The Hawkeye women’s basketball team has had a rough first two games of their Big Ten schedule. They had to play an undefeated Indiana team on the road and then return home three days later to play the 15th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions. After losing to Indiana, they dropped their second Big Ten game to Penn State by a score of 87-71.
The game was Penn State’s for the duration, but the Hawkeyes hung around. The Nittany Lions held an 8 point lead at the half, but Iowa would cut that lead to 4 a couple minutes into the second half. The Hawkeyes would continue to hang around, but couldn’t quite get over that hump, just like the Indiana game.
Iowa was in the game until Penn State’s Maggie Lucas decided she wanted to get in on the action. Over the final 7 minutes of the game she scored 16 points, which was the reason for the large defeat.
Iowa didn’t really play a good game at all. They were -16 on the glass and were outscored 16-1 in terms of second chance points. That won’t win you any games in the Big Ten.
They shot OK, it was a dull 40% from the field, 33% from behind the arc, and 59% from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Penn State shot 48% from the field, 33% from behind the arc, and 80% from the free throw line. Bottom line, Penn State did what they needed to do to win the game.
Melissa Dixon had 22 points for the Hawkeyes on 4-11 behind the arc. Samantha Logic captured another double double, she had 13 points and 12 assists.
Penn State had 5 players in double figures and they were led by Maggie Lucas who had a game high 27 on the afternoon.
Iowa is now 12-4 and will take on Minnesota on January 8th. That game will be at Carver Hawkeye Arena and will begin at 7:00 p.m. CT.