This time, it’s Gabbie Marshall’s turn to shine as Iowa beats Rutgers in Big Ten tournament


INDIANAPOLIS Another day, another career-high. . . One night, its Monika Czinano. The next night, Gabbie Marshall. . . Marshall matched career-highs with 22 points and six 3-pointers, and that was just in the first 17 minutes. Her early theatrics helped send Iowa past 19th-ranked Rutgers, 73-62, in a Big Ten womens basketball tournament quarterfinal Thursday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. . . You always hope for a game like this, Marshall said. I was a little off yesterday. . . A sophomore guard from Cincinnati, Marshall more than redeemed herself. She scored Iowas first points on a trey, had 10 at the end of the first quarter, 22 by halftime and finished with 27. . . She hit 10 of 15 shots, 7 of 11 from long distance. . . Man, she was feeling it today, Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder said. She had a lot of good looks. And when she gets good looks, shes money. . . Iowa 17-8 snapped Rutgers nine-game win streak and advanced to the semifinal round Friday against Michigan State 15-7. Tipoff is 3. 30 Central time the game is televised on FS2. . . The Spartans pulled the first significant upset of the tournament, knocking off No. 9 Indiana, 69-61. . . Iowa was the No. 6 tournament seed, Rutgers 14-4 the 3 seed. But after the teams traded early jabs, the Hawkeyes scored 10 straight points and played from ahead the rest of the way. . Im so proud of this group of women. I thought the team played so well together, Bluder said. . . Iowa led 18-9 after a quarter. Czinano who scored a career-high 38 points in the Hawkeyes second-round victory over Purdue on Wednesday was called for her second foul with 4. 43 left in the second quarter and Iowa leading 30-13. . . Czinano sat for the rest of the half, but the Hawkeyes continued to hum. . Caitlin Clark was fouled on a 3-pointer, and made all three free throws for a 20-point lead. Marshalls sixth 3-pointer gave Iowa its largest margin, 39-18, with 3. 30 before intermission. . . Diamond Johnson scored five of her 15 first-half points as Rutgers closed within 39-25 at the break. . . Czinano reached the 1,000-point career mark during a third-quarter flurry in which she scored three straight Iowa hoops. . . Rutgers cut the deficit to single digits at 58-49 on Arella Guirantes 3-pointer with 1. 15 left in the third quarter then again at 69-61 on Johnsons steal and score with 3. 28 remaining in the game. . . But Clark connected with Czinano for her 10th assist of the game with 2. 05 left, and that was the dagger. . . Clark recorded her eighth double-double of the season 21 points, 10 assists. Czinano tallied 20 points, and has made 26 of 33 floor shots this week. . . Marshall got dinged in the head early in the third quarter, sat for about five minutes, then returned and drilled another 3-pointer shortly thereafter.