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Iowa women look to keep tempo fast

[ 0 ] November 12, 2013 |

Going fast, pushing the pace, scoring in bunches.

That’s the popular movement in sports these days and you can add the Iowa women’s basketball team to the list of teams that are revving up the tempo.

The Hawkeyes will be back on the move when they host Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 7 p.m. today at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“We like that tempo,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said after the Hawkeyes put up 97 points in Sunday’s win over Dayton. “I think we can even get going a little bit more, actually.”

The 97 points matched the Hawkeyes’ season high from a year ago and is the seventh most in school history.

Through two games, Iowa is averaging 83.5 points per game after averaging 67.5 points per game last season.

After having one player (Samantha Logic) reach double figures in a season opening win over UC Riverside, six different Hawkeyes had at least 10 points Sunday, and every Hawkeye that played more than 10 minutes reached double figures.

Bethany Doolittle had a career-high 22 points Sunday, while freshman Ally Disterhoft, a West High graduate, added 19 points off the bench.

Logic (16), Melissa Dixon (13), Kali Peschel (12) and Theairra Taylor (10) were the other Hawkeyes in double figures.

“We are so hard to guard when we have numbers like that,” Bluder said. “Nobody can help off of any certain player.”

Iowa had 30 assists on its 34 field goals, one assist short of the school record.

Logic matched her career high and set a new Carver-Hawkeye Arena record with 14 assists Sunday, and Taylor and Dixon each had five assists.

“I love the 30 assists,” Bluder said. “That’s our style. We love high assists, and I love that.”

Logic’s strong start to the season earned her Big 10 Player of the Week honors for the opening week.

The junior point guard posted a career-high in points with 28 in the season opener before matching her career best in assists in the win over Dayton.

Logic averaged 22 points, 9.5 assists six rebounds and three steals in the two Iowa wins.

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