Iowa Wins Exhibition Finale

Nov. 13, 2005

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In its final tune-up before the regular season tips off, the Iowa Hawkeye women’s basketball team defeated Minnesota State-Moorhead 84-75 Sunday afternoon in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes had to overcome an eight-point second half deficit to win the exhibition contest. Iowa trailed 53-45 with 17:44 left in the game. Iowa responded with a 12-3 run to grab a one-point advantage (57-56) with 14:16 remaining. There would be four more lead changes before five-straight Tiffany Reedy points put the Hawkeyes ahead to stay with six minutes left.

Iowa scored 22 of 84 points off 25 MSU turnovers. Iowa’s defense intensified in the second half, forcing the Dragons into 17 second half miscues. MSU was able to stay in the game thanks to tremendous rebounding and free throw shooting. The Dragons out-rebounded Iowa by nine (25-16) in the first half and five for the game (40-35) and shot a blistering 95 percent (19-20) from the foul line. Iowa did a better job on the boards in the second half, limiting MSU to only one offensive rebound.

The Hawkeyes were led by senior Crystal Smith, who scored a game-high 27 points on 10-15 shooting from the field, including 5-8 from 3-point range and 2-5 from the charity stripe. She also led the team in assists (4) and was the team’s second leading rebounder (6).

Smith’s game-high five triples were made from a father distance than normal, as the game was played with a father 3-point line for experimental purposes for the NCAA.

Senior tri-captain Tiffany Reedy contributed 11 points (4-10 FG, 2-2 FT) and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Sophomore Krista VandeVenter also netted 11 points (5-10 FG, 1-1 FT) and collected a game-high four steals. VandeVenter and Reedy each played 19 minutes.

Iowa opens its 2005-06 home schedule Nov. 20 against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Thirteen days later the Hawkeyes stage Day 1 of this year’s KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge, an event that is highlighted by the return to the UI campus of former Iowa coach C. Vivian Stringer and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

The game had 12 lead changes and was tied eight times. The visitors were led by Allison Swenson and Jessica Fesenmaier. The duo both scored 17 points. Swenson’s 17 points was bolstered by a perfect 10-10 shooting from the foul line. In addition to scoring 17 points, Fesenmaier corralled a team-high seven rebounds and rejected a game-high six shots.

Iowa opens its regular season when it hosts UW-Milwaukee on Sunday, November 20 at 2:05 p.m. The Panthers have already begun regular season play as UWM lost at 25th-ranked Oklahoma 89-57 in the preseason WNIT on Nov. 11. The Panthers will also host Oakland (MI) University on Friday, Nov. 18 prior to traveling to Iowa City.