Hawkeye women dominate rematch with Indiana

Published: January 26 2014 | 12:10 am - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 2:41 am in

IOWA CITY — Coach Lisa Bluder circled this game weeks ago. The way the Iowa women’s basketball team is playing, Indiana didn’t have a chance in the rematch.

Theairra Taylor scored 20 points and the Hawkeyes had their best shooting night in seven weeks in an 84-75 victory last night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, avenging a loss this month in Bloomington.

Iowa (16-5, 4-3 Big Ten) — winners in four of its last five games — play Wednesday at Minnesota.

“Our team is feeling good about themselves and it’s like a snowball,” Bluder said. “It keeps getting bigger and bigger as you roll it along and that’s the way our team is flowing right now. Hopefully, we’ll take that snowball right up to Minnesota ... bad segue.”

Bluder will just have to settle for a good winning streak.

Iowa never trailed against Indiana (15-5, 2-5), which beat the Hawkeyes in a Big Ten opener Jan. 2.

The Hawkeyes shot 53.7 percent from the floor and converted 22 turnovers into 29 points.

“We’re starting to notice that our defense leads to our offense,” Taylor said. “We get to push a lot more and that’s fun for everybody.”

Melissa Dixon scored 16 points and Ally Disterhoft added 15 in her second start.

Disterhoft made 5 of 8 shots, including 2 of 4 from 3-point range. The Iowa City West graduate said her first home start in front of 7,180 fans at Carver was special.

“I tried to treat it as another game, but you do get those butterflies hearing your name called in the starting lineup,” Disterhoft said.

Bluder said Disterhoft gives Iowa a potent offensive starting lineup. Disterhoft, Dixon, Taylor and Samantha Logic can shoot from outside. Bethany Doolittle is a threat in the post, and the Hawkeyes can get to the rim, too.

“It makes us so hard to guard because there’s nobody they can really help off of and there’s nobody they can sag off of,” Bluder said. “When you have five weapons like that, our offense flows so much better.”

Logic had 11 assists and five rebounds.

Doolittle scored 11 points and tied a career-high with seven blocked shots. The junior moved into fourth on Iowa’s all-time list with 146 blocks.

“Beth is really soft with her blocked shots and we often retain possession of the ball,” Bluder said. “That’s huge to getting our fast break going.”

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