"We got down big, and I'm proud of the way our team battled back," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. "Tania did a great job of getting the fire going."
No. 2 Baylor and the third-ranked Terps both have one loss — to No. 1 Connecticut. Maryland should expect to be third again next week, although unbeaten and fourth-ranked Mississippi State is 18-0.
THE BIG PICTURE
Maryland: The Terps let Penn State hang around their last time out at home and they needed three quarters to get past Iowa. Don't be surprised if Maryland drops a game or two in conference play, especially if Jones gets into foul trouble again. Ieshia Small started over Walker-Kimbrough because Frese said Maryland wanted to work on its depth. "What I love is how they responded. They show great character," Frese said.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes could have boosted their fledgling NCAA Tournament hopes by giving one of the nation's elite teams a game. They did, but for only about 20 minutes. Iowa still has a lot of work to do if it wants to make it to the tournament for the ninth time in 10 years.
Ally Disterhoft scored 18 for Iowa, and Megan Gustafson had 14. Destiny Slocum had 14 points, six assists and five rebounds — and four turnovers. Maryland outscored Iowa 54-38 in the paint and 21-6 in second-chance points. ... Jones fouled out late in the fourth quarter.
Jones and Walker-Kimbrough, both seniors, combined to shoot 17 of 26 from the field and 10 of 12 from the line. Jones picked up her 12th double double of the year, while Walker-Kimbrough had five assists and four rebounds. "Every time we go on the road, they continue to show great leadership," Frese said.