Iowa Women Keep Rolling

The Iowa women knocked out Wisconsin, 72-65, Thursday. The victory was the Hawkeyes' ninth in their last 11 games. Iowa moved to 10-5 in Big Ten play.

Iowa has now won nine of its last 11 games, improving to 17-9 overall and 10-5 in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes have won 11 of the last 13 meetings against Wisconsin, including six straight. Iowa improves to 35-20 vs. Wisconsin, including a commanding 21-8 advantage in contests played in Iowa City. Wisconsin has now lost seven of its last eight games. The Badgers started the season 10-1 and after tonight's game fall to 15-12 overall and 5-11 in league play.

Iowa trailed 32-30 at halftime and then opened the second half on an 11-0 run. Wisconsin did not score its first points of the second half until the 14:43 mark on a Teah Gant free throw. Tonight marked only Iowa's third victory (3-8) when behind at intermission.

Iowa shot a season-best 57.1 percent (24-42) from the field tonight. Also, Iowa was 20-24 (.833) from the foul line. The Hawkeyes were only 2-2 (1.000) from the charity stripe in the first stanza. Conversely, Wisconsin was only 5-9 (.556) from the foul line tonight.

Both Iowa and Wisconsin had all five of their starters score in double figures. Iowa had three players net 15 points each: Kachine Alexander, Wendy Ausdemore and Megan Skouby. Wisconsin was paced by Teah Gant's 15 points.

Kachine Alexander secured a team-high 12 rebounds to go along with her 15 points. It marks her team-best sixth double-double of the season. The sophomore also dished out five assists. Iowa improves its perfect mark to 8-0 when Alexander collects five assists or more.

Wisconsin's Tara Steinbauer also had a double-double collecting 13 points and game-high 15 rebounds. Steinbauer grabbed 15 of Wisconsin's 22 rebounds. Iowa out-rebounded the Badgers 35-22 tonight.

Freshman Kamille Wahlin totaled 10 points, four assists and a personal-best eight rebounds tonight in her eighth-straight start.

Kristi Smith finished with 13 points and two assists. Her two assists raises her career total to 391, which ties Johanna Solverson for third on Iowa's all-time assists chart.

Wendy Ausdemore's 15 points moved her past Kristi Faulkner and alone in 14th place in Iowa career scoring (1,257).

Iowa's nine 3-point attempts tied a season low (Kansas).

Iowa returns to action Sunday at Michigan. Tip-off is slated for 1:05 p.m. (CST) in Crisler Arena at Ann Arbor, MI.

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