Disterhoft Shines as Hawkeye Women Beat Stony Brook

By Jason Brummond, Correspondent


By Aaron Hepker

IOWA CITY — Lisa Bluder was dreading a game like this.

Iowa easily handled Stony Brook in a 78-40 win on Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

But Bluder wasn’t happy with all the whistles and tight foul calls — a product of the changes for this season in officiating that players and coaches are still trying to exactly figure out.

“This is what worries me,” Bluder said. “Maybe they called it the right way tonight, but it was totally different than the first three games of the year.

“That’s what has my concern. There’s no consistency across the board and it’s difficult for the players to adjust.”

Freshman Ally Disterhoft scored 17 points to lead the Hawkeyes (4-0), who travel to No. 19 Colorado this week. Theairra Taylor added 14 points.

Iowa and Stony Brook combined to shoot 48 free throws on 46 total fouls. Three Hawkeyes were called for four fouls each. Forward Bethany Doolittle picked up two quick fouls and played only four minutes in the first half.

Disterhoft is quickly finding a key role in Iowa’s offense.

The Iowa City West grad connected on 6 of 8 shots — including two 3-pointers. Disterhoft also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

“My teammates did a great job of driving and finding me when I was open,” Disterhoft said. “It’s really fun to play with a group of girls that are so unselfish. That’s something that we pride ourselves on.”

The Hawkeyes held Stony Brook to an abysmal 18.6 percent shooting from the field. The Seawolves’ 40 points come four days after Iowa held Arkansas-Pine Bluff to 38 points — the fewest allowed by Iowa in 19 years.

Stony Brook committed 20 turnovers to just five assists.

Nearly half of its points came from the foul line.

“We’ve bought into our zone,” Taylor said. “We’re starting to click and it’s showing out there.”

The Hawkeyes trailed in the opening minutes, but took the lead and control of the game with a big 15-0 run.

Disterhoft made a layup and a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions for her first points of the game.

Stony Brook went nearly 7 and a half minutes without a field goal during that stretch.

Brittany Show scored 15 points for Stony Brook (2-2).

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