Well, it’s official, Lisa Bluder now stands alone atop the wins list for the Iowa Hawkeye Women’s basketball program with a 90-84 home victory over the Northwestern Wildcats. Iowa (19-6, 7-4) jumped out to an early lead and held that lead for almost the entire first half.
The only point in which they surrendered that lead was at the 16:41 mark in the first half when Northwestern led 6-4. Iowa would take that lead back and take a four point lead into the locker room.
Iowa would stretch their lead to 9 at two separate points in the second half and even stretched it out to 11 at one point. However, they couldn’t put the Wildcats away as they kept crawling back into the game. Northwestern got the lead down to 4 with 15 seconds left on the clock, but their comeback attempt fell short and Lisa Bluder got her 270th win as the Iowa Women’s head ball coach.
Samantha Logic continues to be phenomenal, she totaled 20 points, had 10 assists, and added 8 rebounds for Iowa. But it wasn’t just Logic who had a hand in this one. Five Hawkeyes totaled double figures. Melissa Dixon had a team high 24 points on 6-9 shooting from downtown. Theairra Taylor chipped in 16 points, Bethany Doolittle had 14, and freshman Ally Disterhoft had 11 points in the game.
The Hawkeyes did an exceptional job shooting the basketball as they were 51% for the game. A +7 rebounding margin certainly helped Iowa in this one as well.
Iowa has now won 5 of it’s last 6 and currently sits two games back and in fourth place in the race for the Big Ten title. Unfortunately for them, they don’t play any of the top 3 teams in the conference during this last little five game stretch. Iowa will have to win out and hope for some help from other teams in the conference.
Iowa’s next game will come on Thursday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena when they take on the Illinois Fighting Illini (9-15, 2-9). That game will tip off at 8:00 p.m. CT.