Dixon leads Iowa’s 3-point barrage past Idaho State
IOWA CITY – The Iowa women’s basketball team used a school-record 17 3-pointers and a 19-0 running spanning near six minutes around halftime to trounce Idaho State 95-47 on Saturday for the Hawkeyes’ sixth straight win.
The No. 25 Hawkeyes got 3-pointers from six different players, highlighted by Melissa Dixon’s 6-for-11 performance. Dixon also made all six of her free-throw tries en route to a game-high 24 points – 13 of which came in the second half.
Bethany Doolittle added 17 points and a game-high 10 rebounds as the Hawkeyes improved to 10-1 – the program’s best start since opening 12-1 in 2010-11.
Theairra Taylor dropped four triples on the way to 16 points, and Ally Disterhoft had three treys and 14 points for Iowa, which shot 17-of-34 from distance to break the Carver-Hawkeye Arena record (14) for 3-pointers made.
“They work hard at it. It’s one of those contagious things, too,” said Iowa coach Lisa Bluder of her team’s 3-point shooting. “Once they start flying in, it’s easy for it to seem like the basket is getting bigger and bigger.”
Iowa closed the first half on a 9-0 run and carried the momentum out of the break, keeping the Bengals (2-6) scoreless for the first 3:05 of the second half. The Hawkeyes’ lead boomed from six to 25 during the 19-0 run spanning 5:56.
Idaho State didn’t get its first points of the second half until Anna Policicchio’s layup at the 16:55 mark. The Bengals got dominated after the intermission as Iowa outscored them 51-18 and limited them to 11.8 percent shooting (4-for-34) from the field.
Rebecca Schrimpsher had 11 points and eight rebounds for Idaho State, and Policicchio added 10 points and nine rebounds.
Iowa now turns its attention to No. 20 Iowa State as the Cyclones host the Hawkeyes on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.
“I don’t have to worry at all about getting our team up to play,” said Bluder. “I just have to say ‘Iowa State,’ they’ll show up.”