Iowa looks to bounce back at Wisconsin

A national ranking was there for the taking last weekend when the Iowa women’s basketball team hosted Michigan at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes had won seven straight games and knocked off four nationally ranked foes. One more win would have likely propelled them into the top 25.

Instead, Michigan came into Iowa City and ended the win streak with a big 68-64 road victory.

“We’d much rather play in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and we didn’t take advantage of that with Michigan,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “So now we’ve got to pick up a few extra road wins along the way to make up for that mishap against Michigan.”

Iowa has focused on the task at hand – playing rival Wisconsin (8-7, 0-2) tonight at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.

“Obviously, important game for us coming off of our first Big Ten loss, we need to bounce back and have a really good performance at Wisconsin,” said Bluder, whose Hawkeyes are 7-0 when scoring at least 70 points this year. “The last time we lost a game we reeled seven off in a row, so I know that our team can bounce back.”

Iowa (12-4, 1-1) has won 10 straight games in the series and has claimed four straight and eight of nine in Madison.

Iowa is led by seniors Morgan Johnson and Jaime Printy and sophomore Samantha Logic. Johnson averages a team-best 17.4 points, 2.1 blocks and 7.3 boards per contest. Printy averages 13.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

Logic has come on strong of late. She leads the Big Ten in assists at 7.1, while also scoring nearly 10 points and pulling down 6.2 boards per contest.

Each team has a player from the other team’s state on its roster. Logic was a McDonald’s All-American at Racine High School in Racine, Wis., while Morgan Paige attended Linn-Mar High School in Marion, which is the same high school Printy attended.

Paige leads the Badgers, who are coming off a home loss to Minnesota, with a 16.5 points-per-game average. Jacki Gulzynksi scores 11 points per game and Cassie Rachel grabs eight boards per contest.

“(She) loves shooting the ball and she is a good shooter, a productive shooter,” Bluder said of Paige. “As she goes, a lot of times Wisconsin goes.”

The last time Iowa played Wisconsin, the Hawkeyes came away with an 85-79 win at the Kohl Center. Johnson had 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Logic finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists on her way to Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.