Nov. 21, 2013
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BOULDER, Colo. — The University of Iowa scored a season-high 52 points in the second half, but late woes at the free throw line doomed the Hawkeye comeback during a 90-87 loss to No. 16 Colorado on Wednesday at the Coors Events Center.
Iowa missed five free throws during the final 90 seconds which kept the Hawkeyes from overcoming a 20-point first-half deficit. Iowa’s point total ended a 34-game stretch where Colorado held its opponents to 70 points or less.
Hawkeye junior Samantha Logic shared a game-high scoring honors with 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting from the field and 7-of-9 from the line. She had six assists and five rebounds. Five Iowa players scored in double figures: Logic, Kali Peschel and Theairra Taylor (12 apiece), Claire Till (11), and Bethany Doolittle (10). Doolittle had a team-high seven rebounds.
The Hawkeyes (4-1 overall) shot 46.9 percent from the field (30-of-64) and 65.6 percent from the line (21-of-32). Colorado (3-0) sank 30-of-40 free throws and held a nine-rebound edge (44-35).
“In this game it comes down to (Colorado) made more free throws than we did,” UI head coach Lisa Bluder said.
Doolittle knotted the score at 8-8 when she converted a layup with nearly five minutes into the game. But Colorado went on a 17-0 run to take a 25-8 lead and the Buffalos maintained control the rest of the half. Their largest lead was 20 (46-26) with 1:37 left in the half.
“Their defense disrupted us in the first 10 minutes, caught us off-guard a little bit,” Bluder said.
Colorado led 48-35 at the break, but the Hawkeyes were rejuvenated after halftime. Iowa scored the first seven points of the second half and it was a tight game the rest of the way. With 12:50 left, freshman Alexa Kastanek made a free throw to pull the Hawkeyes within two points at 56-54. On three occasions during the final 27 seconds, Iowa cut the Buffalo lead to three.
“We got our heads straight at halftime,” Bluder said. “Once we settled down and started doing the things we’re supposed to do, we scored 52 points in the second half.”
For the first time all season, the Hawkeyes were on the short end on the assist sheet. Colorado handed out 18 to Iowa’s 11.
Brittany Wilson of Colorado matched Logic’s 26-point performance; Arielle Roberson scored 17 points with nine rebounds and six assists for the Buffalos.
Iowa returns to action Sunday, Nov. 24, against Northern Iowa at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.