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Hawkeyes come out firing against Bears

[ 0 ] December 19, 2012 |

Iowa provided the bite on a frosty evening, routing Missouri State 97-43 Wednesday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

It was a tough and ragged game, with the two teams combining for 53 fouls and 55 foul shots.

But the 97 points were the most in regulation for the Hawkeyes since Iowa scored 98 against Western Illinois last season.


And 54 points was the largest winning margin for Iowa (9-3) since beating Boise State by 55 points during the 1996-97 season (89-34). It was the fourth-largest margin of victory in Hawkeye history.

“When we’re clicking its just so much fun to be out there,” Iowa senior Jaime Printy said.

Iowa led by 26 at halftime, 46-20, and aside from some hard fouls, Missouri State (6-4) never threatened the Hawkeyes.

“I was very happy with the way we played this game; keeping the intensity high both halves,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “When you get a significant lead at halftime, it’s easy to let down. …. Christmas break right around the corner.”

Junior Bethany Doolittle had her first career double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) by half and finished with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

“I think just the focus on rebounding motivated me to try to get as many rebounds as possible,” Doolittle said.

Senior Jaime Printy had 13 points and was one of five Hawkeyes in double figures. Top scorer Morgan Johnson also had 13 points and Melissa Dixon had 12 points off the bench.

“It was fun to see everyone get in off the bench,” Printy said. “I think everyone that got in scored. So fun to see.”

The Hawkeyes were able to go deep into their bench for their fourth win in a row – the third against a Missouri Valley Conference foe.

All 10 Hawkeyes played and scored. Iowa outscored the Bears 43-9 in points off the bench.

JUCO transfer Kathy Thomas, a sophomore, had a career-best 15 points, including three 3-pointers.

“Just knocking down threes, it felt good,” Thomas said. “Everybody contributing felt good.”

Printy said Thomas has developed into a good 3-point shooter. Thomas is now 5-for-9 from the arc on the season.

“Tonight, when she airballed one, then shot it from the same spot and made it, I went up to her and told her, ‘that a girl, way to have that confidence,’” Printy said. “It’ll get better over time. She played awesome tonight.”

Iowa was able to keep the reserves in for much of the second half. It is the only game of the week for the Hawkeyes, but the starters didn’t need to log minutes.

“It feels pretty good,” Printy said of playing just 22 minutes. “I’m not complaining. I guess its good for my legs to get a little break.”

Iowa returns to action Dec. 28 against No. 20 Texas at the San Diego Surf ‘N Slam Classic. They open the Big Ten season at home against Ohio State on Jan. 3.

Iowa rolled out to a quick lead thanks to 3-point shooting. Printy had three 3-pointers, Melissa Dixon two, and Thomas one as Iowa built up a 34-12 lead.

The Hawkeyes finished 10-of-34 from the arc.

Kenzie Williams led Missouri State with 10 points.

Des Moines East grad NiJay Gaines played just four minutes for the Bears.

Iowa outrebounded Missouri State 60 to 38 and had nine steals and five blocked shots.

Bluder praised the Iowa defense. Missouri State came in averaging 74.3 points per game.

“For us to hold them to 43 points is significant,” Bluder said. “And we really took it at them on the boards.”

And Iowa had 25 assists on 36 baskets compared to three assists on 12 baskets for the Bears.

“I’m happy with the way we played,” Bluder said. “And everyone that came into this game played extremely hard.”

In addition to Thomas’ efforts off the bench, Kayla Timmerman had a career-best six points and eight rebounds in 13 minutes.

Melissa Dixon had 12 points and Kali Peschel added five rebounds.

Freshman post Nicole Smith played a career-high four minutes and scored the first four points of her career.

“The reserves came in and did a great job tonight,” Bluder said. “You need to get those players in and give them some experience.”


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