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Disterhoft propels Hawks to victory

[ 0 ] November 17, 2013 |

The Iowa women’s basketball program lists Ally Disterhoft as a freshman.

That has been about the only way to tell this season that the former West High standout is in her first season in a Hawkeye uniform.

Disterhoft continued her strong play Sunday, posting game-highs of 17 points and nine rebounds as Iowa rolled past Stony Brook 78-40 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Sunday’s box score

“She was really impressive right off the bat, and obviously in the first couple of games she played really well,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said of Disterhoft. “It’s been seamless, the transition.”

Disterhoft had her most efficient game as a Hawkeye on Sunday, hitting 6-of-8 field goals, including 2-of-3 from beyond the three-point line.

The 6-foot-0 Disterhoft also had nine rebounds and a pair of blocks coming off the bench as the Hawkeyes improved to 4-0 on the season.

“I would just say that I stepped up when my name was called and hit the open shots,” Disterhoft said. “My teammates did a great job of driving and finding me when I was open.”

Through the first four games of her career, Disterhoft is averaging 13.8 points and eight rebounds per game.

Disterhoft has reached double figures in scoring in each of the last three games after scoring seven in the season opener against UC-Riverside.

“Maybe it’s because she spent so much time in those seats right across from the opponents’ bench the last couple of years watching us play, and I really do think that helps,” Bluder said. “Being able to envision yourself out there, seeing the style of play, seeing what you are going to be going up against. She has just done a great job.

Thearra Taylor finished with 14 points and Melissa Dixon added 12 as Iowa got scoring contributions from all 10 players in uniform Sunday.

Bethany Doolittle, who entered the game as Iowa’s leading scorer, finished with nine points and seven rebounds despite being limited to 16 minutes by foul trouble.

Samantha Logic had eight points, seven assists and five rebounds for Iowa.

“I think we have a lot of trust in all of our teammates, and you never know who our leading scorer is going to be,” Taylor said. “We like it that way, and we want it to continue to be that way throughout the whole season.”

The Hawkeyes used an 11-0 run that spanned nearly six minutes early in the first half to turn a 6-6 tie into a 17-6 lead and the Seawolves never got closer than nine points the rest of the way.

After allowing 93 points in an overtime win over No. 14 Dayton in the second game of the season, Iowa has held its last two opponents to 38 and 40 points.

Iowa limited Stony Brook (2-2) to 19 percent shooting while forcing the Seawolves into 20 turnovers.

“I think we have really bought in on defense, especially to our zone,” Taylor said. “Coach is making adjustments each practice and we are working on new things, and I think we are starting to click and it’s showing out there.”

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