Women’s basketball wins sloppy game against Florida Atlantic

Behind five players scoring in double-digits, the Hawkeyes defeated the Owls 85-53 in a sloppy and slow game.

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Women’s basketball wins sloppy game against Florida Atlantic

Iowa guard Makenzie Meyer guards Florida Atlantic forward Juliette Gauthier during the women's basketball game against Florida Atlantic on Thursday. The Hawkeyes defeated the Owls 85-53.

Iowa guard Makenzie Meyer guards Florida Atlantic forward Juliette Gauthier during the women's basketball game against Florida Atlantic on Thursday. The Hawkeyes defeated the Owls 85-53.

Katina Zentz

Iowa guard Makenzie Meyer guards Florida Atlantic forward Juliette Gauthier during the women's basketball game against Florida Atlantic on Thursday. The Hawkeyes defeated the Owls 85-53.

Katina Zentz

Katina Zentz

Iowa guard Makenzie Meyer guards Florida Atlantic forward Juliette Gauthier during the women's basketball game against Florida Atlantic on Thursday. The Hawkeyes defeated the Owls 85-53.

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter

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After a rocky start to the season opener, sophomore forward and center Monika Czinano got fouled on a made layup to help Iowa take a 16-15 lead with just under a minute to go in the first quarter in its game against Florida Atlantic. Iowa would never relinquish this lead, going on to win 85-53.

The Hawkeyes led nearly every statistical category, as they went 23-59 from the field, made 39 percent of their shots, went 31-40 from the free-throw line, and had 49 rebounds.

The first game of the year was a struggle for both teams, as the teams had a combined 49 turnovers and 66 free throw attempts. Still, the Hawkeyes managed to come out with a convincing win.

“It’s the beginning of the year,” head coach Lisa Bluder said. “And we’ve got to get used to the foul situations and do a better job of not putting so many at the free throw line.”

Senior captain and guard Kathleen Doyle reached a career milestone in the first quarter when she scored her 1,000th career point.

“They announced it and that was fun,” Doyle said. “At that point I think we were down, so I was more focused on that, so, but it was definitely cool.”

She had the best performance out of all the Hawkeyes, putting up 15 points, securing five rebounds, and dishing out five assists.

Other Hawkeyes had a significant impact in the blowout Iowa win. Czinano had 14 points and three rebounds, redshirt junior captain and guard Alexis Sevillian had 12 points and six rebounds. Senior guard and captain Makenzie Meyer had five assists, which tied the team lead with Doyle.

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Some of their best production came from freshmen swingman McKenna Warnock and guard Gabbie Marshall. Warnock was impressive on the boards grabbing 10 rebounds — which was first on the team — as well as scoring 10 points, while Marshall had 11 points.

“Gabbie went in and showed what she can do,” Bluder said.

“She can shoot the ball really well and you know she got into that early foul trouble in the first half and kind of limited us a little bit and so I was glad that she came back in the second half.”

Marshall fought through her first collegiate game despite being nervous.

“I think obviously there’s nerves that come with [your] first college game,” Marshall said. “And after getting those two fouls, my teammates just encouraged me and kept me calm and I just came back in the second half and finished strong.”

With the sloppy game, the Hawkeyes know they must get more efficient, but they feel confident that they can do so in their new perimeter offense.

“We’re implementing a new offense this year,” Doyle said. “So it takes time and game experience when you go in against other opponents to really get used to that and it’s going to keep improving and we have to work out the kinks but that kind of happens when you implement a new offense with a bunch of new players.”

The Hawkeyes will return to the court Nov. 14 at home against North Alabama.

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