No quarter for ranked foes: Iowa tops No. 23 Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The all-but-forgotten 6-foot-4 sophomore stood calmly in the open spot in Michigan’s zone and buried dagger after dagger into the 23rd-ranked Wolverines.
Iowa’s Bethany Doolittle scored eight points in a row to spark a 10-3 surge in the final 5 minutes of Sunday’s Big Ten Conference women’s basketball game, helping the Hawkeyes improve to 6-0 against ranked teams with a 63-57 win over the Wolverines.
Doolittle finished with a career-high 19 points, helping the Hawkeyes (16-5, 5-2) get back at Michigan for the 68-64 win the Wolverines (16-4, 5-2) dealt Iowa back on Jan. 6 in Iowa City.
“The environment was intense,” said Doolittle. “We came here last year and were able to beat them and we wanted revenge for the loss earlier in the season against them. I took that energy and put it into my game.”
Jaime Printy added 14 points and Samantha Logic had 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists as Iowa overcame a deficit that peaked at 10 points.
Michigan scored the first seven points of the second half to take a nine-point lead, to which Iowa responded with its own 14-2 run for a 44-41 advantage.
The two teams battled back and forth before a pair of Kate Thompson free throws put the Wolverines out front, 54-53, with 5:32 to play. Doolittle then took control, scoring eight straight Hawkeye points to give Iowa a 61-55 lead with 1:45 left.
“My teammates were finding me open a lot in the zone they were playing,” Doolittle said. “It left a lot of gaps on the short corner which is primarily where I play.”
A pair of late Printy free throws finished off the victory, adding Michigan to the pile of ranked foes to fall at the hands of the Hawkeyes this season.
The Wolverines’ only field goal in the final 7 minutes came with 10 seconds remaining.
“It was defense and it was composure,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “It gives us a Big Ten road win and Big Ten road wins are hard to come by. (It’s) another top 25 win for us, and it gives us good momentum playing at Illinois Thursday night.”
Jenny Ryan’s career-high 20 points led Michigan, which lost for the second time in three games after having a 10-game win streak snapped. Sam Arnold added 12 points, and Nya Jordan and Thompson both finished with 10 points.