February 14, 1999
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Senior center Amy Herrig scored a career high 42 points and 13 rebounds in her last contest at Carver-Hawkeye Arena to give Iowa at 86-69 win over the Northwestern Wildcats, Sunday afternoon. This was also Herrigs 15th double-double of the season.
Herrigs 42 points was a Carver-Hawkeye Arena that was set by Michigan States Maxanne Reese with 41 points earlier this season. Herrig also tied a Big Ten record for most field goals made in a game with 17 and tied the Iowa single-game record of 17 by Tangela Smith last season. The 42 points was the fourth highest total for a individual single conference game. Herrig hit her first three-pointer of the year also and dished out four assists and two blocks. Herrigs previous career high was 40 points set against Boise State (12-6-96) of the sophomore season.
The win extended Iowa winning streak to three consecutive games and raised the Hawkeyes record to 11-13 overall and 6-8 in the Big Ten. Northwestern drops to 10-14 overall and 4-8 in the Big Ten.
"I am glad that Amy (Herrig) took that record from Maxanne Reese and brought it back to a Hawkeye player," said Iowa head coach Angie Lee. "She was hitting from everywhere. We are so proud of her and all of her accomplishment on the court and in the classroom. She is true leader for us." Along with Herrig, freshman Myesha Bledsoe scored a career high 10 points and Lindsey Meder scored nine. Cara Consuegra set a career high with 11 assists and broke the Iowa single-season assist record with 142 assists. The old record was held by Michelle Edward with 140 set during the 1987-88 season. Megan Chawansky lead Northwestern with 27 points while Leslie Schock added 17 points and 11 rebounds.
"My teammates are the greatest," said Herrig. "The set the picks and gave great passes to set everything else up for me. I could not have done it with out them. The fan support at Iowa is so wonderful and everyone I knew was here from Dubuque and from around the country. I could not have dreamed of a better game."
Northwestern jumped out to a 10-7 lead after a Chawansky lay-up with 14:45 to play in the first half. Then Iowa went on a 27-6 run after a Herrig jumper with 3:55 in the first half and extended its lead to 41-20. Iowa held Northwestern to .265 shooting in the first half while Herrig scored 20 points in the half.
In the second half, Northwestern cut the Iowa lead to 14 after a Chawansky jumper with 11:26 to play at 58-44. Then Iowa went on a 23-10 run to take a 81-54 lead with 4:18 after a Herrig three-pointer that bounced off the back board and held on to a 86-69 win.
Iowa will travel to Michigan on Friday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m. and to Illinois on Sunday, February 21 at 7 p.m. to end the regular season. The Big Ten Tournament is from February 27-March 1, in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Ind.
Line Score 1 2 Total
Northwestern 20 49 49
IOWA 41 45 86