Hawkeyes’ 42 free throws lead to upset over No. 12 West Virginia
MIAMI, Fla. — For as gut-wrenching as Friday’s buzzer-beating loss at Florida International was, the University of Iowa women’s basketball team ridded itself of the bad taste with a 79-70 victory over No. 12 West Virginia on Sunday afternoon at U.S. Century Bank Arena in Miami.
“We needed to win a close one down the stretch after letting the FIU game get away from us,” said UI head coach Lisa Bluder. “We thought this would be a great opportunity, playing on a neutral court, and we wanted to take advantage of it. It is a huge win for us confidence-wise.”
After trailing 32-25 at the half, the Hawkeyes outscored the Mountaineers, 54-38, in the second half to rally for the nine-point victory. The key to the comeback and win was the Hawkeyes’ record-breaking performance at the charity stripe.
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