Feb. 24, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A second-half surge brought the University of Iowa women's basketball team within two points of No. 24 Nebraska on Sunday, but the Cornhuskers held on for their ninth consecutive win, 66-46, in front of 7,374 in the Devaney Center.
Iowa heads into its final regular-season home game Thursday with a record of 17-11 overall, 6-8 in the Big Ten Conference. Nebraska improves to 21-6, 11-3.
Leading the Hawkeyes in the scoring column were sophomore Samantha Logic with 12 points and six assists; junior Theairra Taylor contributed 10 points, four rebounds and two 3-pointers. Senior center Morgan Johnson added nine rebounds and eight points.
Twenty-one turnovers by Iowa led to 17 points for Nebraska.
The Hawkeye defense held two of the top Cornhusker players -- Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore -- to a combined 20 points on 4-of-18 shooting from the field. Freshman Rachel Theriot emerged to make 9-of-16 field goals and finish with a game-high and career-high 19 points.
"Somebody stepped up when we held their two stars down," Bluder. "You would look at this box score at the beginning of the game and you think the Hawks are going to win this basketball game. But we just don't put enough points on the board with only 46 points in this game."
Bluder was also discouraged that her team couldn't get more production from the free throw line. Iowa made 3-of-6 free throws, compared to Nebraska, which made 14-of-18.
Iowa trailed by nine points (29-20) at halftime, and Nebraska took a 10-point lead (36-26) on a field goal by Theroit with 16:26 remaining. That's when the Hawkeyes came to life. Over the next 3:06, Iowa received two free throws from Logic, a layup and 3-point field goal from Taylor and a 3-pointer by Melissa Dixon for a 10-2 run that made the score 38-36.
The Hawkeyes shot 35.7 percent from the field for the game, and 34.4 percent during the final 20 minutes,
Iowa returns to Mediacom Court in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday to take on Indiana. The Hoosiers fell to 11-16, 2-12 on Saturday following a 73-60 loss at Illinois.
"We have to bounce back and we have to get some confidence again," Bluder said. "We know that it's Senior Night and we want to send them out with a win; we want to say thank you to the Hawk fans that have supported us all year with this last home game. Hopefully we're going to have a great performance."