Iowa women upset Penn State in State College

24 from Disterhoft, triple-double from Logic bring huge win

Published: February 6 2014 | 9:19 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:19 am in
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Iowa got crucial points from Ally Disterhoft and Bethany Doolittle down the stretch and a triple-double from Samantha Logic last night in a 73-70 upset of No. 10 Penn State at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Doolittle put Iowa up 71-70 with 1:12 left with her only field goal of the second half. Logic then corralled a missed shot by Penn State’s Maggie Lucas, and Disterhoft was eventually fouled on a drive with a second left on the shot clock. She made both free throws for a 73-30 lead with 8.7 seconds left.

With a three-point lead, Iowa fouled Dara Taylor with two seconds left. She missed the first, Logic grabbed the rebound and Iowa (18-6, 6-4 Big Ten) extended its road winning streak to four games.

League-leading Penn State dropped to 17-5 overall and 8-2 in the Big Ten.

“We were incredibly focused and incredibly loose,” said Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder after tying C. Vivian Stringer for the most women’s basketball coaching victories at Iowa with 269. “Even when (Penn State) got the lead in the second half, no one got upset, no one was worried. They believed in each other and it pays forward, especially on the road.”

Disterhoft matched her career high with 24 points.

“Great night for her and one I’m sure she is going to remember for a long time,” Bluder said.

Iowa trailed by five points at 68-63 with 4:26 to play. Theairra Taylor hit a layup, then Disterhoft tied it on a 3-pointer with 3:32 to play. The Hawkeyes didn’t trail again.

Logic’s triple-double consisted of 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

“Most people dream about that, and (Logic) is a triple-double waiting to happen every night,” Bluder said. “It is unbelievable.”

The Hawkeyes shot 50 percent from the field (28 of 56) and held Penn State to 38.8 percent (26 of 67).

“We took smart shots, and we didn’t force any shots,” Bluder said. “Beating Penn State on their home court is hard to accomplish. It gives us that signature win on the road. That is important at the end of the year when the (NCAA) selection committee is looking at these things.”

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