Big Red blues continue for Hawkeye women

Women's basketball: Nebraska beats Iowa for the 7th straight time, 80-67

Jeff Linder
Published: February 1 2014 | 4:20 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 2:59 am in

IOWA CITY -- The largest women's basketball crowd of the season assembled Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Fueled by the energy of hundreds of Girl Scouts in the south end of the arena, it got loud during introductions. Really loud.

The decibels never reached that level after the ball was tipped.

No. 23 Nebraska seized control with a 14-0 run midway through the first half, and defeated Iowa for the seventh straight time, 80-67, in a Big Ten battle in front of 8,021.

"I just don't have a lot of positive things to say about the game," said Hawkeyes Coach Lisa Bluder, who was denied in her bid to reach C. Vivian Stringer's 269 career wins at Iowa.

"They're a good team. They ran the ball extremely well."

Tear'a Laudermill scorched the Hawkeyes inside and out, scoring a career-high 26 points. Jordan Hooper added 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Huskers (15-5 overall, 5-3 Big Ten).

"(Laudermill) has been shooting the ball so well," said Nebraska Coach Connie Yori. "And her quickness, that was an advantage we had. If you're a quick kid, but can't shoot, you're easy to guard. But you have to guard Tear'a at the 3-point line, and she's quick enough to get by you.

"You play Iowa, which is a great scoring team, and you know you're going to have to score points."

And the Huskers did.

Iowa (17-6, 5-4) surrendered 80-plus points for the eighth time this season. The Hawkeyes are 2-6 in such games.

Theairra Taylor's baseline 3-pointer got the Hawkeyes even, 19-19, with 7:51 left in the first half.

And then ...

"We got to 19-19, then we just tanked," Bluder said. "We went cold. We weren't getting stops or scores, and that's tough."

Hooper scored seven points in the 14-point surge that put the Huskers in control at 33-19.

Iowa didn't close within single digits again.

"Their denial was really good," said Iowa guard Samantha Logic. "Their denial and their help-side defense."

Nebraska led 38-27 at halftime, then scored the first seven points of the second half.

Logic scored 22 points, hitting a career-high five 3-pointers in seven attempts, and distributed eight assists.

"They were really denying Melissa (Dixon, who was held scoreless)," Logic said. "They were giving me the three, and I hit a couple. You're hurting your team if you're feeling it and you're not taking those shots."

Bethany Doolittle added 16 points, Taylor 15, Ally Disterhoft 12.

Iowa had won its first three games since Bluder inserted Disterhoft into the starting lineup, but continued its blues against Big Red.

The Huskers are 7-0 against Iowa since their Big Ten arrival.

"I don't know why," Yori said. "It's kind of odd. Iowa has had very good basketball teams, but we play (well) against them. It's just one of those deals."

Bluder is in her 14th season at Iowa and remained stuck on 268 wins. Stringer had 269 in a 12-year Iowa career that ended in 1995, when she left for Rutgers.

The Hawkeyes are at Penn State on Thursday.

NEBRASKA 80, IOWA 67

At Iowa City

NEBRASKA (80): Hailie Sample 3-5 4-4 10, Emily Cady 2-5 2-2 6, Jordan Hooper 11-22 0-0 25, Tear'a Laudermill 9-12 4-4 26, Rachel Theriot 5-14 0-0 10, Brandi Jeffery 0-2 0-0 0, Sadie Murren 0-0 1-2 1, Allie Havers 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 31-62 11-12 80.

IOWA (67): Bethany Doolittle 8-14 0-0 16, Ally Disterhoft 4-10 4-7 12, Melissa Dixon 0-6 0-0 0, Samantha Logic 8-17 1-2 22, Theairra Taylor 6-10 1-1 15, Alexa Kastanek 1-3 0-0 2, Claire Till 0-0 0-0 0, Kali Peschel 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-61 6-10 67.

Halftime: Nebraska 38, Iowa 27. 3-point goals: Nebraska 7-18 (Cady 0-1, Hooper 3-8, Laudermill 4-6, Theriot 0-2, Jeffery 0-1), Iowa 7-19 (Disterhoft 0-1, Dixon 0-5, Logic 5-7, Taylor 2-4, Kastanek 0-1, Peschel 0-1). Team fouls: Nebraska 16, Iowa 18. Fouled out: Theriot. Rebounds: Nebraska 39 (Hooper 13), Iowa 30 (Disterhoft 7). Assists: Nebraska 15 (Theriot 4), Iowa 13 (Logic 8). Steals: Nebraska 3 (Hooper 2), Iowa 5 (five with 1). Turnovers: Nebraska 11, Iowa 11.

Attendance: 8,021.

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