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Freebies propel Iowa to upset of No. 12 W. Virginia

November 26, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF (sports@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

MIAMI - Iowa senior guard Jaime Printy matched a Big Ten record going 17-for-17 from the free-throw line as the Hawkeye women's basketball team upset No. 12-ranked West Virginia, 79-70, in Sunday's consolation game at the FIU Thanksgiving Classic.

The two teams combined for 58 personal fouls, one technical and 79 foul shots. Iowa (5-2) set the Big Ten record with 42 makes on a school-record 50 attempts, including a stretch of 16 consecutive successful tries over the final 2 1/2 minutes of the game.

West Virginia (3-2) led by as many as nine after making a 16-4 run to close out the first half. The Mountaineers, however, were whistled for 21 fouls in the second half and watched as Iowa shot 27-for-30 from the charity stripe. Printy was 13-of-13 alone after the break, going 10-for-10 as Iowa scored its last 16 points at the line.

Half of Iowa's 54 second-half points came from the line.

"It feels great to come away with a win against a top-15 team like West Virginia," said Printy. "There were a lot of fouls, on both sides, called tonight and we were able to convert from the line.

"I was fortunate to get to the line a lot and my shot from the free-throw line felt great."

Fact Box

IOWA (5-2) - Johnson 6-11 7-11 19, Logic 2-6 5-6 9, Taylor 1-3 4-5 6, Printy 1-3 17-17 19, Doolittle 7-12 3-3 17, Till 0-1 5-6 5, Nesbitt 1-1 1-2 4, Dixon 0-2 0-0 0, Timmerman 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 18-39 42-50 79.

WEST VIRGINIA (3-2) - Caldwell 5-16 6-6 17, Palmer 7-20 4-4 23, Fields 2-4 1-2 5, Stepney 3-5 1-2 7, Dunning 1-4 1-2 3, Bethel 0-3 3-4 3, Hampton 0-3 0-0 0, Faulk 0-0 1-2 1, Harlee 0-1 0-0 0, Simms 0-3 0-0 0, Holmes 1-10 1-3 3, Leary 2-3 4-4 8. TOTALS 21-72 22-29 70.

Halftime-WV 32-25. 3-Point Goals-Iowa 1-5 (Nesbitt 1-1, Dixon 0-1, Taylor 0-1, Printy 0-2), WV 6-28 (Palmer 5-13, Caldwell 1-5, Simms 0-1, Harlee 0-1, Hampton 0-2, Holmes 0-6). Fouled Out-Caldwell, Dunning, Logic, Stepney. Rebounds-Iowa 39 (Logic, Printy, Taylor 7), WV 41 (Palmer 9). Assists-Iowa 12 (Logic 7), West Virginia 12 (Hampton, Stepney 3). Total Fouls-Iowa 23, WV 34. Technical-West Virginia Bench.

The Hawkeyes used a 12-2 run to erase West Virginia's last nine-point lead, going in front (55-54) for the first time since the 6-minute mark of the first half. The lead changed hands six more times before a Morgan Johnson layup with 3:37 remaining gave Iowa the advantage for good, 61-60.

"We needed to win a close one down the stretch after letting the FIU game get away from us," said Iowa coach Lisa Bluder. "We thought this would be a great opportunity, playing on a neutral court, and we wanted to take advantage of it. It is a huge win for us confidence-wise."

The Mountaineers are the highest ranked team Iowa has defeated since knocking off No. 10 Michigan State on Jan. 27, 2011.

Printy and Johnson led the Hawkeyes with 19 points apiece. Bethany Doolittle chipped in a career-best 17 points, and Samantha Logic added nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists before fouling out.

Taylor Palmer made a career-high five 3-pointers on her way to a team-leading 23 points for West Virginia. Christal Caldwell added 17 before becoming one of three Mountaineers to foul out.

The Hawkeyes hope to ride the momentum of their upset win into Wednesday's ACC/Big Ten Challenge contest at Florida State. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CST.

 
 

 

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