Doolittle asserts herself from the very start

NCAA women's basketball: Post takes advantage of size advantage -- 21 points, 8 rebounds

Jeff Linder
Published: March 23 2014 | 9:00 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 10:04 am in

IOWA CITY -- It was apparent from the first possession.

Marist had nobody to match up with Bethany Doolittle.

"They've got four kids that can shoot, and they've got a stud inside," Marist Coach Brian Giorgis said after No. 25 Iowa eliminated the Red Foxes, 87-65, in an NCAA women's basketball tournament first-round game Sunday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

That "stud," according to Giorgis, was Doolittle.

The junior post hit 9 of 15 shots from the floor in a 21-point, eight-rebound performance.

She wasted no time in asserting herself.

The tallest player on the floor at 6-foot-4, Doolittle converted a three-point play on the Hawkeyes' first set. It took only 12 seconds.

"My teammates were doing well finding me," Doolittle said. "And I was able to put some shots down.

"From the get-go, I had a height advantage down low. We were able to take advantage of that, then it helped open things up from the perimeter."

Doolittle also triggered a massive advantage on the glass. The Hawkeyes (27-8) enjoyed a 41-23 rebounding disparity. Samantha Logic added nine boards, Theairra Taylor grabbed seven, Kali Peschel six.

Part of that was because Marist (27-7) conceded almost every carom on its offensive glass in an effort to get back and stop transition.

Sunday's game marked a rarity. Both teams entered the game with all five starters averaging in double figures.

The Hawkeyes continued that habit. Taylor scored 22 points, followed by Doolittle's 21. Melissa Dixon scored all 12 of her points in the second half; Logic scored 11, Ally Disterhoft 10.

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