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The Iowa women's basketball team entered Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday with a few things to prove. The Hawkeyes were coming off an 88-72 loss to Michigan State, and were sporting an 11-game road losing streak to Ohio State.
Coach Lisa Bluder and her bunch ended that streak and took a big step in recovering from the Michigan State loss in an 81-74 victory over the Buckeyes.
"I think (they took the next step), I really do," Bluder said. "That's what makes this win special is because we're on the road and we got the win, but also because they kept coming back at us and we withstood their challenges."
The Hawkeyes got a big game from Iowa City West grad Ally Disterhoft, who scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in her first career start. Bluder was proud of the freshman for stepping up in a big way in a situation that has been known to rattle young players in the past.
"We just felt like we needed a little bit more offensive firepower in the starting lineup, and she came through," Bluder said. "Sometimes you worry about a freshman pushing a little too much, but she came up with a double-double."