Bigger. Faster. Stronger.

Nov. 11, 2004

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Bigger. Faster. Stronger. And, ultimately, better.

That about sums up the Iowa women’s basketball team’s 86-55 victory over Division II Truman State Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa entertains Southern Illinois Friday, Nov. 19, in first round action of the 2004 KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge. Game time inside Carver-Hawkeye is set for 5:30 p.m.

Coach Lisa Bluder’s squad won its second and final exhibition game of the 2004-05 season handily because they were, in fact, the better team on the floor. But that doesn’t mean the Hawkeyes didn’t have their moments.

Iowa used a 19-6 burst in the final six minutes of the first half to carry a 44-29 lead into intermission. The Hawkeyes appeared to be on the verge of breaking the game open several times earlier in the evening, but each time they looked ready to stretch their lead from six to eight or from nine to 11, the Bulldogs would drop a three-point bucket. In fact, TSU was good on seven of 16 attempts from behind the arc during the first 20 minutes.

The home team then went to its strength – inside – where it had a commanding physical advantage. The Hawkeyes rattled off nine unanswered points – the last six by senior center Jamie Cavey – between 6:29 and 4:11 to move from a 25-23 advantage to a 34-23 lead. The roll continued until Iowa stretched its lead to 16 at 40-24 when Jenna Armstrong nailed a short jumper with just under two minutes to play before intermission.

Iowa took a 52-31 lead on a jumper by Johanna Solverson at 16:40 of the second half and never looked back.

Bluder’s squad was paced in scoring by Cavey, who had a game-high 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. Armstrong added 15 points, Solverson 13 and Krista VandeVenter 12. VandeVenter also had a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Hawkeyes didn’t exactly burn the twine, shooting under 50 percent from the field and only 68 percent from the charity stripe. However, their defense was tenacious, forcing 20 turnovers, collecting 10 steals and limiting Truman State to only 16 field goals in 55 attempts.

The Bulldogs were paced by Annie Westhoff’s 12 points and Jamie Huffman’s seven rebounds.

Iowa will now begin preparations for the 2004 KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-20, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes entertain Southern Illinois at 5:30 p.m. in first round action of the annual tournament. Iowa will play at 1 p.m. on the second day of the event, a time that is a departure from the previous schedule of either 5:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. caused by the 3:30 p.m. kickoff of the Iowa-Wisconsin football game at Kinnick Stadium on the same day.