IOWA CITY — Iowa women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder said she expects injured star Jaime Printy to be back Friday for the regular- season opener with Northern Illinois. But it’s nice to know that while Printy is out, the Hawkeyes have some other options.
Sophomore Melissa Dixon replaced Printy in the starting lineup Sunday and fired in 28 points to help the Hawkeyes to an 86-51 rout of Quincy University in a preseason exhibition at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Dixon hit seven 3-point field goals, which would have tied a school record had it been a regular-season game.
“We did a really good job of moving the ball and my teammates did a good job of finding me when I was open,” said Dixon, who started seven games as a freshman and averaged 7.0 points per game.
Bluder said she wasn’t the least bit surprised, pointing out that Dixon also played well when Printy was hurt last season.
“When she gets on a roll like that, everybody just kind of feeds off that,” Bluder said. “I think it was just a really nice first performance for us.”
Samantha Logic had 13 points for Iowa and added seven rebounds and seven assists. Bluder was especially happy with a 24-to-12 assist-to-turnover ratio for the Hawkeyes.
Former Annawan star Kelly Buresh gave Quincy its only lead of the game, 3-2, with an early 3-pointer, but she finished with just five points.
Lucy Cramsey led the visiting Hawks with 19 points.