Hawkeye fans watch as special season of Iowa women’s basketball comes to an end

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CORALVILLE, Iowa (KWWL) — The Iowa Women’s Basketball team battled in the Elite Eight for the first time in 29 years in what fans are calling a special and extraordinary season.

While some fans made the trek out east for the big game, some watched from the hometown of the Hawkeyes.

At the Vine Tavern & Eatery in Coralville, a block away from the Hawkeyes home court, fans came in donned in black and gold as Iowa prepared to play Baylor in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

“Number one seed Baylor. Number two Iowa. It’s going to be their toughest game of the season. Maybe the toughest game of their careers,” Hawkeye fan Joe Kuddes, of Williamsburg, said.

Fans had their eyes glued to the screens, including Carrie Wells. Wells, with her Hawkeye ball headband, is what most would call a superfan.

She said she’s been a season ticket holder for 15 years and never misses a game. Her way of describing this Iowa season is as “kicking butt”.

“This is awesome. It’s way too fun,” Wells said.

Wells and friend Teri Copler said it’s not only the number of wins the team had so far that made the season special to watch.

“I love the camaraderie. I love how you can tell they really love one another. It’ll be a long time before we might see a team again like this,” Copler said.

Fans were in agreement in one piece of the team that made it extra special.

“Megan [Gustafson],” Kuddes said. “All the way. We’ve watched her all season. We came to every home game. We didn’t even miss one.”

The team trailed all game but the fans kept cheering and even though the season came to a close, fans couldn’t be prouder.

“We did it,” Wells said.

“They still got here and they have nothing to be ashamed of,” Copler added.

“And I’ll still be a season ticket holder next year,” Wells finished.

Jalyn Souchek

Jalyn Souchek

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