Hawkeyes’ upset bid falls short


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The Iowa women’s basketball team held on until the very end Thursday night.

But despite riding a three-game winning streak, the Hawkeyes (11-11, 4-7) couldn’t overcome two turnovers in the final minute, falling to No. 8 Ohio State (22-3, 10-2), 86-82, in Columbus, Ohio.

“I’m proud of my team’s effort,” Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder said in a postgame press conference.

“Congratulations to Ohio State for the victory. … We just turned the ball over too many times in the second half.”

Iowa freshman Jaime Printy led Iowa with 22 points, and junior Kachine Alexander added 20 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Kamille Wahlin posted 18 points.

Printy went 9-of-11 and shot 4-of-4 from behind the arc, becoming Iowa’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals made by a freshman with 50 on the season.

“There have been a lot of good players at Iowa who played as freshmen, so I feel pretty honored,” she said after the game. “A lot of the credit goes to my teammates, because without good screens and good passes, I wouldn’t have so many open looks. It’s a great honor to have that record, but I would have much rather had a win tonight than a record.”

As a team, the Hawkeyes set a record for 3-point field goals made by an opponent in Columbus, hitting 11-of-21 — eight during the first half. The 11 3-pointers also tied an Iowa school record in Big Ten play.

After a 67-62 loss at Indiana on Jan. 31 that dropped Ohio State four spots in the polls, the Buckeyes came into Thursday’s contest looking to rebound with a victory.

Iowa took an early 13-4 lead four minutes in the game. However, the Buckeyes battled back to trail by just one, 44-43, at halftime. It was the first time in Bluder’s career her team had led at the half while at Value City Arena.

During the second half, Iowa and Ohio State traded baskets. A questionable offensive foul on Printy and a turnover led to an Ohio State 3-pointer and a 77-72 Buckeye lead with just under four minutes left in the game.

After a time-out, the Hawkeyes got within 81-78 but with two turnovers in the last minute, Ohio State held on for the four-point victory.

“I think Ohio State is capable of putting up big numbers anytime,” Bluder said. “I’ve always felt that’s the best two-person game in the whole league and maybe in the country.”

Iowa will return to Carver-Hawkeye Arena to face Michigan State in its “Pink Meet” on Feb. 7. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

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