Defending Big Ten champions Iowa outscored the Texas State women’s basketball team by 20 points in both halves as they handed an 87-45 loss to the Bobcats in their second game of the season Sunday afternoon at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Texas State is off to a 0-2 start after falling to Drake in its season opener. The team will look for its first victory as they continue its road swing with four remaining away games. Iowa notched its first win of the season, now posting a 1-0 record.
Ashley Cole led the Bobcats with 13 points and seven rebounds.
Iowa jumped to an early lead scoring their first basket at the 19:10 mark and pressed on to post 19 before Texas State could reach double figures. The ‘Cats hit the mark on a three-point shot from Ryann Bradford to trim the lead to eight at 10:00 even.
Two free throws from Cole sent the ‘Cats on a 4-2 run before the Hawkeyes countered with a 14-3 attack and three points from Victoria Davis at 3:03 were Texas State’s final contribution to the half, while the Hawkeyes surged to a 40-21halftime lead.
The final period played out much like the first with Iowa scoring a quick two points followed by Texas State’s counter. Cole dropped in a pair of jumpers and three-pointers to aid the half but the Hawkeyes shot 65 percent from the field to finalize the near-double tally.
Aimee Hilburn and Victoria Davis finished with six points and Gabriell Mattox shared a game-high seven rebounds with Cole.
Iowa had four players in double figures, with Megan Skouby leading all players with 18.
The Bobcats were 15-for-64 from the field with just two points in the paint and finished with 32 rebounds. Iowa shot 33-for-59 from the field, including 44 points in the paint, and brought down 50 rebounds.
Texas State continues its opening six-game road swing with two contests at the Tyler Ugolyn Columbia Classic on Nov. 21-22 in New York City, New York. The Bobcats face Navy at 11 a.m. CT Friday before taking on either Columbia or Long Island on Saturday.
by Amber Arterberry
Texas State Athletics