April 15, 2014
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa women's basketball team celebrated another successful season on Friday night at its annual team banquet. Numerous individuals were honored while the team highlighted its Big Ten-best seventh-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Junior center Bethany Doolittle earned the Most Improved Award and shared Best Defensive Player honors with classmate Samantha Logic. Senior Theairra Taylor was presented the Coaches Award, and Dr. Christine Grant presented redshirt sophomore Kathryn Reynolds the Dr. Christine Grant Leadership Award.
Statistical awards were also given to three student-athletes. Logic earned the rebounding (6.6/game) and assists (7.5/game) awards. Doolittle (.553) was Iowa's field goal percentage leader and junior Melissa Dixon earned the free throw percentage (.897) award.
Iowa's All-Big Ten selections and Academic All-Big Ten honorees were also recognized. Logic, Doolittle and freshman Ally Disterhoft earned All-Big Ten recognition. Logic was a unanimous first team selection by the coaches, and a first team selection by the media. Doolittle garnered second team honors from both the coaches and media, and was named to the All-Defensive team. Disterhoft was one of five league rookies named to the All-Freshman team, while also garnering honorable mention all-league accolades. Logic, Reynolds, and sophomore Kali Peschel were named Academic All-Big Ten this year.
The 19th-ranked Hawkeyes finished 27-9 in 2013-14, equaling the second-highest win total in program history, and the most since 1996. Iowa was 1-of-14 teams nationally -- the only Big Ten team -- to make its seventh-straight NCAA Tournament appearance this season. There are 343 Division I teams.
Iowa is also 1-of-21 teams to advance to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons. The Hawkeyes, 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.