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The first time the Iowa and Nebraska women's basketball teams met, Iowa overcame a poor first half to win in overtime.

This time the No. 14 Hawkeyes didn't need an extra five minutes, rallying from a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat No. 22 Nebraska 69-61 Thursday night.

"It was a tale of two halves for us," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. "I thought Nebraska came out and played pretty well, and we were off. In the second half, we got it together and did a much better job defensively and did a much better job working for good shots."

After managing just 28 points in the first half, Iowa (20-4, 11-2 Big Ten) outscored the Cornhuskers 41-24 in the second half.

Nebraska (17-7, 7-6) still led 48-43 with 10 minutes left in the game before Iowa rallied, closing with a 15-5 run.

The Cornhuskers had won eight straight over Iowa, but now the Hawkeyes have taken the last two.

"They've been pretty sweet," Iowa senior guard Samantha Logic said of the two wins over Nebraska. "As a competitor, you want to win every game. But you get a little more going for you when you haven't beat a team.

"I thought we battled through a lot of adversity, which makes it even better just knowing that we can play in tough games when we're not playing well."

Junior point guard Rachel Theriot, Nebraska's leading scorer, missed her third straight game — all losses for the Cornhuskers — with an ankle injury.

"That was a lot like the game in Iowa City," Nebraska coach Connie Yori said. "We had a chance to win (Thursday's) game without Rachel."

The Hawkeyes struggled offensively in the first half — much like they did when the teams played 17 day earlier, when Iowa scored just 21 first-half points. This time Iowa managed just 28 points on 12-of-31 shooting.

But junior guard Kali Peschel sparked the Hawkeyes in the second half, scoring all 13 of her points after halftime.

"The team did a great job in the second half and they were able to find me," said Peschel, who came into Thursday averaging 4.5 points per game. "It was great to be able to contribute to the win."

Said Bluder: "I thought Kali came in and played well. They didn't guard her. It was like daring her to shoot the ball. She stepped up with confidence."

Peschel's basket with 7:55 left gave Iowa its first lead, at 49-48, since early in the first half.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Melissa Dixon and Logic, the first of which came after an offensive rebound and second of which came as the shot clock expired, gave Iowa a 60-56 lead with 2:45 left.

"I thought Sam's 3 when the time was expiring ... was a back-breaker," Bluder said.

Nebraska's Tear'a Laudermill, who led all scorers with 18 points, answered with a 3-pointer to pull the Cornhuskers back within one.

Melissa Dixon hit a 3-pointer from the corner to put Iowa ahead 65-61 with 43 seconds remaining. Iowa added four free throws to capture the eight-point win.

It was a quick start offensively for both teams.

But after scoring 12 points in the first four minutes, hitting five of its first eight shots, Iowa missed seven straight and went more than six minutes without a point as Nebraska scored 10 unanswered points to take a 20-12 lead.

The Hawkeyes narrowed the margin to 22-19 on a basket by Alexa Kastanek with 7:35 left in the first half, but Nebraska went into halftime leading 37-28.

The top 3-point shooting team in the Big Ten, Iowa made its first two 3-pointers but then hit only one of their next seven.

Nebraska, meanwhile, shot 55 percent in the first half while also holding a 22-11 rebounding advantage.

Iowa turned it around in the second half, shooting 48 percent and hitting 5-of-9 3-pointers.

"I thought we were very stagnant the first half," said Bluder, whose squad is back in action at home Sunday against Indiana. "The second half we got the ball moving a lot better."

IOWA (69)

FG

3P

FT

RB

A

TO

TP

Doolittle

6-13

0-0

0-0

5

1

1

12

Dixon

3-7

3-5

0-0

1

2

3

9

Disterhoft

4-10

2-4

4-4

7

3

3

14

Jennings

2-4

0-1

2-4

0

3

2

6

Logic

3-13

2-6

1-2

6

10

2

9

Coley

2-2

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

4

Peschel

5-9

1-3

2-3

2

0

1

13

Till

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

Kastanek

1-2

0-0

0-0

1

1

0

2

Totals

26-60

8-19

9-13

28

20

12

69

NEBRASKA (61)

FG

3P

FT

RB

A

TO

TP

Cady

3-8

1-2

2-2

19

3

5

9

Sample

4-6

0-0

0-1

9

4

2

8

Laudermill

7-17

3-8

1-4

5

1

7

18

Jeffery

6-12

1-3

3-3

5

2

3

16

Romeo

3-10

0-5

0-0

3

1

4

6

Havers

1-2

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

2

Smith

0-4

0-3

2-2

2

1

0

2

Totals

24-59

5-21

8-12

46

12

22

61

Halftime—Nebraska 37-28. Team fouls—Iowa 13, Nebraska 11.

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