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SPORTS SHORTS: Hawkeye women fall to Washington

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The University of Iowa women’s basketball team lost to Washington 70-63 on Saturday in the Puerto Rico Clasico.

The loss snapped the Hawkeyes’ (5-2) three-game win streak.

“This was the game that was a good test for us,” head coach Lisa Bluder said. “We didn’t pass this test with flying colors, but we grew. We’re getting better, our second half was better than our first half. That’s growth and that’s what we need.”

Iowa shot 27 percent from the field in the first half and trailed 29-20 at the half.

However, the Hawkeyes improved their shooting to 44 percent and had 16 rebounds to go with their second-half performance.

“We battled back, we won the second half,” Bluder said. “We did a better job on the boards in the second half, we did a better job taking care of the ball in the second half. The positives are that we didn’t quit and we kept fighting.”

Despite the improvement, Washington (6-1) outscored Iowa 27-9 in bench points and points off turnovers at 23-9.

Leading Iowa was Kathleen Doyle, who had a team-high of 17 points and seven rebounds. Monika Czinano posted 15 points and seven rebounds while Makenzie Meyer had 10 points and five rebounds.

The Hawkeyes will face Clemson next on Wednesday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The game will be televised on BTN with tip-off set for 8 p.m.

Drake women rout Maine, 94-62

ESTERO, Fla. — The Drake University women’s basketball team defeated Maine, 94-62, on Saturday in the second day of the Gulf Coast Showcase.

Drake opened the game with a 25-15 lead over Maine. Leading the Bulldogs was Becca Hittner who scored 21 of her 30 points in the first half. The Bulldogs stayed ahead with a 45-30 lead at halftime.

The Bulldogs pulled away by scoring 30 points in the fourth quarter. Drake led as much as 35-points in its first win over Maine in three meetings.

In total, Drake outrebounded Maine 41-16 and was 33-of-59 on the night in shooting.

Hittner was 9-of-12 while shooting a career-high of 3-pointers. Sara Rhine scored 15 points and Kierra Collier, Maggie Bair posted 13 points and Kierra Taylor scored 10 points.

Drake will host Auburn today at 12:30 p.m.

Panther women fall to Ohio State

LAS VEGAS — The University of Northern Iowa women basketball team lost to Ohio State 64-46 Saturday night in the final game of the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.

The Buckeyes (4-3) opened with an 8-2 lead and never looked back as they outscored UNI 22-9 in the first quarter. At the half, the Panthers (5-2) scored just 16 points in the half as Ohio St. held a 34-16 lead.

Ohio St. led as much as a 23-point lead and closed the game on a 9-0 run.

The Buckeyes outscored UNI 42-8 in the paint and held the Panthers to 14-of-61 from the field.

Ohio St. had three different players reach double-digits with Dorka Juhasz scoring a team-high of 14 points.

Kam Finley led UNI with 16 points.

UNI will travel to Omaha to play Creighton on Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. and then play Omaha Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.