Ally Disterhoft breaks scoring record; Hawkeyes advance

Women's basketball: 4th-quarter basket moves senior past Haugejorde with 2,061 points

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IOWA CITY — Ally Disterhoft wore a grin of contentment and fulfillment as she strode into the postgame press conference.

A burden has been removed, replaced by a title:

All-time leading scorer.

Disterhoft moved to the top of the career scoring chart of the University of Iowa women’s basketball program Thursday night, scoring 21 points in the Hawkeyes’ 95-74 first-round WNIT triumph over Missouri State in front of 3,226 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“I have to give it all up to the man upstairs,” Disterhoft said. “It has been weighing on me a little subconsciously. I haven’t made it a focal point, but I know it’s been a topic of conservation outside Carver.”

Cindy Haugejorde piled up 2,059 points in a career that spanned from 1976 through 1980. The years passed, and nobody surpassed her. Until Thursday.

Disterhoft tied the record on a layup with 9:36 remaining. Then came a couple misses, to the disappointment of a crowd that knew exactly where Disterhoft stood.

“I biffed it a couple times, and thought, ‘Sorry, guys, I’ll get the next one,’” she said.

With 4:06 to go, Disterhoft drove from the right wing and converted while absorbing a foul, sending her career total to 2,061.

She missed the free throw, then came out of the game moments later to a standing ovation.

“To accomplish something like that, it’s amazing,” Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder said. “I’m really happy I got to be a part of it.”

The Hawkeyes (18-13) advance to face defending tournament champion South Dakota in Round 2 at 3 p.m. Saturday at Carver. The Coyotes (23-8) handled North Dakota, 78-55, Thursday.

Disterhoft wasn’t the only record-crasher Thursday. Sophomore Megan Gustafson posted her 16th double-double of the season (14 points, 10 rebounds); her 307 rebounds his season shaded the old single-season mark by Amy Herrig (306 in 1998-99).

“I love rebounding. That’s what they want me to do here,” said Gustafson, a sophomore who is on pace to set the career rebounding record and may threaten Disterhoft’s new scoring mark in 2019. “When I get a rebound, it’s not my rebound. It’s Iowa’s rebound.”

It was a happy night for the Hawkeyes all around. They set a WNIT record for shooting accuracy, hitting 38 of 61 field-goal attempts for 62.3 peercent (the old mark was 61.8 percent by South Carolina against Hartford in 2007).

Five players reached double figures — Disterhoft with 21, Kathleen Doyle with 18, Gustafson and Makenzie Meyer with 14 apiece and Hannah Stewart with 10.

Iowa scored 50 points in the paint.

“I felt inside, we had a height advantage and a talent advantage,” Bluder said.

Iowa ran up a 20-9 lead through the first 8 1/2 minutes, and it was 43-30 at halftime.

A 10-2 run to start the second half made it 53-32, and the rest of the game was spent with one eye on Disterhoft, and another on the score-and-foul portion of the scoreboard.

“It was a little difficult (not to notice), because the scoreboard is so big with all the renovations,” Disterhoft said. “Like I’ve said before, when you focus on the team, those individual successes will fall in line.

“It’s hard not to get emotional because I’ve had so many people support me along the way, my coaches, my teammates, my family.”

Lexi Hughes led Missouri State (16-15) with 26 points.

IOWA 95, MISSOURI STATE 74

WNIT First Round, at Iowa City

MISSOURI STATE (74): Audrey Holt 1-6 0-0 2, Aubrey Buckley 7-11 0-1 14, Alexa Willard 1-5 0-0 3, Lexi Hughes 11-19 1-1 26, Liza Fruendt 4-11 1-2 11, Danielle Gitzen 3-12 2-2 9, Lee Ann Polowy 0-3 0-0 0, Shameka Ealy 3-6 1-1 7, Rachel Swartz 0-4 2-2 2, Onye Osemenam 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-77 7-9 74.

IOWA (95): Megan Gustafson 6-8 2-2 14, Ally Disterhoft 9-16 3-4 21, Makenzie Meyer 5-10 0-0 14, Kathleen Doyle 7-10 3-3 18, Bre Cera 1-1 1-2 3, Alexa Kastanek 3-6 1-1 8, Chase Coley 2-3 0-0 4, Hannah Stewart 4-6 2-2 10, Christina Buttenham 1-1 0-0 2, Hailey Schneden 0-0 1-2 1, Amanda Ollinger 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-61 13-16 95.

Halftime: Iowa 43, Missouri State 30. 3-point goals: Missouri State 7-26 (Holt 0-1, Buckley 0-2, Willard 1-2, Hughes 3-9, Fruendt 2-5, Gitzen 1-2, Polowy 0-3, Ealy 0-1, Swartz 0-1), Iowa 6-14 (Gustafson 0-1, Disterhoft 0-2, Meyer 4-6, Doyle 1-1, Kastanek 1-4). Team fouls: Missouri State 17, Iowa 15. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: Missouri State 36 (Ealy, Swartz 5), Iowa 37 (Gustafson 10). Assists: Missouri State 10 (Hughes, Gitzen 4), Iowa 23 (Doyle 6). Steals: Missouri State 7 (Holt, Hughes 2), Iowa 7 (Doyle 3). Turnovers: Missouri State 12, Iowa 14.

Attendance: 3,226.

l Comments: (319) 368-8857; jeff.linder@thegazette.com

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