By Don Lund
Iowa’s 86-84 loss to Indiana in the first Big Ten game of the season was still on the Hawkeye women’s minds Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Ally Disterhoft hit a 3-pointer with less than a minute gone in the game, the Hawkeyes never trailed and beat the Hoosiers, 84-75.
Balanced scoring, Bethany Doolittle blocking seven shots, Samantha Logic handing out 11 assists and Iowa has its 16th win.
“Bethany has really good timing,” said head coach Lisa Bluder. “The first half she got to play only nine minutes because of fouls. If we can have her down low like that, blocking shots, it just alters the way people think about coming into the paint. The thing about Bethany when some people block shots, it goes out of bounds and the other team gets the ball. She has such a soft touch that a lot of times we retain possession and that gets our fast break started.”
Samantha has had more than 10 assists in a game 11 times. That’s the most in program history.
She has 148 assists this season. That’s also the highest total in program history for a junior.
Cara Consuegra held the previous record with 138.
Theairra Taylor was 8-11 from the floor and 4-5 from the free throw line, finishing with a team-high 20 points and two steals.
“She’s playing like the senior we want to see out there,” said the coach. “She’s taking the ball hard inside and doing a beautiful job with that.”
Ally finished with 15 and Melissa Dixon hit four 3-pointers and ended the game with 16 points.
“I just love it that we have four people in double figures,” said coach Bluder. “We shoot the ball well because we made the defense work. We got to the free throw line better in the second half.”