Iowa Women's Basketball

Iowa women's basketball falls in postponed game at Michigan

No. 12 Hawkeyes lose, 90-81, in game originally scheduled for Thursday night

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

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan cleaned the glass and messed up a five-game winning streak by No. 12 Iowa, 90-81, on Friday at Crisler Center.

Michigan out-rebounded Iowa 44-23, including 24-7 on offensive rebounds. The Wolverines scored 25 second-chance points to just 10 for Iowa.

“They shot the ball 71 times to our 57,” Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder told hawkeyesports.com. “It’s hard to win any game when somebody is shooting that many more times than you do.”

The game was postponed from Thursday night due to cold weather. The Hawkeyes did not appear to enjoy the 11 a.m. CT tipoff.

Michigan (13-9, 4-6 Big Ten) raced out to a 26-15 lead after the first quarter. The Wolverines started 4 of 5 from 3-point range.

“We were not in any flow right from the beginning in this game,” Bluder said. “Michigan came out extremely hot, kids that usually don’t hit 3s were hitting 3s, and they scored on eight of their first 10 possessions.

“I felt like we were playing catch-up the entire day, which can be wearing.”

Iowa (16-5, 7-3) rallied to close the gap to three points, 39-36, by halftime. Iowa was still down three, 53-50, when Michigan went on a 15-4 run.

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The Wolverines outscored the Hawkeyes 29-21 in the third quarter, and won bench points, 18-2 (and won bench points for the game, 40-9).

Michigan’s bench — Naz Hillmon, Kayla Robbins and Akienreh Johnson — combined for 40 points and 19 rebounds. Robbins (13) and Johnson (19) had career highs, as did starter Deja Church (19).

“A team that averages 67 points scored 90 on us,” Bluder said. “It didn’t matter what defense we were in, they were ready for it and attacked it. We had a difficult time boxing out and containing the drive.”

Megan Gustafson led Iowa with 27 points and nine rebounds. Kathleen Doyle added 22 points and Tania Davis had 15 points. Amanda Ollinger was the only Hawkeye to score off the bench, with nine points.

Iowa next travels to Penn State (10-10, 3-6) for a 1 p.m. tipoff Sunday.

“This team is similar (to Michigan) except Penn State is quicker and they rebound like this,” Bluder said. “We’re going to have our work cut out for us because we’ve given people a game plan on what to do.”

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