Iowa coach Lisa Bluder doesn’t want her team obsessing over turnovers.
But Iowa (5-2) has to figure out how to take better care of the ball. They are averaging 19.8 turnovers per game early in the season.
“Yes I’m concerned,” Bluder said. “I think the team is as well. But sometimes when you focus on them, they keep happening.”
The Hawkeyes returned from a weeklong trip to Florida late Wednesday night. Iowa got a key win over a Top 25 team but went 1-2 overall in the Sunshine State.
“And no tan,” Bluder said. “It’s so hard this time of year. We play so many games; there’s no time to get into the gym and improve.
“You are constantly getting ready for the next opponent.”
Up next is Northern Iowa (3-3) at 2:30 p.m. today in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Panthers haven’t beaten the Hawkeyes since 2006 in the in-state rivalry.
But UNI features the kind of defense that has given Iowa problems with turnovers early in the season.
“I’m worried about turnover issues if we were playing a junior high team,” Bluder said. “I think that UNI is playing very well. They are very similar to us. We play similar styles. I’m thankful for that.”
Northern Iowa is led by senior guard Jacqui Kalin, who is averaging 19.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. She also leads the Panthers with 25 assists.
Six-foot-3 redshirt freshman forward Jen Keitel is averaging 10.0 points and 5.5 rebound per game off the bench.
UNI has lost to Wisconsin-Green Bay, Arizona State and Florida, and the Panthers are coming off a 76-72 win over North Carolina State.
“Both of us have played very difficult schedules,” Bluder said. “People don’t recognize that. People just look at wins and losses, not at who you’re playing.”
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