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

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Atwood chooses Arizona State over Iowa

After a grueling recruitment delayed his long-awaited decision, highly rated junior-college forward Willie Atwood on Thursday afternoon announced he will attend Arizona State.

Atwood averaged 20.8 points for Connors State College in Oklahoma this past season. His performance in 2013-14 also earned him a spot on the junior college All-American third team — the same recognition recent Iowa signee Trey Dickerson received.

The two junior-college standouts are said to be close friends, and Dickerson was a big part of Iowa’s attempt to lure the forward to Iowa City.

“Willie and I have a very tight relationship. We talk every day — two or three times a day we talk,” Dickerson told *The Daily Iowan* on March 25. ”I’ve been recruiting him to come to Iowa because I know it’s a good fit for both of us. We can really use him and his toughness next year at the 4-man spot.”

Atwood’s decision to attend Arizona State means Fran McCaffery still has two remaining scholarships for the upcoming season, if he chooses to use them. Iowa is rumored to be in talks with Cole Huff (12.4 points per game in 2013-14), a transfer from the University of Nevada. Numerous media reports say Huff is scheduled to visit Iowa City on May 2.

Atwood’s choice also means Iowa still has a large void to fill at the power forward position after Zach McCabe’s and Melsahn Basabe’s graduation.

— by Ryan Probasco

Women’s tennis picks up tourney win

The Iowa women’s tennis team bested No. 75 Michigan State on Thursday in the Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, Ill., 4-2. Iowa won the doubles point for the 13th time this season.

Ruth Seaborne and Morven McCulloch won 8-7, and the Spartans won the No. 2 slot. Anette Dohanics and Ellen Silver clinched the doubles point at the No. 3 spot.

Shelby Talcott won (6-3, 6-1) at No. 2 singles.

“After a tough loss a few weeks ago, we came out strong and got off to a good start by getting the close doubles points,” junior Katie Zordani said in a release. “We continued to fight and compete well, which helped us pull through with a big victory today.”

Iowa will face No. 1 seed Michigan at 10 p.m. today.

— by Danny Payne

Seaborne named All-Big Ten

The Big Ten announced Iowa senior Ruth Seaborne as a first-team All-Big Ten selection on Thursday night.

Seaborne has a 15-6 record in duals this season, 8-3 in the Big Ten.

The honor is the first of the Florida State transfer’s career.

Hawks to face Indiana

Barring bad weather, the Iowa softball team is set to compete in a three-game series this weekend in Bloomington, Ind., against Indiana.

It will be battle of two teams near the bottom of the Big Ten; thej Hoosiers have a 14-33-1 record, and the Hawkeyes sit at 13-25-1. The two teams have not yet met this season, though Iowa does hold a 60-35-1 all-time record against the Hoosiers.

Going 3-2-1 in their last six games, Iowa has slightly improved over a horrendous middle of the season in which at one point they had gone 1-9. Their bats have been especially hot — they walloped 4 home runs against Iowa State, but that only forced a 6-6 tie on Wednesday in a game in Ames called after five innings because of darkness.

The bad news for the Hawkeyes is that they haven’t fared well away from home: The Hawks are a lowly 5-13-1 away from Pearl Field this season.

If Iowa sweeps the Hoosiers, head coach Marla Looper will reach 100 career victories. Currently, she has a 97-99-1 record.

— by Jordan Hansen

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