Despite an off shooting night and 20 turnovers, the Iowa women’s basketball team nearly upset No. 19 Nebraska on the road Thursday night.
The Hawkeyes trailed by 13 at halftime and shot 31 percent from the field in the game before trimming the lead down to one with just more than minutes to play in the game.
But then Nebraska went on a 6-0 run and ended Iowa’s hopes for an upset during a 60-53 victory at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
“I am very proud of my team. We didn’t give up. It could have been easy to just get it over with and go home against a top 20 team on the road,” Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder said. “We made the most of it. I thought Jaime Printy tried to put the team on her back. I am proud of the way we fought back and we will be better in the end because of this.”
Nebraska improved to 17-3 overall and 6-2 in league play, while Iowa is now a disappointing 11-10 overall and 3-5 in league play. The Hawkeyes have reached at least 20 wins and the NCAA Tournament in four straight seasons. But that streak is in jeopardy at this point.
The game was tied at 14 with 10:25 to play until halftime before Nebraska went on a 16-3 run to take a big lead at the break. Iowa got no field goals during that stretch all three points were scored from the line by freshman reserve Virginia Johnson.
Iowa chipped away at the deficit in the second half and eventually closed to within 52-51 with 3:11 to play in the game. Nebraska then used a lat 6-0 to gain another advantage and never looked back the rest of the way.
“We just made shots. That stretch there where we weren’t able to score for 12 minutes was tough.” Bluder said. “We took good shots early but they weren’t going in. Halftime couldn’t come quick enough for us.”
Junior Jaime Printy continued to struggle with her shot in the first half but caught fire in the second half. She finished with 17 points and five rebounds in the game but was just 6-of-19 from the floor and 4-of-12 from long range.
Senior Kamille Wahlin and fresman Sam Logic also scored in double figures for Iowa. Wahlin had 11 points and four assists, while Logic added 10 points and five rebounds.
Junior Center Morgan Johnson was effective when she was in the game but played just 22 minutes and fouled out. She finished with eight points and nine rebounds. Senior Kelly Krei had a team-high 10 boards in the loss.
Nebraska was led by Jordan Hooper, who finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Lindsey Moore added 15 points and five rebounds.
“Jordan Hooper was fabulous again for Nebraska,” Bluder said. “She is a very hard player to defend. She is so active and can do so many things. She is incredibly athletic for her size.”
Iowa shot 31 percent from the floor and had 20 turnovers, while Nebraska shot just 32 percent from the floor but turned it over 14 times.