Tuesday March 26th Local Sports
AMES — A disappointing end of the season for the Cyclone women. Missouri State is headed to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2001. The Lady Bears built an 11-point third quarter lead then held off an Iowa State rally to stun the third seeded Cyclones 69-60 in Ames.
That’s ISU coach Bill Fennelly. The Cyclones made a season low from three point range and finished two-of 17 from behind the arc.
The Cyclones sliced the Lady Bears lead to one but never led in the second half as they end the season with a record of 26-9.
Bridget Carlton led Iowa State with 31 points. Former Miss Iowa Basketball Elle Ruffridge of Pocahontas played 16 minutes for Missouri State, scoring seven points.
IOWA CITY — The Iowa women have found out who their opponent in the Sweet 16 will be. North Carolina State outscored Kentucky 25-17 in the first quarter and 19-9 in the fourth quarter on their way to a 72-57 win. Iowa advanced to the regional semifinals for the seventh time in the program’s history and for the first time since 2015 with a 68-52 win over Missouri on Sunday. You can hear the Iowa-North Carolina State game on Saturday in Greensboro North Carolina at 10:30 on AM-1300 KGLO.
IOWA CITY — Iowa’s Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson could become the first tight end duo to be selected in first round of the NFL Draft. Both took part in Iowa’s Pro Day on Monday. Some projections have Fant as a top ten pick.
Both are expected to get invited to the draft in Nashville but neither has made a decision on where they will watch from.
Fant says it is hard to say which one will be taken first.
Hockenson also is considered a possible top ten pick but he is paying no attention to the projections.
Hockenson says there are no guarantees where a player will be drafted.
Hockenson says he is more concerned about making a team than where he is drafted.
The first round of the NFL Draft is Thursday April 25th with the rest of the draft taking place on Saturday April 27th.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Juuse Saros made 29 saves for his third shutout of the season and Ryan Johansen scored a short-handed goal as the Nashville Predators defeated the Minnesota Wild 1-0 Monday night. With the victory, the Predators clinched a spot in the Western Conference playoffs. They are in second place in the Central Division, two points behind Winnipeg. Devan Dubnyk stopped 18 of 19 shots for the Wild, who remain two points out of the last playoff spot in the West with five games to play.
MARION – The NIACC men’s golf team placed fourth with a 321-318 – 639 Monday at the Kirkwood Eagle Spring Classic at Hunters Ridge Golf Course.
Mount Mercy Blue won the classic with a 289-293 – 582. Kirkwood was second with a 291-295 – 586.
NIACC was in fifth place after Sunday’s first round.
Sophomore Ben Boerjan led the NIACC men with a 74.-73 – 147.
Also for the Trojans, Jackson Hamlin shot a 79-79 158, Austin Eckenrod shot a 78-80 – 158, Matthew Heinemann shot a 90-86 – 176 and John Patterson shot a 97-100 – 197. Zach Martin, who did not play on Sunday, shot a 84 on Monday.
NIACC returns to action Friday and Saturday at the Graceland Spring Invitational at Mozingo Lake Golf Course in Maryville, Mo.