Iowa women's basketball halts Hilton hex, 61-55

Hawkeyes win at Iowa State for first time since 1989

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AMES — Whatever happened in the visitors’ locker room, stayed in the visitors’ locker room.

Just as Makenzie Meyer began to emulate Lisa Bluder’s postgame jive — and it looked like a good one — Bluder shut her down in the press conference.

“There was none of that,” Bluder insisted.

Yeah, right.

The Iowa Hawkeyes snapped a 10-game Hilton Coliseum losing streak Wednesday night, scoring the final five points and outlasting Iowa State, 61-55, before an announced crowd of 10,916 Wednesday night.

“Obviously, we’re very excited,” Bluder said. “It’s been a long time.”

How long? How about 28 years? Iowa’s last success here was Dec. 17, 1989.

“It’s a really big honor to win this game, especially at Hilton,” said Meyer, a Mason City native and one of two Iowans on the Hawkeyes roster.

Meyer led all scorers with 18 points, capitalizing with four first-half 3-pointers when the Cyclones collapsed two (and sometimes three) players on Megan Gustafson.

Despite the disparity in records — Iowa improved to 9-1; ISU sank to 3-5 — you knew this wouldn’t be easy for the Hawkeyes.

The Cyclones erased an 11-point deficit to tie the game, 38-38, on Emily Durr’s layup with 1:45 left in the third quarter. But Iowa answered with a 10-1 push, then held off every late ISU challenge.

Gustafson’s two free throws gave the Hawkeyes a 58-55 edge, then ISU missed three long balls on the next possession, any on which would have tied the game.

“They were open,” ISU’s Bridget Carleton said.

The Hawkeyes finally rebounded, then Gustafson converted two more foul shots to clinch the outcome.

Gustafson finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

“It was pretty crowded in there,” she said. “They were collapsing quite a bit, but I was able to get to my teammates.”

The Cyclones held Gustafson to two first-half field-goal tries.

“I think she’s an all-American. I really do,” ISU Coach Bill Fennelly said. “She’s eerily efficient.

“You have to put so much emphasis on her, it opens things up for others, and it did for Meyer tonight.”

Despite her ninth double-double of the season, Gustafson’s signature play of the night was a dish to Hannah Stewart that stretched Iowa’s advantage to 56-53 with 1:18 left.

“That was one of my favorite moments of the game,” Gustafson said. “I’m so happy for my teammates.”

Stewart tacked on eight points and 12 rebounds, helping stake the Hawkeyes to a 46-36 advantage on the boards.

The Cyclones finished 0-3 against their in-state rivals this season by a combined margin of 13 points. It was ISU’s first Iowa/Drake/UNI oh-fer since the 2002-03 season.

ISU shot 29 percent from the floor, including 3-of-16 by Carleton, who led the Cyclones with 17 points and seven rebounds.

“Defense ... I’m really happy with that tonight,” Bluder said.

The Hawkeyes return home for a game Saturday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Iowa State hosts North Carolina Central on Sunday.

IOWA 61, IOWA STATE 55

At Ames

IOWA (61): Makenzie Meyer 5-7 4-5 18, Chase Coley 4-11 0-0 8, Megan Gustafson 5-8 6-8 16, Tania Davis 1-11 0-0 3, Kathleen Doyle 2-7 0-0 4, Alexis Sevillian 1-3 1-2 4, Hannah Stewart 4-11 0-2 8, Carly Mohns 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-58 11-17 61.

IOWA STATE (55): Madison Wise 0-3 0-0 0, Emily Durr 2-6 0-0 5, Bride Kennedy-Hopoate 4-14 1-1 10, Adriana Camber 4-8 0-0 11, Bridget Carleton 3-16 11-12 17, Rae Johnson 3-7 0-0 8, Kristin Scott 1-3 0-0 2, Meredith Burkhall 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 18-61 12-13 55.

Halftime: Iowa 26, ISU 19. 3-point goals: Iowa 6-17 (Meyer 4-6, Davis 1-7, Doyle 0-2, Sevillian 1-2), ISU 7-26 (Wise 0-1, Durr 1-3, Kennedy-Hopate 1-7, Camber 3-4, Carleton 0-5, Johnson 2-5, Scott 0-1). Team fouls: Iowa 13, ISU 15. Fouled out: Carleton. Rebounds: Iowa 46 (Gustafson 14), ISU 36 (Carleton 7). Assists: Iowa 16 (Davis 5), ISU 8 (Carleton 6). Steals: Iowa 4 (Davis 2), ISU 3 (Carleton 2). Turnovers: Iowa 16, ISU 11.

Attendance: 10,916.

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

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