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Printy leads Hawkeyes in OT win

[ 0 ] November 14, 2012 |

The classics never go out of style. And Wednesday night was classic Jaime Printy.

The Hawkeye senior hit a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left to send the game into overtime, then scored eight points in the extra period to lift Iowa to a 69-63 win over Middle Tennessee State.

“The kid is having a great career, gets hurt and comes back and has a night like tonight and having the season like she’s going to have, that is a story everyone wants to be a part of,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said.

Iowa (3-0) advances to the championship game of the Preseason WNIT and hosts North Carolina (3-0) at 3 p.m. Sunday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

But that looked unlikely when MTSU (2-1) took a 59-56 lead with 10 seconds left.

Ebony Rowe had just come up with a steal, picking Sam Logic’s pocket as the Hawkeyes were setting up for the potential game-winning shot.

Rowe — who finished with 24 points and 16 rebounds for MTSU — made both foul shots. But she knew what was coming.

“We knew she was a shooter,” Rowe said of Printy. “We knew she was a tough player. We knew she was going to come in looking for that shot.

“But we let her get that second she needed and she got that big shot off.”

MTSU coach Rick Insell had a triangle and two defense with a player stuck like glue to Printy. But Printy just stepped farther back and took her shot.

“Sam was good enough to find me, and I just let it fly,” Printy said.

“It actually felt really good when it left my hands, so I mean, it was just a good feeling.“

Bluder didn’t want her senior to downplay the degree of difficulty of the shot.

“They were face guarding her as she came down,“ Bluder said. “It was an unbelievable shot. She was out a little ways, too.“

It was a big moment for the senior and the Hawkeyes. Printy went down with an ACL tear last season and is only nine months removed from surgery.

“She’s not only coming off the ACL, she’s coming off sitting out of practice for a week (for a hamstring injury),” Bluder said. “One time during the game she came over to me and said this is a heck of a way to work your way into game shape.”

The big ending almost didn’t happen, however. Iowa led 56-50 with two minutes left when MTSU roared back.

MIDDLE TENNESSEE ST. (63)

MIN
FGA
3P
FTA
RB
A
TO
TP

Elie
43
3-11
1-2
1-1
14
2
3
8

Rowe
45
10-21
0-0
4-6
16
3
3
24

Cason
36
1-14
1-10
2-5
2
1
5
5

Jones
44
4-14
3-10
4-4
4
3
4
15

Leonard
34
3-6
2-5
1-2
1
0
2
9

Brinkley
10
0-2
0-2
0-0
1
0
0
0

March
9
1-1
0-0
0-0
2
0
0
2

Warden
2
0-1
0-1
0-0
0
0
1
0

Stewart
2
0-0
0-0
0-0
0
0
0
0

Team
6
2

Totals
225
22-70
7-30
12-18
46
9
20
63

IOWA (69)

MIN
FGA
3P
FTA
RB
A
TO
TP

Doolittle
30
4-7
0-0
0-0
9
0
4
8

Johnson
41
8-10
0-0
4-6
8
1
0
20

Dixon
34
2-9
2-7
0-1
1
1
1
6

Logic
40
0-6
0-2
0-1
3
12
6
0

Taylor
23
3-8
1-4
0-2
4
2
4
7

Till
8
0-1
0-0
0-0
1
0
0
0

Nesbitt
4
1-1
0-0
0-0
0
0
0
2

Thomas
2
0-0
0-0
0-0
0
0
0
0

Printy
38
6-13
3-7
11-11
5
6
5
26

Peschel
2
0-0
0-0
0-0
1
0
0
0

Tmmrmn
3
0-0
0-0
0-0
0
0
0
0

Team
8

Totals
225
24-55
6-20
15-21
40
22
20
69

Halftime—Middle Tennessee State 32, Iowa 30. Regulation—Tied at 59. Team fouls—Middle Tennessee State 22, Iowa 17. Fouled out—Cason. Attendance —1,691.

Laken Leonard sank a 3-pointer and the Blue Raiders took advantage of an Iowa turnover with a basket from Rowe.

In the final 90 seconds, Rowe also had a blocked shot on 6-foot-5 Iowa center Morgan Johnson, and then came up with the steal with 10 seconds to play.

MTSU won the rebounding battle 46 to 40. Icelyn Elie had 14 rebounds. Kortni Jones added 15 points.

But despite losing the rebounding battle, Johnson proved to be a major mismatch for MTSU inside. She finished with 20 points and eight rebounds for the Hawkeyes.

Bethany Doolittle shrugged off an ankle injury to add eight points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots.

“They were able to shuffle their big kids in and out,” Insell said. “The big Johnson kid has such great hands when she catches the basketball. She finishes.

“We knew if she caught the basketball, it’d be tough on us.”

The game was tight from the tip, with 17 lead changes and 10 ties. Neither team had a lead bigger than six points until overtime.

MTSU went up 61-59 on a shot by Rowe, but Printy hit four free throws to put Iowa back in charge. Printy finished an Iowa record 11-of-11 from the line.

“When I was out there, I didn’t even think about my knee or hamstring,“ Printy said.“I think it’s a great thing mentally.

“To be able to dive for some loose balls, to get hit, take some hits, get to the rim. Overall, it’s a great team win and we’re excited for Sunday.”

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