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The women's basketball rivalry between Iowa and Iowa State has a history of making heroes.

Thursday night, it was Kali Peschel who took her turn in the Cy-Hawk spotlight.

Peschel came off the bench to score 13 points and grab seven rebounds as No. 24 Iowa held off Iowa State 76-67 in front of 4,900 fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Ally Disterhoft had 16 points and freshman Whitney Jennings added 15 points for the Hawkeyes as Iowa became the eighth straight home team to win in the series.

Yet it was Peschel who provided the spark for Iowa (8-2) as the Hawkeyes avenged last year's 83-70 loss in Ames.

A 6.3-points-per-game scorer through nine games, Peschel's 13 points on Thursday was the second-highest total of the junior's career.

"My teammates gave me a great opportunity to take the shots that I had tonight," Peschel said. "I think we played great team basketball, the shots went down and we ended up with a great win."

Peschel entered Thursday with two made 3-pointers on the season but drilled three 3-pointers on Thursday as Iowa finished with 10 triples.

"I know she has only made two in games, (but) she makes them in practice all the time," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. "It's never an issue."

Peschel's final 3-pointer was without a doubt her biggest.

A back-breaking triple from the corner after Iowa State had closed a 10-point Iowa lead to 64-60.

"The difference was our better players weren't in the game enough or making enough plays and their players off the bench were better than ours at critical times," Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly said.

Iowa State got 25 points from sophomore Jadda Buckley but couldn't overcome a nine-point halftime deficit or foul trouble that plagued its top two scorers.

Senior Nikki Moody scored 12 points but missed the final 11 minutes of the first half and played just 23 minutes while battling foul trouble.

Senior Brynn Williamson was limited to just 24 minutes and was held without a field goal while battling her own foul problems.

"We are a team that needs certain people in the game and I think when Brynn plays 24 and Nikki plays 23 that is not a recipe for success," Fennelly said.

Even with Moody and Williamson limited, Iowa State refused to go away.

Buckley kept Iowa State in the game with a variety of driving layups and pull-up jumpers.

The Mason City native finished 8-of-13 from the field on her way to her game-high 25 points.

Behind the play of Buckley, the Cyclones cut a nine-point lead to 64-60 on a pair of free throws by Nicole Blaskowsky with 7:20 left.

Peschel answered with a 3-pointer from the deep corner that just beat the shot clock and put the Hawkeyes on top 67-60 with seven minutes to play.

"It's 64-60 and we were playing good defense and they just kick it to the corner and they knock in a shot on us," Fennelly said. "That's what good teams do, that is why they are top-25 team; that is why they are as good as they are because they made those plays."

Iowa State got to within four one more time when Buckley hit a 3-poitner to make it 71-67 with 54 seconds left.

However, the Cyclones wouldn't get off another shot as Jennings came up with two steals in the final 50 seconds and connected on three of four three throws to help secure the win.

"I was just trying to get my hands on the ball," Jennings said. "I didn't want them to put up a three or get to the rim and I just got my hands on the ball and was able to knock it loose."

Iowa shot 60 percent in the first half and led 44-35 despite being outrebounded 21-9.

The Hawkeyes outrebounded Iowa State 27-20 in the second half thanks to Peschel, who had five rebounds after the half.

Alexa Kastanek added eight points off the bench for Iowa including a pair of 3-pointers.

"It's wonderful to have people come off the bench and give you that spark," Bluder said. "Our bench really came through for us tonight."

IOWA STATE (67)

MIN

FG

3P

FT

RB

A

TO

TP

Williamson

24

0-4

0-3

2-2

4

0

3

2

Fernstrom

15

2-6

0-2

2-2

3

0

2

6

Moody

23

4-7

2-3

2-2

2

4

2

12

Buckley

36

8-13

2-4

7-8

3

2

3

25

Johnson

36

2-11

0-3

2-3

12

0

0

6

Bell

5

0-1

0-1

0-0

0

0

0

0

Durr

25

2-4

1-2

0-0

6

1

1

5

Blaskowsky

22

3-11

3-11

2-3

3

1

1

11

Ellis

10

0-1

0-0

0-0

3

1

2

0

Baier

4

0-0

0-0

0-0

2

0

0

0

Team

3

Totals

200

21-58

8-29

17-20

41

9

14

67

IOWA (76)

MIN

FG

3P

FT

RB

A

TO

TP

Doolittle

28

3-8

0-0

2-2

3

0

1

8

Disterhoft

36

6-10

2-4

2-4

6

1

1

16

Jennings

27

4-12

1-7

6-8

1

3

1

15

Dixon

30

3-6

1-4

2-2

0

2

2

9

Logic

32

3-8

1-4

0-3

7

6

5

7

Kastanek

10

2-3

2-2

2-2

2

2

0

8

Till

11

0-2

0-0

0-0

4

0

0

2

Buttenham

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

Peschel

25

4-9

3-4

2-2

7

0

2

13

Team

6

Totals

200

25-58

10-25

16-23

36

14

13

76

Halftime—Iowa 44-35. Team fouls—Iowa State 23, Iowa 19. Fouled out—Moody. Attendance—4,902.

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