No. 7 Iowa 81, No. 9 Penn St. 69
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) _ Nadine Domond scored 18 of her 26 points in the first half and No. 7 Iowa held off No. 9 Penn State in the second half to keep the Big Ten lead with an 81-69 victory Friday night.
Iowa (21-2 overall, 12-1 Big Ten) outscored Penn State 28-9 over the final nine minutes of the first half to build a 21-point lead, then weathered a comeback that pulled the Lady Lions to within five late in the game.
The Hawkeyes finally stemmed the rally with Karen Clayton’s four free throws, the second two after she stole the ball, and Tiffany Gooden’s block.
Penn State (19-6, 10-3) played the final 10 minutes without leading scorer Angie Pothoff, who collapsed in the Lady Lions’ free throw lane _ apparently without getting bumped or hit.
The game was stopped for 10 minutes while coach Rene Portland knelt on the floor with trainers and a doctor to attend to Pothoff. The Penn State senior was able to walk off the floor and went to the dressing room moments later. She did not return to the bench.
Tangela Smith added 18 points for Iowa, 15 in the second half, and Gooden scored 16. Katina Mack scored 18 of her 21 points in the second half to lead Penn State. Kim Calhoun had 12 points for the Lady Lions, while Pothoff and Tiffany Longworth each scored 11.
Iowa, which faces another title contender when it plays at No. 11 Wisconsin on Sunday, appeared to be in control Friday night after its big run in the first half.
Domond scored 12 points, including two 3-pointers, as Iowa raced from a 15-13 lead at the 9-minute mark in the first half to 43-22 at halftime. Penn State was shooting 28 percent at that point but managed to regroup.
The Lady Lions opened the second half with a 9-2 run to cut the lead to 45-31. After Iowa built the lead back to 18, Longworth hit three 3-pointers and a layup to lead a 19-9 run that drew Penn State to 62-54 with 7:57 left.
Penn State twice got to within five points, the second time at 71-66 on Calhoun’s basket with 1:42 left. But Clayton hit her four free throws to make it 75-66 with 1:10 left, and Gooden blocked Mack 10 seconds later to snuff the Lady Lions’ last spark.
Domond and Smith then hit two free throws each and Smith sank a layup to finish it off.