Jaime Printy made all 17 of her free throws to tie a Big Ten record and scored 19 points as Iowa rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat No. 12 West Virginia 79-70 Sunday at the FIU Thanksgiving Classic in Miami.
Thirteen of Printy’s free throws came in the second half, when the Hawkeyes (5-2) used a 24-8 run to lead 67-60 with 2:12 remaining.
She made eight free throws in the final 45 seconds.
“It feels great to come away with a win against a top-15 team like West Virginia,” Printy said. “There were a lot of fouls, on both sides, called tonight and we were able to convert from the line. I was fortunate to get to the line a lot tonight and my shot from the free throw line felt great.
“I enjoy shooting free throws, whether it’s in a game or at practice. We stumbled against FIU on Friday but I’m proud of how our team bounced back today.”
As a team, the Hawkeyes set the Big Ten and school record for free throws made at 42, and set the school record for free throw attempts at 50.
“This game was kind of strangely called, and we got into the bonus early and didn’t really take advantage of it for a while,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “They shot a lot of free throws, too. They shot 29 free throws.”
Morgan Johnson also scored 19 points, including 14 in the second half, for Iowa, which made 27 of 30 free throws (90 percent) after halftime.
“She was being double-teamed most of the time, and she caught so many passes that were unbelievable,” Bluder said of Johnson. “They kind of hit her hand and (she) bobbled it, and she was still able to hold on and convert.”
The Hawkeyes also were sharp from the field after the break, making 59.1 percent (13 of 22), while the Mountaineers (3-2) made just 30.8 percent (12 of 39).
Iowa lost to FIU in its first tournament game Friday and had little time to prepare for Sunday’s game.
“It is a huge win for us, confidence-wise, and to be able to to it on the road, as well,” Bluder said.
Taylor Palmer scored 23 points and Christal Caldwell 17 for West Virginia, which also lost Friday to LSU.
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