Hawkeyes young and old shine in Game Time opener

BY JACOB SHEYKO | JUNE 20, 2013 5:00 AM

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Opening night of Game Time League showcased both the present and future of Iowa women’s basketball. In the end, junior-to-be forward Bethany Doolittle’s team defeated junior-to-be guard Sam Logic’s team, 89-85, Wednesday night at the North Liberty Community Center.

Fans were treated with a preview of the future Hawkeyes as highly touted incoming freshmen Ally Disterhoft and Alexa Kastanek — teammates of Doolittle and Logic, respectively — saw their first competitive action against college opponents.

“It felt good. I was a little nervous at first because it’s something new, but I have a great team, and they’re really fun to play with,” Disterhoft said. “It’s always great to get back on the court and get scrimmaging again.”

Disterhoft and Kastanek guarded each other for the much of the game Wednesday, and the matchup proved to be an interesting contest within the game itself.

“It was fun, it’s always competitive, just pushing each other and working your best,” said Disterhoft about guarding her fellow classmate.

Disterhoft turned in 13 points and also filled the stat sheet with 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Kastanek also proved to be versatile with a 15-point, 8-board performance.

Disterhoft and Kastanek are seeking early success on the college level, but Logic proved why she has already become a threat for the Black and Gold. She was in the lane most of the night, having no trouble penetrating the defense and finding open teammates. The veteran Hawkeye finished with 5 dishes.

“As a point guard, that’s kind of your job — you have to get everyone involved. You have to know where the hot hand is, and you have to get it to them,” said Logic. “It’s just fun; I’ve always been brought up to do that, and I just try to continue to.”

Logic finished the contest with a game high 29 points and also led her team in rebounds with 10. In the first half, Logic played the role of facilitator, but in the second half, she took more of the load scoring the ball.

“I just think I was finishing and trying to look for my shots a little bit, just try to mix it up,” she said. “I like to be a facilitator more, but next year I might be asked to score a little more.”

After a back and forth first half, Doolittle’s team pulled away in the last 20 minutes, in large part because of her presence down low.

“We got a little more comfortable with each other. We didn’t really have set plays at the start, so we just had to work off of each other,” Doolittle said. “I think second half, that really started working.”

Down 12 with five minutes to go, Logic’s team turned to a full court press, franticly trying to get back in the game. The press troubled Doolittle’s team — they almost let the first game of the season slip away.

“We have a lot of people who can bring up the ball, and I think it just got jumbled up down there,” Doolittle said.

Doolittle’s team received a much needed scoring boost in the second half from junior guard Kathy Thomas, who hit 3 second-half treys, finishing with 22 points and pulling down 5 rebounds.

Despite coming away with the win, Doolittle said that their team still had a lot to work on for future games.

“In general, working off of each other and learning our offense better,” Doolittle said. “Just trying to get better to improve as a team.”

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