Nov. 8, 2013
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Samantha Logic poured in a career-high 28 points and the University of Iowa outscored UC-Riverside 36-16 in paint points Friday as the Hawkeyes won their 13th consecutive season-opening women’s basketball game, 70-56, in the Hawkeye Challenge on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa (1-0 overall) improved to 46-7 all-time in Hawkeye Challenge contests.
Logic made 11-of-20 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws. She also compiled seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocked shots.
“Opening up the season you never know exactly what you’re going to get,” UI head coach Lisa Bluder said. “I don’t think we flowed quite as nicely was we did Sunday (during an exhibition win against Concordia-St. Paul), but at the same time there were some good things. Sam Logic was outstanding.”
A layup by freshman Ally Disterhoft with 4:35 left in the first half gave the Hawkeyes a 24-23 lead. They would not trail again, and when junior Bethany Doolittle scored with 1:15 left, Iowa had its largest lead at 68-51.
Although Logic was the lone Hawkeye to score in double figures, there was plenty of balance. Senior Theairra Taylor scored nine points, followed by Doolittle with eight, and Disterhoft and sophomore Kali Peschel with seven. Peschel pulled down 11 rebounds and Disterhoft grabbed eight.
The Hawkeyes opened the first half shooting 31.3 percent from the field (10-of-32), but heated up over the final 20 minutes to make 14-of-33 (42.4 percent).
“We were getting good shots, we just didn’t put those shots down,” Bluder said.
Still, the Hawkeyes scored 70 points on a night when sharpshooting guard Melissa Dixon went 0-of-10 and Doolittle was 3-of-11 from the field.
“That’s remarkable,” Bluder said. “It’s great other people stepped up. That’s good for us — it’s good for the confidence of the other players that they know they can pick it up when our traditional scorers are not scoring.”
UC-Riverside was led by Brittany Crain with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Iowa returns to the court Sunday against No. 14 Dayton. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. (CT).