By John Bohnenkamp
Lisa Bluder knows what happens when Gabbie Marshall gets open looks at the basket.
Money, the Iowa coach said.
Bankers Life Fieldhouse was, well, a bank for Marshall, full of 3-point cash in Iowa’s 73-62 win over Rutgers in Thursday’s Big Ten women’s basketball tournament quarterfinal.
Marshall had a career-high 27 points, hitting seven 3-pointers as the sixth-seeded Hawkeyes (17-8) moved into Friday afternoon’s semifinal against seventh seed Michigan State.
Marshall had 22 points in the first half as Iowa consistently broke the pressure defense of the third-seeded Scarlet Knights (14-4).
“I think that led to more open shots,” said Marshall, who was 10-of-15 from the field, 7-of-11 in threes.
“She had some good looks,” Bluder said. “And whenever you give her good looks, she’s money. She’s shot the ball well for us all year. But yeah, this was at a little bit different level today.
“She had great looks, and her teammates found her. And that’s what you want. When somebody has the hot hand, you hunt for them.”
Marshall, a sophomore, has averaged 19,7 points in three games against the Scarlet Knights.
“I kind of like the challenge,” she said. “I step up to the challenge when we play them.”
“Man, she was feeling it today,” Bluder said. “She deserves this. She is so capable.”
Iowa led for almost 34 minutes — the Hawkeyes’ biggest lead was 39-18 with 3:35 to play in the first half.
Caitlin Clark had 21 points and 10 assists for the Hawkeyes. Monika Czinano had 20. McKenna Warnock was the only other player to score for Iowa, adding five points.
But Bluder said there were other ingredients to the win that could be seen in the box score. Warnock had 12 rebounds. Kate Martin had six assists.
“So many unsung heroes here,” Bluder said.
Photo: Iowa’s Gabbie Marshall directs traffic during Thursday’s win over Rutgers in the Big Ten tournament. (Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)