Johnson Leads No. 16 Iowa over South Dakota State


Dec. 18, 2010

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BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP)Morgan Johnson scored a career-high 26 points and No. 16 Iowa held off South Dakota State 65-54 on Saturday night.

Kamille Wahlin added 12 points and six assists for the Hawkeyes (10-1), who went on a late 13-0 run to put away the Jackrabbits (4-7).

Iowa fell behind 40-36 early in the second half, but the Hawkeyes responded with an 11-0 run capped by a layup and two free throws from Johnson that put them ahead 47-40 with 9:45 left.

The Jackrabbits got pulled to 52-51 4 minutes later before Wahlin hit a pair of baskets and Jaime Printy added a 3-pointer for the Hawkeyes. Iowa held South Dakota State without a bucket until Macie Michelson’s meaningless 3 with 22 seconds left.

Jill Young had 12 points for South Dakota State, which lost for just the ninth time in 84 home games since joining Division I.

Iowa closed the game with a 13-3 run in the final 5:54 of the contest. Junior Kamille Wahlin sparked the run with six-straight points.

Printy was good on her only free throw in the game, upping her total to 31 consecutive free throws made this season. The Iowa record for consecutive free throws made is 33, held by Lindsey Meder.

UI head coach Lisa Bluder is now one win away from reaching career victory No. 200 at Iowa. She’ll seek that milestone victory Monday when Iowa travels to Drake or Wednesday when the Hawkeyes entertain Northern Iowa on “Lisa Bluder Bobblehead Night” at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.