Lady?Lions upset at home by Iowa

UNIVERSITY PARK – Again and again, the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes found success connecting on mid-to-long-range shots.

Their final basket from this distance proved to be the game-winner.

Bethany Doolittle’s jumper with 1 minute, 12 seconds left propelled Iowa to a 73-70 win over the Penn State women’s basketball team Thursday at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Maggie Lucas scored 21 points for No. 9 Penn State (17-5, 8-2 Big Ten), which had won six straight. Ariel Edwards had 16 points, and Talia East added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Lions, who fell into a first-place tie in the Big Ten with Michigan State.

Ally Disterhoft had 24 points to lead four Iowa players in double figures and help the Hawkeyes (18-6, 6-4) avenge an earlier loss to Penn State.

Iowa went 28-for-56 from the field and became the first team this season to shoot 50 percent against Penn State. The Lady Lions were first in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense entering the game.

“They just did what they do well,” Lucas said. “They get in the lane, drive to the basket and kick it out. They did a great job of that tonight.”

None more so than in the final 90 seconds.

Penn State, which trailed by eight early in the second half, went ahead 70-69 after Edwards nailed a jump shot with 1:41 left.

On the ensuing possession, Iowa’s Samantha Logic drove to the basket, drew the attention of the Penn State defense and passed out to a wide-open Doolittle, who hit a shot from near the free-throw line.

“We talked about how they sink on drives [to the basket],” Logic said. “Beth called for it and I heard her. We worked on that play. It was great scouting by our coaches.”

Penn State missed a pair of shots during its next time down the court and Iowa went ahead by three when Disterhoft made both free throws with nine seconds left. Dara Taylor drew a foul on the Lady Lions’ final possession, but missed the front end of a one-and-one and the clock ran out.

“This is special because we have so much respect for Penn State,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “It didn’t matter who we played today. Our team felt very good about itself going in.”

Neither side led by more than five during a back-and-forth first half that featured five ties and eight lead changes.

Lucas’ 3-pointer just past the halfway mark gave Penn State a 23-18 lead, its largest of the half. But Iowa responded with eight consecutive points, capped by a 3-pointer from Melissa Dixon.

The Lady Lions took their final lead of the half, 27-26, after East hit two free throws with 6:02 left. Iowa reclaimed the advantage just one minute later and held it for most of the final five minutes before the intermission.

The Hawkeyes were up 40-35 before the Lady Lions tied the game at halftime behind Lucas, who made two free throws and nailed a 3-pointer in the final 35 seconds.

Iowa got a pair of baskets from Dixon and a 3-point play from Disterhoft as part of a 12-4 run to start the second half. Theairra Taylor’s lay-up gave Iowa an eight-point lead and forced a timeout from Penn State coach Coquese Washington with 16:27 left on the clock.

Iowa’s lead was 61-56 just past the 10-minute mark when Penn State rallied. The Lady Lions held Iowa to a pair of free throws over the next five minutes and outscored the Hawkeyes 12-2. Peyton Whitted’s basket put the Lady Lions up 68-63 with 4:26 left.

Iowa needed less than a minute to tie the game after a lay-up from Taylor and a 3-pointer from Disterhoft off a steal by Logic.

IOWA (18-6): Disterhoft 8-9 5-5 24, Dixon 5-11 0-0 13, Logic 5-11 4-5 14, Taylor 4-9 2-3 10, Doolittle 4-9 0-0 8, Kastanek 0-1 0-0 0, Till 2-3 0-0 4, Peschel 0-3 0-1 0. Totals 28-56 11-14 73.

PENN STATE (17-5): Taylor 4-12 2-3 10, East 5-11 4-4 14, Edwards 6-13 4-5 16, Lucas 7-21 5-6 21, Waldner 2-4 0-0 4, Agee 0-0 1-2 1, Sevillian 0-0 0-1 0, Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Mitchell 1-3 0-0 2, Whitted 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 26-67 16-21 70.

Halftime-Tied 40-40. 3-Point Goals-Iowa 6-17 (Disterhoft 3-3, Dixon 3-9, Kastanek 0-1, Taylor 0-2, Logic 0-2), Penn St. 2-5 (Lucas 2-4, Taylor 0-1). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Iowa 31 (Logic 11), Penn St. 45 (East 12). Assists-Iowa 18 (Logic 10), Penn St. 10 (Edwards 4). Total Fouls-Iowa 17, Penn St. 15. A-4,033.