The Iowa Hawkeye women open the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis on Friday against the winner of today’s game between Minnesota and Penn State. The Hawks are the third seed after finishing 10-8 in the league race.

Iowa coach Lisa Bluder says there are a lot of good things with being the third seed, as you get the bye, and then play someone who had to play the day before. The Hawkeyes are 17-12 overall and rallied to finish third after starting 1-6 in an injury plagued opening to Big Ten play.

Bluder says the freshman really grew up and became part of the team instead of just watching the action.