Bluder's Bunch Buries Wisconsin

Feb. 25, 2007

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IOWA CITY — Talk about offense. They shot, they dropped Sunday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. And, when the final buzzer sounded, it was the Iowa Hawkeyes who were left standing after the shootout as Lisa Bluder’s squad outscored the visiting Wisconsin Badgers, 103-93.

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The point total was Iowa’s largest of the season and a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record and it pushed the UI’s overall record to 14-15 and its Big Ten Conference mark to 6-10. The win also means that Bluder’s Bunch will be the No. 8 seed in next week’s 2007 Big Ten Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament and will square off against Indiana at 7 p.m., Thursday, in Indianapolis’ Conseco Fieldhouse. The game will be televised live by Comcast Sport Net Chicago.

Iowa and Indiana played only once during the Big Ten’s regular season with the Hawkeyes claiming a 71-67 victory on Jan. 11 in Bloomington. That win as Iowa’s third straight and last on the road in league play.

Eight different Hawkeyes scored and five reached double-digits for Bluder’s squad. Forward Wendy Ausdemore paced the home team with 24 points, a total that included six buckets from behind the arc and 6-of-6 shooting from the charity stripe. Kristi Smith added 23, Nicole VanderPol and career-high 17, Jenee Graham 12 and Krista VandeVenter 11.

Jolene Anderson had 26 and Mariah Dunham 25 for the Badgers.

The game featured 72 free throws – 38 by the Hawkeyes and 34 by the Badgers. Iowa’s 31 made free throws was a school and Carver-Hawkeye Arena record. Iowa’s 38 free throw attempts and 56 second half points were also Arena records.

Iowa was hot from the field, hitting 32 of 59 field goal attempts including eight tries from behind the arc. The Hawkeyes also committed only 11 turnovers – a low number considering the pace of the game – and were credited with 23 assists.

“It was a fun game for our players to end their season at Carver. Anytime you score 100 points, it is fun. Our players executed the offense well,” said Bluder.

“We had 23 assists, so I felt like we passed the ball and found the open person very well. I felt that our execution and our movement away from the ball was probably the best it has been all year. I’m happy with the double-figure scoring by all five starters.”

The 196 points scored by the Hawkeyes and Badgers is an all-time record for the UI. It tops the 195 scored by Iowa and Iowa State in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Dec. 3, 2003. That game, however, went into double overtime.