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Iowa women look to rebound against Drake

[ 0 ] December 18, 2013 |

Twenty-four hours.

That’s how long the Iowa women’s basketball team had to dwell on, stew over, learn from and get over their loss to Iowa State.

One day, one practice and then the 83-70 setback to the Cyclones was firmly in the rearview mirror.

“I like to give them 24 hours to enjoy a victory and I also give them 24 hours to suffer through it as well,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “Then you have to move on.”

Moving was a popular theme this week for the Hawkeyes (10-2) which had a six-game winning streak snapped in last Thursday’s loss.

Iowa practiced and watched film Friday following the loss but by the time the weekend came the Hawkeyes were looking ahead, first to a week of finals, then to Saturday’s contest against Drake (5-4).

“I think we learned a lot,” Bluder said. “We watched a lot of film, we got back in the gym and then the weekend came and we moved on.”

RESTING UP: Iowa had nine days between the loss to Iowa State and Saturday’s matchup with Drake, giving the Hawkeyes a rare break away from competition to concentrate on finals.

Iowa hadn’t had a break longer than five days between any two games this season and the Iowa State game was the Hawkeyes’ sixth game in a 15-day span.

The time off, especially following a loss, has made it a learning week for the Hawkeyes, and not just in the classroom.

“You can obviously learn from wins but you can learn a lot more from losses,” freshman guard Ally Disterhoft said. “It was kind of a wake-up call for us. Obviously, we can’t get that one back but we are going to leave it in the past and keep focusing on improving.”

ATTENTION TO DEFENSE: Much of the Hawkeyes’ focus following the loss to Iowa State has come on the defensive end.

“We looked a lot at our defense,” Bluder said. “Obviously, we committed way to many fouls in that game.”

Iowa was whistled for 30 fouls against Iowa State as the Cyclones attempted 49 free throws, connecting on 37.

The 83 points scored by Iowa State was the fourth highest total allowed by the Hawkeyes this season.

“To bounce back after Iowa State, we really knew that defense was going to be a focal point,” sophomore forward Claire Till said. “We really needed to focus on playing hard defense for 30 seconds.”

BOARDING SCHOOL: Rebounding was also a focal point for Bluder this week after Iowa State held a 46-37 advantage on the glass.

The Cyclones finished with a 16 to 9 advantage in offensive rebounds as Hallie Christofferson and Seanna Johnson each had six offensive boards for Iowa State.

Christofferson and Johnson combined for 30 of Iowa State’s 46 total rebounds.

“It still upsets me that two players on their team got more offensive rebounds than our team,” Bluder said. “That is a point of concern and we need to take care of that.”

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