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Game Report: Hawkeyes Unfriendly Hosts to Visiting Penn State

February 22, 2020

Written by Rob Howe

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – Penn State traveled half way across the country hoping for some Iowa nice. Instead, the Hawkeyes showed the Nittany Lions some nasty.

The home team rolled to a 100-57 victory Saturday afternoon here at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa kept pace with Maryland and Northwestern in the Big Ten regular-season race and maintained a strong hold on a double-bye for next month’s conference tournament.

Penn State (7-20 overall, 1-15 Big Ten) limped into town occupying the conference basement. It’s now lost 12 games in a row.

Sometimes teams gunning for big goals can let down against an inferior opponent. The No. 19 Hawkeyes (22-5, 13-3) are focusing on improvement not the opponent.

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“At this time of year, you just want to get better,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “You want to take every opportunity you’re on the court to make yourself better. It’s not really playing against the other person, it’s playing against yourself.

“Sometimes that can be hard to do, to stay motivated and play your hardest when you have a big lead. But we’re not only playing to beat Penn State, we’re playing to beat Minnesota and Rutgers and win the Big Ten Tournament and in the postseason.”

Sophomore center Monica Czinano led the way for the winners with 23 points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes. Senior guard Kathleen Doyle added 18 points, five rebounds and seven assists in 24 minutes.

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The Hawkeyes led by six points after one quarter then seized control of the contest with a 27-10 second period. They never trailed in this one.

Iowa handed out 27 assists on 39 field goals. It shot 54.9 percent from the floor and notched 54 points in the paint.

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“We were moving the ball well, running in transition hard and making all the right reads,” Doyle said. “It was definitely fun out there.”

Makenzie Meyer and McKenna Warnock also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points apiece. Alexis Sevillian racked up eight assists to lead the winners.

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