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Physical Spartans down Hawks

[ 0 ] January 17, 2013 |

The Iowa women’s basketball team was outscored 14-3 in the final 3 minutes and 37 seconds and lost to Michigan State 65-54 Thursday in East Lansing, Mich.

The score was tied 25-25 at halftime and was tied 51-51 before the Spartans went on their game-ending run.

The Hawkeyes shot just 35 percent (21-of-60) from field goal range, including 14.3 percent (2-of-14) from 3-point range.

Iowa (13-5, 2-2 Big Ten) did not respond well to Michigan State’s physical style of play, coach Lisa Bluder said.

“I think they were just being very physical. I think their physical play just wore us down,” she said. “I can’t believe there’s only 10 fouls whistled against them and 14 against us for this game. I thought it was a very physical basketball game, and amazing that only 10 fouls are whistled against them in this game.”

Iowa’s Kayla Timmerman and Michigan State’s Jasmine Hines and Klarissa Bell were given technical fouls in the first half.

“We let it affect us,” Bluder said. “We started complaining about the officiating, we started getting frustrated that we weren’t getting calls instead of just playing the next possession. And once you start letting things creep into your mind like that, you’re not going to be your best basketball player. You’re worrying about things that you can’t control, and I thought we did that tonight.”

Bluder said the Hawkeyes will have to regain their confidence quickly, especially with 12th-ranked Purdue scheduled to appear at 3 p.m. sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“Obviously, a physical style of play favors Michigan State, but this is Big Ten basketball and we’re going to see a lot of physical games,” she said. “I thought we played a pretty good non-conference season to help prepare us for this, but obviously we didn’t because their pressure, their physical style really took us out of our rhythm.”

Morgan Johnson had 13 points and 12 rebounds for her 18th-career double-double to lead Iowa. Jaime Printy had 11 points, and Bethany Doolittle had 10 points.

Bell finished with 25 points and nine rebounds for Michigan State (15-2, 3-1), and Annalise Pickrel had 10 points.

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