ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Iowa took a big step toward grabbing a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament.
The Hawkeyes climbed in a tie with Purdue for fourth place in the conference and the race for the final bye with a 74-70 win at Michigan.
Iowa made 7-of-8 free throws in the final 1:51, including two by senior Theirra Taylor that put the Hawkeyes ahead for good Saturday.
“It was experience down the line,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “We hit free throws down the stretch, we defended in the last four minutes. I thought they did a great job out there in the last four minutes staying positive.”
Iowa improved to 21-7 overall, 9-5 in the Big Ten, with two games to play. Michigan dropped to 17-11 overall, 8-7 in the league.
Logic eclipsed 1,000 points for her career by scoring a game-high 19. The junior also went 7-for-10 from the field and handed out six assists.
Iowa’s other four starters also reached double figures, with freshman Ally Disterhoft scoring 14, Taylor 13, junior Bethany Doolittle 12 and Dixon 11.
The Hawkeyes made the final run in a series of big spurts by both teams. Michigan scored the first 13 points after just 3 minutes.
“We were not taking care of the ball and they were scoring high-percentage shots,” Bluder said. “We said, ‘Let’s move on and start this over again. It’s early.’ ”
Dixon’s 3-pointer completed a rally to tie the game at 21-all. The Hawkeyes then built leads of 47-31 and 49-33 early in the second half.
The Wolverines went on a 25-9 surge to tie the game at 58-all with 8:58 remaining. Michigan led 68-67 when Taylor’s free throws pushed Iowa ahead to stay.
The Hawkeyes shot 52.1 percent (25-of-48) from the field for their best showing since Jan. 25 against Indiana.
Iowa closes the regular season by hosting Ohio State Thursday and playing at Illinois on Sunday.
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