Marist overwhelmed by Iowa's depth, shooting

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 23, 2014 at 10:19 pm •  Published: March 23, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Marist coach Brian Giorgis warned everyone that Iowa was a little bit like the Red Foxes, but probably a little bit better as well.

Giorgis proved to be prophetic.

Theairra Taylor scored 22 points, Bethany Doolittle added 21 and Iowa blew out Marist 87-65 on Sunday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Samantha Logic had 11 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for the sixth-seeded Hawkeyes (27-8), who will face third-seeded Louisville on Tuesday for a trip to the Sweet Sixteen.

"It's the nightmare that you are afraid of when they have all five people that can score, and four of them shoot the 3 and one of them is a stud inside. What do you take away?" Giorgis said. "No complaints. We lost to a better team."

Iowa took control late in the first half and relied on strong shooting to advance to the second round for the second year in a row. The Hawkeyes shot 57 percent from the field and 12 of 25 from 3-point range

Emma O'Connor, Sydney Coffey and Madeline Blais each had 12 to lead the 11th-seeded Red Foxes (27-7), who were outscored 49-35 in the second half.

Marist drew its best seed since 2011 and was looking to upend a high major with a higher seed for the second time in three years.

But the Red Foxes simply had no answer for Iowa's scalding outside shooting.

Taylor and Ally Disterhoft buried back-to-back 3s to put the Hawkeyes ahead 53-44, and Doolittle's jumper gave Iowa a 13-point lead with just over 10 minutes left.

Disterhoft then hit a 3 from the corner without a Marist defender in sight with 6:55 left, making it 67-51 and perfectly encapsulating Iowa's perimeter dominance.