The Gophers struggled without All-American Lindsay Whalen as they had 23 turnovers. They trailed 5-4 in the opening minutes of the game, but starters Janel McCarville and Shannon Bolden picked up two fouls, sending them both to the bench.
Iowa took advantage of the foul difficulties, as they went on a 10-0 going on a 10-0 run with to take a 15-4 lead. The Gophers trailed 40-22 at halftime as they committed 13 turnovers.
Minnesota shot 50% from the field in the second half, but could not cut inot the Hawkeye lead.
Janel McCarville led the Gophers with 12 points and Jamie Broback had eleven 11 points. Shannon Bolden and Shannon Schonrock, both held scoreless in the first half, scored nine and eight points, respectively, in the second half. McCarville had only one basket in the second half before fouling out with 10:20 left to play.
Iowa finished with three players in double figures, led by Kristi Faulkner with 22.
Iowa moved into a tie for third place in the Big Ten standings with Michigan State at 9-4, 15-9 overall.
Minnesota returns home to Williams Arena on Sunday to face Northwestern. The Wildcats are just 1-12 in Big Ten play