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Nittany Lions bring big talent to Carver

[ 0 ] January 4, 2014 |

As a 3-point shooter, Melissa Dixon knows all about having a short memory.

Dixon and her Iowa teammates will need to put that shooter’s memory to use Sunday.

Iowa opened Big Ten play in forgettable fashion Thursday falling 86-84 at Indiana.

The Hawkeyes will try to put the loss to the Hoosiers and the 0-1 start in conference play behind them quickly as No. 15 Penn State and reigning Big Ten player of the year Maggie Lucas come to Carver-Hawkeye Arena for a 2 p.m. tip off Sunday.

“We are anxious to get back on the court,” Dixon said. “We know we can play so much better than we played (at Indiana), and it’s just going to be really important to put that behind us and bounce back.”

Iowa must bounce back and bounce back quickly against one of the best teams and players in the Big Ten.

Penn State comes to Iowa City riding a three-game winning streak after a puzzling 83-79 loss at 9-7 South Dakota State.

Lucas enters today’s game second in the Big Ten in scoring at a career-best clip of 21.1 points per game.

The 5-foot-10 Lucas has scored in double figures in all but one game this season and reached 20 points in six of Penn State’s 12 games.

“They are an excellent basketball team,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “They have great height. They have Maggie Lucas, the best player in our conference. They are strong. They are physical. They do a tremendous job, so they are a very, very tough opponent for us to play and especially coming off of a road loss.”

Iowa meanwhile will need to put the disappointing loss to the Hoosiers behind them as they try to avoid a 0-2 start to Big Ten play.

“We didn’t want to start the Big Ten season off with a loss, so now every game seems magnetized,” senior Theairra Taylor said.

Iowa faces a busy three-game stretch that begins today against Penn State.

The Hawkeyes will have just two days to prepare for a home game against Minnesota on Wednesday before traveling to Wisconsin a week from today.

“That’s the great thing about basketball: You play again in a couple of days,” Dixon said. “There is always a chance to learn from what you did wrong and improve but you have another chance to play right away.”

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