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IOWA CITY The Iowa Hawkeyes, in the mind of Lisa Bluder, were on the road to greatness.
They settled for goodness. And good was more than good enough on this day.
Six players scored in double figures, led by another showcase by Samantha Logic, as 25th-ranked Iowa downed North Dakota, 88-62, in a start-and-stop-and-start-again women's basketball display in front of 4,209 Saturday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
"It was a good game for us," Bluder said as the Hawkeyes closed their pre-Big Ten campaign at 12-2. "I thought we were on our way to a great game, but we didn't quite pull it off."
The Hawkeyes were slow out of the gates, then sizzled through the last six-plus minutes of the first half and the first four minutes after intermission.
That run produced a 43-10 blitz that turned a four-point deficit into a 63-34 advantage.
"It started at the defensive end," Bluder said. "Our defense got our fast break going. And when we get our fast break going, we're a hard team to defend."
So now, bring on the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes open league play Thursday at Indiana, which takes a 12-0 record into Sunday's pre-conference finale at Xavier. Iowa returns home next Sunday to face No. 17 Penn State.
"Yeah, we're ready," Logic said. "In essence, this was a tune-up game. Now we get into our regular schedule.
"The great thing about the Big Ten, anyone can win on any given night."
Coming off a triple-double a week earlier against Drake, Logic wasn't that far away from matching it Saturday. The junior point guard posted 21 points, seven rebounds and eight assists.
Theairra Taylor added 14 points, Melissa Dixon 13, Bethany Doolittle and Ally Disterhoft 12 apiece and Alexa Kastanek 11.
Disterhoft and Kastanek are freshmen that come off the bench.
The Hawkeyes appeared ready to run North Dakota out of Carver, then took the foot off the pedal for about 10 minutes, allowing their guests to carve at the lead.
A school without a nickname it has dropped its Fighting Sioux monicker UND got within 69-57 with 6 1/2 minutes left before the Hawkeyes pulled away again.
North Dakota is coached by Travis Brewster, a 1989 graduate of Cedar Rapids Washington.
"(Iowa) hurt us in transition," said Brewster, in his second year as head coach in Grand Forks after serving as an assistant the previous four seasons. "They adjusted in transition and took advantage of their shots.
"But we got better today, and that's all you can ask."
The Hawkeyes outscored North Dakota, 20-0, in fast break points.
North Dakota led through the first 14 minutes, the largest margin at 13-4. It was 24-20 before the Hawkeyes went from a jog to a sprint.
Dixon hit a 3-pointer, then Logic hit Disterhoft in transition for a basket that gave the Hawkeyes their first lead of the game at 25-24 with 6:00 left in the half.
Another Logic transition assist went to Dixon, who splashed a 3-pointer from the baseline, then Kali Peschel's trey made it 11 straight points and a 31-24 advantage.
The run swelled to 25-4 in the final 6:42 of the half, pushing Iowa's lead to 45-28 at the break.
Madi Buck led North Dakota with 19 points.
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