Jan. 25, 2014
By DARREN MILLER
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Balanced scoring and a high shooting percentage led to revenge for the University of Iowa women's basketball team Saturday as the Hawkeyes defeated Indiana 84-75 on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Four Hawkeyes scored between 11 and 20 points and the team shot 53.7-percent from the field to improve to 16-5 overall, 4-3 in the Big Ten Conference. Indiana made 50 percent of its field goals, but slipped to 15-5, 2-5. The Hoosiers defeated Iowa 86-84 on Jan. 2 in Bloomington, Ind.
"It feels good to get that one back," UI head coach Lisa Bluder said. "That's kind of been bugging us for a long time."
Iowa led the entire game and by as many as 14 points in the second half. While Indiana shot 50 percent from the field (10-of-18 from 3-point range), the Hawkeyes scored 29 points off 22 turnovers. They also held eight-point advantages in paint points (34-to-26) and made free throws (19-to-11).
"Offensively, we did a lot of nice things; defensively we let them have too good of a field goal percentage," Bluder said. "The good things about our defense: we forced 22 turnovers and we scored 29 points off those 22 turnovers. We boxed out in the second half."
Senior Theairra Taylor matched a season-high for Iowa, scoring 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 from the line. Junior center Bethany Doolittle tallied seven blocked shots, equaling her career-best (also accomplished against Drake on Dec. 7, 2013). Doolittle surpassed Toni Foster (145) for fourth on Iowa's career list with 146 career blocks.
Also scoring in double figures for the Hawkeyes were junior Melissa Dixon (16), who made 4-of-6 3-pointers, freshman Ally Disterhoft (15), who made her first start inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and Doolittle (11). The three D's: Doolittle, Dixon and Disterhoft shared team-high rebounding honors with four apiece. Samantha Logic handed out 11 assists to go with eight points and five steals.
The Hawkeyes have won 4-of-5 conference games, a streak that began Jan. 8 against Minnesota. Bluder has already warned her team that the same motivation Iowa used to get payback on Indiana is probably being used in Minneapolis as well.
"Minnesota is saying the same thing right now about us because they lost at our place and now we are heading up there (Jan. 29)," Bluder said.
Iowa defeated the Gophers 78-71 on Jan. 8. Minnesota (13-7, 2-4) plays at Penn State on Sunday.