Wildcats beat buzzer, No. 24-ranked Iowa
IOWA CITY – Northwestern’s first win inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena since 1995 required a photo finish.
Sophomore guard Karly Roser took an inbounds pass and raced from coast-to-coast for the game-winning layup, which withstood a video review for a 67-65 victory over the No. 24 Iowa women’s basketball team Sunday in Big Ten Conference action.
After Iowa’s Melissa Dixon tied the game at 65-all with her jumpshot with 5 seconds left, Roser went end to end for the go-ahead hoop, ending Iowa’s streak of 12 straight wins against the Wildcats in Iowa City.
Kendall Hackney scored 16 of her team-leading 18 points in the second half for Northwestern (11-11, 3-6), including seven during a 12-1 Wildcat rally midway through the second half.
The Hawkeyes (16-7, 5-4) had gone ahead by 15 on Morgan Johnson’s only field goal of the second half, 42-27, but Northwestern followed it with an 8-1 run. Iowa worked back to an 11-point edge before 3-pointers by Hackney and Maggie Lyon sparked a 12-1 response from the visitors.
Every time Iowa tried to regain control, Hackney and Lyon knocked down the answers. Then Roser ran down the victory before the final horn.
Jaime Printy put in a pair of free throws to put Iowa in front 62-59 with 3:14 left, but the Hawkeyes only scored three points the rest of the way. A free throw by Dixon with 41 seconds left cut Iowa’s deficit to two, and her tying jumper swished with 5 seconds left.
Just enough time for Roser to go the length of the court and hand the Hawkeyes back-to-back defeats after debuting in The Associated Press’ top 25.
“It was a great college basketball game,” said Northwestern coach Joe McKeown. “We were fortunate enough to make one more play at the end.”
Roser was one of four Wildcats to score in double figures, finishing with 11 points and a game-high eight assists while playing all 40 minutes. Dannielle Diamant contributed 15 points and Lyon 12 for Northwestern, which topped Iowa for just the second time in the last 21 meetings.
Dixon matched a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record with six 3-pointers, coming off the bench to spark Iowa with a game-high 21 points. Printy had 12 points, Samantha Logic had her 11th career double-double with 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, and Johnson had 11 points before fouling out. Johnson played just 18 minutes in the loss.
The Hawkeyes go back out on the road Thursday, traveling to take on Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. in Minneapolis.
“We have dug ourselves a big hole, that’s for certain,” Bluder said. “We have to put the pressure back on ourselves.”