Iowa Hawkeyes women's basketball

Iowa Hawkeyes
2015–16 Iowa Hawkeyes women's basketball team
University University of Iowa
Conference Big Ten
Location Iowa City, IA
Head coach Lisa Bluder (15th year)
Arena Carver-Hawkeye Arena
(Capacity: 15,400)
Nickname Hawkeyes
Student section Hawks Nest
Colors Black and Gold[1]
NCAA Tournament Final Four
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1987, 1988, 1993
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1996, 2015
NCAA Tournament appearances
1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Conference tournament champions
1997, 2001
Conference regular season champions
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2008
Members of Iowa's women's basketball team celebrate their 2008 regular season Big Ten championship on March 2, 2008.

The Iowa Hawkeyes women's basketball team represents the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, United States. The team is a member of the Big Ten Conference as well as the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The team plays their regular season games at 15 400-seat Carver-Hawkeye Arena, along with men's basketball, wrestling, and volleyball teams.


Women's basketball was started at the school in 1974, under head coach Lark Birdsong. The team finished 5–16 that season, accomplishing their first victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Birdsong coached at the university until early 1979, which was their first victorious season.[2] Birdsong was subsequently replaced by Judy McMullen, who led the charge for the next four years. McMullen was then succeeded in 1983 by former Cheyney University coach C. Vivian Stringer. Prior to her stay at Iowa, Stringer led the Cheyney Wolves to the 1982 national championships.[3]

Beginning with the 1983–1984 season, Stringer coached at Iowa for 12 seasons. In that time, the Hawkeyes won six Big Ten championships, played in nine NCAA Tournaments, and reached the Final Four in 1993. Unprecedented attention was shown to the Hawkeyes under Stringer, as evidenced by the record-setting 22,157 fans that watched Iowa play Ohio State on February 3, 1985, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.[4] Stringer, however, left Iowa to coach at Rutgers in 1995, following the death of her husband, Bill.[5]

Angie Lee replaced Stringer, and led the Hawkeyes to a Big Ten championship in her first season. Under Lee, Iowa won another Big Ten title in 1998, but success began to wane soon thereafter. Lee's successor as head coach was Lisa Bluder, who remains as Iowa's current women's basketball coach. Under Bluder, the Hawkeyes have won one regular season Big Ten championship and two Big Ten Tournament championships.


  1. "Iowa Hawkeyes Brand Standards" (PDF). 2015-06-25. Retrieved 2015-11-27.
  2. "Hawkeye Sports Official Athletic Site - Women's Basketball". Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  3. Archived from the original on March 25, 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. Carver-Hawkeye Arena: Celebrating 25 Years. Iowa Sports Information, 2008.
  5. Smith, Claire (1995-12-10). "COLLEGE BASKETBALL - A Coaching Legend Comes Home - Personal Loss Spurs Stringer's Move to Help Rutgers Rebuild -". New York Times. Retrieved 2016-01-13.
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