Iowa downs Miami to snap 2-game tourney skid

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- For once, Miami was the team turning the ball over -- and it cost the Hurricanes dearly.

Ninth-seeded Iowa solved Miami's aggressive defense during a strong second half and forced 24 turnovers in beating the eighth-seeded Hurricanes 69-53 Sunday night in a first-round NCAA tournament game.

Point guard Samantha Logic scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Hawkeyes (21-12), who had lost in the first round of the past two NCAA tournaments and now will play top-seeded Notre Dame on Tuesday night.

Miami (21-11) missed out on a chance to face the Irish because it couldn't take care of the ball, shot just 30 percent and couldn't get the defensive stops that had been so critical to the team's success during the season.

Even a 53-37 rebound edge that included 25 offensive rebounds went for naught.

"A lot of their defensive game plan caused us to hesitate and be on our heels and not be the quick-striking offensive team we need to be in the first half of our possessions," Miami coach Katie Meier said.

The result was turnovers or hurried shots, often from the perimeter, which is not the Hurricanes' game. They went just 3-for-19 from 3-point range and Iowa scored 26 points off turnovers.

"We just weren't being the aggressive team we normally are on offense," Miami's Morgan Stroman said. "They just shut us down when we needed to score."

Meier was delighted with how her team practiced between the end of the ACC tournament and the start of the NCAAs. She thought the offense was clicking and felt her team had solved any lingering issues with its offense.

Then it all unraveled Sunday night.

"It was a shockingly poor performance by us on the offensive, just shockingly poor," Meier said.

Stroman and Shawnice Wilson scored 15 points each for Miami, which won its first-round NCAA game each of the two previous years. Wilson grabbed 18 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end.

But the Hurricanes managed only 17 second-chance points off their 25 offensive boards. Iowa had 15 second-chance points on 14 offensive rebounds.

Melissa Dixon added 13 points for Iowa and hit three 3-pointers in the second half to spark the Hawkeyes, who outscored the Hurricanes 42-25 over the final 20 minutes.

"We knew they had great shooters on their team," Stroman said. "We left them open and they were able to hit them."

Iowa broke open a stalemate with an 18-3 run to jump ahead 58-44 with 7:07 left. Miami (21-11), which was up by seven early in the second half, but was doomed by its poor shooting.

Neither team could break free for about 27 minutes, which wasn't surprising in a matchup of 8-9 seeds.

The Hawkeyes finally woke up and buried the Hurricanes.

Jaime Printy made a 3 to put Iowa ahead 45-41, and the Hawkeyes turned Miami over to the delight of their home crowd. Dixon hit her three 3s, and her layup gave Iowa a 52-41 lead with 10:26 left.

Miami couldn't answer on offense, and Johnson's jumper put Iowa ahead by 14.

The Hurricanes and Hawkeyes each had 16 days off between their last game and the NCAA tournament opener.

At points in the first half, it looked as if they'd both been off for months.

Miami put up some rough stats in the first half. The Hurricanes shot 2 of 12 from 3-point range, 4 of 10 from the free throw line and turned it over 13 times.

But Miami also owned the boards 32-17 over Iowa, and eight different players scored to help it take a 28-27 lead.

The Hawkeyes were lost in the first half unless Logic was shooting. She had 13 points, but her teammates added just four baskets on 20 tries.

Miami looked as if it was about to break the stalemate with three quick baskets to start the second half. But Iowa answered right back, tying it at 35-all, and the Hawkeyes kept right on rolling into the second round.