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Displaced Iowa takes down Oregon in OT
Updated: Sunday March 18, 2001 12:59 PM
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Lindsey Meder's 3-pointer with 12 seconds left in regulation didn't win the game for Iowa Saturday, but it set the stage for a dominating overtime.
Meder, who led the Hawkeyes with 25 points, hit from beyond the arc to send the game in overtime, where Iowa scored the first six points of overtime and held on to defeat Oregon 89-82 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
"That shot by Lindsey was huge," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. "When we were able to tie it and go into overtime I felt that gave us great momentum."
Trailing 74-71, the Hawkeyes set up the play for Meder, who had already hit three 3-pointers.
"It was a great screen set by Randi (Peterson), we just executed really well and I got a few lucky bounces on that three," Meder said.
Cara Consuegra wasn't worried. 'I knew it was in. Lindsey can hit clutch shots. She had an open look and I knew it would fall,' she said.
Consuegra made a driving layup with 3:45 left in overtime to give Iowa a 80-74 lead. The fourth-seeded Hawkeyes (21-9) converted 7 of 8 free throws in the last two minutes to secure the game after Oregon cut it to 84-80.
Randi Peterson scored 19 points and Consuegra added 13 points and seven assists as Iowa won its sixth game in a row and its 13th in its last 14 games.
"Teams that can shoot the ball can go really far in this tournament and Iowa definitely has the offensive weapons," Oregon coach Jody Runge said.
Angelina Wolvert had 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead Oregon. Jenny Mowe added 17 points and 12 boards while Lindsey Dion contributed 16 points.
Brianne Meharry made a touch jumper on an out-of-bounds play with one second on the shot clock to cap a 14-2 run that completed a furious comeback and made it 69-66 for Oregon (17-12) with 1:22 remaining in regulation.
"We just said we're not going to go out like that and we put together a really good run. We decided we needed to attack the basket," Dion said.
Peterson, who had just two points in the first half, scored 10 points in a row for the Hawkeyes.
Peterson's basket and three straight free throws sparked Iowa to a 10-0 run that ended on Berdo's long 3-pointer to give Iowa its biggest lead at 60-45 with 11:11 to play.
Meder hit three 3-pointers and scored 17 points in the closely contended first half to boost Iowa to a 39-35 lead at the break.
As the fourth seed, the Hawkeyes would have been at home for the
first and second rounds but Carver-Hawkeye Arena is currently
hosting the NCAA Wrestling Championships.