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IOWA CITY Lisa Bluder's 600th career coaching victory was met with a bit of reflection.
But mostly, a shrug.
"It's just one more than 599," Bluder said after her milestone win a 62-46 conquest of 12th-ranked Purdue in a Big Ten women's basketball game before a crowd of 8,576 Sunday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
"When you reach a milestone, it gives you an opportunity to reflect on the women you've been able to coach, the women who have been a part of your life."
The Hawkeyes (14-5 overall, 3-2 Big Ten) improved to 5-0 against ranked teams, playing a lights-out first half that ended with a 23-point advantage.
That margin shrunk to 49-39, then 52-43. Each time, Melissa Dixon had an answer. First, with a 3-pointer; next, with a spin move that triggered an 8-0 run that kept it from getting any hairier or scarier.
"Sam (Logic) was hitting me when I was open," said Dixon, who matched Jaime Printy for game-high honors with 15 points.
Purdue (15-3, 4-1) was playing its third game in seven days, and was battling a minor flu epidemic.
"We had no legs," said Boilermakers Coach Sharon Versyp. "We didn't have our best today, but maybe it wouldn't have mattered anyway."
Purdue missed 15 of its first 16 shots.
The Hawkeyes, meanwhile, were 6 of 10 from 3-point range on their way to a 41-18 advantage at halftime. Several of the long-distance shots came directly from out-of-bounds plays.
"We were working on that a lot in our shooting drills this week," Dixon said. "I think that helped today."
Dixon, Printy and Theairra Taylor hit three long balls apiece as Iowa finished 9-of-15 from distance.
Taylor finished with nine points and 10 rebounds. Logic contributed 10 assists, against seven turnovers.
The Hawkeyes got a boost in the post off the bench from freshman Kayla Timmerman, who scored a couple of baskets and grabbed a couple of rebounds in 16 minutes. Timmerman was active defensively and showed strength in securing the two rebounds in heavy traffic.
"I just want to help any way I can," Timmerman said. "Morgan (Johnson), I'm so lucky to be learning from her."
Bluder was 169-36 in six years at St. Ambrose, then 187-106 in 10 seasons at Drake. In 13 years at Iowa, she has posted a 244-149 mark.
That adds up to 600-291.
"It's truly a blessing to have her as my coach," Printy said. "She's one of the best around. I'm so proud of her."
The Hawkeyes host Wisconsin on Thursday.