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Iowa narrowly avoided its first three-game losing streak since 2013 as the Hawkeyes beat Wisconsin, 57-54, on Wednesday at the Kohl Center.

The Hawkeyes (13-4, 3-2 Big Ten) led 51-35 after three quarters of play, but the Badgers were able to cut the deficit and make it a ballgame in the fourth. Wisconsin (6-9, 2-3) scored 19 fourth-quarter points to pull within two with under a minute to play.

“We did struggle again in the fourth quarter and something we will have to figure out is keeping that attack mode when everybody else brings their defense up a level,”Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder said. “We have to be able to handle that. We only had 13 turnovers, but too many in the fourth quarter and that’s unfortunate.”

Iowa was led by Ally Distherhot and her team-high 18 points. Whitney Jennings chipped in with 11 points.

The Hawkeyes will travel to East Lansing, Mich., on Saturday to face the No. 18 Michigan State Spartans. That game is scheduled to tip at 3:30 p.m.

IOWA (57)

MIN

FG

3P

FT

RB

A

TO

TP

Disterhoft

36

8-9

1-1

1-1

5

2

2

18

Peschel

21

2-4

2-4

0-0

5

0

4

6

Coley

25

3-9

0-0

1-2

4

0

0

7

Kastanek

24

1-6

1-6

0-0

1

3

4

3

Jennings

38

4-11

2-4

1-2

0

1

1

11

Till

3

0-0

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

0

Gustafson

15

2-8

0-0

1-2

4

1

0

5

Davis

19

1-4

0-2

0-0

3

2

1

2

Buttenham

19

2-3

1-2

0-0

6

0

1

5

Team

7

Totals

200

23-54

7-19

4-7

36

9

13

57

WISCONSIN (54)

MIN

FG

3P

FT

RB

A

TO

TP

Johnson

32

4-6

0-0

2-3

6

1

1

10

Young

30

6-9

0-0

0-0

7

0

1

12

Whyte

35

4-10

2-6

4-4

5

4

1

14

Bauman

38

7-15

2-6

0-0

5

3

4

16

McMorris

18

0-4

0-3

0-0

0

0

2

0

Marble

15

0-3

0-2

0-0

2

0

0

0

Howard

10

1-3

0-1

0-0

1

0

1

2

Cichy

14

0-3

0-0

0-0

1

1

0

0

Gambino

8

0-1

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

0

Team

0

Totals

200

22-54

4-18

6-7

28

11

10

54

Iowa11 19 21 6—57

Wisconsin16 9 10 19—54

Team fouls—Iowa 14, Wisconsin 14. Fouled out—Young. Attendance—3,235.

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