By DARREN MILLER
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A 3-point attempt by senior Tania Davis was partially blocked as time expired Thursday, allowing Indiana to upset the 10th-rated University of Iowa women’s basketball team 75-73 in front of 3,812 in Assembly Hall.
The Hawkeyes (21-6 overall, 12-4 Big Ten) saw their five-game winning streak come to an end when Indiana (18-10, 7-9) outscored them 45-35 in the second half.
Iowa senior All-American Megan Gustafson led the way with 26 points and 12 rebounds for her 80th career double-double and 25th of the season. She made 10 of 13 field goals. Junior guard Kathleen Doyle added 17 points, nine assists, and five rebounds and Davis scored 12 points with three assists.
Davis was clutch from the outside with 21.5 seconds remaining. Her 3-point field goal tied the game, 73-73.
Iowa had its biggest lead at 49-33 with 5:38 left in the third quarter. The Hawkeyes led the game for 34:06, Indiana had the lead for 3:20.
The Hoosiers received a boost from guard Ali Patberg, who returned from a shoulder injury after missing three straight games. Patberg scored 21 points with seven assists and made 6 of 8 3-point field goals. Brenna Wise scored 24 points with 12 rebounds.
“(Indiana) did a good job of trying to clog up the middle and taking away the paint,” Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder said. “They scored too many 3s on us (12); we let them have too many open 3s. Having Patberg back into their lineup sure helped them.”
QUOTING COACH BLUDER
“Maybe the pressure got to us a little bit. I don’t know, but we have a target on our back and everybody is going to give us their best shot and we got the best shot from Indiana.”
STATISTIC OF THE GAME
Indiana made 12 of 29 3-point field goal attempts, the most against the Hawkeyes since Drake connected on 12 of 34 on Dec. 21, 2018.
Iowa sank six 3-point field goals in the first quarter, helping the Hawkeyes to a 24-12 lead. Iowa hadn’t made more than six 3-point field goals in a game since draining 11 at Illinois on Jan. 20 — a span of nine games. The Hawkeyes finished the game 7 of 21 from distance.
The Hawkeyes play their final regular season road game Monday at Nebraska (13-14, 8-8). The teams met Jan. 3 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena with Iowa winning, 77-71. The Cornhuskers defeated Northwestern, 71-64, on Thursday in Evanston, Illinois.
“Let’s hope we’ll be able to come refocus and come back to practice,” Bluder said. “The pressure is off now. Now we have to go out and play our best basketball and get ready for that Big Ten Tournament.”