IOWA CITY — The Iowa women’s basketball team opened up its season on Sunday as they hosted Concordia-St. Paul.
The Hawkeyes beat the Bears 92-68, with three Hawkeyes scoring in double digits. Head coach Lisa Bluder seemed very happy with the way the Hawkeyes handled their opponent on the court.
“I thought it was a really nice first effort out on the floor for us today,” Bluder said. “I thought we did a lot of good things. We stuck to the game plan.”
Bethany Doolittle, Melissa Dixon and Ally Disterhoft led the way in the exhibition win.
Bluder said she was especially pleased with the freshman Disterhoft. The Iowa City West grad played her first game at Carver Hawkeye Arena and showed her team how much of an asset she is with 13 points, six rebounds and four assists. Along with Disterhoft, juniors Doolittle and Dixon did some major work for the Hawkeyes. Doolittle ended with 20 points, five rebounds and one assist while Dixon put up 18 points and three rebounds.
Sophomore Nicole Smith left the game early due to a knee injury. Bluder said the doctors quickly examined Smith and said she was done for the day.
The Hawkeyes will have their next four games at home where they will host the Hawkeye Challenge. UC Riverside, Dayton, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Stony Brook will all head to Carver Hawkeye Arena in the next two weeks, with the Hawkeyes’ first opponent, UC Riverside, this Friday at 6 p.m.