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Dixon shoots Iowa women past Quincy
November 5, 2012 - Troy Hyde
Filling in for the injured Jaime Printy, Iowa sophomore guard Melissa Dixon buried seven 3-pointers and scored 28 points to lead the Hawkeye women to an 86-51 win over Quincy on Sunday in the second part of a men’s-women’s doubleheader at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Dixon also finished with three steals as the Hawkeyes scored 18 points off 21 Quincy mistakes, shot 51 percent from the field and got 18 points from their bench in the easy win.
“I thought this was a pretty good opener for us,” Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder said. “I was happy with the way we took care of the ball. You know, we started out a little scary. But then we got better. We only had three turnovers in the second half. And I think it's something that you always see in the first game is your timing maybe not there.”
It was a 13-12 contest with 10:40 to play in the first half before the Hawkeyes eventually started to pull away. It was 29-16 with just less than five minutes to play in the first and then Iowa took a 38-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.
“It felt good tonight,” said Dixon, who was 7-for-11 from long range. “I think we just moved the ball around really well in our zone offense tonight. My teammates were finding me when I was open. So that helped a lot.”
The Hawkeyes buried 10 triples in the game and outscored Quincy 36-18 in the painted area.
Sam Logic finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals in the win, while Morgan Johnson added 12 points and nine boards.
Kali Peschel had seven points to lead the bench, while Claire Till added six points and five rebounds and Trisha Nesbitt dished out seven assists.
“I feel really comfortable going 10 deep,” Bluder said. “I think we're there. And it's so early right now, you hate to even say that, because you just never know who is going to step up or who is going to get in the game anxiety and those type of things.”
At 6-foot-5, Johnson rarely faces teams with bigger post players but found herself with a height disadvantage Sunday afternoon. And she also attracted a lot of attention with double teams.
“ I think they did a good job of pushing me off the block a little bit, pushing me and Beth off the block a little bit, which altered our shot some,” Johnson said. “We just didn't have the usual looks that we have. That was a little difficult. But I feel like our guards did a great job tonight; and the in/out look was working really, really well. So I feel like just getting the ball to them was really important.”
Lucy Cramsey scored 19 points and had nine rebounds to lead Quincy, while Felisha Loggins added 12 boards. Quincy shot just 35 percent from the field and was 2-of-17 from long range.
The Hawkeyes’ biggest lead of the game was at the final buzzer, which makes Bluder smile because the intensity was maintained from start to finish.
“We kept our intensity,” Bluder said. “Sometimes that can go down, especially this doesn't count and you're putting everybody in. It is nice to see is that we maintained the intensity and the focus the whole way through the 40 minutes.”
Printy suffered a hamstring injury in practice earlier this week and did not play. She missed the final part of last season with a torn ACL but looked close to 100 percent prior to the hamstring setback. Bluder expects her leading scorer to return to the lineup Friday when the Hawkeyes take on Northern Illinois in the season opener.
“I think she'll be back on Friday. I feel good about it,” Bluder said. “We'll hold her out Monday. Tuesday is a day off. So she'll have Wednesday and Thursday to prepare for Northern Illinois, but I think she'll be back for that game.”
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