Hawkeyes play complete game in rout of Indiana
Iowa has spent much of the season finding different ways to win games.
Sunday's 81-64 win over Indiana had a little bit of everything.
Melissa Dixon hit four 3-pointers, Samantha Logic had a double-double and four players scored in double figures as No. 14 Iowa (21-4, 12-2 Big Ten) ran its winning streak to four consecutive games in front of a season-high 8,748 fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
"I thought it was just a really nice well-played game for us," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. "It was kind of like nothing real flashy but a good old-fashioned win, which was nice."
Dixon broke out of a mini two-game scoring slump with a team-high 15 points and Logic recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 assists to lead Iowa.
Ally Disterhoft had 13 points and Bethany Doolittle added 12 for Iowa as the Hawkeyes maintained a two-game lead for second place in the Big Ten standings.
Seven different Hawkeyes had at least five points Sunday as Iowa shot 49.2 percent from the floor.
"Having everyone contribute was great," Logic said. "We had a couple of people around five or six points and just having a full complete game, we are really happy with that."
Iowa did just about everything well Sunday.
The Hawkeyes took care of the ball, handing out 26 assists on 32 made field goals while committing just 10 turnovers.
Iowa was solid defensively holding Indiana (14-11, 4-10) to 42.2 percent shooting and its lowest scoring output in four games.
The Hawkeyes held Indiana to two points over a more than eight minute span in the first half as Iowa turned a one-point deficit into a 33-20 lead.
Indiana never got closer than seven points after that point.
"We took care of the ball, we rebounded, we passed the ball very well," Bluder said. "We got a little 3-point happy in the first half but besides that I think it was a really solid, complete game."
The Hawkeyes were also efficient on offense, especially in the second half when they shot 61 percent from the floor.
Dixon, who was held without a 3-pointer in a win at Wisconsin last Sunday and hadn't scored in double figures in either of the last two games, had nine points in the first half as Iowa took a 35-26 lead.
Disterhoft had six consecutive points in a 40 second span early in the second half that gave Iowa its biggest lead of the game at 18 points.
Freshman Chase Coley had seven of her career-high nine points in the second half as Iowa substituted freely for the final 10 minutes.
"We have just been playing as a team and that is something that we hang our hats on, is that on any given night anyone can score," Disterhoft said. "I think we demonstrated that out there."
Iowa also finished with a 36-27 rebounding edge.
Disterhoft and Logic each had six rebounds for Iowa.
"We want to start swinging that number because we have not performed as well as we can on the rebounding end," Bluder said. "Boy the way we crashed today (was good)."
Indiana was led by Jess Walter with a game-high 18 points while Alexis Gassion had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
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