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CBS Sports stamps Gabbie Marshall’s block the defensive play of the week

The block heard around the world. That claim may not be that hyperbolic based on how the women’s Big Ten Tournament was essentially a home game for the Iowa Hawkeyes in what has been deemed “Carver-Hawkeye North.”

Gabbie Marshall made the defensive play of the season for the Iowa Hawkeyes when she got her entire hand on a Nebraska 3-point attempt as it tried to track down the Hawkeyes. Marshall not only swatted the thing backward, but collected the loose ball and had the wherewithal to call a timeout to grant the Hawkeyes possession.

The play by Marshall has earned the honor of being CBS Sports’ defensive play of the week.

Stop of the week: Gabbie Marshall, Iowa

The Hawkeyes survived an upset scare during the Big Ten championship game against Nebraska. The game went into overtime, and Iowa had a slight 91-87 lead with 30 seconds remaining. The Huskers were on the attack, but Gabbie Marshall came up with a huge block to kill the momentum that could’ve led to a comeback. – Isabel Gonzales, CBS Sports

Marshall didn’t only do things on the defensive end, either. She has been a spark plug for the Hawkeyes the entire month of March as she has found her stroke from outside.

Since the calendar has hit March, Marshall has shot 44% (11 of 25) from 3-point range to come on at just the right time. She has added in seven steals and 10 assists.

She is doing all of the little things right that help this team come together and go when it matters. With the NCAA Tournament on the horizon, Marshall is going to be called upon to hit from deep.

While the Hawkeyes await who they will meet in the first round, one thing almost a lock at this point is that she will get to fine tune her shot at home in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa is waiting to have a No. 1 seed stamped by their name.

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