Road win and home loss
The Hawkeye women had a road trip to Minnesota and hosted Nebraska last week.
They knocked off the Gophers, 64-56, Wednesday and lost to Nebraska 80-76 Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa played Lisa Bluder ball against the Gophers.
That is, four players in double figures, solid defense and 17 assists on 24 baskets.
“Such a great team performance,” said coach Bluder. “I love the balance of our basketball team.”
That’s the 20th straight game Iowa has had at least three players finish in double figures.
How much more can you say about Samantha Logic?
She played all 40 minutes, scored 12 points, had 10 assists, eight rebounds and four steals.
Samantha does such a good job of controlling the tempo of the game. She knows when to push it and when to slow it down.
Ally Disterhoft continues to shine in her third straight start with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Ally is shooting 54 percent from the floor, 42 percent from the 3-point range and 76 percent from the free throw line.
Kali Peschel had her best game off the bench, scoring five points including 1-1 from 3-point range and 2-2 from the free throw line.
Kali also had four rebounds and is shooting 78 percent from the free throw line. Kali is 6 feet, one inch, and since the Hawks have only one true post player, Bethany Doolittle, she has had to step up, play defense against taller players and rebound.
The Nebraska loss at Carver last Saturday was another tough one to deal with.
Can you believe the game was tied at 19 before the Cornhuskers went on a 14-0 run, led 38-27 at half and gave Iowa it’s sixth loss of the season.
That’s seven straight wins for Nebraska including three last season.
The good news is Iowa won’t have to play the Huskers again this season unless it’s in the Big Ten Tournament.
Also, senior Jordan Hooper will be gone. The 6-2 forward averaged 21 points per game against the Hawks last year and she had 25 points and 13 rebounds Saturday.
This is one of those games where the Hawkeyes don’t match up well.
Iowa has only two players listed over 6-1, Nebraska has four, and they dominated the boards, 39-30.
Nicole Smith was suited up for the first time.
I’m not sure if Nicole is the answer but at 6-4, she could add size off the bench.
The Hawkeyes had four players in double figures. Samantha Logic lead the way with 22 playing all 40 minutes again, but Melissa Dixon was held scoreless and the bench had only two points.
This is the bittersweet part of starting Ally Disterhoft, who had 12 points against Nebraska.
Ally is doing a great job of starting but no one has stepped up coming off the bench. Iowa is sitting at 17-6, 5-4 in the Big Ten.