Iowa’s women’s basketball team beat Northwestern on Thursday night, 102-99. That’s a lot of points for any college basketball game without the aid of overtime. The teams shot a combined 32 of 46 from behind the 3-point line, breaking the Women’s NCAA record for most three-pointers in a game.
Iowa scored 58 in the first half and Northwestern scored 58 in the second half. Northwestern’s Nia Coffey scored 35, but the person that stood out the most was Iowa’s Melissa Dixon. The 5’8″ senior scored 29 points, including 9-10 shooting from downtown. While the 9-10 is patently absurd, it wasn’t a total aberration. With the Northwestern game included in her season statistics, Dixon has now made 79 of 165 three-pointers this season. Her percentage – .479 – is the 6th highest percentage in women’s college basketball. Considering she’s made at least 22 more three’s than everyone ahead of her, that’s pretty good.
If you compare her to the men’s 3-point leaders, she only has the 29th highest percentage, but she’s made more 3’s than all but one of those guys. (Eastern Washington’s Tyler Harvey has 88) Hell, she’s made more than twice as many three’s as half the guys shooting a better percentage this season.
Last season, Dixon made 97 three-pointers, a school record and the 6th highest total in B1G history. Iowa has 9 regular season games left for her to smash those numbers. The point is… you might want to get a hand in Melissa Dixon’s face.