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October has ushered in a new group of challengers and left the forgone conclusions out in the cold, and nothing could be more exciting.

After being down by as many as 20 in the first half, Iowa women’s basketball couldn’t battle back against the No. 16 ranked Colorado Buffaloes. Iowa ended up losing the game 90-87 despite the fact that Iowa played a sloppy first half in their first road game. Samantha Logic did everything in her power to try and give Iowa their first lead of the game late, but came up short finishing with 26 points, 6 assists. Iowa outscored Colorado 52-42 in the second half of the game, giving the Buffaloes their real first scare of the season. “We just got … Continued

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Iowa found themselves reaching deep on their bench for help after both Bethany Doolittle and Claire Till both had early fouls, but Iowa still defeated the Stony Brook Seawolves 78-40. “This is one of those game’s we were waiting for as far as the change in officiating,” Lisa Bluder said, “ We were kind of dreading and it came to fruition tonight.” Doolittle picked up two fouls within the first six minutes of the game and didn’t see action until the start of the second half, that required Iowa to go to freshman walk-on Hailey Schneden for nine minutes of … Continued

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The Iowa women’s basketball team is scheduled to play both Arkansas Pine-Bluff and Stony Brook this week. They are coming off a 97-93 upset victory over No. 14 Dayton in the Hawkeye Challenge that gave them their first home tournament title since 2010. Here are five things you should know about the team this week: Samantha Logic captures awards Not only did she play lights out during the Hawkeye Challenge, she played the last four minutes of the game and overtime with part of her tooth missing after a loose ball scuffle. The highlight of the day from her was … Continued

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Sophomore Nicole Smith is going to be sidelined after tearing her meniscus during the Hawkeyes exhibition win over Concordia. Smith didn’t seem to visibly injure it on the court, but according to Lisa Bluder the injury is in the “five percent that has to be sutured and that means the recovery process is longer.” Smith was the backup center, and the only depth with serious height besides Bethany Doolittle.  Now Bluder is going to try and have one of her power forwards take over the backup center duties in her absence. “We are having Claire Till learn a lot of … Continued

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Offense: B+ Iowa gave Bethany Doolittle 16 shots, more than double the next most attempts for the Hawkeyes. If Iowa is going to succeed this year they’re going to have to get the ball inside early and often, something they did very well against the undersized Concordia Bears. Doolittle shot the ball 16 times without getting fouled, which downgrades it from an A, if she can get to the line as well as get good looks, Iowa should have a much easier time shooting outside as well. Melissa Dixon was 4-of-5 from three-point range, including two within the first minute … Continued

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Faith, evidently, is something that Iowa does not have in kicker Mike Meyer. Meyer is 0-for-1 on 50+ FGs this season, but that was into the wind against Michigan State. Iowa found themselves twice around the 34-yard line and elected to hurry up punt it at the end of the first quarter, the second Iowa went for it on fourth and one and ended up stuffed at the line. Getting stuffed at the line arguably was the turning point of the game. It led to a Wisconsin punt that pinned Iowa at the one-yard line. From there, a Jake Rudock … Continued

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Junior Samantha Logic and senior Theairra Taylor have been named captains for the 2013-2014 season for the Iowa women’s basketball team. Both are returning starters and both started all 34 games last year. “Theairra and Samantha are exceptional leaders and will serve as terrific role models for our young players.” Lisa Bluder said in a press release from Iowa Athletics. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as Taylor is the lone senior on a team with seven underclassmen. Taylor has come back from three ACL tears and is in her fifth season with the Hawkeyes. She was voted … Continued

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