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Sorry, guys. The best basketball game in Des Moines this weekend took place at the Knapp Center — not Wells Fargo Arena.

The Iowa and Drake women's teams put on a show Sunday, keeping a crowd of 3,130 roaring even after Samantha Logic's one-handed bank shot with 3 seconds remaining gave the 23rd-ranked Hawkeyes a 100-98 victory.

"It obviously was a game of runs," Logic said. "We just had to get on a longer one than they did."

Sometimes, marketing gurus come up with a catchy titles like "Big Four Classic."

This really was a classic, highlighted by Drake's Lizzy Wendell scoring 43 points (setting a Knapp Center record for a 40-minute contest) and Iowa's Melissa Dixon hitting a school-record 10 3-pointers en route to 31 points.

"This was a tough one," Drake coach Jennie Baranczyk said of the Bulldogs' loss. "This a game where you hate being on this side of it."

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The Bulldogs sophomore talks after loss to Iowa.

It was highly entertaining and emotionally draining.

Wendell, a 6-foot sophomore from Blue Springs, Mo., punctuated her performance with a 3-pointer from the right wing, tying the score 98-98 with 9 seconds left — erasing what had been a 90-82 deficit entering the final 1:47.

Logic, a 5-foot-9 senior from Racine, Wis., answered with a drive to the basket, lofting the ball over two defenders and off the glass.

"I just tried to attack the rim," said Logic, who finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. "Just trying to get any kind of shot at the rim."

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Hawkeyes beat Drake 100-98, on Logic's bank shot.

Drake's Caitlin Ingle, who finished with 17 points and 10 assists, launched a potential winning shot from just inside half court as time expired.

It was on line, but short.

"I tried to get the ball up the floor as quickly as possible," Ingle said. "I didn't have enough time to get it where I wanted, ideally."

Both the Hawkeyes and Bulldogs shot over 50 percent, combining for 38 assists and a lower-than-might-be-expected 23 turnovers.

Iowa coach Lisa Bluder responded with a bah-humbug.

"Both defensive coaches should probably be fired," Bluder said. "This was just an awful defensive game by both teams."

Schematically, she probably has a point. But don't discount the fun factor.

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In a sport where attention in fleeting, the Hawkeyes (9-2) play at an appealing pace, scoring 82.2 points per game.

The Bulldogs (5-6) are averaging 75.6, despite losing Kyndal Clark, the reigning Missouri Valley Conference player of the year, to a knee injury.

"I think you got to see who Drake is, as well," Baranczyk said.

The trick now is maintaining momentum.

Iowa has averaged 21.2 wins while making seven consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, but hasn't advanced to the Sweet 16 since 1996.

"We just want to maintain it through Dec. 28," Bluder said of Iowa's Big Ten opener against Penn State. "We're going to go home, have a couple days to prepare … and then, here we go."

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, regained a place on the short list of Valley title contenders.

"The silver lining is the fact we continue to grow and get better," Baranczyk said. "We're getting close."

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