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Iowa Basketball: Disterhoft, Logic guide Hawkeye women past No. 9 Penn State

Iowa coach Lisa Bluder won her 269th game at Iowa on Thursday, tying her with C. Vivian Stringer for the most in school history.
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Iowa junior Samantha Logic recorded the third triple-double of her career and freshman Ally Disterhoft matched her career-high with 24 points to help lead the Iowa women’s basketball team to a 73-70 win over No. 9 Penn State at University Park, Pa.

Logic finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the Hawkeyes won at Penn State for the first time since 2009 and defeated a top 10 foe for the first time since knocking off No. 10 Michigan State on Jan. 27, 2011. It also was the first win over a top 10 team away from Iowa City since 2001.

“It was a big win. That’s four straight Big Ten road victories – that’s hard to accomplish. Beating Penn State, the No. 9 team in the country, on their homecourt – that’s hard to accomplish,” said Iowa coach Lisa Bluder. “It gives us that top 10 win, that signature win and gives it to us on the road, which is harder.”

The victory pushed Bluder into a tie with C. Vivian Stringer on Iowa’s all-time win list. The Hawkeye duo each has 269 wins at Iowa.

And Disterhoft was the key. The freshman from Iowa City’s 24 points came on 8-of-9 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the line. She also was 3-for-3 from 3-point range and nailed a pair of free throws with 9 seconds to play to put the Hawkeyes up three.

“It was a great night for her. She’ll remember this one for a long time,” Bluder said. “She missed one shot the entire night. Those two free throws late in the game were clutch.”

Four Hawkeyes scored in double-figures on the night and Iowa shot 50 percent from the floor. But it was the effort on the defensive end of the floor that guided Iowa to the win.

The Hawkeyes held Penn State to no 3-pointers in the second half and limited all-Big Ten first-teamer Maggie Lucas to just five points in second frame. Lucas scored 21 points in the game but the Nittany Lions connected on just 38 percent from the floor and lost despite out-rebounding Iowa 45-31.

“I thought we were really cognizant of where she was at,” Bluder said of the effort on Lucas. “We played a lot of zone tonight. We had to because of foul trouble. She got her points but five in the second half was pretty big.”

The game was tied at halftime. Iowa grabbed its largest lead of the game with a 12-4 run out of the gates in the second half.

Melissa Dixon, who finished with 13 points, contributed to the run with a 3 and a layup, while Theairra Taylor made two layups and Disterhoft chipped in a three-point play.

Penn State came back to tie the game at 56-all and the game was knotted at 68-all with 3:32 to play. The Nittany Lions held their largest advantage of the game when they led by five with 4:26 to play but scored just two points in the final 3:32.

Penn State (17-5, 8-2) took a one-point lead with 1:41 to go, but Bethany Doolittle’s jumper gave the advantage back to Iowa with 1:12 to go. Penn State missed two jumpers on its next possession and Disterhoft eventually put the game away for the Hawkeyes (18-6, 6-4) with two late free throws.

We were incredibly focused and incredibly loose. We kept believing,” Bluder said. “I thought we took smart shots. We found the open player and didn’t force shots over the help defense. That was huge for us.”

Taylor had 10 points and four rebounds for Iowa, while Talia East had 14 points and 12 rebounds to compliment Lucas. Ariel Edwards also scored 16 points, grabbed five boards and dished out four assists, while Dora Taylor chipped in 10 for Penn State.

It was the second triple-double of the season for Logic, and the third of her career, which is the most in program history.

“Most people dream about getting triple-doubles, and Sam is one every night waiting to happen. It is unbelievable,” Bluder said.

Iowa returns home to face Northwestern (14-8, 4-5) on Monday with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m. The game will be televised by BTN.

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