Iowa junior guard Melissa Dixon has been on fire the past three games.
But Saturday she got plenty of help from her teammates and the Hawkeyes set new school and arena records with 17 3-pointers during a 95-47 win over Idaho State in non-conference action at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Dixon finished with a game-high 24 points as she connected on 6-of-11 from 3-point range. After converting seven 3-pointers total during the first six games of the season (7-of-46), Dixon has made 28 over the last five games (28-of-54).
“That definitely has to be one of the highlights,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said of Dixon’s effort. “It was definitely a remarkable performance.
“It's just so effortless to watch her shoot, too. It's fun. You know, keep it up, keep throwing.”
Dixon posted 27 in Iowa’s win against No. 22 Syracuse and a career-best 32 in Iowa’s win against UNC-Wilmington. She has scored 83 points total over the last three games (27.6/game).
Bethany Doolittle added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who have now won six straight and are 10-1 on the season. Iowa also is 6-0 at home this season after shooting 56 percent from the floor and 17-of-34 from 3-point range.
“We have fun doing it,” Bluder said of the 3-pointers. “ They work hard at it. It's one of those contagious things, too. Once they start flying in, it's easy for it to seem like the basket is getting bigger and bigger.”
Theairra Taylor and Ally Disterhoft also finished in double-figures, scoring 16 and 14 points, respectively. Taylor was 4-of-6 from long range and added five boards and five assists, while Disterhoft, a freshman from Iowa City West High School, pulled down six rebounds and connected on 3-of-4 from distance.
Junior guard Samantha Logic -- the Big Ten leader in assists -- recorded four assists, tying her for third on Iowa’s all-time list with Kamille Wahlin (427).
Iowa led 44-29 at halftime and held as big of a lead as 50 late in the second half. Iowa got 28 points from its bench, 22 points off 12 Idaho State turnovers and tallied 28 assists on its 31 field goals.
“I thought our offense was good,” Bluder said. “We distributed the ball well again -- 28 assists on 31 baskets. We shot the ball extremely well, except for from the free throw line.”
Rebecca Schrimpsher led Idaho State with 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Anna Policiccho had 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Hawkeyes have started 10-1 or better three times (including this season) under Bluder (she is in her 14th season at Iowa). Iowa started 13-0 in 2004-05, and 12-1 in 2010-11. It’s Iowa’s best start in three years when the Hawkeyes started 12-1 in 2010-11.
The Hawkeyes will take their first true day off in a few months and then will have three days to prepare for instate rival and nationally ranked Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum. Iowa (10-1) will head to Ames on Thursday.
“We'll have three days to prepare for Iowa State,” Bluder said. “That's a little bit longer than we usually get to prepare for opponents. I think that's good.
“I don't have to worry at all about getting our team up to play. I just have to say Iowa State, they'll show up.”