PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO -- Kachine Alexander scored 18 points, and Kamille Wahlin added 10 points and 11 rebounds in Iowa's 67-61 comeback victory over James Madison on Thursday night in the Cancun Challenge.
Trailing by 53-43 midway through the second half, Iowa (6-0) rallied. Alexander's layup with 2:32 left gave Iowa a 58-57 advantage -- its first lead of the second half.Dawn Evans answered with a basket and then tied it at 61 with 1:01 left.Kelsey Cermak converted two free throws with 34.6 seconds left and Wahlin and Jaime Printy each hit two more in the final 25 seconds to seal the win."Our kids kept believing and I'm very proud of them," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. "Kachine is not going to be denied. She was not going to lose this basketball game."Printy had 16 points, making all seven of her free throws for Iowa (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP), which was 27 for 30 from the foul line."Getting to the free throw line was a great way for us to score," Bluder said. "We weren't shooting the ball well but I'm proud of them because they changed their attitude at halftime. We had more of an aggressive and assertive attitude."Evans scored 32 points, including the 2,000th of her career on a 3-pointer, to lead James Madison (2-2). Evans is only the second player in school history to reach 2,000 points. With 2,015 points, she is only 106 behind school record-holder Tamera Young.The Hawkeyes will play Virginia Tech on Friday.