IOWA CITY– Hayden Fry said that “the sun don’t shine on the same dog every day.”
Well, the sun did shine last Thursday at Carver for Iowa, but didn’t come out last Sunday at Northwestern.
A first half explosion and the Hawkeye women have their 15th victory of the season last week against Minnesota.
Iowa came out with 50 points at half last Thursday and paid back the Gophers, 75-54.
The Hawks lost earlier in the year in overtime at Minnesota, 72-69.
Kamille Wahlin, who grew up in Minnesota, was 2-12 from the floor (0-4 3-pointers), scored only four points in 41 minutes and missed a last second shot in regulation in the first game.
Last week at Carver, the 5-9 guard scored 15 points, all 3-pointers, dished out four assists, had one steal and one blocked shot.
The Hawkeyes also had 26 turnovers in the first game, 11 in the win Thursday.
“The game felt good, especially that first half,” said Coach Lisa Bluder. “I thought we were really clicking. Going into halftime with a 22-point lead, not a whole lot you can complain about. I love the fact that we did a great job on the boards and took care of the ball. Two things that we asked our players to really improve upon from the first time we played them and they responded.”
Talk about a great inside and outside game.
Iowa was 10-22 from behind the arc, out-rebounded Minnesota 48-33 (Kachine Alexander had 17), had a school record 13 blocked shots (Morgan Johnson set a record with eight blocks) and had four players in double figures (Jaime Printy 15, Kamille 15, Kach 14 and Morgan 12).
The Hawkeyes had their four-game winning streak snapped last Sunday at Northwestern, 72-66.
When you lose a close game like that you can always go back to a missed free throw (Iowa was 6-10), a missed 3-pointer (Iowa 8-22) or a rebound that got away (Iowa had 30, Northwestern 34).
You might even have a missed put-back, like the Hawkeyes did in the closing seconds, but whatever it was, Iowa dropped to 15-12, 8-8 in the Big Ten.
Kamille had 20 points and six assists followed by Kachine who had her 13th double-double of the year with 17 points and 10 boards. Kach played all 40 minutes.
That’s the first time Iowa has lost to Northwestern since Lisa Bluder became coach.
A tough loss, but Iowa will bounce back.
They are still the youngest team in the Big Ten but the talent and the coaching are still there.