MADISON, Wis. — Is there such a thing as a perfect basketball game played on the road in the Big Ten Conference?
The effort turned in by Lisa Bluder’s nationally ranked Iowa women’s basketball team Sunday came close.
Seeking their second straight Big Ten win, the Hawkeyes whipped Wisconsin, 82-65, at the Kohl Center, hitting 52.4 of their shots from the field and outrebounding the Badgers, 39-28.
“We shot the ball well, very well,” Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder said. “We also shared the ball well. We celebrate those (23) assists.”
Bethany Doolittle and freshman Ally Disterhoft led the Hawkeyes (14-4, 2-2) with 20 points each. Doolittle nailed 10 of 13 from the field and Disterhoft hit 7 of 11, including 3 of 5 3-pointers, off the bench.
Samantha Logic nearly had her second triple-double of the season, scoring 16 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. She also had seven assists.
“I don’t think it was her best game,” Bluder said of Logic. “I think she was pressing a little bit. But, she’s our leader and she again came up big in crunchtime.”
Former Marion prep Paige Morgan led the Badgers with 20 points, hitting 6 of 19 from the field, 2 of 9 from the arc.
The Hawkeyes led from start to finish, sprinting to a 16-6 lead when Disterhoft dropped a free throw less than six minute in, and led 35-23 with two minutes left in the first half when Doolittle dropped in a jumper.
Wisconsin made a couple of runs, one late in the first half and another early in the second, but when Logic sank a pair of free throws to push the lead back to double-digits at 63-53 with eight minutes to play, the game was all but over.
“In the first half, we weren’t ready for their press (late in the half),” Bluder said. “We were a little more on our game in the second half when they tried to press us again.”