No. 21 Penn St. 88, Iowa 64
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) _ Lisa Shepard scored 18 points and four teammates reached doubled figures as No. 21 Penn State rolled past Iowa 88-64 Sunday for its fourth straight victory.
Andrea Garner had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Lions (16-5, 8-3 Big Ten), who showed no signs of fatigue while playing their fourth game in eight days. Helen Darling also scored 16 points, Chrissy Falcone had 13 and Rashana Barnes 10.
Iowa (8-12, 3-7) lost for the sixth straight time. The Hawkeyes blew an 18-point lead against Michigan State on Friday night, but they were never ahead in this one.
Penn State scored nine seconds into the game and consistently got easy shots near the basket, either on drives or from sharp passing. The Lady Lions shot 61 percent in the second half and 56 percent for the game.
They also did an outstanding job defensively on Amy Herrig, Iowa’s leading scorer with an 18.1 average. Penn State collapsed on the 6-foot-4 senior whenever she got the ball and held her to 12 points on 4-for-11 shooting.
It was a tough day all around for Herrig, who was momentarily stunned after catching an elbow from teammate Myesha Bledsoe in the stomach in the first half.
Lindsey Meder led Iowa with 15 points and Randi Peterson scored 13.
After Iowa stayed close early, Penn State began pulling away with the help of a five-point possession.
The Lady Lions were leading 17-14 when Falcone made a 3-pointer. Peterson was called for a foul while trying to get rebounding position, allowing Penn State to keep the ball.
Darling hit a layup seconds later and Shepard followed with two straight baskets, completing a 9-0 run that made it 26-14. Iowa drew to 32-25 on five straight points by Jerica Watson but got no closer.
Penn State outscored Iowa 10-4 over the final 6:04 of the half to go up 42-29, then began the second half with a 12-2 run that included three baskets by Garner for a 54-31 lead.
Meder’s follow shot cut the lead to 69-58 with 5 minutes to play. But Shepard’s three-point play off a steal and two more baskets by Garner finished off the Hawkeyes.