WBB: Iowa Uses Second Half Spree To Beat Miami (FL), Advance
By Jeff Linder, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Samantha Logic insisted the game wasn't slipping away.
But the Iowa Hawkeyes were teetering on the brink of major danger before Melissa Dixon shot them out of trouble.
Dixon nailed three consecutive 3-pointers in less than two minutes as the Hawkeyes rallied past, then ran away from Miami (Fla.), 69-53, in an NCAA women's basketball tournament first-round game in front of 6,836 fans Sunday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
"We ran our sets very well there, and it allowed me to be open," said Dixon, who scored all 13 of her points in the second half.
Logic posted 23 points and 11 rebounds as the Hawkeyes (21-12) advanced to the second round for the first time since 2010. They'll face No. 2 Notre Dame at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The Fighting Irish (32-1) handled Tennessee-Martin, 97-64, Sunday.
Iowa was getting whipped on the glass and faced a 34-27 deficit early in the second half.
The sophomore hit long-range shots on two straight possessions to get the Hawkeyes within a point, then added another to give Iowa a 38-35 advantage with 16:40 left in the game.
"She's done that for us all year," said Iowa's Jaime Printy, whose collegiate career -- along with those of Morgan Johnson and Trisha Nesbitt -- was prolonged for at least one more game.
Miami (21-11) steadied itself temporarily and took a 41-40 lead on Morgan Stroman's basket with 14:02 to go.
It was the Hurricanes' last hurrah.
Iowa scored the next 12 points (a drive by Logic, a 3-pointer from Printy, two free throws from Logic, a three-point play by Johnson and an inside basket by Dixon) for a 52-41 advantage.
And when Johnson nailed a 15-footer to make it 58-44, she followed it up with a fist pump.
"I had butterflies all day," Johnson said. "I tried not to think that this could be my last game."
Iowa prevailed despite Miami's 53-37 rebounding advantage. The Hurricanes snagged 25 offensive rebounds, but only managed 17 points out of that.
"That's almost hideous," Miami Coach Katie Meier said. "It was a shockingly poor performance by us offensively.
"I have very high regard for Iowa's mental toughness and for the IQ of their guards."
Miami's 6-foot-6 center, Shawnice Wilson amassed 15 points and 18 rebounds. She opened the second half with six straight points as the Hurricanes opened a 34-27 advantage.
"I felt like I had control (inside)," Wilson said. "I just felt like we went away from what was working, and I was getting the ball inside."
And then Dixon shot the Hawkeyes back into it.
"It was pretty early in the second half still, so it wasn't slipping in our minds," Logic said. "We ran our sets. It never felt like it was slipping away or anything, especially when you have shooters like (Dixon) on your team."
Johnson, Printy and Theairra Taylor added nine points apiece for the Hawkeyes. Johnson matched Logic with 11 boards.
"I'm very, very proud of our basketball team and excited to be able to stand and play again Tuesday night," Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder said.
Logic scored 13 points in the first half to keep Iowa close (the Hawkeyes trailed, 28-27, at intermission) despite the Hurricanes' 32-17 rebounding advantage.
Morgan Stroman added 15 points and eight rebounds for Miami.
IOWA 69, MIAMI (Fla.) 53
At Iowa City
IOWA (69): Bethany Doolittle 1-6 2-4 4, Morgan Johnson 4-9 1-2 9, Samantha Logic 8-14 6-7 23, Theairra Taylor 1-10 7-8 9, Jaime Printy 3-8 2-2 9, Melissa Dixon 5-8 0-1 13, Trisha Nesbitt 1-2 0-0 2, Claire Till 0-0 0-0 0, Kathy Thomas 0-0 0-1 0, Kali Peschel 0-0 0-0 0, Kayla Timmerman 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-58 18-25 69.
MIAMI (53): Morgan Stroman 6-9 3-6 15, Shawnice Wilson 4-10 7-10 15, Stefanie Yderstrom 0-7 2-2 2, Krystal Saunders 2-9 1-2 6, Suriya McGuire 3-11 1-2 8, Caprice Dennis 1-4 0-2 3, Michelle Woods 1-8 0-2 2, Keyona Hayes 0-0 0-0 0, Maria Brown 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 18-60 14-26 53.
Halftime: Miami 28, Iowa 27. 3-point goals: Iowa 5-11 (Logic 1-2, Taylor 0-2, Printy 1-2, Dixon 3-4, Timmerman 0-1), Miami 3-19 (Yderstrom 0-5, Saunders 1-7, McGuire 1-2, Dennis 1-2, Woods 0-3). Team fouls: Iowa 20, Miami 21. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: Iowa 37 (Johnson, Logic 11), Miami 53 (Wilson 18). Assists: Iowa 13 (Logic, Taylor 4), Miami 8 (McGuire 3). Steals: Iowa 10 (Taylor 4), Miami 9 (Stroman 3). Turnovers: Iowa 16, Miami 24.