IOWA CITY – Melissa Dixon started it. Every outside shot seemed to stretch the hoop for her teammates, too.
Dixon scored 24 points and made six of No. 25 Iowa’s school-record 17 3-pointers in a 95-47 drubbing of Idaho State on Saturday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
“It’s one of those contagious things,” Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder said. “Once they start flying in, it’s easy for it to seem like the basket is getting bigger and bigger.”
The Hawkeyes (10-1) used a 29-5 run over a nine-minute span in the middle of the game to pull away from Idaho State and win their sixth straight. A showdown with No. 20 Iowa State looms next week.
Bethany Doolittle had 17 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Theairra Taylor scored 16 and Ally Disterhoft added 14.
Dixon – riding an unbelievable shooting streak – made 6 of 11 3-pointers against Idaho State.
The junior guard hit a career-high seven 3s in Iowa’s previous two games. She’s made 25 of 47 in the last four games after struggling through a 10 of 54 outside shooting stretch to open the season.
“You have to forget about those first couple games,” Dixon said. “I was in a cold-spell. But once I started hitting, I’ve had that confidence.”
Bluder told her to keep putting up the shots.
“It’s just so effortless to watch her shoot,” Bluder said.
It’s clearly rubbing off on her teammates.
Taylor hit 4 of 6 3-pointers and Disterhoft made 3 of 4. The Hawkeyes finished 17 of 34 – their best percentage of the season.
Fittingly, Iowa’s 17 3-pointers against the Bengals beat the previous single-game school record by three. The Hawkeyes last hit the previous record 14 3-pointers on Dec. 22, 2011 against Mississippi Valley State.
The Hawkeyes assisted on 28 of their 31 field goals – a season-high 90 percent. Iowa’s earned assists on at least four out of five baskets the last four games.
Iowa had assists on 64 percent of its field goals last season.
“Everyone is getting into the flow and passing the ball really well,” Bluder said.
Idaho State (2-5) made only 4 of 34 shots in the second half.
The Bengals put together an early 3-point barrage of their own, allowing them to stay even with Iowa for the first 14 minutes. The Hawkeyes’ big run gave them a 44-29 halftime lead.
Eight of Idaho State’s first nine field goals were from behind the arc. The Bengals made only 1 of 18 3-point shot in the second half – much close to the 21 percent shooting on 3s in their first six games.