Lisa Bluder

Lisa Bluder

The Iowa women host Penn State Wednesday night. The Nittany Lions have lost five straight games, but Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder says they shouldn’t be taken lightly.

“They’ve got talent, height, and speed,” Bluder said. “I would say last year maybe they did not shoot the ball as well as they were capable of, but this year, they’ve got three guards on the floor who are shooting the ball very well from three point range that we have to defend,” Bluder said. The Hawkeyes are coming off an 80-73 loss at Michigan State on Saturday.

Iowa had a 16-point lead late in the first half, but committed 18 turnovers that aided the Spartans’ rally. “You’re going to have turnovers. If you have a turnover, though, you’ve got to dig your heals in on defense and I don’t think we did that,” Bluder said. Iowa has started the Big Ten season with three wins and three losses.

Penn State enters the game at 1-5 in conference play. Wednesday’s tipoff is at 7 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.