LAS VEGAS – Whitney Jennings scored 19 points, Samantha Logic added 16 and No. 17 Iowa turned back repeated charges by Gonzaga for a 79-67 win at the South Point Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday night.
Melisa Dixon tallied 13 points, Ally Disterhoft added 12 and Bethany Doolittle had 10 with 12 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (6-1). Sunny Greinacher paced Gonzaga with 16 points and Shelby Cheslek had 10 and 13 rebounds.
Gonzaga, down 11 with 1:29 left, closed within 70-67 after Emma Stach followed a steal to hit 1 of 2 free throws at 55 seconds. Jennings countered with two free throws 4 seconds later then found Disterhoft with a full-court pass for a layup after a Bulldog miss for a 74-67 lead at 38 seconds.
Iowa finished 20 of 28 from the line, including 16 of 19 in the second half.
The loss was the second straight for the Bulldogs following a 3-0 start to the season. GU has six nonconference games before starting its West Coast Conference schedule at home against BYU on Dec. 27.
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