Women's Hoops Falls to Iowa in NCAA Opener
21-12 • 8-8 Big Ten
21-11 • 11-7 ACC
|15||Pepper Wilson, Morgan Stroman|
|11||Samantha Logic, Morgan Johnson|
|4||Samantha Logic, Theairra Taylor|
MARCH 24, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Samantha Logic had 23 points with 11 rebounds and host Iowa beat eighth-seeded Miami 69-53 on Sunday night.
Melissa Dixon added 13 points in the second half for the Hawkeyes (21-12), which will face top-seeded Notre Dame Tuesday night in Iowa City.
The Fighting Irish throttled Tennessee-Martin 97-64 earlier Sunday.
Iowa broke open a stalemate with an 18-3 run to jump ahead 58-44 with 7:07 left. Miami (21-11), which was up by seven early in the second half, shot just 3 of 19 from 3-point range and 30 percent overall.
Morgan Stroman had 15 points and Shawnice Wilson had 15 points and 18 rebounds for the Hurricanes. It was the fifth double-double in the last seven games for Wilson and her ninth of the season.
Neither team could break free for about 27 minutes, which wasn't surprising in a matchup of 8-9 seeds.
Jaime Printy buried a 3 to put Iowa ahead 45-41. Melissa Dixon hit three 3s to boost the Hawkeyes, and her layup made it 52-41 Iowa with 10:26 left.
Miami couldn't answer on offense, and Johnson's jumper put Iowa ahead by 14.
The Hurricanes and Hawkeyes each had 16 days off between their last game and the NCAA tournament opener.
At points in the first half, it looked like they'd both been off for months.
The Hurricanes shot 2 of 12 from 3-point range, 4 of 10 from the free throw line and turned it over 13 times.
But Miami also owned the boards 32-17 over Iowa, and eight different players scored to help it take a 28-27 lead.
The Hawkeyes were lost in the first half unless Logic was shooting it. She had 13 points, but her teammates added just four buckets on 20 tries.
Miami looked like it was about to break the stalemate with three quick baskets to start the second half. But Iowa answered right back, tying it at 35-all, and the Hawkeyes kept right on rolling into the second round.
Stroman and fellow senior Stefanie Yderstrom ended their Miami careers with 97 total wins, good for the second-most in program history. The pair were also the first players in Miami history to play in three consecutive NCAA tournaments.