Mar 18, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Theairra Taylor (23) leaves the court after the California Golden Bears defeated Iowa 84-74 in the first round of the 2012 NCAA women

Ladies Earn First Big Ten Win

After a tough start to the conference season, the Iowa Hawkeye women’s basketball team finally earned their first Big Ten victory.  It was a 78-71 home victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

The Hawkeyes suffered a couple of tough losses to start conference play.  It was a two point loss on the road to an undefeated Indiana team and a 16 point home loss to the 15th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions.  They Hawkeyes finally caught a break when a 11-4 Minnesota team came to Iowa City.

Minnesota actually led at the break by 3 points, but the Hawkeyes outscored the Gophers by 10 in the second half earning a 7 point win.

Iowa had four players in double figures for the game.  They were led by senior guard Theairra Taylor, who had 20 points and 6 rebounds.  Samantha Logic shined once again.  She had 11 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, and 5 steals.  Logic also played all 40 minutes in the game.  She really does it all for coach Lisa Bluder.

The Hawkeyes were out-rebounded by 8 in the game, but they shot 17 more free throws than the Gophers.  Iowa’s 26-28 mark at the line was key in the victory tonight.

Rachel Banham had 32 points for the Gophers on the night.

This was a much needed victory as it gets Iowa in the win column in conference play.  Now that the pressure is off of getting that first victory, the Hawkeyes can settle back in.  The Hawkeyes will have a couple days off and will be back in action when they head to the Kohl Center on Sunday afternoon to take on the Wisconsin Badgers.

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