Disterhoft shines — again — in Game Time

BY NICK STEFFEN | JULY 03, 2014 5:00 AM

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After Wednesday’s win, Brendan Unkrich’s team sits alone atop the Game Time League standings, and there’s no question why.

It’s because Iowa sophomore Ally Disterhoft scored her season average of 38 points in a 92-71 victory over Pat McCool’s team Wednesday evening.

Of course, Disterhoft has some help, much of it coming in the form of Iowa’s Chase Coley, who dropped 17 points in addition to numerous contributions on the defensive side of the ball.

“I think our team did a pretty good job coming out and executing our game plan,” Disterhoft said. “We pushed the ball, we got up and down the floor, and that’s what we try to do every night.”

True to her gritty form, Disterhoft started the game strong, scoring 19 points in the first half, most in the first 10 minutes.

Disterhoft’s aggressiveness on offense helped put her team in good scoring positions in the opening frame, whether she was driving the ball through the lane or kicking it out to a teammate for the field goal.

Near the end of the first half, however, Unkrich’s team and Disterhoft began to slow down, which allowed McCool’s team to push back and bring the score to 40-36 at halftime.

But Disterhoft stifled any thoughts of a comeback quickly, scoring back-to-back field goals in the first two minutes of the second half. Keeping her hot shooting night alive, she went on to score 12 points before nine minutes had elapsed.

Iowa’s Kali Peschel went head to head with Disterhoft all night, attempting to suppress Disterhoft’s attacks.

“I mean Ally is a great player; it’s always fun to play against her,” Peschel said. “It’s fun getting out and playing in a little different setting, but I mean it’s just a blast playing against such a good player; being able to play on a big team in real life in the Big Ten with her is even more great of an experience for me.”

Disterhoft shot 12-of-17 from the floor Wednesday and went 8-for-10 from the free-throw line, grabbing 13 rebounds to post the double-double.

While Unkrich was obviously happy with the strong offensive start, he said his team could have played a more complete game.

“It went well on offense right away, but we let a few too many points in that first half on defense,” Unkrich said. “We got it rolling in the second half; we ran our read offense through Ally a lot, whatever they gave her. Whether it was a shot or a drive or they double her, she’s going to kick it to the open person. Our offense really does run through Ally; she makes the right read 99 percent of the time, and that’s all we can ever ask.”

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