Hawkeyes and Lady Bears face-off Friday in Oklahoma City at 6:30 p.m. (CT) on ESPN2
Tip-off set for 1 p.m. inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena
First-year assistant Lacey Goldwire relishes coaching, learning opportunities
Oklahoma City native joins Hawkeye staff after one season at Morehead State and four at Oklahoma State
Baylor 81, Iowa 66 NCAA Sweet 16 Friday, March 27, 2105
The Iowa Hawkeyes defeat Marist 87-65 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament
The Iowa Hawkeyes defeat the Ohio State Buckeyes 65-61
Cancun Challenge -- Iowa Practice Nov. 27, 2013 Cancun, Mexico
1st Practice of 2013-14 Sept. 30, 2013 Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Iowa made history in 2014-15, earning its sixth Sweet Sixteen appearance in program history and the first since 1996. The Hawkeyes defeated 14th-seeded American (75-67) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before downing 11th-seeded Miami (88-70) in the second round to secure their Sweet Sixteen berth at home on Mediacom Court in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. It marks the first Sweet Sixteen appearance for Bluder and her staff. The Hawkeyes closed their season with a 26-8 record overall, a runner-up finish in Big Ten Conference play with a 14-4 mark, and a No. 11 national ranking in the USA Today Top 25 Coaches’ Poll -- the highest for the program since 1995-96 (No. 7 in AP, No. 9 in USA Today). The UI was one of 13 teams nationally to finish undefeated at home with an 18-0 mark, setting a program record for wins at home in a single season.
Goldwire helped coach consensus All-American in Samantha Logic, who earned the honor after being named a WBCA Division I Coaches All-American, USBWA All-American, ESPN Second Team All-American, and Third Team Associated Press All-American. Logic -- the only player in NCAA history to accumulate at least 1,500 career points, 800 rebounds, 800 assists, and 200 steals – was one of 12 players in the country to be invited to attend the 2015 WNBA Draft. The point guard was selected with the 10th pick in the first round by the Atlanta Dream, and was later traded to the San Antonio Stars. Logic is only the second first round draft pick in Hawkeye history, joining Toni Foster (1997 by the Phoenix Mercury – 8th pick).
The Hawkeyes finished the 2013-14 campaign with an overall record of 27-9 and a ranking of No. 19 in the postseason AP Top 25 Poll during Goldwire's first year in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes' 27 victories equaled the second-highest total in program history, and the most since 1996. In addition, Iowa's 14 home wins equaled the second-highest single-season total in school history. The Hawkeyes made their seventh-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Iowa, a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, defeated 11th-seeded Marist in the First Round, 87-65, marking the fourth-largest margin of victory in an NCAA Tournament win in program history.
"We are glad to have Lacey join our women's basketball family," said Bluder after the hire. "She is enthusiastic, professional, and relates well to players and recruits. Her main responsibilities with our team will be developing our wing players, and recruiting. I have no doubt that Lacey will be a great Hawkeye."
"I cannot begin to express how excited I am to join the Hawkeye family," said Goldwire following the hire. "The University of Iowa women's basketball program has proved to be top in the nation and is on the rise. Coach Bluder and the staff at Iowa are an accomplished and outstanding group of women, and I am very privileged to get to work with such an experienced staff. It is great to be a part of a program with such an amazing fan base and support system. The Hawkeye fans love women's basketball and make Carver-Hawkeye Arena a fun place to play.
"I am very appreciative of the opportunity to work at the University of Iowa, and I am thankful for those who have helped me get to this point. I am so eager to get settled in and to have the team back on campus so we can hit the floor."
Goldwire spent the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach at Morehead State. Prior to joining the Eagles' staff, Goldwire served on the Oklahoma State staff for four seasons -- two as a student assistant and two as a graduate assistant.
Following Oklahoma State's tragic loss of its head and assistant coach during a plane crash in November of 2011, Goldwire was elevated to interim assistant coach where she took on added recruiting duties. During her time with the program, the Cowgirls won 80 games and advanced to the postseason all four years, winning the 2012 WNIT championship.
Goldwire, an Oklahoma City native, played collegiately at East Central (Okla.) University where she ranks fifth in career scoring with 1,340 points. She averaged 21.1 points and 5.9 rebounds as a senior and was tabbed Lone Star Conference North co-Player of the Year and Second-Team All-South Central Region. She also earned ECU's Athlete of the Year honor in 2007-08. She was named honorable mention All-LSC following her sophomore and junior campaigns.
Goldwire, an all-state and all-city player at Del City (Okla.) High School, graduated from Oklahoma State with a bachelor of science in education and a master's degree in teaching, learning and leadership.