8:00 PM ET, March 24, 2005
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- Crystal Smith scored 20 points and Iowa overcame poor first half shooting to beat Arkansas State 66-52 Thursday night in the WNIT.The Hawkeyes advance to the semifinal round of the tournament, playing Monday night at Southwest Missouri State in Springfield. SMSU beat Texas A&M 62-60 Thursday.Iowa shot just 39 percent in the first half and trailed at the break 39-32. But the Hawkeyes went on a 17-0 run at the start of the second half and held the Lady Indians to just 13 second half points."It was a tale of two halves," said Iowa coach Lisa Bluder. "In the first half we couldn't make anything and in the second half they couldn't."Iowa trailed 44-32 when Jamie Cavey got the Hawkeye run started with a basket and a converted three-point play after she was fouled. Jenna Armstrong then added a 3-pointer.Smith cut the Arkansas State lead to 44-42 with a steal and a layup. Then, with 14:13 to play, Smith gave the Hawkeyes a 45-44 lead and brought the crowd of mostly Iowa fans to their feet with another layup and a free throw.Cavey, who finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, said Iowa's switch to a zone defense in the second half made the difference."We had a horrible first half," she said. "Our defense wasn't working and we got no rebounds. We came out and threw a zone at them and it worked really well."Iowa's Krista VandeVenter contributed 15 points and 12 rebounds.Ali Carter led Arkansas State with 15 points. Adrianne Davie finished with 13 and Zaneta Lane had 11.A tenacious defense and several Iowa turnovers allowed Arkansas State to control the first half.With 9:43 left in the half and the score tied 15-15, ASU went on a 10-0 run. ASU led by 14 with 4:10 to go after Carter nailed a 3-pointer. She was fouled on the shot and converted the free throw to put Arkansas State up 33-19."I guess we really didn't come out to play in the second half," Davie said. "We played hard, but our shots didn't fall in."