COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ally Disterhoft made the most of her first collegiate start Sunday.
The freshman guard from Iowa City West helped lead the Iowa women's basketball team to an 81-74 victory at Ohio State, the Hawkeyes' first road win over the Buckeyes since late in the 1998 Big Ten season.
Replacing Kali Peschel in the Iowa lineup, Disterhoft finished with a double-double, grabbing 10 rebounds to go with 24 points.
Half of those points came at the line, where Disterhoft finished off a 12-for-12 game by hitting all six of her attempts over the final 28 seconds to hold off a late challenge by Ohio State.
"Ally's played a bunch of minutes this season, but I felt like we needed more offensive firepower in the lineup,'' 14th-year coach Lisa Bluder said after winning at Ohio State for the first time in 11 tries. "She really came through, a double-double, perfect at the line including a bunch of crunch time free throws.''
Iowa, which led 49-36 at the half, needed to make plays late after Ohio State (12-9, 2-3 Big Ten) cut a Hawkeye lead which had been as large as 17 points midway through the first half to 66-64 on an Martina Ellerbe jumper with 7:26 remaining.
A Bethany Doolittle jumper off of an offensive rebound by Samantha Logic and a 3-pointer by Melissa Dixon over the next three minutes allowed Iowa (15-5, 3-3) to regain a 73-66 lead.
"Ohio State kept coming back, but we hit some big baskets,'' Bluder said. "We kept answering and we needed to.''
Disterhoft led five Hawkeyes in double figures, including a 16-point performance from Dixon and a 14-point game from Doolittle. Ameryst Alston led the Buckeyes with 24 points.