Iowa women down Florida Atlantic in opener

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November 8th, 2019 by Chris Parks

(hawkeyesports.com) IOWA CITY, Iowa — Last season the University of Iowa women’s basketball team was 12th among all NCAA Division I teams with a 77.3 free throw percentage.

The Hawkeyes made 31 of 40 free throws in Thursday’s season-opening 85-53 win against Florida Atlantic in front of 3,334 on Mediacom Court in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa remains undefeated in 20 season openers under Bluder; it is the 22nd consecutive home win for the Hawkeyes.

Iowa (1-0) closed the first quarter on a 10-0 run and added an 8-2 spurt before halftime to take a 38-29 lead.

Senior Kathleen Doyle scored a game-high 15 points, leading five Hawkeyes in double figures. Sophomore Monika Czinano scored 14, junior Alexis Sevillian had 12, freshman Gabbie Marshall added 11, and freshman McKenna Warnock posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Marshall scored eight points during the Hawkeyes’ 28-point fourth quarter.

Iowa shot well from the line and from distance (8 of 22), outscoring the Owls 22-1 on fast break points and 31-11 off the bench.

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Iowa remains home Nov. 14 against North Alabama with a 6:30 p.m. (CT) tip. The Lions defeated Virginia-Lynchburg, 128-26, on Thursday and host Mississippi Valley State on Saturday.