Playing the best seems to bring out the best in the Iowa women’s basketball team.
Iowa tied a school record for wins over ranked foes last season and the Hawkeyes are 8-4 in their past 12 games against ranked opponents dating back to last season.
Iowa will have a chance to improve on those numbers at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday against No. 16 Colorado in Boulder, Colo.
“I think we get up for ranked opponents,” Iowa senior Theairra Taylor said. “Which is really good when we do play those opponents. It’s playing the other opponents that are challenging, so I think we’ll be fine.”
After winning seven games against ranked foes a year ago, Iowa continued that trend this season with a 97-93 win over No. 14 Dayton on Nov. 10.
Iowa has now won at least one game against a ranked team in 12 of coach Lisa Bluder’s 14 seasons leading the Hawkeyes.
The win against Dayton gave Iowa a win over a top-15 team in 11 of Bluder’s seasons as coach.
“I think anytime you beat a ranked opponent it just builds momentum,” Bluder said. “It builds confidence for your team.”
Iowa’s latest test against a ranked foe comes with another obstacle, as the Hawkeyes play away from Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the first time this season against a Colorado team that went 15-3 at home a year ago.
The Buffaloes won their only home game this season 83-33 over Alcorn State on Friday.
“It’s a new road test. We have to get ready for that but we know that we can beat top-25 teams,” Bluder said. “We did it seven times last year so we are prepared.”
After allowing 93 points in the win over Dayton, the Hawkeyes have allowed a combined 78 points in their last two games.
Iowa held Stony Brook to 40 points on 19 percent shooting in a 78-40 win Sunday, three days after holding Arkansas-Pine Bluff to 38 points.
Through two games, Colorado has been equally impressive on defense.
Colorado held Alcorn State to 19 percent shooting in the 50-point win last week and has allowed its first two opponents to shoot just 28 percent from the field.
Iowa has five players averaging double figures, led by Bethany Doolittle with 14 points per game.
Freshman Ally Disterhoft is averaging 13.8 points through the first four games of her college career, while Samantha Logic (13 ppg), Melissa Dixon (11 ppg) and Theairra Taylor (10.5 ppg) all average double figures.
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