The women’s basketball team met Gonzaga for its second game of the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas, defeating the Bulldogs, 79-67.
Melissa Dixon, as she often does, got going early and moved to third on Iowa’s all-time 3-pointers-made list with an early 3 to put the Hawkeyes up, 7-6. The scored remained close for the early portion of the first half before Iowa gained some separation near the 10-minute mark.
With the help of Whitney Jennings off the bench, Iowa got a turnover and turned it into a quick bucket. The team rattled off a 7-0 run to take a 23-14 lead and establish momentum. Back-to-back 3s by Dixon and Christina Buttenham then stretched the advantage to 29-14.
The Zags responded, however, going on a 10-0 run, and the Hawkeyes led only 39-31 at halftime.
Iowa opened the second half with 5-straight points to get the lead back into double digits. The cushion the Hawks built up enabled them to withstand a 9-0 run by Gonzaga and still lead 47-40 after a Jennings 3.
The Hawkeyes maintained their advantage through most of the half, and after the Bulldogs cut it to 5, back-to-back 3s by Dixon and Ally Disterhoft again stretched the lead to 11 around the seven-minute mark.
Some timely shooting and defensive intensity allowed Gonzaga to make things interesting in the final minutes of the game; a 1-of-2 trip to the free-throw line cut the score to 70-67 with 55 seconds remaining.
Like numerous instances earlier, however, the Hawkeyes held off the Bulldogs before they could tie the score. The teams played the free-throw game for the final minute, but the sharpshooting Hawkeyes took care of business and finished the game off, emerging victorious, 79-67.
Jennings led the Hawkeyes with 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting, and Bethany Doolittle led with 12 rebounds to go along with 10 points. Sam Logic contributed 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. Disterhoft was the leading distributor with 4 assists to go along with 12 points.
The No. 16 Hawkeyes are now 6-1 and will face Louisville on the road Dec. 4.