Speculation on Hawkeye Report says Sydney Affolter, another guard from Illinois. She was supposedly at today's game. If so, that would make sense, as Linder knew about the commitment pretty fast after the game ended.
Should be. Iowa was #28 in the AP last week (3rd in receiving votes). Michigan was #24 and just lost twice this week. Princeton was #25, but only a few votes higher than Iowa. I'd guess at least #24, though possibly higher. Two ranked wins are really impressive.
I'd say any of: Iowa, Indiana, Maryland, Northwestern, or Rutgers could win the Big Ten. Rutgers has started well, but two of its three road wins are Illinois and Wisconsin. No Big Ten road win is easy, but those are easier than most.
Nebraska also looks solid, but not sure it has enough to beat all the teams it will need to. Ohio State seems like it could beat or lose to any opponent on a given night. Minnesota had some potential, but it seems like that team is a mess right now.
I don't know a lot about Michigan, Michigan State, or Purdue, but 3 losses in 5 is hard to come back from.
The coaches have done a great job this year. One micro example from this game came around the 4 minute mark. Iowa switched from a 2-3 zone to a triangle and two to close out the game, and it confused Maryland for a couple possessions. Iowa got a couple stops, and Sevillian hit her buckets in that time. Then Maryland needed threes, but didn't get open looks because the "two" were playing man to man against Maryland's best three-point shooters.
Yeah, they haven't played the best conference schedule yet, but the South Carolina win looks really good on paper (I don't know if SC was missing players or had an off night, etc). Coming into conference play, I figured they and Maryland were the favorites, with a bunch of good teams just below them. Maryland's two losses gives Indiana a leg up, but the tough part of Indiana's schedule is still ahead. We'll know a lot more after Sunday.