Iowa Reacts to Louisville Loss
By Scott Westerberg, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Iowa women closed out their season last night with an 83-53 loss to Louisville. The Hawks are still looking for their first sweet 16 appearance under coach Lisa Bluder.
"If you turn the ball over and not shoot the ball well it's not going to be easy to win a game," remarked Sam Logic, who finished with 12 points but had 9 turnovers.
That was the story for the Hawkeyes last night. Iowa committed 19 turnovers, shot just 1-16 from three point range and had a seven minute stretch of the first half with just one point.
"I felt like for some reason we went away from things that were working in the first few minutes of the game. I thought we had some great drives to the basket. We got in a little bit of foul trouble unfortunately. That hurts us. I thought they did a nice job of keeping the ball out of Sam's hands. They did a tremendous job with that," added Coach Bluder.
"We knew they were going to have pressure. We knew they were going to have some traps and different defenses. It wasn't anything we weren't expecting. We just really didn't execute," said Logic.
The loss ends the career of Theairra Taylor, the team's lone senior. Although her dream of playing in the Sweet 16 was never realized, Taylor says this season was still a success.
"I played with a great group of girls, great coaching staff. We didn't go out the way we wanted to, but coach said we can't remember this season for just this game. This was one of my favorite seasons being here as a Hawkeye, so it's something I want to remember as a wonderful journey."
When asked what Taylor has meant to the program, Coach Bluder had a tough time fighting back the emotion.
"I really couldn't do that when she was in here, but the team loves her, just wanted this for her really badly."