Iowa women prepare for another tough matchup
Iowa missed a chance to avenge a loss to a quality opponent with its setback at seventh-ranked Louisville on Thursday.
The Hawkeyes didn't have to wait long for another similar opportunity.
No. 22 Iowa continues a rugged three-game, seven-day stretch Sunday with a 2 p.m. meeting with Colorado (6-1) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
"It's a lot of games in a short amount of time so it's really important for the team to stay together," senior Melissa Dixon said. "It's great for our team to have so much experience with understanding as to how these weeks work."
A year ago the Buffaloes handed Iowa its first loss with a 90-87 win in Boulder.
Coming of an 86-52 loss at Louisville on Thursday, Iowa will try to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time since opening Big Ten play last January with consecutive losses to Indiana and Penn State.
The Hawkeyes' challenging three-game stretch concludes with a date with in-state foe Iowa State on Dec. 11.
However, the focus for now is solely on a Colorado team that has won five straight and is led by Winfield-Mount Union graduate Linda Lappe.
"It's definitely taking it one day at a time and one game at a time," sophomore Ally Disterhoft said. "This is obviously an important stretch and we've played a lot of games in a short amount of time. Every day in practice we're coming in focused and preparing to scout for our next opponent."
The first step for Iowa getting back in the win column is putting Thursday's loss to Louisville behind them.
Next is tightening up on defense after allowing the Cardinals to shoot 53 percent from the field in the 34-point win.
Colorado ranks 21st in the country in scoring, averaging 82 points per game and has scored 87 points or more in each of its last three games.
The Buffaloes are coming off back-to-back overtime wins over Colorado State and San Jose State and are shooting nearly 45 percent from the floor as a team.
With Iowa State looming on Thursday the Hawkeyes will face three straight teams currently averaging 82 points or better per game.
"It's important to take it one game at a time, if you look too far ahead you'll just get overwhelmed," Dixon said. "You can't think about the things that you can't really control so we just have to worry about taking care of business."
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No. 22 Iowa (6-2) vs. Colorado (6-1)
• Specifics —2 p.m., Carver Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City
• Following the game —TV:Mediacom (MC22)/BTN Plus. Radio: KXIC (800 AM), WMT (AM 600), WHO (1040 AM) Hawkeye Radio Network. Live scoring: www.hawkeyesports.com.
• Preview — Morning Sun native and Drake graduate Linda Lappe brings her Colorado team to Iowa with a 6-1 record after downing San Jose State 97-89 on Friday. Colorado has four players averaging double figures led by 6-2 senior Jen Reese who averages 16.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game and 6-2 junior Jamee Swan at 15.3 points and 7.9 rebounds.