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IOWA CITY, Ia. — The most recent meeting between high-scoring in-state rivals Drake and Iowa came with much of the same offensive production as last year’s classic in Des Moines.

None of the drama, though.

A year after a shot from Sam Logic with three seconds left helped the Hawkeyes escape the Knapp Center with a 100-98 win, Iowa needed no such late-game heroics on Tuesday.

Iowa used a 30-point second quarter to build a 16-point halftime lead en route to an 89-76 win over the Bulldogs at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Drake never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.

Ally Disterhoft led six Hawkeyes in double figures with 20 points as Iowa (10-2) won its 14th straight against Drake (7-4).

Centers Chase Coley and Megan Gustafson combined for 27 points, and Iowa made seven 3-pointers on Tuesday while scoring more than 70 points for the first time in four games.

“We have a great inside game and we also have a great outside game, and tonight I think we really just focused having variety in our offense and that is hard to guard,” Disterhoft said. “It’s hard to guard when we have drives and pitches for 3s, and it’s hard to guard when we have Chase (Coley) and Megan (Gustafson) working in the post, so just all around great offensive game for our whole team.”

The 30 points in the second quarter and 51 in the first half were both season highs for Iowa, and the Hawkeyes needed every one of them to overcome another scoring outburst from Drake junior Lizzy Wendell.

Wendell, who scored 43 points against Iowa last year, had a game-high 35 on Tuesday. But Iowa won its 24th straight home game.

“Iowa is a very, very good basketball team, and obviously we have to do a better job on the defensive end,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk who played at Iowa. “They were very balanced, they are obviously ranked and this is a tough place to play. Nobody knows that more than I do.”

Iowa erased an early one-point deficit with a 7-0 run over the final 1:26 of the opening quarter that gave the Hawkeyes a 21-15 edge.

The Hawkeyes opened the second quarter with a quick 8-2 spurt that took just two minutes and featured four points each from Coley and Disterhoft.

A run-out layup by Disterhoft with eight minutes to play in the quarter capped the 15-2 run that began with a Coley traditional 3-point play in the first quarter, spanned 3:26 of game time and gave the Hawkeyes a 29-17 cushion.

“I think we just lost focus a little bit,” Wendell said of the run. “We didn’t get some stops that we needed to, and we didn’t get some scores that we needed to.”

Iowa shot 55 percent from the field on its way to a season-high first-half scoring total, including 65 percent (11-of-17) in the second quarter.

After scoring 12 points in the first seven minutes of the first half, the Hawkeyes had 39 in the final 13 minutes.

“Here is all the hype about two really high-scoring teams, and neither one of us could put the ball in the hole to begin the game. But luckily that changed rapidly,” Bluder said. “I thought we got some really good looks in the first half.”

Coley and Gustafson caused problems for the Bulldogs all game.

Gustafson finished with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Coley added 11 points and seven boards.

Whitney Jennings and Alexa Kastanek each added 15 points for Iowa, which finished with 21 assists, its highest total in nine games.

“I feel like my teammates did a really good job of setting up me and Chase, and we did a pretty good job of sealing,” Gustafson said. “Whenever we couldn’t get shots we could pass the ball out our open teammates who hit shots.”

Wendell did her best to keep Drake in the game.

The 6-foot junior was the only Bulldog in double figures, hitting 14-of-18 field goals, including three 3-pointers.

“She is a really special player. She just can raise the level and make things happen,” Baranczyk said of Wendell. “She just has a tremendous gift, she is an incredible player and she makes people around her believe.”

Reach Ryan Murken at 319-339-7369 or rmurken@press-citizen.com and follow him on Twitter at @rmmurken

DRAKE (76)

 

MIN

FG

3P

FT

RB

A

TO

TP

Wendell

30

14-28

3-11

4-6

4

0

4

35

Donahue

13

0-3

0-0

2-2

2

0

0

2

Dean

30

2-10

0-5

3-4

11

1

5

7

Bachrodt

28

2-5

1-3

1-2

3

1

4

6

Ingle

34

1-9

0-1

0-0

3

12

1

4

Greiner

15

1-3

1-2

0-0

1

0

0

3

Miller

18

2-5

2-5

1-2

0

1

2

7

Rush

9

1-2

1-2

0-0

1

0

0

3

Rhine

23

4-6

0-0

1-4

8

0

1

9

Team

    

6

   

Totals

200

28-71

8-29

12-20

39

15

17

76

IOWA (89)

 

MIN

FG

3P

FT

RB

A

TO

TP

Disterhoft

35

6-9

3-6

5-6

7

4

2

20

Peschel

15

0-3

0-1

2-2

4

4

2

2

Coley

21

4-7

0-0

3-3

7

1

1

11

Kastanek

35

5-14

3-12

2-4

5

7

5

15

Davis

29

4-10

0-2

2-6

5

2

1

10

Till

2

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

Gustafson

18

6-11

0-0

4-5

7

0

4

16

Jennings

30

3-8

1-5

8-8

2

3

2

15

Buttenham

15

0-1

0-0

0-0

4

0

2

0

Team

    

5

   

Totals

200

28-63

7-26

26-34

46

21

19

89

Halftime—Iowa 51-35. Team fouls—Drake 29, Iowa 17. Fouled out—Bachrodt (Drake). Attendance—5,430.

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