Hawkeyes host Colorado in WNIT Round 3

Women's basketball: Tipoff is 7 p.m. Thursday at Carver

Iowa’s Ally Disterhoft shoots a free throw in the final minutes of the Hawkeyes’ 78-73 second-round WNIT women’s basketball win over South Dakota on Saturday. The Hawkeyes will host Colorado in the third round at 7 p.m. Thursday. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Iowa’s Ally Disterhoft shoots a free throw in the final minutes of the Hawkeyes’ 78-73 second-round WNIT women’s basketball win over South Dakota on Saturday. The Hawkeyes will host Colorado in the third round at 7 p.m. Thursday. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — It’s Colorado. It’s Thursday. And it’s at home.

The WNIT announced late Sunday afternoon that the Iowa women’s basketball team will host Colorado in a third-round game. Tipoff is 7 p.m. Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena,

The announcement came minutes after the Buffaloes (17-15) outlasted South Dakota State, 81-75 in overtime, in their second-round contest at Brookings, S.D.

It will be the third consecutive WNIT home game for the Hawkeyes (19-13), who have posted victories over Missouri State and South Dakota by margins of 95-74 and 78-73, respectively.

Colorado leads the series with Iowa, 3-2. The Hawkeyes captured the most recent meeting, 78-63, in 2014.

The Buffaloes tied for ninth place in the Pac-12. They beat UNLV, 66-52, in the first round of the WNIT, then prevailed in overtime Sunday after squandering a 13-point fourth-quarter lead. Kennedy Leonard posted 29 points, seven rebounds and eight assists.

Megan Gustafson posted 33 points (on 15-of-16 field-goal shooting) and 13 rebounds in Iowa’s second-round win.

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