You could argue that Iowa outplayed Michigan, that the Hawkeyes played well enough to get a win. And you'd probably be correct on both counts.
But despite leading for most of the game and carrying a nine-point edge into the fourth quarter, Iowa slipped up late and lost, 72-70, to a Wolverines team on the cusp of the top 25 in both polls.
This one will hurt for a while. Michigan (19-5, 8-2) entered the game scoring 80 points per contest on 47.8 percent shooting and 41.3 percent from long range. Iowa held it to 72 points, 44.1 percent overall and 26.3 from long range — and it limited Katelynn Flaherty, the Big Ten's No. 3 scorer, to 11 points.
The Hawkeyes (14-9, 5-5) got outscored, 20-9, in the final frame and 8-2 in the last 2:43.
Megan Gustafson finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds for her 12th double-double. Ally Disterhoft had 14 points and seven rebounds, including an offensive board to set up Alexa Kastanek's go-ahead layup, 70-69, with 35 seconds left. Tania Davis added 12 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Disterhoft's 14 pushed her past Lindsey Meder (1998-02) into second place on Iowa's all-time scoring leader board. She's now at 1,910 career points and 149 shy of tying Cindy Haugejorde (1976-80) for first place.
Sharpshooter Kyrse Gondrezick burned Iowa for 23 points, and 6-foot-5 post Hallie Thome had 16 points and six rebounds.
Iowa had a chance with seven seconds left after Nicole Munger missed both free throws in a 71-70 game. But Michigan's Siera Thompson snared the offensive rebound to snuff out any last-second comeback.
Up next for Iowa: Michigan State at 6 p.m. this Thursday at home.