Dec. 5, 2013
Iowa moves to 9-1 overall, handing Syracuse its first loss of the season (8-1).
The Hawkeyes have won 5-straight games overall, and are 5-0 at home this season.
Iowa is off to its best start in three seasons, when it started the 2010-11 campaign with a 12-1 record.
Iowa has scored 199 points over its last two games, after defeating UNC-Wilmington, 102-65, on Nov. 30 in the Cancun Challenge.
Iowa has scored 97 points or more, three times this season.
Syracuse was limiting opponents to a 53.8 points per game average coming into tonight's contest. No opponent had scored more than 65 points against the Orange.
Syracuse's largest lead during the Big Ten/ACC Challenge contest was 14 points.
Iowa has had three or more players score in double figures in each of the last eight contests.
Iowa tallied 28 assists on 33 made field goals.
The Hawkeyes are 14-8 all-time against ACC opponents, including a 2-0 mark this season. Iowa defeated Boston College, 78-68, on Nov. 29 in the Cancun Challenge.
UI head coach Lisa Bluder needs 10 wins to surpass Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer (269) as Iowa's all-time winningest coach.
Iowa returns to action Saturday, hosting Idaho State at 2 p.m. (CT).
Iowa vs. Ranked Foes:
Iowa is now 2-1 this season against ranked opponents:
W vs. No. 14 Dayton (97-93 in overtime) - Nov. 10
L at No. 16 Colorado (90-87) - Nov. 20
W vs. No. 22 Syracuse (97-91) - Dec. 5
The Hawkeyes have defeated nine top-25 opponents since the start of last season (9-5 record).
Iowa is averaging 93.7 points per game during its three contests against ranked teams this season.
Junior guard Melissa Dixon finished with seven 3-point field goals, tying a personal and school record. The feat has been accomplished five times in program history (twice by Dixon).
Dixon made seven 3-pointers in Iowa's last game against UNC-Wilmington (Nov. 30), giving her 14 made 3-pointers over the last two games - the most in a two-game stretch in school history.
After converting seven 3-pointers total during the first six games of the season, Dixon has made 22 over the last four games.
Dixon finished with 27 points in tonight's win over Syracuse (all coming in the second half - one shy of the school record for most points in a half), after posting a career-best 32 in Iowa's last contest against UNC-Wilmington. She has scored 59 points total over the last two games.
She has scored 17 points or more during the last four contests (18, 17, 32, 27), for an average of 23.5 points per game.
Prior to the Cancun Challenge, Dixon was averaging 9.7 points per game. She is now Iowa's leading scorer, averaging 15.2 points per outing.
Dixon surpassed Kristi Faulkner (138) for eighth on Iowa's career 3-point list. Dixon has 142 career 3-pointers.
Junior center Bethany Doolittle finished with a career-high 25 points. Her previous high came earlier this season in Iowa's 97-93 overtime win over No. 14 Dayton (22).
She registered four blocks. She is third in the Big Ten in blocks, and ranks sixth in program history with 104 career blocked shots.
Junior guard Samantha Logic returned following a first-half injury to finish with 14 points and seven assists.
The preseason All-Big Ten honoree has scored in double figures in 7-of-10 games this season, and tallied seven or more assists in five.