After Beating No. 20 Texas, Iowa Women Play San Diego Sunday

By Jeff Linder, Reporter


By Grant Burkhardt

They've hooked the Horns. Now, they go after the hosts.

Coming off their two most impressive outings of the season, the Iowa Hawkeyes face San Diego in the Surf-N-Slam Classic final on Sunday at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego. Tipoff is 4 p.m. CST.

Iowa (10-3) hammered No. 20 Texas, 86-63, late Friday night, its third win over a ranked opponent -- all against Big 12 teams.

"Our kids were fired up to play a ranked team on a neutral floor and we took full advantage of it," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. "We socked them early. We shot the ball well, we defended well, we rebounded."

Samantha Logic set a school record with assists (14), and finished with a double-double -- she grabbed 15 rebounds.

Melissa Dixon scored a career-high 23 points. Jaime Printy added 21 points and Morgan Johnson provided 20. Iowa led, 41-21, at halftime.

San Diego defeated Central Michigan, 78-72, in overtime Friday in the other semifinal. The Toreros are 8-3.

"Now we have to play the home team, so this is always a little but more difficult," Bluder said. "We saw them play a very good zone defense (Friday) and we'll have to be ready for that. They will have the crowd with them."

The Hawkeyes have won five straight games, by an average of 24.8 points. They preceded the Texas win with a 97-43 blasting of Missouri State.

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