Nov. 27, 2008
Tonight’s 56-48 win over Texas Tech garnered Iowa its third-straight victory. Iowa improves to 4-1, while Texas Tech falls to 4-1. Tonight was the first-ever meeting between Iowa and Texas Tech.
Tonight marked the second-straight season the Hawkeyes played on Thanksgiving. The Hawkeyes beat Mississippi State last year in Cancun, Mexico.
Iowa trailed 29-27 early in the second half, but went on a 16-1 run to take a 43-30 advantage at the 11:35 mark. The Black and Gold led by as many as 17 in the second stanza.
Wendy Ausdemore scored 17 points tonight to move closer to becoming the 26th Hawkeye to net 1,000 career points. Tonight’s total raised her career total to 996. The senior was 6-9 (.667) from the field, including 2-4 (.500) from 3-point range, and a perfect 3-3 (1.000) from the foul line. Ausdemore also had pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds, one shy of a career high and also shared game high honors with three assists.
Ausdemore has made 2-4 (.500) from long distance in Iowa’s last two games.
Kristi Smith tallied double figures for the third-consecutive game and fourth time this season. The senior posted 15 points and was also credited with two assists.
Both Iowa starting posts, Megan Skouby and JoAnn Hamlin, fouled out of tonight’s basketball game. Skouby finished with six points, six rebounds and a game and season-high four blocks. Hamlin was held scoreless, but did have four boards and an assist.
The Hawkeyes were victorious despite being outrebounded by six (43-37). Iowa did shoot 5-11 (.455) from 3-point range, while holding the Red Raiders to 3-20 (.150).
Iowa improved to 125-17 when leading at the half in nine years under Coach Bluder (Iowa lled 25-23 at the half). Also, the Hawkeyes improved to 105-22 when holding opponents to 69 points or less and a 50-4 mark when foes score 59 points or fewer.
Iowa returns to action tomorrow night with its second game of the Paradise Jam against South Florida at 5 p.m. (CST) at the Sports and Fitness Center on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.