Iowa’s quest for a Junkanoo Jam title came up a little short.
The No. 14 Hawkeyes couldn’t make it two rallies in two days, falling to Florida State 71-67 on Saturday in the tournament’s Bimini Division final at Gateway Christian Academy in Bimini, Bahamas.
Tania Davis led the Hawkeyes (4-1) with 22 points, including 17 in the second half along with six assists. Megan Gustafson poured in 16 points on 8-of-8 shooting while grabbing eight rebounds. Hannah Stewart added 14 points and nine boards.
Davis was fouled after draining a trey that trimmed Iowa’s deficit to two with 5.7 seconds left, but she missed the free throw. Valencia Myers corralled the rebound and sank two free throws to seal it. Myers poured in 10 points — one of four Seminoles in double figures, along with Nausia Woolfolk (25), Kiah Gillespie (13) and Nicki Ekhomu (10).
The Hawkeyes jumped to an 8-0 lead and extended that to 18-10 early in the second quarter before Florida State took over. The Seminoles answered with a 20-6 run that gave them the lead for good. Iowa committed seven of its 19 turnovers in the second quarter.
The Hawkeyes now have four days off, but the schedule only toughens up. Iowa travels to No. 1 Notre Dame on Thursday for a 6 p.m. tip.
Dargan Southard covers Iowa and UNI athletics, recruiting and preps for the Des Moines Register, HawkCentral.com and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.