Jan. 14, 2007
With today’s loss to 20th-ranked Michigan State, Iowa now leads the all-time series 29-20. The Spartans have now won six of the last seven meetings and have won each of the last two contests by 20 points or more.
Kristi Smith was 2-2 from 3-point range for the second straight contest. The sophomore has made 11 of her last 15 (.733) 3-point attempts, spanning the last five games.
Wendy Ausdemore dished out a game-high five assists today — the five assists equal a career high.
Krista VandeVenter corralled a game-high nine rebounds. The junior has averaged nine rebounds the last five contests. She has grabbed 561 rebounds, three boards from tying Necole Tunsil for 12th in Iowa career rebounding.
Jenee Graham netted 10 of her 11 points in the first half. Today marked the first time in eight games Graham scored double figures. She has scored double digits four times this season.
Michigan State scored 49 second-half points, which are the most second-half points yielded by Iowa in the second stanza this season. The Spartans shot 57 percent (16-28) from the field and 79 percent (15-19) from the foul line in the second half.
Michigan State posted Iowa-opponent season highs in blocks (8), steals (15) and field goals made (30).
The Spartans outscored the Hawkeyes 36-10 in points in the paint and 30-10 in points off turnovers today.
Iowa has lost its last four home games, three of which were against ranked opponents (#7 Ohio State, #13 Purdue and #20 Michigan State). Conversely, the Hawkeyes have won four consecutive on the road.
Michigan State’s 83 points are the most the Spartans have scored against Iowa since the first contest of the 49-game series. Michigan State downed the Hawkeyes 83-54 in 1974.
Iowa fell to 4-2 in games played on January 14.