Iowa has a deeper bench this season and made full use of it Wednesday in an 82-60 victory over Albany in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes reserves got a lot of floor time early because of fouls and later because of the score. In all, 10 of the 11 Hawkeyes scored.
“I don’t remember the last time we got 26 points out of our bench,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “So that was nice to see.
Jaime Printy led Iowa (2-1) with 16 points and 36 minutes played. Kelly Krei had 13 points and 10 rebounds for her third career double-double and played 32 minutes.
No other Hawkeye played more than 26 minutes.
“We went into this game really feeling we wanted to change our rotations a little bit in how we were subbing,” Bluder said. “Then it was a combination of us doing that and then the foul trouble forced us into having to do that even more so.
“I like the way we subbed tonight. We gave a lot of people opportunities to play. We as coaches did a better job of using our bench tonight.”
Freshman guard Melissa Dixon hit a pair of 3-pointers, and freshman guard Kathryn Reynolds had two assists and no turnovers backing up the point guard.
Albany (2-1), from the America East Conference, couldn’t match Iowa’s depth, particularly during a 14-0 run by the Hawkeyes to close out the first half.
“My two best players were sitting on the bench; that doesn’t really help,” Albany coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson said. “We’re not coming off the bench with Top 25 players, either. We’re coming off the bench with different kinds of players.
“That really hurt us, put us out of sync.”
Junior Julie Forster, who came in averaging 21 points and 14 rebounds per game, hit back-to-back baskets to tie it up at 23-23 with 5:07 to go before half.
But Forster and Ebone Henry, who had a game-high 17 points, each had to sit with foul trouble.
Iowa closed the half with a 14-0 run, getting a 3-pointer from Krei and a 3-point play from Printy.
“That run going into half really set the momentum for the second half,” Printy said. “Just to have that lead gave us a little bit of comfort.”
Iowa extended its lead to 19 points, 44-25, on a Printy 3-pointer early in the second half.
The Great Danes cut the Hawkeye lead down to 11 points but never got any closer.
Bluder was pleased with how Iowa handled Albany, a team that uses a full-court press all game. The Hawkeyes had 23 assists on 26 baskets.
And after getting outrebounded in each of the first tow games, Iowa won the battle on the boards 42 to 37 on Wednesday.
“We worked on obviously rebounding this week in practice,” Krei said. “I think everyone rebounded well. Everybody took it upon themselves to go out and get some rebounds.”
Junior point guard Trisha Nesbitt had her knee scoped and was on crutches at Wednesday’s game. She is expected to be out three to six weeks.
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