Iowa, Drake ladies open with wins
IOWA CITY – Samantha Logic poured in a career-high 28 points and the University of Iowa women’s basketball team dominated inside in a 70-56 victory over UC-Riverside in the Hawkeye Challenge inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Outscoring its visitors 36-16 inside the paint, Iowa (1-0) won its 13th straight season opener and improved to 46-7 all-time in Hawkeye Challenge contests.
Logic connected on 11-of-20 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws while also compiling seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks.
“Opening up the season you never know exactly what you’re going to get,” said Iowa coach Lisa Bluder. “I don’t think we flowed quite as nicely as we did Sunday, but at the same time there were some good things. Sam Logic was outstanding.”
The Hawkeyes took the lead for good with 4:35 left in the first half on a layup by Ally Disterhoft and stretched it as high as 17 approaching the final minute of the game.
Theairra Taylor added nine points and Bethany Doolittle had eight, while Disterhoft and Kali Peschel each chipped in seven. Peschel pulled down 11 rebounds and Disterhoft grabbed eight.
Brittany Crain led UC-Riverside (0-1) with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Iowa hosts No. 14 Dayton Sunday with tip-off set for 1 p.m.
DRAKE 62, CREIGHTON 55
DES MOINES – Meeting up with an old conference foe, the Bulldogs put a couple losing streaks to rest Friday.
The Drake University women’s basketball team rallied to beat its former Missouri Valley Conference rival Creighton, 62-55, in its season opener at the Knapp Center.
Kyndal Clark dropped in a team-best 19 points and added five rebounds, four steals and two assists as Drake (1-0) earned its first season-opening win since the 2010-11 campaign. Morgan Reid had 16 points and a game-high seven rebounds, while freshman Lizzy Wendell tallied 13 points, five rebounds and three assists off the bench in her debut.
The Bulldogs overcame a 30-26 halftime deficit with consecutive three-pointers from Clark and Alyssa Marschner to open the second half – helping snap a three-game skid against the Bluejays.
The Bulldogs travel to Wisconsin Sunday to face the Badgers at 2 p.m.