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Iowa women beat No. 22 Iowa State 50-42

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm •  Published: December 6, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Even when the Hawkeyes and Cyclones could make shots, it only lasted a few minutes.

In a game where every bucket mattered, Iowa's Melissa Dixon hit the two that mattered most down the stretch.

Dixon hit a pair of key baskets down the stretch as Iowa beat 22nd-ranked Iowa State 50-42 on Thursday night despite blowing a 14-point lead.

Theairra Taylor and Dixon each scored 11 points for the Hawkeyes (7-3), who beat the rival Cyclones (5-1) for the fifth time in six tries at home.

Dixon broke a 39 tie with a 3 with 3:39 left and hit a key layup with 1:26 to go to make it 47-42 Iowa — essentially clinching a game in which neither team shot above 30 percent from the field.

"I was definitely feeling it. My teammates got me the ball when I was open," Dixon said.

Everyone was open for Iowa early.

Iowa scored the game's first 14 points and seemed set to blow away the Cyclones. But Iowa State tied it at 23 early in the second half and answered a 13-2 run by Iowa with 11 straight points, making it 39-39 with 3:58 left.

Nikki Moody had 12 to lead Iowa State, which played its third consecutive game without senior star Chelsea Poppens. She's still recovering from a concussion and was ruled out Thursday afternoon.

"It's tough to spot a team two touchdowns and win the game," Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly said.

Iowa spent the first six minutes building a seemingly insurmountable lead — and the next 22 minutes giving it away, bucket by bucket.

The Hawkeyes did it again in the second half.

Iowa turned a 26-26 tie into a 39-28 lead with 7:13 left. But instead of burying the Cyclones, the Hawkeyes let them tie it up again in just over three minutes.

But Dixon was there to bail them out, essentially icing it with a layup through traffic.

"When she hit the 3, that was huge. She comes back with the layup as well. That was big for us," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said.

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