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Hawkeye women open strong

Senior center Bethany Doolittle scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the University of Iowa as the women’s basketball team opened the season with a 119-57 win of St. Ambrose Sunday. (photo by Don Lund)

I know Iowa’s 119-57 win last Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena was against St. Ambrose, an NAIA school, but there are a lot of good things to like about the victory.
I was a little surprised when Whitney Jennings started in place of Melissa Dixon, but Lisa Bluder, Iowa’s head coach, said Melissa was injured early on and is just starting to get back on track.
Melissa came off the bench and had 19 points in 19 minutes including five 3-pointers.
I really liked what the four freshmen brought to the game.
Whitney might have been a little nervous as she missed a couple of wide open layups, but she hit a long distance 3-pointer, and finished with eight points and five assists.
Chase Coley came off the bench, grabbed 12 rebounds, scored 11 points and had two blocked shots while Carly Mohns had nine boards and eight points.
Christina Buttenham had five points and five rebounds.
“I thought our freshmen did really well for their first time out,” said coach Bluder.
All four add great depth and that should pay off when the Big Ten season opens.
Bethany Doolittle and Ally Disterhoft were in mid-season form as Bethany scored 21 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had two blocked shots.
Ally was 7-8 from the floor, 4-5 from the free throw line and totaled 18 points.
Iowa totaled 28 assists, something Lisa Bluder loves to see.
The match-up of the night came when Samantha Logic went against her younger sister, Brette.
They played against each other growing up and in the summer league and although Samantha is a better player, Brette has a good game as a sophomore.
Watching the women win big-time helped heal the Iowa football loss a little... but then the Chicago Bears (my favorite pro team) got crushed by the Green Bay Packers 55-14 Sunday night.
The Hawkeye football team travels to Illinois Saturday.
On Friday the Hawkeye women and me have a doubleheader at Carver. Let’s hope for a trifecta.