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The Iowa women's basketball team missed a golden opportunity for a Big Ten road win Sunday, falling to Michigan, 72-70, at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Iowa (14-9, 5-5) led 45-33 at the half and 61-52 through three quarters, but were outscored 20-9 in the final quarter.
'We played three really good quarters of basketball tonight,” Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder said. 'In the fourth quarter we struggled scoring against their zone. Obviously when both of our point guards are out and Makenzie (Meyer) hasn't played point guard since the very beginning of the year, it was a tough situation for a young freshman to be in.”
Davis had four fouls and Doyle fouled out with 1:57 to play. Iowa had 10 fouls in the second half to five for Michigan (19-5, 8-2). Davis injured a leg late in the game and will be evaluated Monday.
Iowa fought off an 8-0 Michigan run to open the fourth quarter when Ally Disterhoft hit a layup and 1 of 2 at the foul line, and Megan Gustafson made a basket.
Later Michigan took its first lead of the second half on a layup by Katelynn Flaherty with 47 seconds to play. Alexa Kastanek put Iowa ahead 12 seconds later with a basket, but Nicole Munger scored with 20 seconds left to put the Wolverines back on top.
Disterhoft missed a 3-pointer at with eight seconds remaining. Munger missed a pair of free throws but Siera Thompson got a huge offense rebound, then hit 1 of 2 at the line. The Wolverines, with only two teams fouls, then fouled three times in the final three seconds and Iowa never got a final shot off.
Gustafson had 23 points and 12 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season. Disterhoft had 14 points and moved past Lindsey Meder into second place on Iowa's all-time scoring list. Disterhoft now has 1,910 career points and trails only Cindy Haugejorde (2,059).
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 64, NORTHERN IOWA 59
The Panthers had a big setback in their quest for a Missouri Valley title Sunday in Carbondale, Ill.
With the loss, UNI (15-6, 9-2) is now two games back of Drake in the MVC standings.
Southern Illinois (11-11, 5-6) won the final quarter, 21-9.
Nicole Martin had a pair of baskets to put the Salukis up 62-59 with 1:02 to play.
UNI had a turnover and a pair of missed 3-pointers in the final minute. SIU got a pair of free throws from Rishonda Napier with 14 seconds left to seal the win
Madison Weekly had 19 points and Ellie Herzberg had 18 points for Northern Iowa.
The Panthers led 36-21 at halftime.