Hawkeyes seeking a happier ending at Indiana

Women's basketball: Second half at Purdue was so bad, the DVD didn't survive

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IOWA CITY — In hindsight, it wasn’t the safest thing to do.

After returning home following their second-half collapse at Purdue on Sunday, the Iowa Hawkeyes gathered in the locker room and obliterated the evidence.

“Chase (Coley) broke (the DVD), and there were little pieces flying everywhere,” Iowa women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder said Tuesday.

“It probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do.”

The Hawkeyes (16-11 overall, 7-7 Big Ten) return to Indiana on Wednesday with another pivotal road battle, this time against the Hoosiers (18-9, 8-6).

Tipoff is 6 p.m. (Iowa) time at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

Bre Cera is expected to rejoin the Hawkeyes’ rotation after missing the last two games with a concussion.

“Our fingers are crossed,” Bluder said. “We know she will bring defensive intensity. She can guard a variety of positions.”

The news isn’t as good on Christina Buttenham, whose last game was Feb. 5. She also is suffering from post-concussion symptoms.

“Christina has regressed,” Bluder said. “At Purdue, she went out for warmups and she just couldn’t do it. She had to stay in the locker room.”

As has been the case for weeks, the Hawkeyes find themselves in gridlock in the middle of the Big Ten pack. They are tied for eighth with Northwestern, with Indiana, Penn State, Michigan State and Purdue a game ahead with two to play.

It has been a choppy run — a step forward at home (6-1 in Big Ten), a step backward on the road (1-6). The Hawkeyes have straddled the NCAA tournament bubble all season, and their time of reckoning has arrived.

“We’re not a shoo-in. We’re not a shoo-out,” Bluder said. “But beating Indiana would sure help our cause.”

The Hoosiers are led by guard Tyra Buss (18.4 points per game) and junior Amanda Cahill (15.0).

Ally Disterhoft is 20 points away from becoming Iowa’s second player in history to score 2,000 career points.

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

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