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Game Report: Hawkeyes Outlast No. 12 Indiana in 2 OTs

January 12, 2020

Written by Rob Howe

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – A missed free throw could have ruined Kathleen Doyle’s afternoon. Iowa’s captain and her teammates refused to let that happen.

The senior guard netted 31 points, dished out 10 assists, grabbed nine rebounds and swiped three steals in leading the Hawkeyes past No. 12 Indiana, 91-85, in double overtime Sunday here at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. They won their 30th home game in a row, the nation’s second longest streak behind Baylor (48).

Iowa (13-3 overall, 4-1 Big Ten) trailed by 14 points in the second quarter and by eight with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation before rallying. It moved into first place in the conference and finished an impressive week that also saw it beat No. 17 Maryland on Thursday.

“This is obviously a really important win for us now and for March and for the Big ten standings,” coach Lisa Bluder said. “I’m just really proud of our women. We just kept battling back.”

Doyle tied the game at 74-74 on a driving layup with four seconds left in the fourth quarter. She drew a foul and stepped to the free throw line with chance to end the game. She couldn’t get it to fall and the fiery competitor was noticeably upset with herself.

She shook off the disappointment. After a stalemate in the first overtime, Doyle took over in the second extra session.

The Illinois product started it off with another dash through the paint for a basket. She then found classmate Makenzie Meyer, who swished in a three-pointer from the corner. Doyle added four points before the final buzzer in willing her squad to victory.

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“My teammates did a great job of pulling me out of that and just pushing me forward,” Doyle said of getting beyond the missed free throw. “It’s obviously disappointing to leave that one out there, but there’s nothing you can do about it. You just go play that (overtime) and get it done.”

Iowa’s second-leading scorer on the season, center Monica Czinano, fouled out midway through the first overtime after contributing 23 points. Freshman McKenna Warnock picked up the slack, finishing with 11 points and seven rebounds in 29 minutes.

Meyer netted 17 points, while classmate Amanda Ollinger pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for the winners. Meyer and Doyle each played 47 of the game’s 50 minutes.

Jaelynn Penn paced Indiana (14-3, 4-1) with 24 points. The contest saw seven lead changes and 11 ties.

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The Hawkeyes shot 35 of 65 (53.8 percent) from the floor. They held a 58-42 advantage on points in the paint.

TIP-INS

-The last time Iowa beat back-to-back ranked opponents was during the ’17-18 season against No. 19 Michigan (Dec. 31) and No. 13 Maryland (Jan. 4).

-The last double overtime game the Hawkeyes played in was a loss to Indiana on Feb. 22, ’17.

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-Doyle recorded her sixth 20-plus point game of the season.

-Fifteen of Meyer’s 17 points came in the second half and overtime.

-Next up for Iowa is a Thursday road trip to Minnesota.

Here’s the postgame press conference with Bluder, Doyle, Meyer and Warnock.

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