WBB: Hawkeyes whip Northwestern, draw Wildcats

Iowa will play Northwestern in Big Ten tournament opener

EVANSTON, Ill. — The University of Iowa women’s basketball team closed the regular season with its second straight win and third in four games, disposing of Northwestern, 62-45.

The Hawkeyes (19-11 overall, 8-8 Big Ten) and Wildcats (13-16, 5-11) will meet again Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.

Sophomore guard Melissa Dixon had another big game for the Hawkeyes, scoring a game-high 21 points off the bench. She has made 10 3-pointers the past two games.

“My role all year is to bring that spark off the bench, so I thought that helped us a lot,” Dixon said.

“We pushed the ball well, so I was getting a lot of open shots.”

Dixon scored 16 points in the first half and made 5 of 12 3-pointers in the game. She was joined in double figures by Hawkeyes Morgan Johnson with 16 and Bethany Doolittle with 10.

“(Dixon) was outstanding again,”Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder said. “Whenever we’re kind of in an offensive drought we kind of look for Melissa because she is the one that can get us going. She has these huge runs of 3s. She will get two or three of them in a row that builds such momentum for our team.”

Sophomore guard Samantha Logic handed out a game-high seven assists, giving her an Iowa-record 198 for the season.

“Sam is our floor general and I have so much confidence with the ball in her hands,” Bluder said.

“I thought she played with great composure.”

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