Iowa Women's Basketball

Florida State hands Iowa women's basketball first loss

Seminoles keep Hawkeyes off free-throw line in Junkanoo Jam

Iowa women's basketball head coach Lisa Bluder. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Iowa women's basketball head coach Lisa Bluder. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

BIMINI, Bahamas — No. 14 Iowa couldn’t mount a second straight furious rally Saturday at the Junkanoo Jam, falling to Florida State, 71-67.

The day prior, Iowa (4-1) came back from 24 points down to defeat No. 20 West Virginia.

This time Florida State (6-1) took advantage of 19 Iowa turnovers and a big disparity at the free-throw line.

Iowa, which came into the game averaging 20.5 free-throw attempts per game, shot just four Saturday. FSU hit 14-of-19 at the line, led by Nausia Woolfork, who was 8-of-11 at the line. Woolfork had a game-high 25 points, a career best. Kiah Gillespie added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Seminoles.

Iowa’s Tania Davis hit a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left to cut the FSU lead to 69-67, but missed the free throw after being fouled on the play. Valencia Myers grabbed the rebound on the missed foul shot and made two free throws to ice the game.

Davis finished with 22 points, including 17 in the second half, and six assists. Megan Gustafson had 16 points and eight rebounds and Hannah Stewart had 14 points and nine rebounds.

The scoring output was the lowest of the season for Iowa. It came to the Bahamas averaging 100.5 points per game.

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The Hawkeyes weren’t able to get revenge on Floirda State from the ACC/Big Ten Challenge last season, when the Seminoles won 94-93 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa (4-1) now has to prepare for their 2018 ACC/Big Ten Challenge foe, No. 1 Notre Dame (6-0). The Hawkeyes travel to South Bend, Ind., on Thursday. The game is on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. CT.

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