Most wins ever
When the Iowa Hawkeye women beat Northwestern last week 90-84, Lisa Bluder not only passed Vivian Stringer for the most wins (270) in school history, she topped Tom Davis, the former men’s head basketball coach.
What are the chances of head coaches from the women’s and men’s basketball teams to finish their careers with exactly 269 victories?
All five Iowa starters were in double figures, with Melissa Dixon and Samantha Logic leading the way.
That’s the way Lisa coaches basketball, and why she has been so successful.
That’s the 24th straight game that Iowa has had at least three or more players score in double figures.
Melissa played 32 minutes, hit six 3-pointers, was 4-4 from the free throw line and led the team with 24 points.
Samantha played 38 minutes, had 10 assists, eight rebounds, was 7-7 from the free throw line and totaled 20 points. She has 14 career games with double-digit assists, the most in Hawkeye history.
Samantha was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the third time this season.
I started covering the Hawkeyes in Lisa’s first season, 2000-2001.
Iowa started that season 6-7, then went on a 7-1 run and finished 21-10, 12-4 in the Big Ten which was good enough for second place.
The Hawkeyes won the Big Ten Tournament that year and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Lisa was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Iowa was led by two All-Big Ten guards in senior Cara Consuegra and junior Lindsey Meder.
This year, the Hawks are led by junior guards Samantha Logic and Melissa Dixon.
Cara, who is currently head coach for the Charlotte 49er’s, left Iowa as the all-time leader in assists with 576.
Samantha has 556 after the Purdue game.
When Cara was a senior, she averaged 35 minutes, 11.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game.
So far this year, Samantha is averaging 35 minutes, 14.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 7.6 assists.
Cara shot 40 percent from the floor, 27 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent from the free throw line.
This year, Samantha is shooting 49 percent from the floor, 33 percent from 3-point land and 82 percent from the free throw line.
Both Cara and Samantha are great leaders and I wouldn’t be surprised if Samantha becomes a coach.
Lindsey Meder left Iowa as the all time leader in 3-pointers with 261.
Melissa Dixon has 187 after the Purdue game.
When Lindsey was a junior, she averaged 33.6 minutes, 16.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
Melissa, in her first year as a full time starter, is averaging 30.3 minutes, 13.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
Lindsey shot 41 percent from the floor, 39 percent from 3-point range,
and 89 percent from the free throw line.
Melissa is shooting 38 percent from the floor, 34 percent from 3-point land and 89 percent from the free throw line.
Cara and Lindsey had a really good lineup with Randi Peterson (13.2 ppg.) at center, Leah Magner (8.2) and Jennie Lillis (10.7) at forwards.
Mary Berdo (8.1), Beatrice Bullock (3.1) and Jerica Watson (3.0) came off the bench.
There would be some good match-ups if Cara’s team played against Samantha’s.
Starting at center Bethany Doolittle (6-4) would have a height advantage over Randi (6-1), but Randi was first team All-Big Ten so I would give a slight advantage to Randi.
There would be an interesting match-up at forward with Jennie Lillis and Ally Disterhoft. Both are freshman, both can shoot, rebound and neither one will wow you because they are great athletes, but boy can they play.
This has to be a toss-up.
At the other forward Leah Magner was a great 3-point shooter, averaging almost 40 percent her junior year.
Theairra Taylor is more athletic, so I would give a slight edge to “The.”
Lindsey Meder was All-Big Ten two years in a row and held the record for most 3-pointers ever in the Big Ten.
Lindsey was also a four-year starter.
Melissa Dixon was voted “Sixth Player of the Year” in the Big Ten last year and has a really quick release, but I would have to give the edge to Lindsey.
Cara and Samantha would be a great match-up.
Both can shoot, both can pass and both are good free throw shooters.
I have to give a slight edge to Samantha because she is so strong inside but I guarantee you Cara would not back down.
When the Hawks made a three-game run to win the Big Ten Tournament Championship that year, Cara played 116 of the 120 minutes in Iowa’s three victories.
I also give a slight edge to Cara’s bench with 3-point specialist Mary Berdo.
The Hawkeyes followed the victory over the Wildcats with a 68-55 win over Illinois at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and picked up their 20th win of the season.
This was one of those grind-it-out games where the Fighting Illini (9-16, 2-10 in the Big Ten) had 21 turnovers and shot only 29 percent in the first half.
Iowa had four players in double figures, a 40-23 advantage on the boards, 36-10 edge on points in the paint and they had a 22-7 advantage off turnovers.
How about Samantha Logic with nine points, seven rebounds, six assists and no turnovers. She played all 40 minutes.
Ally Disterhoft had 13 points and 10 boards. That’s seven straight starts that Ally has scored in double figures.
When you lose a game by one point like Iowa did Saturday at Purdue, 74-73, it hurts a lot, but when you lose a one-point game when you are leading 44-28 at half…
In the second half Iowa shot 10-36 (28 percent) from the floor, 1-5 from 3-point range (20 percent) and made 8-10 free throws (80 percent).
The Boilermakers made 16-28 (57.1 percent) field goals and 6-8 (75 percent) three pointers and 8-11 (72.7 percent) from the free throw line including two with seven seconds left to win the game.
I know Iowa won’t use this as an excuse but they played three games last week while Purdue’s only game was Sunday against the Hawks.
Iowa’s defense was there in the first half but not in the second.
Four players were in double figures. Samantha Logic had another triple-double, but it wasn’t enough.
Samantha (18 points) and Bethany Doolittle (15 points) played all 40 minutes while Theairra Taylor (19 points) played 38.
I don’t know how they do it.