Iowa hosted Wisconsin last Thursday at Carver and besides getting a big victory, 69-57, it’s what I saw before the opening tip-off that got my attention.
Five Hawkeye players were dressed in street clothes standing under the basket as their teammates warmed up.
Hannah Draxton and Megan Considine had injuries that ended their Hawkeye careers.
Hannah’s chronic back injuries turned her into a undergrad coach for her senior year and Megan had a foot problem that also kept her from playing in her last season.
Megan was elected co-captain before she was hurt.
Jade Rogers had knee surgery before the season and she will come back next fall as a redshirt sophomore.
Melissa Dixon had her knee scoped on Jan. 9 and will be out for a couple more weeks.
Kalli Hansen pulled a hamstring and could play soon.
Hannah and Jade would give Iowa depth at power forward and center. Kalli can play both forward positions while Megan and Melissa are good defenders and can play guard.
Not to worry, the Hawks didn’t let that be an excuse. They played seven for most of the game as Jaime Printy, Kamille Wahlin and Kelly Krei carried the team.
Like I said in the men’s game, there are certain things you have to do on the road and at home to help win games.
Play defense, rebound and hit your free throws.
“I thought our defense was pretty good in the second half,” said Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder. “We owned the boards. I loved to see that, especially coming off the Purdue game.”
Iowa was down by one, 28-27 at half, and outscored the Badgers 42-29 in the second half.
The Hawks out-rebounded the Badgers, 41-19, and were perfect from the free throw line (16-16).
Jaime had five rebounds and five assists to go along with her team-high 25 points.
Kamille had 15 points with five assists and Kelly Krei broke out of a scoring slump with 10.
Bethany Doolittle and Theairra Taylor combined for seven points off the bench and Theairra had three steals.
It was good to see Virginia Johnson back on the court. Virginia has been out with a concussion and hasn’t played since Dec. 17.
As good as the Hawkeyes rebounded against Wisconsin, they fell way short at Penn State last Sunday in a 68-52 loss.
I can’t believe that Iowa was actually leading 50-49 with 6:09 left in the game and then was outscored 19-2 to end the game.
Getting out rebounded 50-34 including 20 offensive rebounds by the Lady Lions didn’t help.
Were the Hawkeyes worn out or did Penn State get hot?
Kamille Wahlin and Kelly Krei played 37 minutes while Jaime Printy played 39. Kamille had 18 points in the first half and Iowa led 32-31. She finished with 21. Kelly was 0-7 from 3-point range and didn’t score. Jaime was 1-10 from behind the arc, scored 13 points and dished out seven assists.
It didn’t help that Morgan Johnson was in foul trouble and only scored six points.
Bethany Doolittle had eight points off the bench with two blocked shots.
Iowa dropped to 11-9, 2-3 in the Big Ten.