By: Thomas Frank Carr
The Lady Lions fell short for just the second time in Big 10 play Thursday night versus Iowa. Led by freshman Ally Disterhoft and Junior Samantha Logic, the Hawkeyes played attack oriented game that helped them defeat the top ranked team in the Big 10 73-70. We’ll take a look at how they did it in Stats That Matter.
Stat 1: 50%
Iowa actually shot much better for most of the game against the Lady Lions Thursday night. Either way you cut it, if a team shoots 50 percent, your team had a bad night on defense. Iowa established early on that they were going to attack the basket and they had the athletes to do it. Iowa’s back court of Logic, Disterhoft and Taylor flashed very well and showed an ability to create for themselves all night long. They also shot very well. Disterhoft led all scorers with 24 points and went 8-9, including 3-3 from three point. Logic said after the game that it was part of the plan to attack the basket and dish it out,
“We talked about how they sink on drives a lot. And so we had our posts curl around. We worked on that, it was a great scout by our coaches to knowing that they’re going to drop like that knowing they’re going to give Beth (Doolittle) that shot and we’re going to take that every time.”
Stat 2: 11
Iowa had 11 points off of fast breaks. They matched up very well with length and speed versus the Lady Lions. It’s very surprising seeing as the Lady Lions are usually the ones who prefer to play in transition. Penn State only managed four fast break points. It would be too simplistic to say that was the difference in the game but it isn’t far off. The Lady Lions take pride in their defense, and playing well both ways in transition. They didn’t do that last night and they didn’t play their game.
Stat 3: 33 Minutes
Tory Waldner got the start Thursday but Peyton Whitted got the lion(ess) share of the minutes. She played 33 minutes compared to Waldner’s 22. Part of that was because of the early foul trouble that Waldner got into. But that doesn’t explain why in crunch time at the end of the game Waldner stayed on the bench and Whitted on the court. One would think that the older and more experienced Waldner would have seen the court then. Either way, Whitted had a respectable night with eight rebounds and two point.
Bonus Stat: Sam Logic 11 rebounds;10 assists;14 points
Samantha Logic had a whale of a game. Her coach Lisa Bluder called her a “triple double waiting to happen” after the game. Well it happened Thursday night. Sometimes the other team plays better than you do. The Lady Lions will need to bounce back after the loss to Iowa. They take on Ohio State Sunday at 2 pm in Columbus.