Iowa City, Ia. — Resiliency is a rallying point for the Iowa women’s basketball team.
A week after junior guard Jaime Printy was sidelined with a knee injury, the Hawkeyes stretched their winning streak to four games by routing Minnesota 75-58 on Thursday.
“It was really a point of emphasis to come together in the beginning of this game,” center Morgan Johnson said. “To do it for Jaime, and to prove to everybody else that we’re still a team that’s here to battle for the rest of the Big Ten season.”
Johnson helped Iowa improve to 15-10 overall and 7-5 in the conference with a game-high 23 points and eight rebounds.
Samantha Logic contributed 20 points and nine rebounds, while Kamille Wahlin added 19 points.
“I think we’re actually putting things together now,” Logic said. “It’s obviously really unfortunate Jaime isn’t with us, but we have to keep moving.”
Printy was the Hawkeyes’ leader with an average 16.9 points before tearing the ACL in her left knee during a Feb. 2 win at Wisconsin. Freshman Melissa Dixon replaced Printy three days later at Indiana, scoring 19 points in an 83-64 win.
Thursday’s game in Carver-Hawkeye Arena featured a more balanced performance.
“I thought we came out both halves very strong,” coach Lisa Bluder said. “The key to the victory was we had to do a good job on the boards.”
Iowa outrebounded the Gophers 43-26, holding them to just four second-chance points.
“I think everyone knows exactly what Jaime brought,” Wahlin said. “And everyone knows it’s not going to be one person who fills her role.”
Logic hit five of her first six shots against Minnesota, setting the tone with a 3-pointer from the left corner to start the scoring.
“I don’t think we look for anyone specific in our offense,” Logic said. “If you have the hot hand we’re obviously going to look to you a little more, but anyone can get a shot at any time.”
Wahlin thwarted a Minnesota comeback bid with three 3-pointers in a 3½-minute span, giving the Hawkeyes a 27-12 cushion.
“I think once you see someone like Sam open up the game with a hot hand, you kind of feed off each other’s energy,” Wahlin said. “Once I saw that first three go down, it felt good and we just kind of went from there.”
Logic followed with a baseline jumper, and later converted a 3-point play for a 39-21 Iowa margin.
Dixon, who grew up in Johnsburg, Ill., missed seven games after suffering a torn meniscus on Jan. 2. She returned the same game Printy was injured.
She made an assist to Johnson Thursday that led to a jumper, pushing the Hawkeyes’ lead to 47-27. Dixon then swished a 3-pointer to give Iowa a 52-31 advantage.
“I think she’s played really well,” Bluder said. “That’s what I like about our team. … They understand they don’t have to force things.”
Johnson moved past the 1,000-point plateau and now has 1,004 for her career.
The Hawkeyes wore white uniforms with pink trim Thursday, as part of the Play4Kay cancer fund initiative.
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