Iowa women start new victory streak
MADISON, Wis. – Iowa senior Morgan Johnson recorded her 17th career double-double and sophomore Samantha Logic was just one assist shy of a triple-double as the Iowa women’s basketball team rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Wisconsin, 65-56, Thursday at the Kohl Center.
“It feels good to bounce back and get that first road win of the year in league play,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “We know those are very tough to get.”
Johnson finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds – her fifth double-double of the year – while Logic added 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for her second double-double of the year and ninth of her career.
“I was rushing it a little bit in the first half,” said Johnson, who scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half. “I slowed it down in my head in the second half and was able to get some shots to fall.”
Bluder liked the way Logic played in her return to her home state.
“She is just playing strong for us right now,” Bluder said. “She is making better decisions and she demands respect from her teammates. It’s not just offensively either. She is playing well for us on the defensive end, too.”
Senior Jaime Printy also scored 10 points as the Hawkeyes improved to 13-4 overall and 2-1 in league play.
The Hawkeyes dominated the glass, winning the rebounding battle 45-25, and hit 17 of their 18 free-throw attempts in the win.
“It was a good game for us to bounce back and get some of that confidence back,” Bluder said.
The first half was a back-and-forth battle as neither team led by more than four points. There were 11 ties and eight lead changes in the game overall.
Wisconsin’s Nicole Bauman hit a 3 just before the first-half buzzer to give the Badgers a two-point advantage. Iowa though broke open a 41-all tie with a 16-2 run that made it 57-43.
Iowa led by as many as 14 points in the second half. Wisconsin was as close as seven late in the game, but the Hawkeyes buried six of their final seven shots from the line to seal the road victory.
Johnson tied the Iowa school record for free-throw percentage, going a perfect 11-of-11. It’s the 10th time in school history an Iowa player has been perfect from the line (minimum 10 attempts). Printy has accomplished the feat twice this season.
Wisconsin was led by Iowa native Morgan Paige’s 18 points.
Paige, who attended the same high school as Printy and is the older sister of current North?Carolina Tar Heel Marcus Paige, was 6-of-18 from the field and 4-of-12 from 3-point range.
Bauman scored 15 points and hit three triples for the Badgers, who dropped to 8-8 overall and 0-3 in league play. Tiera Stephen and Jacki Gulczynski each scored 10 points in the loss.
Iowa next plays at Michigan State on Thursday.