Same as always.
The Iowa women’s basketball team’s success this season has been a result of great shooting, scoring at or above their season average in points, and a triple double threat from Samantha Logic.
All of that happened and more Sunday night.
Iowa and Marist traded leads six times in the first half, but the Hawkeyes pulled away after the break to defeat Marist 87-65 in round one of the NCAA Tournament on Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Leading 47-42 just five minutes into the second half, coach Lisa Bluder’s squad went on a 14-2 run and never looked back.
“It was one of those games I thought offensively we just had so many weapons,” Bluder said. “In a NCAA game, that doesn’t happen very often.”
Iowa will go on to face No. 4 Louisville at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Carver-Hawkeye.
The Hawkeyes shot 57.1 percent from the field and were 12-of-25 from the 3-point line. They eclipsed their season average in points, which was 78.6 points heading into Sunday’s action.
And then there’s Logic, who had a typical game of her own against the Red Foxes. The junior point guard scored 11 points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished out 10 assists.
Melissa Dixon added 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting — all in the final 20 minutes — and Theairra Taylor and Bethany Doolittle had 22 and 21 points, respectively, as all five starters recorded double figures. Ally Disterhoft had 10 points and four rebounds.
“As a team, it was one of the best games this season,” Doolittle said. “Everyone did something to help us out. I think that gives us a lot of confidence going into the next (game).”
Marist got close to its average of 72.6 points per game, but its motion offense was tempered significantly. The Red Foxes were limited to 41 percent shooting and had 13 turnovers.
Iowa also dominated in transition offense, making clean passes on the fast break down in the post to Doolittle, or Doolittle would pass out to the perimeter to an open guard. The Black and Gold outscored Marist 9-0 in transition.
“(Doolittle was bigger than me),” Marist’s Emma O’Connor said. “(Iowa’s) guards started to help. That’s when they started to kick out and get open looks. … They battled and we tried to battle. They were just bigger and stronger in certain positions.”
Marist coach Brian Giogis also was complimentary of Iowa.
While the Hawkeyes benefited from playing on their home hardwood, it didn’t matter on this night.
“If we played on Mars, I think Iowa would have beaten us the way they shot the ball,” Giogis said.
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