Hawkeyes Improve to 7-0


Nov. 26, 2010

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PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — The University of Iowa women’s basketball team improved to 7-0 on Friday after defeating Virginia Tech, 72-43, in its second and final game of the Caribbean Challenge.

Led by sophomore Jamie Printy’s 15-point, six-assist performance, the 20th-ranked Hawkeyes handed the Hokies their second loss in as many days, lowering their record to 4-2 on the season.

The Hawkeyes tied a school record by hitting 12 3-pointers after connecting on just 2 of 18 the night before against James Madison.

Printy and Kelly Krei each made three attempts from beyond the arc while Kamille Wahlin, Hannah Draxten, and Kalli Hansen converted two shots apiece from long distance.

“A lot of people got involved in this game,” UI head coach Lisa Bluder said. “We shot the ball better tonight and that was really good to see. We shot the ball better from 3-point range, we shot well from the free-throw line and we crashed really well.”

Krei scored 11 points and Wahlin added 10. Sophomore Morgan Johnson was able to grab nine rebounds despite suffering a shoulder injury the night before.

The Hawkeye bench had one of its most productive games of the season scoring 26 points, led by Draxten’s nine points and five rebounds. Hansen contributed eight points to help hold off the Hokie’s early second-half surge.

The eight points Hansen tallied were her first as a Hawkeye after playing two years at Kirkwood Community College before transferring to Iowa.

After leading 30-15 at the half, Hawkeye turnovers lead the way to a Virginia Tech comeback cutting the lead to 43-35 with under 11 minutes to go in the game.

The Hawkeyes proceeded to end the game outscoring the Hokies, 29-8.

Shooting 23 of 58 from the field, including 12 of 29 from long distance and 14 of 16 from the foul line, Iowa outshot Virginia Tech in every category. The Hokies failed to convert from long range in 10 attempts and had just one player score in double-digits (Aerial Wilson with 11 points).

Every Hawkeye was able to tally at least 10 minutes of playing time in the victory.

“It was an opportunity for them to build confidence in themselves and for us (staff) to get the confidence in them that they can go in and do the job,” Bluder said.

The Hawkeyes face consecutive ACC opponents as they head to Chapel Hill on Thursday, Dec. 2, to battle the 14th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels in a battle of unbeaten teams. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. (CT).

Iowa 72, Virginia Tech 43 1st 2nd Final
Iowa (7-0) 30 42 72
Virginia Tech (4-2) 15 28 43
Statistical Leaders
Points: Jaime Printy (Iowa) 15 | Aerial Wilson (VT) 11
Rebounds: Morgan Johnson (Iowa) 9 | Porschia Hadley (VT) 8
Assists: Jaime Printy (Iowa) 6 | Niki Davis (VT) 6