it’s a tough draw for whichever program finds a way to advance to the Round of 64.

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Here’s what to know about both programs and a prediction for how the Hawkeyes’ opening game round will go.

What to know about UT Martin’s basketball program

The Skyhawks (16-16) are into the NCAA Tournament despite losing the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament title game to Southern Indiana, which was was ineligible to compete in the big dance since the program moved from Division II to Division I in 2022. NCAA rules prevent programs that have moved divisions to compete in NCAA championship events for four years.

UT Martin is the beneficiary of that rule, making the final and automatically clinching a spot in the NCAA Tournament despite finishing second in its conference tournament.

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The Skyhawks have been devastated by injuries this season, with seven season-ending injuries, according to the school’s website. As a result, they run just six players in rotation. Kenley McCarn is the team’s leading scorer at 16.7 points per game, closely followed by Anaya Brown at 15.1 points per game.

Its offense, despite playing just six women at times, is fairly efficient from beyond the arc. They rank 16th in 3-point field goal percentage at 36.6% on the season, as well as the top-scoring team from the Ohio Valley Conference.

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Hear from Iowa coach Lisa Bluder after the Hawkeyes learn their NCAA Tournament path

Hear from Iowa coach Lisa Bluder after the Hawkeyes learn their NCAA Tournament path

What to know about Holy Cross’s basketball program

Holy Cross secured a bid into the big dance with a 61-55 win over Boston University on Sunday in the Patriot League title game. It’s the third straight year the Crusaders have won 20 or more games.

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They’re led by senior guard Bronagh Power-Cassidy, who averages 16.6 points per game. A Dublin, Ireland native, she’s the 36th member of the 1,000-point club with Holy Cross and the Patriot League Tournament MVP for the second consecutive season. She’s an elite 3-point shooter, shooting 39.7% from beyond the arc this season.

This is their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. Last year, Holy Cross lost its first-round matchup with Maryland, 91-63.

Prediction for Holy Cross vs. UT Martin

Holy Cross runs a slightly bigger lineup than UT Martin, with eight players in the rotation. They should be able to outrun the Skyhawks in convincing fashion.

Prediction for Iowa vs. Holy Cross/UT Martin

Whoever Iowa gets, they should be the heavy favorite. As long as Iowa prevents the three-ball from falling with consistency from either school and limits turnovers, they’ll be just fine.

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Eli McKown covers high school sports and wrestling for the Des Moines Register. Contact him at Emckown@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @EMcKown23.





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‘Cutting the whole farm in half’: Farmer frustrated Iowa not passing eminent domain protections

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IOWA FALLS, Iowa (Gray Television Iowa Capitol Bureau) – Landowners in roughly one third of Iowa are waiting to see if Summit Carbon Solutions will be given permission to build a carbon sequestration pipeline through their land. 75% of landowners have signed voluntary agreements with Summit to allow access, but the company may use eminent domain to allow it to force access for the rest.

House lawmakers passed a bill to make private use of eminent domain more difficult, but senate Republicans refused to take up the bill.

Kathy Stockdale’s family has farmed their land in Iowa Falls for more than a hundred years. “Corn and soybeans. And our son in the last eight years has come back to help farm,” Stockdale said.

The proposed Summit Carbon Solutions pipeline will run through her farm. “It will be going all the way down to the road down there and then it will be cutting the whole farm in half all the way down to where our wetlands down at the next road,” Stockdale said.

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“It will be going all the way down to the road down there and then it will be cutting the whole farm in half all the way down to where our wetlands down at the next road,” Stockdale said.(Conner Hendricks)

She’s opposed to the pipeline. “I’m fighting for my property rights. I believe God gave us this land to take care of and with that comes those property rights, and if we lose property rights, we lose all control over anything and everything we want to do on our farms,” Stockdale said.

For the past three years, lawmakers in the Iowa House have passed legislation to reign in the use of eminent domain.

Most recently, a bill by State Rep. Charley Thomson of Charles City would allow landowners and pipeline companies to go to court to ask whether the use of eminent domain was constitutional and benefited the public. “Land is the original asset in Iowa. It’s in our souls. An unjust taking of land without remedy is not only irritating, it’s outrageous,” Thomson said.

State Rep. Bobby Kaufmann of Wilton said, “Government does not exist to make the confiscation of private property easier for you. Government does not exist to make the confiscation of private property more financially advantageous for you.”

But like years prior, the Iowa Senate didn’t take those bills up for debate. Stockdale has been at the capitol nearly every week during the legislative session for the better part of three years, and says she’s talked to enough senators to know it would’ve passed if they brought it up. “As a Republican, and as an Iowan, it bothers me tremendously that only three or four senators can stop any legislation from going through,” Stockdale said.

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Despite the setbacks, Stockdale doesn’t plan to stop fighting. “It just makes us fight harder. Especially with the new extensions. We’re already starting to reach out landowners and fill them in on what’s really going on,” Stockdale said.

Stockdale says she has a little more faith in legislation being passed next year, and she and other landowners are also looking at their legal options through the courts.

Summit Carbon Solutions CEO Lee Blank says their goal is to get 100% of landowners to sign voluntary easements. Blank says if and when the Iowa Utilities Board grants them a permit for the project, they expect many of the remaining landowners to sign agreements with the company.

Conner Hendricks covers state government and politics for Gray Television-owned stations in Iowa. Email him at conner.hendricks@gray.tv; and follow him on Facebook at Conner Hendricks TV or on X/Twitter @ConnerReports.

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Lung Association's 'State of the Air' report largely positive for Iowa – Radio Iowa

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The American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report finds positive trends in air quality in two Iowa metros.

“Des Moines is actually listed on the ‘cleanest cities’ list,” said Kristina Hamilton, director of advocacy for American Lung Association of Iowa. “It’s ranked 154th in the nation.”

The Quad Cities saw “slight improvements” in the three types of pollution evaluated in the American Lung Association’s report. Overall results for Iowa were “largely positive,” according to Hamilton.

“I would like to note that we don’t have air quality monitors in every counties in Iowa,” Hamilton said. “Only a select few counties have air quality monitors.”

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Sixteen counties of Iowa’s 99 counties have air quality monitors and the Lung Association was able to evaluate data from Bremer, Clinton, Hamilton, Linn, Montgomery, Palo Alto, Polk, Scott and Van Buren Counties.

The Lung Association’s report considers particle pollution, sometimes called soot, as well as ozone or smog and Hamilton said metro Des Moines is considered one of the country’s cleanest cities because it had fewer days with smog last year.

“For short term particle pollution we slightly more high particle pollution days in the Des Moines metro area, but it still ranked 79th, which was a better ranking than last year,” Hamilton said. “For annual particle pollution, we saw the same levels from the previous report, but a better ranking.”

Exposure to air pollution over a long period of time can cause or inflame lung conditions like asthma and C-O-P-D — chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This is the 25th year the American Lung Association has issued its “State of the Air” report.

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HUSKERS SOFTBALL Recap – A Tuesday Night Sweep of Iowa: NEBRASKA 1-7 Iowa 0-6

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(Due to the doubleheader falling in the same time as the weekly softball podcast, the recap will be abbreviated.)

Bella Bacon may have gotten the high fives – very well-deserved, I might add – after a clutch 2-out double in the bottom of the eighth inning brought home Sammie Bland with the only run of the first game and a 1-0 Huskers win.

However, on a night where Husker bats were mostly silenced by Iowa’s Jalen Adams, it was Kaylin Kinney who matched Adams inning after inning to thwart the Hawkeye’s upset bid by scattering 6 hits and two walks over an 8-inning shutout of Iowa. Iowa threatened a few times, but Kinney always left them stranded, most notably in the 3rd and 6th innings where she fired strikeouts both times with runners on the corners to end things.

Finally in the 8th, the Huskers bats found their flame. Bland reached on an infield single and Sydney Gray laced one into left to put Sammie in scoring position. Two fly outs followed, but then up came Bacon, the Omaha native and Millard West grad who transferred back to her home state from Purdue with possibly her biggest hit of the year.

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The Huskers had their first win of the day, but the stress levels weren’t coming down.

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In Game 2, the Huskers appeared to have things well in hand after a 4-run 3rd inning highlighted by a Billie Andrews 2-run double. This was followed by Billie and Bland scoring on wild pitches.

Then, trailing 4-0, Iowa center fielder, Grace Banes – a .231 hitter with only 4 extra base hits on the season (all doubles) – decided to have the game of her life and try to steal one for Iowa all by her lonesome.

First, she drove one over the fence in left center, a solo shot which put Iowa on the board for the first time all day. Iowa scored 2 more in the 5th to cut the deficit to 1, but the Huskers answered with a run of their own when Peyton Cody knocked in Bland who was 1-2 and also walked twice. The lead was back up to 5-3.

The in the top of the 7th, up came Banes again after the first two Iowa batters reached by single and walk. After running the count to 1-2 and fouling off a couple of pitches, Banes turned on the next one and sent her second home run of the game – and season – out to left and suddenly Iowa was up 6-5 and disaster loomed for Nebraska.

With a victory now in play, Iowa went back to their ace Adams to try and nail down a critical upset against their rival. But this time, it wasn’t going to take 8 innings to get to her.

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With one out, Peyton Cody walked, but Game 1’s hero Bacon popped up to short. Up came Ava Bredwell who was 0-6 on the day thus far. Apparently, it just meant she was due. After fouling a few pitches off and taking a ball, Bredwell calmly swatted the 1-2 pitch over the left field fence for the second walk-off of the day, a 7-6 win and the sweep.

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The Huskers return to action against 1st place Northwestern at Bowlin Stadium in Lincoln at 5:30 on Friday evening.


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