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Hawkeye women sink record number of 3-pointers to down Idaho State

[ 0 ] December 7, 2013 |

Melissa Dixon and the Iowa women’s basketball team didn’t pick up exactly where they left off against Syracuse in Saturday’s game with Idaho State.

However, it didn’t take Dixon and the Hawkeyes very long to get back to full throttle.

Less than 48 hours after notching a 97-91 win over No. 22 Syracuse on Thursday evening, Dixon and the Hawkeyes shook off a slow start to cruise past Idaho State 95-47 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The win was the sixth straight for No. 25 Iowa, which improved to 10-1 on the season.

In the win over Syracuse on Thursday, Dixon had all of her game-high 27 points in the second half, including a school record-tying seven three-pointers.

Dixon missed her first three shots Saturday and didn’t have a point in the first 11 minutes but finished 6-of-11 from three-point range on her way to a game-high 24 points as Iowa set a school record with 17 three-pointers.

“It’s one of those contagious things,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said of the three-point shooting. “Once they start flying in, it’s easy for it to seem like the basket is getting bigger and bigger. I love watching the points score up like that, it’s fun.”

After leading the Big Ten in three-point percentage during conference games last year, Dixon opened the season by hitting 7-of-46 three-point attempts in the first six games.

Dixon has doubled that production in the last three games alone.

The junior guard has made 20 three-pointers in the last three games while shooting 59 percent (20-34) during that span.

Dixon had seven three-pointers against UNC-Wilmington and Syracuse before her 6-for-11 performance against Idaho State on Saturday.

“That is definitely a remarkable performance,” Bluder said. “It’s just so effortless to watch her shoot, it is fun.”

Six Hawkeyes hit a three-pointer Saturday, led by Dixon’s six.

Iowa finished 17-of-34 from beyond the three-point line as Theirra Taylor hit four threes and Ally Disterhoft had three.

“It’s great; I love when the whole team is hitting their shots, it’s a lot of fun” Dixon said. “Like coach said, it’s really contagious. Once one person starts hitting, everyone starts hitting.”

It took Dixon and the Hawkeyes a little to get rolling Saturday.

The Hawkeyes led by just one with 6:01 left in first half after Idaho State (2-6) scored eight straight points to trim the Iowa lead to 25-24.

Iowa responded with a 19-5 run to end the first half.

Dixon had eight points during the run that gave Iowa a 44-29 lead.

Iowa scored the first 10 points of the second half and Idaho State got no closer than 20 points the rest of the game.

After the 8-0 Idaho State run that cut the lead to 25-24, Iowa outscored the Bengals 70-23 over the final 26 minutes of the game.

Iowa limited Idaho State to 18 points on 12 percent shooting in the second half after the Bengals made eight three-pointers in the opening half.

“That was really good second half,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “I wasn’t real happy with the way we started this game, obviously we let them get open for too many three-point shots. Whether we played man or zone, it didn’t matter, they were nailing their three-point shots, and I think it got our players’ attention and we did a much better job of covering them in the second half.”

Bethany Doolittle had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds as all 10 Iowa players in uniform scored Saturday.

Taylor added 16 points and five rebounds while Disterhoft finished with 14 points and six rebounds.

Iowa had 28 assists Saturday as five Hawkeyes had at least four assists.

“I liked the balance again. Beth has a double-double but the assist column and the balance in the assist column is really exciting,” Bluder said. “Everyone is getting into the flow of passing the ball really well.”

 

Iowa's Melissa Dixon drives to the basket Saturday between two Idaho State defenders. Dixon scored 24 points in her team's 95-47 win. (Benjamin Roberts/Press-Citizen photo)

Iowa’s Melissa Dixon drives to the basket Saturday between two Idaho State defenders. Dixon scored 24 points in her team’s 95-47 win. (Benjamin Roberts/Press-Citizen photo)

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