Mar 26, 2013; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes player Samantha Logic (22) drives to the basket against the Notre Fame Fighting Irish during the second round of the 2013 NCAA womens basketball tournament at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Notre Dame beat Iowa 74-57. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa Women Off To Fast Start

The Iowa women have sort of been overshadowed by the fast start by the Iowa Men, but like the men, the women are off to a 4-0 start as well.  The women have defeated the likes of UC-Riverside, #14 Dayton, Arkansas Pine Bluff, and Stony Brook.  They have also done it in impressive fashion.

Iowa proved to be too much for UC-Riverside in their opener as they handled them fairly easily, but then the real test came.  The Hawkeyes were set to square off against then #14 Dayton.  After a back and forth battle and one overtime, the Hawkeyes were able to hold off Dayton by a score of 97-93 behind Bethany Doolittle’s 22 points and Sam Logic’s 14 assists.

The Hawkeyes then eased past both Arkansas Pine Bluff and Stony Brook in two home contests.

The most impressive part of this hot start for the Hawkeyes is the play of true freshman Ally Disterhoft. Disterhoft, who played her high school ball at Iowa City West High School, has been a big reason why the Hawkeyes are 4-0 to this point.  The freshman is averaging 14 points and 8 rebounds a game through her first four collegiate ball games.  Of course it helps having a point guard like Samantha Logic to get you the ball, but Disterhoft has looked very impressive.

Senior point guard, Sam Logic, has been a little inconsistent scoring the basketball, but has played big minutes in all the games because of her toughness and ability to get the ball to her teammates.  Logic is averaging 8 assists per game through four games.  Logic is what I like to call, a facilitator, and every team needs one.

Center Bethany Doolittle has also been nothing less than great for Coach Lisa Bluder’s ball team.  Doolittle was instrumental in the victory over Dayton.  She had her way with Flyer defenders throughout the entire game.  Doolittle on the season is averaging 14 points and 5 rebounds per game for the Hawkeyes.

If there is one knock on this team right now, it’s their inability to go deep into their bench during tight ball games.  In the game against Dayton, only 6 players played double figure minutes and Sam Logic played 43 of 45 minutes, while Bethany Doolittle played 41 of 45 minutes.  This should cause some wear and tear as the season progresses.

The main reason why this team has been successful is because of the balance that they have.  Every single player has the ability to go out and get you double figures night in and night out and that’s one of the reasons I feel this team is special.

The Hawkeyes will test their luck on the road tonight against the 16th ranked Colorado Buffaloes.  Tip-off for that game is set for 9:30 p.m. CT.

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