Makenzie Meyer's career outing boosts Iowa

Women's basketball: Former Miss Iowa Basketball scores 21; Hawkeyes cruise to 4-0

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IOWA CITY — It was another game full of assists for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

One of the biggest came from Kathryn Reynolds, director of basketball operations.

“I started a little gun-shy,” Makenzie Meyer said. “I got to the bench, and (Reynolds) told me to look for my shot more.”

A sophomore from Mason City, Meyer drilled five 3-pointers and tallied a career-high 21 points as Iowa handled Western Michigan, 79-56, in a non-conference women’s basketball game in front of 3,578 Sunday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes have started 4-0 for the fifth consecutive season.

“The thing I like most ... I like the way we shot the 3 today,” Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder said. “It was our first time against a zone this season, and I thought we responded really well.”

With post Megan Gustafson jostled inside by the Broncos (2-2), the Hawkeyes capitalized from outside, hitting 11 of 26 shots from behind the arc.

Red-shirt freshman Alexis Sevillian also posted a career high — 19 points — along with six assists. It was her first game against a team from her native state.

“I felt good with my shot. We took what the defense gave us,” Sevillian said.

Gustafson recorded her fourth straight double-double this season (15 points and 13 rebounds), and Tania Davis tacked on 10 points.

The Hawkeyes accumulated 24 assists, right at their season average.

“That’s our drive-and-dish philosophy,” Bluder said. “Pass up a good shot for a great one.”

“We played really unselfish basketball today,” said Meyer, a former Miss Iowa Basketball who sank 8 of 12 shots Sunday. “We’re just sharing the basketball really, really well.”

Iowa was a little slow out of the gate, trailing 5-4 midway through the first quarter. But Sevillian scored seven points in 48 seconds to provide ignition.

It was 23-14 early in the second quarter before Meyer cut loose. She hit three consecutive 3-pointers, then added a pair of baskets in a 17-4 run that extended the Hawkeyes’ lead to 40-18.

Iowa led 45-21 at halftime, and the largest margin was 32, twice in the second half.

Marley Hill paced Western Michigan with 12 points.

The Hawkeyes next travel to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for the Puerto Rico Classic. They play three games in a four-day span, starting Wednesday against Morgan State.

Iowa returns home Nov. 29 for a game against Florida State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

IOWA 79, WESTERN MICHIGAN 56

At Iowa City

WESTERN MICHIGAN (56): Breanna Mobley 0-5 8-10 8, Jasmyn Walker 3-8 1-3 7, Marley Hill 6-9 0-0 12, Deja Wimby 0-3 1-4 1, LaTondra Brooks 0-0 0-0 0, Kia Brooks 0-0 0-0 0, Nina Farkic 0-3 0-0 0, Kamrin Reed 2-6 0-0 5, Logan McCane 1-5 0-0 3, Meredith Miller 1-2 2-2 5, Jordan Walker 1-8 2-2 5, Leighah-Amori Wool 3-8 0-0 8, Emma Van Zanten 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 18-60 14-21 56.

IOWA (79): Chase Coley 0-4 2-2 2, Megan Gustafson 6-9 3-4 15, Makenzie Meyer 8-12 0-0 21, Alexis Sevillian 7-15 2-2 19, Tania Davis 3-10 2-2 10, Hannah Stewart 4-6 0-0 8, Zion Sanders 0-2 0-0 0, Paula Valino Ramos 0-0 1-2 1, Carly Mohns 0-4 0-0 0, Amanda Ollinger 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 29-65 10-12 79.

Halftime: Iowa 45, WMU 21. 3-point goals: WMU 6-24 (Walker 0-3, Hill 0-1, Farkic 0-1, Reed 1-4, McCane 1-1, Miller 1-2, Walker 1-6, Wool 2-6), Iowa 11-26 (Meyer 5-8, Sevillian 3-8, Davis 2-7, Ollinger 1-3). Team fouls: WMU 16, Iowa 13. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: WMU 38 (Mobley 8), Iowa 45 (Gustafson 13). Assists: WMU 12 (Wimby 5), Iowa 24 (Sevillian 6). Steals: WMU 2 (Wool, Van Zanten), Iowa 7 (Stewart 4). Turnovers: WMU 12, Iowa 8.

Attendance: 3,578.

l Comments: (319) 368-8857; jeff.linder@thegazette.com

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