Too little, too late.
A flurry of offense in the closing minute for the Iowa women’s basketball team Thursday night proved to be nothing more than that in a 86-84 loss to Indiana.
The 22nd-ranked Hawkeyes (12-3, 0-1 Big Ten) outscored Indiana 8-3 in the final 33 seconds, but poor 3-point shooting and a lack of defensive execution throughout couldn’t pull coach Lisa Bluder’s squad in front. Indiana led by as many as 12 points in the second half and was up by seven with just a minute remaining.
At her weekly news conference Friday, Bluder noted there was little to no energy from her team against the Hoosiers (14-0, 1-0).
“I wish I knew why we didn’t come out with any kind of pizzazz at all,” Bluder said. “We looked kind of like we wanted to play the game and then get on the plane and come home, instead of enjoying the game, enjoying the opportunity to be out there, getting better every single time, and come home with a win.
“Indiana played with that spirit that you’re used to seeing with Iowa basketball. It was a role reversal (Thursday) night.”
Much of the difference in scoring resulted from 3-point shooting. Indiana shot exponentially better from beyond the arc than the Hawkeyes did. Samantha Logic and Melissa Dixon were the only players to register a 3-pointer as the Hawkeyes shot 3-of-17 overall. The Hoosiers were 11-of-23.
Iowa was never able to find a rhythm offensively as the defense broke down.
“We couldn’t gain momentum ever. Whenever we got two or three shots in a row, they came back and hit a 3,” Logic said. “We didn’t cover the shooters as well as we could or should have. It hurt us a lot.”
The Hawkeyes went away from a few areas on Thursday night in their loss to Indiana that were strengths in a win against North Dakota on Dec. 28, specifically fast break scoring.
After thrashing UND in fast break points 20-0, Bluder’s bunch recorded just two points in transition during Thursday’s Big Ten opener. Additionally, Indiana had more shot attempts, rebounds, assists, and steals than Iowa. That will have to change quickly as Iowa prepares for Penn State on Sunday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
“There’s not a bad team in the Big Ten — you have to be ready to play,” Logic said. “We didn’t come out with our best effort (Thursday) night.”
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