TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Turnovers and defense continue to plague the Iowa women's basketball team.
The Hawkeyes trailed Florida State by three at the break Wednesday night but gave up 50 second-half points and turned it over 24 times during an 83-69 loss in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
"Our defense went to sleep at halftime, and I am not sure why," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. "We'll see it on film I am sure, but you can't give up 50 points in a half to a good team and expect to win."
The Seminoles got 23 points from their bench and converted the Iowa mistakes into 28 points.
"We have to take care of the ball better," Bluder said. "It's not only the points we're giving up on the mistakes, but the points we are not getting when we give it back to them."
Lenor Rodriguez scored a game-high 28 points and dished out six assists to lead four Seminoles (6-0) in double-figures. Alexa Deluzio had 14 points and five boards off the bench, while Nathasha Howard and Chelsea Davis added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Yashira Delgado also scored nine points off the bench as the Seminoles won the game despite going just seven deep on the roster.
Iowa's Morgan Johnson had 20 points and four rebounds to lead the Hawkeyes, while Bethany Doolittle added 10 points and nine boards. Sam Logic had 14 points, seven rebounds, three steals and seven assists, while Jaime Printy scored 13 in the loss. Logic and Printy also had a combined 16 turnovers.
Neither team led by more than four points in the first half. Florida State though took advantage of a 7-0 run with the game tied in the second half and continued to pull away from there, leading by as many as 14 in the lopsided final 20 minutes. Iowa's biggest lead was one, but the Seminoles were in front on the scoreboard for the final 37:15.
The Hawkeyes (5-3) shot just nine free throws in the game, while Florida State was 16-of-22.
"One of our strengths this year has been free throw shooting and we were just unable to get to the line tonight," Bluder said. "Florida State did a good job of keeping us off the line, but we also didn't attack the basket very well."
The Hawkeyes will begin Big Four action this weekend when they take on Northern Iowa (3-3) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.