Dec. 30, 2012
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SAN DIEGO — The University of Iowa women’s basketball team Came `N Conquered on Sunday at the Maggie Dixon Surf `N Slam Classic in the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the campus of the University of San Diego.
Iowa improved to 11-3 overall, San Diego fell to 8-4.
Printy poured in a career-high 33 points and tied the school record with seven 3-point field goals. Johnson made 8-of-10 field goals and finished with 20 points. Both Printy and Johnson were named to the all-tournament team; Johnson was tournament MVP.
“Your experienced kids know how to pitch mistakes and move on to the next play right away,” UI head coach Lisa Bluder said. “Morgan and Jaime both did that today.”
Iowa shot 54.7 percent from the field for the game (29-of-53), 61.1 percent from 3-point land (11-of-18) and 82.4 percent from the line (14-of-17). The Hawkeyes made all 14 free throw attempts in the second half.
Samantha Logic reached another double-digit assist total with 10 to go with seven points. Theairra Taylor scored nine points, Melissa Dixon had eight and Bethany Doolittle added six. Doolittle blocked four shots and Johnson swatted three.
Printy made 7-of-12 3-point attempts, tying for the most made with Kamille Wahlin (Dec. 28, 2009) and Lindsey Meder (Dec. 31, 2000).
“My teammates did a great job of getting me open looks and the shots were falling,” Printy said.
With a hint of what was to come, Iowa opened the second half on fire from beyond the arc. Printy’s 3-pointer just 11 seconds after the break gave the Hawkeyes their first lead (36-35). Logic hit a trey at the 18:43 mark to put Iowa up, 39-37. The Hawkeyes extended the lead to six before San Diego scored again. But Iowa would not give up the lead over the final 20 minutes.
Turnovers reared their ugly head early for the Hawkeyes, who committed 13 within the first 13 minutes. That led twice to deficits as large as 11 points — 22-11 (at the 8:24 mark) and 24-13 (7:12).
“That was our Achilles Heel in the first half,” Bluder said. “We were just not taking care of the basketball and not getting ourselves opportunities to shoot the ball. We were trying to make things happen in one or two passes rather than trying to make (San Diego) work on the defensive end.”
Iowa had just one turnover in the final seven minutes of the first half, went on a 20-11 run, and tied the score at 33 after a Printy jump shot with 1:34 left before the break.
The Toreros led 35-33 at halftime, despite the fact the UI shot 53.6 percent from the field (15-of-28).
Johnson led the Hawkeyes with 10 first-half points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field. Taylor added seven points, three rebounds and three assists.
Amy Kame scored 30 points in the game for the Toreros.
Thus ends the nonconference season for Iowa, which returns for a two-game home stand on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes open Big Ten Conference play Thursday, Jan. 3, against Ohio State before hosting Michigan on Sunday, Jan. 6.
“We’re going into the (Ohio State) game after an undefeated December, winning six games in a row and winning 11 games in this tough nonconference season,” Bluder said. “Our team feels very good facing Ohio State.”
“We’re confident,” Printy said. “We played some great teams in the nonconference to help us prepare for the Big Ten season.”