RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico – Tournament MVP Samantha Dixon poured in a game-high 32 points to lead Iowa to 102-65 victory over UNCW in the Cancun Challenge Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.

The Hawkeyes improved to 8-1 overall as they finished the Cancun Challenge with a 3-0 mark and captured the Mayan Division title of the eight-team tournament. The Seahawks, meanwhile, suffered their fifth straight setback to drop to 1-7.

Dixon’s outing paced a lethal Iowa attack that shot 56.9 percent (37-of-65) from the floor for the contest, including 60.6 percent (20-of-33) in the second half, as it built off a 22-point halftime cushion to post the 37-point victory.

Dixon was one of four Iowa players to reach double figures as junior Bethany Doolittle pitched in 18 points while freshmen Ally Disterhoft chipped in 16 and 12, respectively. Junior Samantha Logic dished out a game-high 11 assists to lead a Hawkeyes lineup that combined for 30 assists on 37 baskets.

Junior Kelva Atkins, named to the All-Tournament Team, led the Seahawks with 19 points while freshman Ryan Flowers chipped in 12 points and led all players with 12 rebounds to post her first career double-double.  Freshman Brie Mobley joined the duo in double figures as she pitched in 10 points.

Holding an 18-17 advantage midway through the first half, a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer by Dixon on back-to-back possessions sparked the Hawkeyes to a 19-0 run and a 37-17 cushion with just over seven minutes remaining in the opening frame. Dixon tallied 11 of her 16 first-half points during the stretch that lasted just over four minutes, connecting on a pair of 3-point attempts, three free throws and a layup in that span.

The Seahawks closed out the Hawkeyes run with five straight points, but Iowa closed the frame on a 13-6 spurt to take a 50-28 lead into the break.

The Hawkeyes continued to dominate in the second half, opening the frame on a 19-5 spurt to build a 69-33 lead with 15:58 remaining.

An 18-5 spurt midway through the frame gave Iowa its largest lead of the game, 95-46, with 6:57 left to play. The Seahawks closed the contest on a 19-7 run to determine the final margin.

UNCW returns to action Dec. 7 as it faces Richmond in a 2 p.m. matinee. Iowa is back on the court Dec. 5 as it hosts Syracuse at 6 p.m. (CT) in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge.  


Game Notes


  • Iowa became the first opponent to reach the 100-point plateau against the Seahawks since Duke tallied 107 points in a 107-45 victory on Dec. 20, 2011.
  • The 102 points by the Hawkeyes were also the second most allowed by the Seahawks since the start of the 2000-01 season, as Iowa’s total fell short of Duke’s 107-point performance two seasons ago.
  • The 37-point margin of defeat matched the sixth largest margin since the start of the 2000-01 season, equaling the margin of a 93-56 setback at then-No. 13 Old Dominion on Feb. 3, 2008.
  • Both teams shot better than 75 percent at the free throw line as UNCW was 15-of-19 (.789) at the stripe while Iowa was 19-of-22 (.864) at the line.
  • UNCW recorded double-digit steals for the second time in three games and the fourth time this season as it finished with four thefts.
  • UNCW established a new season high for assists, posting 18 helpers on 24 made baskets. The previous season high was 14, set against Campbell on Nov. 19.
  • Iowa’s bench out-scored the Seahawks’ reserves by a 38-8 margin, highlighted by a 26-2 margin in the second half.
  • UNCW shot 40 percent or better from the floor for the second straight contest and the fourth time this season as it finished the game making 24-of-60 (.400) attempts from the floor.
  • Iowa was 9-of-22 (.409) from 3-point range during the contest while UNCW made just 2-of-13 (.133) attempts from beyond the arc.


Player Notes


2- Brie Mobley


  • Reached double figures in points for the sixth time this season.


3 – Kelva Atkins


  • Reached double figures in points for the eighth time this season. Has scored in double figures in all eight games this season and each of the past 14 contests dating back to the end of last season.
  • Led team in scoring for the eighth time this season and the 13th time in her career.
  • Dished out a career-high seven assists during the contest, surpassing previous career high of six set against William & Mary on Jan. 8, 2013.
  • Led team in assists for the seventh time this season and the 21st time in her career.
  • Matched her career high in steals with five, equaling the total set against Northern Kentucky on Dec. 20, 2012.


45 – Ryan Flowers


  • Reached double figures in points for the first time in her collegiate career.
  • Posted double-digit rebounds for the second time this season.
  • Led team in rebounding for the fourth time this season.