Shocker in Happy Valley: Hawkeye women win, then Wobble

Iowa gets first road win vs. top 10 since 1993, then dances the night away

Jeff Linder
Published: February 7 2014 | 1:33 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:20 am in

IOWA CITY -- The Hokey Pokey is so 1980s.

In the aftermath of the Iowa Hawkeyes' 73-70 women's basketball upset of No. 10 Penn State on Thursday, Coach Lisa Bluder joined her team in a February version of The Big Dance.

The Wobble, to be specific.

"It was quite funny," center Bethany Doolittle said Friday, about 17 hours after the triumph. "The whole staff was getting their groove on."

The Hawkeyes' first road win over a top-10 team since 1993. Yeah, that's groove-worthy. Wobble-worthy.

"Obviously, it was a fun locker room and a happy flight home," said Bluder, whose 269th Iowa win moved her alongside C. Vivian Stringer as the winningest women's basketball coach in school history. "Nobody wanted to leave the locker room. It was a special time to spend with the team."

Freshman Ally Disterhoft scored 24 points and Samantha Logic posted the third triple-double of her career -- 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists -- as the Hawkeyes improved to 18-6 overall, 6-4 in the Big Ten.

Disterhoft won a state championship two years ago at Iowa City West, then spearheaded an upset win over Iowa City High to get the Women of Troy back to state last year. She ranked Thursday's outcome as "definitely right up there" with those two feats.

"A lot of people didn't truly believe we could pull that off," Disterhoft said.

Melissa Dixon took it a step further.

"It might be No. 1 on my all-time list (of wins)," she said. "It was incredible. We came out focused and did what we needed to do."

Bluder said the Hawkeyes' pregame demeanor "just felt right."

"It felt like early in the season. I told them, 'Just let it go,' kind of like we did at Cancun (earlier this season).

"That was fun."

So was the postgame.

The consensus among the players is that the best dancers on the team are Theairra Taylor and Claire Till. Bluder and her staff are down the ladder a few rungs.

"Seeing the coaches dance like that ... I was just blown away," Disterhoft said. "Everybody was so happy. A lot of us will remember that for a long time."

The Hawkeyes had Friday off, then will prepare Saturday and Sunday for Monday's home game with Northwestern (14-9, 4-6), a team that shocked the Hawkeyes in Iowa City last season.

"That was about the only (subdued moment) in the locker room," Bluder said. "I had to bring that up. We won two of three with Northwestern last year, but the time they got us, was on our home floor."

Doolittle said, "(Last year's loss) is definitely in the back of our heads. We won't overlook them, that's for sure."

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