Hawkeyes upset No. 14 Dayton
IOWA CITY – Bethany Doolittle shot 10-of-13 from the field and scored 22 points as the Iowa women’s basketball team upset No. 14 Dayton 97-93 in overtime on Sunday in the Hawkeye Challenge at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Samantha Logic hit a 3-pointer for Iowa with 9 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 90 and force overtime, and true freshman Ally Disterhoft scored a three-point play to open the extra period for the Hawkeyes.
Iowa (2-0) held a 77-63 lead with under 10 minutes remaining in the second half and was up 85-79 with 3 minutes to play. But Dayton (1-1) then scored 11 straight points to take a 90-85 lead with 32 seconds left.
Iowa held the Flyers to just 3 points in overtime and scored 5 of its 7 points in the extra frame on free throws.
Disterhoft scored 19 points off the bench for the Hawkeyes, while Logic added 16 points and 14 assists as six players reached double figures. Melissa Dixon knocked down 13 points, Kali Peschel had 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, and Theairra Taylor chipped in 10 points.
Logic was named the tournament MVP while Doolittle and Peschel both gained all-tournament team recognition.
“I felt like we had something special with this group early on,” said Iowa coach Lisa Bluder. “I think it’s a special group and we’re going to have a special year. They enjoy each other, they enjoy coming to practice, they enjoy working hard. We’re going to keep riding it as long as we can.
“We wanted to win this tournament, we wanted to beat a top-25 team and we wanted to have the home-court presence. This is our house and we want to establish that this is our house.”
Andrea Hoover led five Dayton scorers in double figures with 23 points. The Flyers coming off a 28-3 season, and both teams lost in the second round of last year’s NCAA tournament.
Iowa is back at home on Wednesday, entertaining Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a 7 p.m. match.