WBB: Hawkeyes seek third win vs. Big 12

Iowa faces Texas in tournament semifinal in San Diego

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April 1, 2014 | 3:48 am

Another ranked team from the Big 12. That's right up the Iowa Hawkeyes' alley.

The Hawkeyes try to complete a triumph trifecta Friday, when it faces No. 20 Texas in a semifinal of the San Diego Surf-N-Slam Classic. Tipoff is 10 p.m. (Iowa time) at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

It is Iowa's first competition since a 97-43 thrashing of Missouri State on Dec. 19; the 54-point victory was the most lopsided during the Lisa Bluder era.

The Hawkeyes (9-3) have won four straight games.

Among Iowa's victims this season are West Virginia and Iowa State, members of the Big 12. The Mountaineers were ranked 12th when Iowa beat them 79-70 on Nov. 25; ISU was 22nd when the Hawkeyes managed a 50-42 win.

The Hawkeyes will face Central Michigan (5-5) or San Diego (7-3) at 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. Sunday.

Texas is 7-2, with losses against UCLA and Tennessee. The Hawkeyes haven't played the Longhorns since the 1987-88 season, a 75-65 win.

Morgan Johnson leads the Hawkeyes at 17.7 points per game; Jaime Printy adds 12.2.

Iowa is facing a Texas squad that is outrebounding its foes by 16.2 boards per game.

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