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Iowa women's basketball notebook: Hawkeyes look good at home

BY RYAN RODRIGUEZ | FEBRUARY 11, 2015 5:00 AM

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Iowa women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder met with the media on Tuesday afternoon to discuss her team’s upcoming clash with Nebraska on Thursday, as well as a number of other issues related to the team.

The Black and Gold have a 19-4 record, 10-2 in the Big Ten. The team will try to defend its No. 14 ranking this week against the Huskers before returning home to host Indiana on Feb. 15.

There’s no place like home

With a 30-point effort in the team’s win over Wisconsin on Sunday, Sam Logic added another virtuoso performance to an already memorable senior season.

The Racine, Wisconsin, native got a chance to play in front of her family and friends in her home state for perhaps the last time in her career as a Hawkeye. Of course, she put on a show.

“She certainly loves to play in her hometown and against Wisconsin,” Bluder said. “Her family brought more than 100 people there to watch her play, so naturally, she put on a show for them.”
And while it was certainly a special moment for Logic, a few of her teammates will be able to enjoy the same hometown spotlight in the coming days.

Senior Bethany Doolittle will also get to play in her home state one last time when the Hawks head to Minnesota on Feb. 17.

“I think it’s a special game for me, especially since I’ll actually be in my hometown for the last time in my career,” she said. “My mom so trying to get a bunch of family to come down, and we always travel well, so there should be a lot of energy in the building.”

Compressed schedule

After playing in Nebraska on Thursday night, the Black and Gold will fly home to prepare for their home tilt against Indiana, then travel to Minnesota the following day.

An off day usually scheduled for rest will instead be filled by travel, a less-than-ideal situation for the Hawkeyes.

“It’s kind of a marathon week beginning Thursday for us,” Bluder said. “We really have to be careful with our players’ legs in practice this week. Luckily, the first two games are pretty normal; it’s just that third one that has me a little bit nervous.”

Defending Carver

The Hawkeyes have only four losses on the season, all of which have occurred on the road.
With just three home games left in the regular season, Bluder and her team will have the opportunity to finish unbeaten at home, a perfect 16-0 when playing in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The last time an Iowa women’s team went undefeated at home was the Vivian Stringer-coached 1993 squad, which went to the Final Four in Atlanta.

Home-court advantage has been all that and more for the Hawkeyes in 2015.

“I think it’s just the crowd more than anything,” freshman Whitney Jennings said. “It’s almost like they’re an extra player out on the court with you. They all make it a tough environment for other teams to play in.”

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