Nov. 13, 2013
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — At the University of Iowa, a premium is placed on transition basketball.
It was displayed Wednesday on Mediacom Court in Carver-Hawkeye Arena as the Hawkeyes (3-0 overall) sprinted to an 11-0 lead, outscored Arkansas-Pine Bluff 20-0 in fast break points, and cruised to a 76-38 win. The Golden Lions dipped to 1-2.
It is the fewest points allowed by an Iowa women’s basketball team since it defeated Michigan 53-36 on Dec. 30, 1994.
Three Hawkeyes scored in double figures with juniors Bethany Doolittle and Melissa Dixon sharing game-high honors with 17. Freshman Ally Disterhoft played 23 minutes and scored 12 points with nine rebounds and four assists.
Three other Hawkeyes logged career-highs in minutes played: sophomore Claire Till (25), and freshmen Alexa Kastanek (21) and Hailey Schneden (six). Eight of the 10 Iowa players saw 20 or more minutes of action.
The Hawkeyes built a 32 point lead with 1:50 left in the first half (49-17) when Dixon made a 3-point field goal. Their largest advantage was 72-32 with 4:16 left in the game.
“It was a very good first half, but that second half we let up on the intensity,” UI head coach Lisa Bluder said.
Bluder was pleased with the way the Hawkeyes shared the basketball with 26 assists on 29 made field goals. Iowa also blocked 10 shots with Doolittle’s four leading the way.
The Hawkeyes shot 51.4 percent in the first half, making 18-of-35 field goals. They cooled to 31.4-percent in the second half, but during the same stretch, Arkansas-Pine Bluff made just 6-of-30 field goal attempts (20 percent).
As pleased as Bluder was with Iowa’s sharing the ball, she was equally disappointed with blocking out. Of the 49 rebounds by the Golden Lions, 20 were offensive. The Hawkeyes grabbed 55 rebounds, 12 by Till.
“It’s nice to see her coming off the bench and getting double-figure rebounds,” Bluder said.
The Hawkeyes host Stony Brook on Sunday, Nov. 17, with tip-off at 1 p.m. (CT). They will then play five games away from home before returning Dec. 5 to play Syracuse.
“We need to get ourselves better,” Bluder said. “We need to continue to grow, no matter who we’re playing against.”