By Don Lund
Like I said earlier, I like this time of year because if the Hawkeye football team loses, like they did last Saturday at Kinnick, the men or women’s basketball team can bring winning back to the table.
Both teams won big... one was a good win… one not as good.
I’ll start with the women, who beat Concordia 92-68 Sunday at Carver.
Melissa Dixon hit two 3-pointers in the first 33 seconds and the Hawkeyes were off and running.
Melissa finished with 4-5 from 3-point land and totaled 18 points in 26 minutes. She will be the go-to player and if she is open, has one of the quickest shots in the Big Ten.
Kali Peschel got her first start and played with a lot more confidence than she did last year.
Bethany Doolittle looked so smooth playing the post again. She was 10-16 from the floor and led Iowa with 20 points.
Samantha Logic and Theairra Taylor played only 20 and 25 minutes. They both scored eight points and combined for 11 assists.
Ally Disterhoft, Claire Till and Alexa Kastanek gave the Hawks a spark off the bench.
Ally said she was a little nervous at first, but 13 points, six rebounds and four assists is a nice start.
Claire does such a good job of boxing out and led Iowa with nine rebounds. She was also 2-3 from 3-point range and finished with eight points.
Alexa played the point and had four assists.
It was good to see Kathryn Reynolds play for the first time in two years. She has had knee injuries and surgeries that have kept her on the sideline.
“We played with a lot of energy today,” said head coach Lisa Bluder. “We pushed the ball, shot the ball and shared the ball extremely well.”
On the men’s side, it was an 87-65 win, but Iowa’s head coach Fran McCaffery wasn’t happy.
“We got outplayed and we won the game,” said Fran after Iowa’s victory over Augustana.
This isn’t a bad thing.
There are a lot of high hopes for this team, and you don’t need them to look great coming out of the gate.
“I think that’s exactly what our team needed,” said coach McCaffery.
The game is going to be called tighter this year and it showed up with the Hawkeyes shooting 39-50 from the free throw line.
Zach McCabe led the way, hitting 11-12 from the free throw line, Aaron White was 8-10. Both finished with 16 points.
Coach McCaffery said that Zach, Aaron and Adam Woodbury had great games. Adam had 11 boards, 10 points and three assists.
Jarrod Uthoff got his first playing time in two years, playing 21 minutes with six points and two rebounds.
I think Jarrod will be a force when the season gets going.
Mike Gesell looks fully recovered from his injury and led Iowa with five assists and four steals.
The talent is still there, but it could take a little while to get all the pieces in place.
In the exhibition game, Fran did a lot of different rotations and combinations.
Anthony Clemmons didn’t play and he is one of the better perimeter defenders.
I’ve always said that I would rather win and look bad than lose and look good.