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BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 25, 2014 5:00 AM

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Zeutenhorst named Big Ten Player of the Week

The Big Ten announced Monday that Iowa senior outfielder Taylor Zeutenhorst has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week.

The Sheldon, Iowa, native is coming off a big weekend at the Snowbird Classic in which he hit .412 with a .500 on-base percentage and .765 slugging percentage, leading the Hawkeyes to a 4-0 record in the classis.

He also tied a career-high by going 4-for-6 in a 16-6 rout of Ball State, in which he belted a two-run home run and finished with 2 RBIs and 3 runs.

This is the first Big Ten Player of the Week award in Zeutenhorst’s career.

— by Ryan Rodriguez

Former Hawkeye to represent United States

Former Iowa All-American Erik Sowinski earned a spot on Team USA at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Track and Field Championships after winning the national championship in the 800 meters this past weekend at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Sowinski’s topped the field in Albuquerque, N.M., with a time of 1:47.86, securing his place in Sopot, Poland, with the U.S. squad March 7-9.

Sowinski was a seven-time All-American and two-time Big Ten champion between 2009-12 at Iowa, and he broke or shared seven school records. 

— by Joshua Bolander

Men’s hoops fall in poll

The Iowa men’s basketball team (19-7, 8-5) slid five spots in the AP Top-25 poll.

Iowa’s third loss in its last four home games, a 79-74 loss to Wisconsin, was enough for pollsters to drop Fran McCaffery’s squad to No. 20 in the country.

Iowa will try to pick up its fourth-straight conference road win tonight against Minnesota before taking on Indiana and Purdue at Assembly Hall and Carver-Hawkeye respectively. In addition to Iowa, four Big Ten schools appear in this week’s rankings: Wisconsin (14), Michigan (16), Michigan State (18), and Ohio State (22).

— by Joshua Bolander

Hawkeyes return to top-25

The Iowa women’s basketball team is the No. 25 team in the nation.

The Hawkeyes were ranked earlier in the season, but following two losses to kick off Big Ten play, they dropped out and have not returned to the rankings since until now.

Since dropping those games to Indiana on the road and Penn State at home, Iowa has won nine of its last 12 games.

The Hawkeyes are fifth in the Big Ten with a 9-5 record, 21-7 overall. They have two games remaining in the regular season.

On Thursday, they will play Ohio State in Carver-Hawkeye, and on March 2, they will travel to Illinois to close out the season.

The Hawkeyes are one of five Big Ten teams that are currently ranked: No. 8 Penn State, No. 16 Nebraska, No. 19 Purdue, and No. 21 Michigan State.

— by Jacob Sheyko

Field hockey adds new coach

Iowa field-hockey head coach Tracey Griesbaum announced Monday that Michael Boal has been named an assistant coach for field hockey.

Boal, a native of Sunderland, England, has coached in both Europe and North America. He most recently served as the interim head coach at James Madison University, beginning in October 2013. Before that, he was the associate head coach at James Madison.

Boal will join Griesbaum and associate head coach Lisa Cellucci on the sidelines at Grant Field in the 2014 season.

Iowa missed out on the NCAA Tournament last season after having made two-consecutive appearances. The Hawkeyes finished with a 13-8 record and lost a 3-2 contest to Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament championship game.

“It’ll be good just to get another fresh mind into the mix and really kind of round out the team,” cocaptain Dani Hemeon said.

— by Danny Payne

Logic named Lieberman Award watch-list finalist

Iowa women’s basketball point guard Sam Logic has been named as a watch-list finalist for the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Monday.

The junior is one of the 22 finalists in the country. The award is given to the top point guard in women’s NCAA Division 1 college basketball.

“What a great honor for Sam to be recognized as one of the top 22 point guards in the United States,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said in a press release. “She has made an incredible impact on our team because she contributes in so many ways. Sam is a triple-double waiting to happen at any time.”

Logic leads the Big Ten in assists and is the only player in the conference to average 14 or more points, 6 or more rebounds, and 6 or more assists — she currently averages 14.5 points, 7.5 assists, and 6.7 rebounds per game.

— by Jacob Sheyko

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