Feb. 8, 2009
Minnesota rallied from seven points down late to escape with a 64-58 win over Iowa today at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN. Iowa falls to 14-9 overall and 7-5 in league play. Minnesota improves to 17-6 overall and 9-3 in the Big Ten.
Tonight was the 61st meeting between Iowa and Minnesota. Minnesota snapped a three-game losing skid to the Hawkeyes with today’s win. Iowa now leads the all-time series, 40-21. Today was Minnesota’s first triumph over Iowa in Minneapolis since beating Iowa on Feb. 3, 2005.
Today’s game was a homecoming for three Hawkeyes who hail from the state of Minnesota: Kachine Alexander (Minneapolis), Hannah Draxten (Fergus Falls) and Kamille Wahlin (Crookston). About 300-400 fans were at the game tonight cheering for the Hawkeyes and their three Minnesota natives.
Iowa made all its 3-pointers in the first half. The Hawkeyes were 0-9 (.000) in the second half from distance.
Minnesota was 14-16 from the foul line, while Iowa was 5-5.
Despite playing without JoAnn Hamlin, Iowa outrebounded Minnesota 38-31.
Megan Skouby posted her first career double-double today (21 points and 11 rebounds). The 11 rebounds are a career best. Skouby netted 15 of her 21 points in the second stanza.
Iowa led 56-49 with four minutes remaining, but the Golden Gophers ended the game on a 15-2 run, sparked by six-straight points by Ashley Ellis-Milan.
The Golden Gophers improved to 11-1 in home games this year.
Iowa led 29-23 at intermission. Today marked the 14th contest this season that Iowa led halftime. Iowa lost for the first time (13-1) this year when leading at the break. The Hawkeyes led by as many as 12 points (20-8) in the first half. The Hawkeyes shot 50 percent (12-24) from the field, including 46 percent (5-11) from 3-point range, in the first stanza.
Iowa made the first bucket of the second half, but Minnesota quickly answered by going on a 10-0 surge to take its first lead of the game 33-31 at the 16:28 mark.
Iowa scored on five of its first six offensive possessions, including its first four trips down the court. The Hawkeyes jumped out to a 12-4 advantage the first four minutes of the contest.
JoAnn Hamlin missed her fifth-straight game today with a sprained left ankle. Hamlin is Iowa’s second-leading rebounder and fifth-leading scorer.
Iowa returns to action Thursday when it entertains nationally-ranked Ohio State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Thursday will be the only regular season game between the two schools.