Late run boosts Iowa women to win over No. 16 Rutgers

Associated Press

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Melissa Dixon scored 21 points, hitting six 3-pointers to give her the school record, leading No. 20 Iowa to a 79-72 win over 16th-ranked Rutgers on Sunday.

Samantha Logic added 17 for the Hawkeyes (11-2, 2-0 Big Ten) and Ally Disterhoft and Bethany Doolittle had 14 apiece in a game against a Rutgers team led by former Hawkeye longtime coach C. Vivian Stringer.

"It was a huge win," Dixon said. "We know Rutgers is such a great program. ... To get that first Big Ten road win gives us a lot of confidence going into the rest of the Big Ten season."

Rutgers was within 54-52 with 12 minutes left but went cold and an 11-2 run put the Hawkeyes ahead by 11 with 6:45 left.

Iowa shot 52 percent from the field but an 11-of-24 performance at the foul line gave Rutgers hope down the stretch, although the Scarlet Knights couldn't convert.

"We just stayed together the entire game," Dixon said. "We know it was a game of runs."

Kahleah Copper had 22 points and Tyler Scaife 20 for Rutgers (10-4, 1-2). Betnijah Laney had 13 rebounds.

Dixon now has 263 3-pointers, two more than Lindsey Meder. Dixon also surpassed Rutgers assistant Tia Jackson on the Iowa career scoring list (1,180 points). Logic had six assists to surpass 700 for her career.

"She's unbelievable," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. "We'll take an open 3 from Melissa any day."

Iowa next travels to Illinois on Thursday before returning home against Purdue on Sunday.

"When you're on (school) break, I would rather be traveling because we're not missing school," Bluder said. "So to me, that's great, bring on the road games."