Iowa women send Mount packing, 70-47

March 17, 1994|By Susan Harman | Susan Harman,Special to The Sun

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team had a big enough hill to climb in its first NCAA tournament appearance, playing 13th-ranked Iowa on the Hawkeyes' home court.

Then the Mountaineers lost leading scorer and Northeast Conference Player of the Year Susie Rowlyk for all but 3:18 of the first half with foul problems.

Iowa didn't need the help, rolling to a 70-47 victory last night. Iowa (21-6) moves on to play Alabama, and the Mount finishes 25-4.

But the Mountaineers and coach Bill Sheahan impressed the 4,290 fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and Iowa coach Vivian Stringer.

"He'll bring his team back [to thetournament], and they'll cause a lot of damage," Stringer said.

Rowlyk was on the bench with two fouls and no points as the Mountaineers fell behind 34-20 at halftime and never recovered.

"It was frustrating," said Rowlyk, who had 11 points, six below her average. "I've been working all season on not getting two fouls in the first half."

Rowlyk's return in the second half couldn't slow the Hawkeyes, who led by 20 with four possessions gone in the second half.

The Mountaineers tried to compensate for the loss of Rowlyk and a huge size disadvantage by shooting 25 three-pointers. But the Mount made only seven and shot just 28 percent from the field for the game.

"We couldn't match up size-wise, so our game plan was if you are going to beat us, you are going to beat us from the outside," Sheahan said.

Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, Iowa shot 46 percent, including six of 10 from three-point range. Arneda Yarbrough, a 5-foot-5 guard not known for her scoring, hit five of eight three-point attempts and finished with 15 points.

That shooting, coupled with a 47-29 rebounding advantage, scuttled Sheahan's plan.

For the Mount, reserve junior guard Shari Delaney made four of eight three-pointers and finished with a team-high 12 points.

"I wanted to help the team out by shooting a few threes," Delaney said. "That's pretty much what I shoot. When Susie was out and when I'm in there, I like three better than two."

Iowa's press really didn't rattle the Mountaineers. Sheahan said Iowa was bigger, stronger and faster than any Mount St. Mary's opponent, yet his team had only 14 turnovers.

"This is a turning point for our program," Sheahan said. "I really think we are only a couple players away from being right in this game, really."

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