Nov. 28, 2014
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By DARREN MILLER
LAS VEGAS — Arkansas overcame a halftime deficit to remain undefeated and hand the No. 17 University of Iowa women’s basketball team its first loss of the season Friday at the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in South Point Hotel.
The Hawkeyes, who led 27-25 at the break, take a 5-1 record into Saturday’s game against Gonzaga. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. (CT).
After a low-scoring first half, Iowa and Arkansas (5-0 overall) combined for 92 points in the final 20 minutes, with the Razorbacks scoring 52 of those.
“We did not play our style of basketball,” UI head coach Lisa Bluder said. “We let Arkansas control the tempo and the boards.”
Arkansas more than doubled the Hawkeyes in rebounding, 51-24.
Sophomore Ally Disterhoft led Iowa in scoring and rebounding with 23 points and six boards. She made 11-of-17 field goals. Senior Samantha Logic (11), senior Melissa Dixon and freshman Whitney Jennings scored 10 points. Jennings was 2-of-2 from 3-point range.
The Hawkeyes shot well from the field, making 29-of-62 (46.8 percent) overall and 7-of-14 from beyond the arc. While Arkansas made 20-of-33 free throws, Iowa got to the line six times (making two). Forty-two of Iowa’s 67 points came in the paint.
Gonzaga (3-1), a team that received votes in the most recent poll by The Associated Press, lost to American, 59-56.
“”We have a quick turnaround, as we face another quality opponent in Gonzaga (on Saturday),” Bluder said.