The Iowa women’s basketball team matched up Thursday against the Iowa State Cyclones in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. Early on, the Hawkeyes showed their dominance against the Cyclones holding them to zero points for more than five minutes. Throughout the season we have seen the Hawkeyes do a great job of starting strong and collecting points. It seems to be the end of the first half and beginning of the second that we see them struggle to keep up the momentum as was the case in this game.
It wasn’t until the middle of the game that the Cyclones were able to get into a scoring pattern. Interestingly enough, many of the Cyclones’ possessions were the result of turnovers from the Hawkeyes. These offensive struggles have been a barrier for the Hawkeyes at times. At times in the game, they struggled to run through full plays or make the passes necessary to find open players.
All around this was an average game for the Hawkeyes; they played well overall and were able to defeat the Cyclones with an ending score of 50-42. There was a heavy reliance on three-point shots this game and the go to shooters, Jaime Printy, and Melissa Dixon delivered. Surprisingly, there weren’t many inside passes to Morgan Johnson like we’re used to seeing. Perhaps that is because Iowa State had good match-ups—as far as height—in players like Hallie Christofferson and Anna Prins.
This will be the first loss for the Iowa State Cyclones, but another victorious game for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Their next game is against Drake University, a team who Iowa State defeated a little over a week ago. All three of the Hawkeye losses have been on the road so it will be interesting to see how the women will do in Des Moines, Iowa.