Two down; two to go for the Iowa Hawkeye women’s basketball team. Iowa took care of Illinois yesterday in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament and then edged the 4th seeded Purdue Boilermakers today to advance to the semifinals. Iowa won today’s game by a score of 87-80.
Iowa played a fairly slow first half for what they usually like to play. Purdue took a 39-35 lead into the locker room. Bethany Doolittle hadn’t scored after a 26 point performance the day before and Ally Disterhoft had just 2 points at the intermission. This needed to change, and it did.
Doolittle scored 8 of Iowa’s first 12 points in the second half and she had found her form.
A pair of Melissa Dixon free throws with 9:42 left in the game gave Iowa the lead back. A lead that would be passed back and forth for a while before Iowa would take it for good. From around the 5:38 mark to the 3 minute mark, Iowa went on a 10-1 run to take the lead back from the Boilermakers, who had built a six point lead.
Then an 8-0 run over the final couple of minutes sealed the deal for the Hawkeyes. Doolittle and Theairra Taylor both had big baskets down the stretch for the Hawkeyes that would help them to victory.
All five Hawkeye starters found themselves in double figures with Melissa Dixon leading the charge with 18 points. Taylor chipped in 17, and Doolittle had 16, all of which came in the second half.
Iowa will now move on to the semis where they will get the 8th seeded Ohio State Buckeyes, who have been really hot as of late. The Buckeyes got to the semis by defeating the 9th seeded Northwestern Wildcats and the top seeded Penn State Nittany Lions.
When asked what the Hawkeyes need to do to slow down the red hot Buckeyes, Sam Logic had this to say.
“We just have to contain them as much as we can. … Limit what they do.” – Samantha Logic, BTN
Tomorrow’s game is scheduled to tip around 2:30 p.m. CT at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.