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Hawkeye Women Hold Off Michigan, 77-69

Powered by 21-point performances from seniors Wendy Ausdemore and Kristi Smith, the University of Iowa women's basketball team won for the fourth consecutive time, 77-69, against Michigan on Monday inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes (12-7 overall, 5-3 Big Ten Conference) took the lead for good (63-60) on Ausdemore's fifth three-pointer of the game with 5 minutes, 50 seconds remaining. It was the fifth straight loss for Michigan (9-11, 2-7)

 


An ankle injury sidelined Hawkeye forward JoAnn Hamlin, forcing UI head coach Lisa Bluder to start a three-guard lineup. It was far from a changing of the guard for the Hawkeyes, but freshman Kamille Wahlin responded well to her first collegiate start, posting a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists.

"That's a pretty nice first start for Kamille, a double-double," Bluder said. "That was a tremendous job. I thought another freshman -- Hannah Draxten -- hitting those two free throws was very, very important."

Draxten was fouled by Michigan's Carmen Reynolds with 2:08 to play and sank both charity tosses to give Iowa a 71-67 edge. The old guard of Ausdemore and Smith was instrumental in ruling beyond the three-point line with the pair combining to make 10 of 21 three-pointers. Ausdemore was 5 of 10 and Smith was 5 of 11.

"It was a good win for us because we haven't won a close game this year," Bluder said. "We've won by huge margins, we've lost in overtime, but this is the first time we've really been in a game like this where it's been like a chess match back and forth all the time."

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