The Iowa women’s basketball team has put its tough start to the Big Ten season firmly in the rear-view mirror.
Iowa (14-4) evened its conference mark at 2-2 with its second straight Big Ten win Sunday as the Hawkeyes never trailed in an 82-65 win over Wisconsin at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.
Ally Disterhoft and Bethany Doolittle each scored 20 points as Iowa won on the road for the second time this season and the first time in conference.
“This was a good win for us,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “First of all, its our first road Big Ten win and, second of all, we withstood their runs whenever we would get a lead and they would come back at us, we withstood it and that was really good to see.”
Samantha Logic continued her exceptional play as she posted her third double-double in four Big Ten games with 16 points and 11 rebounds against her home-state team.
The junior from Racine, Wis., added seven assists as Iowa had 23 assists as a team on 33 field goals.
Senior Theairra Taylor added 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals for Iowa, which shot 52 percent for the game including 64 percent (18-of-28) in the second half.
“We shot the ball well today,” Bluder said. “We shot the ball very well. We had great assists and we shared the ball well.”
After being out-rebounded in each of their first three conference games, Iowa finished with a 39 to 28 rebounding edge over the Badgers.
Logic led the Hawkeyes with 11 rebounds, while Doolittle and Disterhoft each finished with five.
Iowa had 13 offensive rebounds to 10 for Wisconsin.
“The thing that I am probably the most happy about is that we out-rebounded them,” Bluder said. “That is the first time that we have out-rebounded a Big Ten opponent. We out-rebounded them by 11 and we have 13 offensive rebounds, an area that we have kind of been struggling in.”
Doolittle scored the first four points of the game and Iowa never looked back.
Doolittle had eight of Iowa’s first 13 points as the Hawkeyes jumped to a 16-6 lead on a conventional 3-point play by Disterhoft less than six minutes into the game.
“She has 20 points on 10 of 13 shooting,” Bluder said of Doolittle. “It was Beth that really got us going early in the game.”
Iowa led by as many as 16 in the opening half at 30-14 following a Taylor 3-pointer with 6:18 left.
The Iowa lead was 35-23 with less than two minutes to play in the opening half but Wisconsin ended the first half with a 9-0 run to close the gap to three points.
Linn-Mar graduate Morgan Paige had seven straight points during the 9-0 spurt that cut the lead to 35-32.
Wisconsin got to within one at 41-40 when Nicole Bauman hit a 3-pointer with 17:46 left, but Iowa scored the next eight points on two baskets each by Doolittle and Logic.
The Badgers would make one more run, closing to 56-51 with 11 minutes left, but the Hawkeyes again had the answer, this time in the form of a 14-2 run.
Doolittle and Logic each had four points during the 14-2 run, while Disterhoft and freshman Alexa Kastanek each had 3-pointers as Iowa pushed the lead to 70-53.
“Sam played well,” Bluder said. “I don’t think it was her best game by any account, I think she was pressing a little bit out there but she is our leader and down the stretch, man, she was stepping up to the free-throw line and she took care of the ball down the stretch when it was really, really crunch time.”
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