Dec. 5, 2013
? Iowa moves to 9-1 overall, handing Syracuse its first loss of the season (8-1).
? The Hawkeyes have won 5-straight games overall, and are 5-0 at home this season.
? Iowa is off to its best start in three seasons, when it started the 2010-11 campaign with a 12-1 record.
? Iowa has scored 199 points over its last two games, after defeating UNC-Wilmington, 102-65, on Nov. 30 in the Cancun Challenge.
? Iowa has scored 97 points or more, three times this season.
? Syracuse was limiting opponents to a 53.8 points per game average coming into tonight’s contest. No opponent had scored more than 65 points against the Orange.
? Syracuse’s largest lead during the Big Ten/ACC Challenge contest was 14 points.
? Iowa has had three or more players score in double figures in each of the last eight contests.
? Iowa tallied 28 assists on 33 made field goals.
? The Hawkeyes are 14-8 all-time against ACC opponents, including a 2-0 mark this season. Iowa defeated Boston College, 78-68, on Nov. 29 in the Cancun Challenge.
? UI head coach Lisa Bluder needs 10 wins to surpass Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer (269) as Iowa’s all-time winningest coach.
? Iowa returns to action Saturday, hosting Idaho State at 2 p.m. (CT).
Iowa vs. Ranked Foes:
? Iowa is now 2-1 this season against ranked opponents:
? W vs. No. 14 Dayton (97-93 in overtime) – Nov. 10
? L at No. 16 Colorado (90-87) – Nov. 20
? W vs. No. 22 Syracuse (97-91) – Dec. 5
? The Hawkeyes have defeated nine top-25 opponents since the start of last season (9-5 record).
? Iowa is averaging 93.7 points per game during its three contests against ranked teams this season.
? Junior guard Melissa Dixon finished with seven 3-point field goals, tying a personal and school record. The feat has been accomplished five times in program history (twice by Dixon).
? Dixon made seven 3-pointers in Iowa’s last game against UNC-Wilmington (Nov. 30), giving her 14 made 3-pointers over the last two games – the most in a two-game stretch in school history.
? After converting seven 3-pointers total during the first six games of the season, Dixon has made 22 over the last four games.
? Dixon finished with 27 points in tonight’s win over Syracuse (all coming in the second half – one shy of the school record for most points in a half), after posting a career-best 32 in Iowa’s last contest against UNC-Wilmington. She has scored 59 points total over the last two games.
? She has scored 17 points or more during the last four contests (18, 17, 32, 27), for an average of 23.5 points per game.
? Prior to the Cancun Challenge, Dixon was averaging 9.7 points per game. She is now Iowa’s leading scorer, averaging 15.2 points per outing.
? Dixon surpassed Kristi Faulkner (138) for eighth on Iowa’s career 3-point list. Dixon has 142 career 3-pointers.
? Junior center Bethany Doolittle finished with a career-high 25 points. Her previous high came earlier this season in Iowa’s 97-93 overtime win over No. 14 Dayton (22).
? She registered four blocks. She is third in the Big Ten in blocks, and ranks sixth in program history with 104 career blocked shots.
? Junior guard Samantha Logic returned following a first-half injury to finish with 14 points and seven assists.
? The preseason All-Big Ten honoree has scored in double figures in 7-of-10 games this season, and tallied seven or more assists in five.