Hawkeye women not challenged by Lions

IOWA CITY – A big first half, balanced scoring and a large advantage in fast-break points were all factors in helping to keep the Iowa women’s basketball team undefeated.

The Hawkeyes scored the game’s first 11 points, took a 31-point lead into halftime and then coasted to a 76-38 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Wednesday.

Bethany Doolittle and Melissa Dixon both scored 17 points to lead the Hawkeyes in the win. Iowa scored 10 more points in the paint, had a 20-0 advantage in fast-break points and led by as many as 40 to improve to 3-0 on the young season. But it was Iowa’s 27-20 advantage in the second half that Hawkeye coach Lisa Bluder is stuck on.

“It was a very good first half,” Bluder said. “We got our break going and were passing the ball well. But we let up on the intensity in that second half. I think we could have really used that time to improve and get better at our game. So I am disappointed in that.”

The 38 points allowed by Iowa are the fewest surrendered by a Bluder-coached Hawkeye team since Iowa defeated Michigan in Iowa City 53-36 on Dec. 30, 1994.

Six players scored at least eight points in the win. Ally Disterhoft had 12 points and nine rebounds, while Theairra Taylor chipped in nine points and Alexa Kastanek and Kathryn Reynolds each scored eight. Kastanek also pulled down seven rebounds and dished out five assists, while Disterhoft and Dixon each delivered four assists. The Hawkeyes assisted on 26 of their 29 buckets in all.

Reigning Big Ten Conference Player of the Week Samantha Logic took just one shot from the floor and did not score but dished out five assists and grabbed seven rebounds. She also had three of Iowa’s 11 steals. Logic averaged more than 22 points in the Hawkeyes’ first two games this season.

“She is going to score when she needs to score for us,” Bluder said of Logic. “When she doesn’t need to score, she will defer to her teammates. That’s just her personality.”

Leading the way for Iowa on the boards was Claire Till, who grabbed 12 to help the Hawkeyes out-rebound Arkansas-Pine Bluff 55-49.

The Lady Lions were led by Christina Lasane’s nine points and seven rebounds. Carlisha Walker had a team-high 11 boards in the loss.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff shot just 21 percent from the floor, made just 9-of-21 from the line and turned it over 17 times. Not a single player reached double figures either.

The Hawkeyes (3-0) will have one more home game before heading out on a lengthy road trip. Iowa will host Stony Brook at 1 p.m. Sunday.