The Iowa Hawkeye women overcame a cold shooting performance, including just four of 18 from three point range, but still managed to beat Purdue 73-59 in Big Ten action. The Hawkeyes made 17 of 19 free throws as they bounced back from a Thursday night loss at Illinois.
“I’m really just most proud I guess about our team and their resiliency coming back, because we took a tough one at Illinois, and then the long bus ride home in the storm. And then back to practice, and they maintained their positive attitude and they worked hard in practice,”Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. The Hawkeyes took advantage of 18 Purdue turnovers to move to 3-1 in the Big Ten.
Bluder says they did a good job in the zone defense deflecting the ball and that helped them get steals to push the ball up the floor. Rebounding has been a trouble spot and it was, again, on Sunday as the Hawks were outrebounded 44-34.
Melissa Dixon led Iowa with 18 points and Ally Disterhoft added 17.