A lot more toughness and a little more swagger.
That’s what Iowa (13-5, 2-2) needs if the Hawkeyes are going to beat No. 12 Purdue (15-2, 4-0) at 3 p.m. today in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes had their feathers plucked Thursday in a 65-54 loss at Michigan State.
“I just think their physical play wore us down,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said after the game. “But this is Big Ten basketball, and we’re going to see a lot of physical games.”
Purdue is as hard-nosed as it comes in the Big Ten.
“We have to be mentally ready for a physical team,” Iowa sophomore guard Sam Logic said.
Iowa had its moments Thursday. It only lost the rebounding battle 42 to 36 against a Spartans team with a plus-14 advantage in Big Ten games coming in. Iowa also shot 37.7 percent (23-of-61).
“A lot of it comes between the ears,” Bluder said. “We’ve got to get our confidence back. We’re not a very confident basketball team right now.”
Purdue has had Iowa’s number, winning seven of the last 10 in the series, but Iowa has won the last two games in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, including last season when Iowa won 59-42.
Today is Girl Scout Day and also Linn County Day, so the seats should be filled with screaming schoolgirls and fans of former Linn-Mar star Jaime Printy.
“Playing close to home and having so many people from my hometown follow me has been a blast,” Printy said.
Printy and the Hawkeye 3-point shooting contingent were just 2-of-14 on Thursday. Another big stumbling block against MSU.
“Get the defense back,” Bluder said. “And just the cockiness on offense back again.”
The two teams line up closely statistically. Purdue has four players averaging double figures offensively, led by junior Courtney Moses at 14.3 points per game. Six-foot-2 senior forward Sam Ostarello averages 10.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
Purdue also has 6-foot-2 Drey Mingo, a Maryland transfer, averaging 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds, and KK Houser (11.4 ppg) in the starting lineup.
Bluder said after Thursday night’s loss her team will have to get more physical.
“When you don’t shoot the ball well, you have to do something else well,” Bluder said.
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