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December 30, 2013

Hawkeyes, Cyclones win big; Illinois struggles vs. Georgia

IOWA CITY — Melissa Dixon sparked a key run before halftime and Samantha Logic heated up in the second half as No. 21 Iowa rallied from as many as nine down to roar past North Dakota 88-62 on Saturday.

Logic, the reigning Big Ten player of the week after a triple-double against Drake, had six points at halftime. She finished with a game-high 21 with eight assists. Dixon scored 10 of her 13 points as the Hawkeyes (12-2) closed the first half with a crushing 25-4 run that included five of their six first-half 3-pointers, two from Dixon. Iowa was 9-for-25 from 3-point range.

The Bison (6-4) had led through much of the opening half, until Iowa started dropping 3-pointers. North Dakota was led by Madi Buck’s 19 points with Mia Loyd adding 13 and Emily Evers 10.

North Dakota committed 21 turnovers, 12 on Iowa steals and shot just 39.7 percent (23-58).

Iowa State cruises past William & Mary

AMES — Brynn Williamson and Jadda Buckley scored 19 points each to help No. 14 Iowa State remain perfect with an 85-65 victory over William & Mary in the championship game of the Cyclone Challenge on Sunday.

Nikki Moody added 14 points and Hallie Christofferson had 11 for the Cyclones (11-0).

Kyla Kerstetter scored 12 points, and Marlena Tremba and Latrice Hunter each had 11 to lead the Pride (3-8).

Iowa State used an 8-0 run to take a 10-2 lead less than 3 1/2 minutes into the game, then closed the first half with a 15-0 spurt to extend the lead to 55-23 at the break.

Moody’s jumper in the opening minute of the second half put the Cyclones up 34 — their largest advantage of the game. The final margin was the smallest of the second half.

No. 19 Georgia blows past Illinois

ATHENS, Ga. — Shacobia Barbee had 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead No. 19 Georgia over Illinois 82-60 on Saturday.

The Lady Bulldogs (12-1) took a 65-40 lead with 10:06 left in the game as Khaalidah Miller’s layup capped an 18-6 run. Georgia also used an 11-0 run in the first half to go ahead 25-15 and closed out the half on a 10-3 run to lead 38-25 at the break.

Krista Donald had 10 points and 15 rebounds and seven assists for Georgia which outrebounded the Illini 51-30. The Lady Bulldogs shot 55 percent from the field while holding Illinois to 33.8 percent. Tiaria Griffin had 17 points, Erika Ford scored 14 and Miller had 12.

Ivory Crawford led Illinois (7-6) with 23 points, five rebounds and five steals. Amber Moore added 16 points for the Illini who never challenged the Lady Bulldogs in the second half.

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