College Womens Basketball

Iowa women's basketball 2017-18 schedule: Lots of road trips early in Big Ten season

Hawkeyes open league play Dec. 28 at Wisconsin

Megan Gustafson and the Iowa Hawkeyes open the Big Ten women's basketball schedule Dec. 28 at Wisconsin. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Megan Gustafson and the Iowa Hawkeyes open the Big Ten women's basketball schedule Dec. 28 at Wisconsin. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeyes will play five of their first seven Big Ten women’s basketball games on the road, then close the league season with six of nine games at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Big Ten released the 2017-18 schedule Wednesday afternoon, which completes the Hawkeyes’ slate. The non-conference schedule was released last week.

Iowa was 20-14 last year, 8-8 in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes reached the quarterfinals of the WNIT, their second straight WNIT bid after making the NCAA eight years in a row.

They return four starters — Megan Gustafson, Tania Davis, Kathleen Doyle and Makenzie Meyer.

The Hawkeyes open the Big Ten schedule Dec. 28, at Wisconsin, then play their first league home game on New Year’s Eve against Michigan.

Other home dates are Jan. 13 (Purdue), Jan. 25 (Ohio State), Jan. 28 (Nebraska), Feb. 4 (Minnesota), Feb. 8 (Penn State), Feb. 18 (Wisconsin) and Feb. 24 (Indiana).

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA 2017-18 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Nov. 5 — Minnesota State-Moorhead (exhibition)

Nov. 10 — Quinnipiac (Hawkeye Challenge)

Nov. 11 — Missouri/Western Kentucky (Hawkeye Challenge)

Nov. 15 — Northern Illinois

Nov. 19 — Western Michigan

Nov. 22 — Morgan State (Puerto Rico Classic)

Nov. 23 — Elon (Puerto Rico Classic)

Nov. 24 — UNC Charlotte (Puerto Rico Classic)

Nov. 29 — Florida State (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)

Dec. 3 — Samford

Dec. 6 — at Iowa State

Dec. 9 — Arkansas Pine Bluff

Dec. 17 — at Northern Iowa

Dec. 21 — Drake

Dec. 28 — at Wisconsin

Dec. 31 — Michigan

Jan. 4 — at Maryland

Jan. 7 — at Illinois

Jan. 13 — Purdue

Jan. 16 — at Nebraska

Jan. 21 — at Minnesota

Jan. 25 — Ohio State

Jan. 28 — Nebraska

Feb. 1 — at Michigan State

Feb. 4 — Minnesota

Feb. 8 — Penn State

Feb. 11 — at Northwestern

Feb. 18 — Wisconsin

Feb. 21 — at Rutgers

Feb. 24 — Indiana

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