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Women's Basketball Loses To Iowa, 78-68

Freshman Kelly Hughes hit a career-high five three-pointers in the loss to Iowa on Friday night.

Freshman Kelly Hughes hit a career-high five three-pointers in the loss to Iowa on Friday night.

Nov. 29, 2013

Cancun, Mexico -

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In the second game of the Cancun Challenge, Boston College lost to Big Ten opponent Iowa, 78-68, on Friday evening in the Mayan Division. Boston College is now 3-3 on the season and will play USC on Saturday in the final game of the tournament. Iowa improved to 7-1 and will play UNC-Wilmington.

Boston College was led by freshman Kelly Hughes with 18 points, including a career-high five three-pointers and senior Kristen Doherty with 16 points, four rebounds and four assists. Lauren Engeln added 11 points in the loss.

Iowa was led by Melissa Dixon with 17 points, while Bethany Doolittle and Kali Peschel had 15 points apiece.

BC shot 44 percent from the floor in the game, but shot just 64.7 percent from the foul line, while Iowa shot 44.8 percent from the floor but 85 percent from the foul line. The Hawkeyes hit 12-for-13 from the charity stripe in the second half.

The Eagles held a five point lead after Hughes hit her fourth three-pointer with 11:53 to play. BC then missed four straight layups and one foul shot as the Hawkeyes took a one point lead at 9:38 to play.

Kali Peschel hit four straight foul shots and a jumper by Ally Disterhoft gave the Hawkeyes a five point lead with 6:48 to play. A layup by Doherty with 4:47 to play cut the Iowa lead to, 61-61. Iowa's Melissa Dixon hit two consecutive three's extending the lead, 68-61 with 3:25 to play. After a missed three by BC, Bethany

Doolittle hit a layup inside for a nine point Iowa lead with 2:52 to play. The fifth three by Hughes cut the Iowa lead to 70-64 but it was too late. Iowa did not miss a foul shot and Samantha Logic hit a long three to seal the win.

In a wild first half, Iowa led 10-4 just five minutes into the half. BC mounted a comeback behind three three's from freshman Emilee Daley and Hughes. The Eagles took the lead for the first time in the half on a jumper from the top of the key by junior Victoria Lesko with a minute to play. A three by Iowa's Dixon ended the half at 36-34.

BC shot 52 percent from the floor and was by nine points from Engeln. Iowa shot 39.4 percent and had a 19-16 lead on the boards.

GAME NOTES:
BC has now hit a three-pointer in 182 consecutive games ... This was the third straight game BC won the battle of the boards - BC had 32 rebounds, while Iowa had 31.

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