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Iowa women's basketball coach Lisa Bluder talks about picking up career win No. 700 in Friday's 83-67 victory over Quinnipiac. Dargan Southard/HawkCentral

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Iowa women's basketball coach Lisa Bluder has been named the 2018 recipient of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s First Lady Award, announced Wednesday. Bluder will be honored at the girls' basketball state tournament on March 3. 

The Hawkeyes coach is the 13th recipient of the IGHSAU's award, presented “to a daughter of Iowa — recognizing the million girls of the commonwealth who have carried the tradition and training of a sport into varied and important careers — and for singularly illustrious and most memorable accomplishments.”

“I consider this one of the top honors that I could possibly receive,” Bluder said in a school release. “Being an ‘Iowa Girl’ has always been special to me. I am so thankful that I grew up in a state with such a rich tradition of offering girls opportunities to compete in sport. 

"This obviously made a significant impact on my life and career. I am thankful to the Iowa Girls Athletic Union for the amazing experiences that I had, and I remain grateful for all the opportunities that they continue to give to the girls of Iowa. I am truly honored to receive the IGHSAU First Lady Award; it is humbling to be a part of the sorority of women that have previously received this honor.” 

Dargan Southard covers preps, recruiting, Iowa and UNI athletics for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register and HawkCentral.com. Email him at msouthard@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.