The Iowa Hawkeye women shot a sizzling 57 percent, including 12 of 25 from three point range, and rolled to an 87-65 win over Marist in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Iowa City. On defense the Hawkeyes limited Marist to 42 percent shooting, including 8 of 29 from three point range.
“They set so many screens within their offense and so many different types of screens and they are one of the best teams I’ve seen at being able to read how you defend screens and making you pay for it,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder says.
The Hawkeyes led 38-30 at the half then pulled away by shooting 62 percent in the second half and Bluder believes they wore them down a little bit.
The Hawkeyes advance to Tuesday night’s second round to play Louisville. The fourth ranked Cardinals rolled to a victory over Idaho. Theairra Taylor led the Hawkeyes with 22 points and Bethany Doolittle added 21 as the Hawkeyes improve to 26-8 on the season.