The negatives were few and far between for the Iowa women in their exhibition opener with Concordia-St. Paul on Sunday.
In fact, the biggest disappointment for the Hawkeyes may be not counting Sunday’s exhibition stats on the season tally.
Iowa shot better than 53 percent from the floor and had 26 assists on its way to a 92-68 win at Carver-Hawkeye.
“I thought our team had a lot of fun,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “I thought we played with a lot of energy today. I thought we pushed the ball well, we shot the ball well and we shared the ball extremely well.”
Iowa spread the wealth offensively against the Divison II Golden Bears.
Eight different Hawkeyes scored at least eight points, led by Bethany Doolittle’s game-high 20.
Melissa Dixon hit four-of-five three-pointers, including two in the game’s first 33 seconds, and finished with 18 points for Iowa.
“I thought it was a really nice first effort out on the floor for us today,” Bluder said. “We did a lot of good things.
Freshman Ally Disterhoft came off the bench to score 13 points in the first game of her collegiate career.
Disterhoft was 5-of-7 from the field and also had six rebounds and four assists.
“I felt really comfortable,” Disterhoft said. “Obviously, at the beginning I was a little bit nervous but my teammates put a lot of trust in me.”
Iowa led 6-0 just 33 seconds into the game and never trailed as Dixon drilled back-to-back 3-pointers on the Hawkeyes’ first two possessions.
The Hawkeyes shot 60 percent from the field in the opening half and led 51-35 at the break.
“It starts with the game plan,” Bluder said. “Melissa scored six points in 30 seconds. That is what we had drawn up and it worked out really well for us.”
Theirra Taylor, Kali Peschel, Samantha Logic and Claire Till each had eight points, while freshman Alexa Kastanek had seven points and four assists in her debut.
Taylor had a game-high six assists as Iowa finished with 26 assists as a team.
Sophomore center Nichol Smith was limited to three minutes by a knee injury that Bluder said would be further evaluated Monday.
Iowa opens the regular season against UC Riverside at Carver-Hawkeye at 6 p.m. Friday.
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