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Disterhoft provides the Hawkeyes with a silver lining in loss

[ 0 ] March 25, 2014 |

Not much went right for the Iowa women’s basketball team Tuesday against Louisville.

Iowa shot 33 percent from the field and committed 19 turnovers in a 83-53 season-ending loss to the Cardinals in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Carver Hawkeye Arena.

In a game where highlights were few and far between, Ally Disterhoft provided Iowa a silver lining in an otherwise gray game.

The West High graduate capped an impressive freshman season Tuesday with a team-high 15 points and eight rebounds against the fourth-ranked Cardinals.

Disterhoft was 5-of-10 from the field against Louisville and hit 5-of-7 free throws before fouling out with 4:15 remaining.

“It’s a disappointing way to end the season,” Disterhoft said. “It was a great year, but this one stings right now.”

The 15 points Tuesday gave Disterhoft 474 points for the season, the second most ever by an Iowa freshman behind Jaime Printy’s 501.

Disterhoft, who was named to the Big Ten all-freshman team as well as earning honorable mention all-Big Ten honors from the league’s coaches and media, averaged 13.2 points in her first collegiate season.

The 6-foot-0 Disterhoft reached double figures in scoring in 15 of 16 games since entering the starting lineup Jan. 19 at Ohio State.

Disterhoft had the first double-double of her career in her first career start finishing with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

“Coming in I just wanted to help the team any way that I could,” Disterhoft said. “If that was coming off the bench or in the starting lineup, scoring or playing defense I just wanted to do my part to help this team.”

She finishes the season with four double-doubles and scored 20 or more points four times.

Disterhoft led the Hawkeyes in rebounding in 17 games this season and averaged 6.4 rebounds per game for the season.

In the first collegiate game of her career Disterhoft scored seven points in a win over UC Riverside.

The former Miss Iowa Basketball then scored in double figures in 27 of the next 35 games helping Iowa to a 27-9 season that matched the most wins in program history.

“It’s tough to think about right now but we do have a lot of great players coming back next year,” Disterhoft said. “Again, it stings right now losing this game and we need to continue to get better, but we have a lot of great players in here that will be back.”

 

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